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Beaches to Woodlands Week 2 | Oct. 1-7

Adventures Unlimited Fall Foliage Zipline Tours
All month long
8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton, FL
www.adventuresunlimited.com

Fall is a magnificent time to enjoy the many natural attractions at Adventures Unlimited located just north of Milton, FL, in the Blackwater River State Forest. October is beautiful; a great month to absorb the changing colors through a Fall Foliage Zipline Tour.  Accommodations at the resort’s camping sites or remote cabins in the woods are available along with the Challenge Courses and river trips (canoeing, kayaking & paddle boarding) on the majestic Coldwater Creek.

Clear Creek Farm Tours

All month long
6065 Clear Creek Rd., Milton, FL | Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
www.clearcreekfarm.net
Clear Creek Farm was named Santa Rosa County's 2014 Innovative Farm of the Year. A variety of workshops and tours will be held at this solar-powered organic method farm. Reservations required. 

Bands on the Blackwater
Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29 ,Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27
South Willing Street, Milton, FL | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater
Bands on the Blackwater
is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm in downtown Milton, Florida. Pull up your boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to some great music.      

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze

Sept. 23-Nov. 4
2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton, FL | Open Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
www.HollandFarmsOnline.com
Enjoy a Farm hayride that will take you around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin of your choice. Also available are many activities including corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, petal tractors on race track, hill slides, knocker balls, rat racers, sand box and an eight acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of our famous home grown boiled peanuts. Sit back and relax on our farm market porch, see you at the farm! Follow us on Facebook by searching Holland Farms or Instagram by searching Hollandfarmsonline.

Sonshine Family Farms Corn Mazes and Mini Golf
Sept. 23 – Nov. 5

6270 Oglesby Road Milton, FL | Saturdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (group discounts available)
www.SonshineFamilyFarms.com
We have two mazes in one with games to play inside the mazes. Playground area with swings, slides, kiddie train ride, zip line, horse and pony rides, tether ball courts, 9 hole mini golf course, corn toss boards, picnic tables under shade trees and a concession stand with refreshments and food. Our hayrides take you for a ride around the farm and the pond. The fish pond will be open for fishing. Grab your pole and come make some memories with your family. (Catfish and Bream). See website for details. Oct. 28 will be our “Monster Maze” from 8pm until midnight. There will be a live band, bonfire (weather permitting), costume contest, candy and “Monsters” in the maze.


Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival
Sept. 30 - Nov. 5
2260 Horn Rd., Milton, FL | Sat. - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Fridays 6 to 10 p.m. in October
www.sweetseasonfarms.com
The event gives families the opportunity to enjoy a day on a working Santa Rosa County farm. Visitors can spend time navigating their way through an eight-acre corn maze, playing on 20 types of fun farm-themed equipment including a playground, hayrides, cow train rides, farm animals, corn popper jumping pillow and more. The farm is available for group bookings, field trips and other special events. The “whole cob” admission includes unlimited access to all attractions: corn maze, children’s playground, farm games, picnic area and hay bale maze and is $10.50 ($5 fee for pony rides, pumpkins priced per size.) Flashlight maze (Friday nights) is $10.50.


Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings
All Month

7505 Buckeye Dr., Navarre, FL | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.facebook.com/stokespottery  
Open five weekends on the tour! The Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society has the largest wood fueled anagama kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled kiln from the 1940s in the state. Holley Hill Pottery has been making pottery in Santa Rosa County for over 35 years using local clays capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast.
      

Coldwater Gardens Tours
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24

7009 Creek Stone Rd., Milton, FL
www.coldwatergardens.com
Take a farm tour of shiitake mushrooms, aquaponics, hydroponics, raise bed gardening, vermiculture, chickens and honey bees. Tours last about an hour, creek access included. Coldwater Gardens agriculture area spans five acres with three greenhouses and two high tunnels. There are opportunities for overnight cottage rentals, glamping, and primitive camping on the property.


5th Annual Bagdad Milton Plein Air Paint Out
Oct. 7

Dragonfly Gallery | 6815 Caroline Street, Milton, FL
www.thedragonflygallery.org or www.sracf.org
Artists meet at 8 a.m. to register and then paint. Artists meet at gallery in late morning to frame and hang work. Work is judged and prizes are awarded. Morning breakfast snacks and lunch are provided to participants. Reception and prizes are awarded at 5 p.m. at the gallery. The public is invited to observe artists at work and attend the reception. Paintings may be purchased at the reception.


