Monday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Historic Gasparilla Island Lighthouse Climb Tour
Would you like to see Boca Grande from an entirely
different perspective? Climb the newly refurbished
lighthouse! RSVP at barrierislandparkssociety.org for a
20-minute climb tour to the top of the historic Gasparilla
Island Lighthouse as volunteer docents share the
fascinating story of this U.S. legacy. All proceeds support
the continuing restoration and preservation of this local
Florida treasure for future generations. For information
call (941) 964-0060.
Fridays & Saturdays on ...
Oct. 13 &14, 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton
Every day of the Pumpkin Festival includes craft
booths, live music, live shows, pumpkins, charity pumpkin
games, pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides,
chainsaw sculptor, corn maze, scarecrow displays, homemade
ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn, food galore,
pumpkin pie, rock climbing wall, power jump, petting zoo,
barnyard playground, face painting, children’s train ride,
juggler, fresh produce, butterfly experience, frog jumping
championships and a zip line. Admission is $10, parking
is $5, children 12 and under are free. For information see
hunsaderfarms.com or call (941) 322-2168.
Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday , Oct. 21
2018 Florida International Air Show
Punta Gorda Airport, 28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda
Family fun for all ages of aviation enthusiasts! Enjoy a
Kid Zone, helicopter rides, aerobatic performances,
military jets, jet truck racing an airplane, military training
demonstrations, parachute team, Friday night fireworks,
food vendors and more.Gates are open on Friday at 5
p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 kids plus parking. For
informaiton see FloridaAirShow.com
Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 to 7 p.m
Night of Fish, Fun and Fright
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in
costume for an afternoon of Fish, Fun & Fright at Mote
Aquarium. Unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek," enjoy
deep sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead" and take
part in Mad Science experiments and activities.
Don’t miss our signature underwater pumpkin carving
in our spooktacular shark habitats. Enjoy entertainment
from students at EveryOneRocks and performances
from Mad Science. Check out mote.org for ticket
Thursday, October 25, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Don Pedro Island State Park, 8450 Placida Rd., Placida
On this exciting wading adventure, you’ll learn about local
habitats and environments, shells, sea grasses and marine
creatures! Then you’ll explore the Charlotte Harbor National
Estuary with an expert Florida State Park Ranger. You’ll wade
and carefully collect local marine life and view each through
a waterproof magnifying glass as a ranger explains fascinating
facts about each living treasure. Come explore nature. All
costs support BIPS’ Educational Programs toward this
mission. RSVP at (941) 964-0060 or by going to
Saturday, October 27, 12:45 to 3 p.m.
Boca Grande Halloween Carnival,
Boca Grande Community Center,
131 First Street W, Boca Grande
Kids, bring your parents to the carnival for some fun and
games. Costume parade begins at 12:45 p.m. and the carnival
games, slide, and cakewalk will begin immediately following
the parade. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available. Free
admission. For more information call (941) 964-2564 or see
Sunday, Oct. 28, 7 a.m., to 2 p.m.
9th Annual Tour de North Port,
Imagine High School, 2757 Sycamore St., North Port
The 9th Annual Tour de North Port is a fun bicycle ride
through some of the most beautiful pine flatwoods in Florida.
Cyclists choose to complete 15, 35 or 65-mile route through
North Port. Includes breakfast by First Watch, rest stops with
homemade snacks, full SAG mobile support and a catered
lunch with homemade pie. Those registered by Oct. 1 are
guaranteed a ride t-shirt, our "got shade?" sunglasses, and a
Advance registration is $40 (peoplefortrees.com) or $45
at door. Helmets are required. For more information and to
register see peoplefortrees.com.
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