28th Annual Jay Peanut Festival
Oct. 7-8

Gabbert Farm | 3604 Pine Level Church Rd., Jay, FL | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebration of one of Santa Rosa’s staple crops: the peanut. This popular annual event marks its 27th year and showcases farming life past and present and gives people a chance to experience country life. The festival features more than 200 vendors from across the southeast plus a 1930s Farm Museum and 1940s John Deere dealership, food booths, games and fun. This event was started in honor of Melissa Caroline Gabbert who died more than 20 years ago from complications from cancer.
                         

Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival
Oct. 7

Downtown Milton (Willing Street), FL | 12 – 5 p.m.
Join us for a day featuring Florida wineries, local craft breweries, top notch food trucks and a mix of fine artists from the region. Enjoy an all-day program of live music on the Blackwater stage and entertaining performers throughout the festival. The cost is $20 for an all-inclusive passport to sample from our various connoisseurs and enthusiasts.


The Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival appeals to foodies, wine enthusiasts, craft brew connoisseurs and anyone looking for an enjoyable afternoon. There is something for everyone. You’ll find local citizens and out-of-town visitors participating in the day’s events. There are activities and offerings for individuals, groups and families! A true celebration of the Gulf Coast culinary excellence and culture. All the fun is set on the backdrop of historic Downtown Milton!

(This is a rain or shine event. Due to city regulations and for the animals' safety, no pets please. If participating in alcohol consumption, please drink responsibly. Must be at least 21 years of age or older to attend this event.)


Juana’s 5th Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
Oct. 7

1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach, FL | 12 – 4 p.m.
www.juanaspagodas.com
Festive atmosphere for adults and activities for children staffed by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station.


Navarre Fishing Rodeo
Oct. 7 – 8

1451 Navarre Beach Blvd., Navarre, FL | Midnight Saturday – 4 p.m. Sunday
www.navarrefishingrodeo.com
Fish from the shore, a boat, kayak or from the pier - you just can't "fish" from the seafood market! Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is at Juana's on Navarre Beach Causeway and scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Junior anglers twelve and under can compete in the junior division for free. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Navarre Beach Marine Park including the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and the Marine Science Station. It will also benefit Heroes on the Water and Take a Kid Fishing. Captain's bags will have goodies.
  

Sand Dollar Saturday & Local Marketplace
Oct. 7

1900 Highway 87, Navarre, FL | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
www.facebook.com/sanddollarsaturdays
Discover local artists and merchants all in one convenient location to shop in Santa Rosa County.


Santa Rosa Ranch Fall Festival First Annual "Fish Off"
Oct. 7
Santa Rosa Ranch, LLC | 4340 Hwy. 178, Jay, FL | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
www.facebook.com/srdeerfarm

This event will be a catch and release tournament (bank fishing only) with junior and adult pools. Prizes will be warded to winners - the biggest fish wins! Slots are limited, call (850) 781-8868 to reserve your spot! The entry fee of $20 includes admission to the park.

Sea Turtle Extravaganza
Oct. 7

8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre, FL | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org
Participants will learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and tour the center with gift shop open.


Take a Kid Fishing
Oct. 7

8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre, FL | 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.
www.navarrechamberfoundation.org | (850) 939-3267
This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier. There will be stations where children will learn about conservation, bait, fish and have instructions on how to fish. At the end, the children will receive a rod and reel.  The event includes free bait and fishing instruction.


Navarre/Hwy. 87 Farmer’s Market
Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

SR 87 & Bob Tolbert Rd. across from Gordon Evan Rd., Navarre, FL | Next to Holley Hill Pottery & Ye Ole Brothers Brewery | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
A growing market staged weekly with a variety of fresh produce and vendors.
 

Secrets of Santa Rosa: Archaeology and History in Your Backyard
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

5709 Mill Pond Ln, Milton, FL | 11 a.m.
www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill
Acradia Mill’s lecture series returns this year, with free public lectures provided each Saturday in October at 11 a.m. in the visitor’s center classroom. Site tours are provided following each lecture.