Family Fall Fun Across Tampa Bay: What to do in October

Sep 30, 2021
Events, Parenting, Resources

At Apollo Academy, we believe in serving beyond our students to their families in the spirit of creating a school where everyone has engagement and ownership. Sharing our favorite community resources is one way we do this, and this month, we’re sharing exciting events happening in October across Tampa Bay.

Making family connection time and spending time in our beautiful community are easy to do with the area’s many activity options. As the hot and humid summer days begin to welcome in the more comfortable fall temperatures, fall is the perfect time of year for locals to get out in their own backyard. So whether your family enjoys adventures, festivals, or holiday events, our Tampa community has plenty to offer by way of fall fun. 

Here are some upcoming Tampa events we think will be great for getting your whole family in the fall spirit! 


Fall Pumpkin Festival at Raprager Family Farms

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays September 25 through October 30, 2021

There’s nothing more fall than a pumpkin patch! Raprager Family Farms in Odessa will be hosting their 2nd annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. Hayrides, a hay chute slide, petting zoo, face painting, pony ride, and live entertainment are just some of the many activities planned for this event. The Fall Pumpkin Festival runs Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am-9 pm and Sundays from 9 am-7 pm from September 25th-October 30. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get post-worthy pictures of your kids among the pumpkins and other farm scenery. You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this event!


Riverwalk Trick or Treat

October 30, 2021 4pm-7pm

The Tampa Riverwalk is a beautiful place to spend a fall day in the sunshine and fresh air. The Riverwalk Trick or Treat event will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 4 pm–7 pm, and it is an entirely free community event. Children are invited to dress up and trick or treat with the over 50 treat and activity stations along the Riverwalk from Water Works Park to USF Park, including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. And, as if that’s not enough fun, you can grab a bite to eat for dinner with the kids and stay in the area for the Halloween Lighted Boat Parade that will be making its way along the Hillsborough River later that evening. 


Halloween Lighted Boat Parade

October 30, 2021 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sponsored by Friends of the Riverwalk and in benefit of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, come out to the Tampa Riverwalk for the second annual Halloween Boat Parade. The route will float along the Hillsborough River beginning in the Convention Center basin, travel to the Heights, and end at Sparkman Wharf. 


Shimmering Lights Fall Festival

Select nights through October 31

2302 N. Dover Rd., Dover 

When the sun goes down, a not-so-scary walk through the woods will be fun for the whole family. Sun Kisses Acres is teaming up with Nights of Shimmering Lights to create a walking trail featuring beautiful lights, music, games, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and more! Tickets are $7 for everyone ages 3 and older. 


Pumpkin Patch Express at the Florida Railroad Museum
12210 83rd Street E., Parrish

All aboard! Jump on the Pumpkin Patch Express for a 2-hour journey to a pumpkin field and other fun activities. Hayrides, arts and crafts, Lincoln log building, and games will be available. In addition, children can pick a pumpkin from the patch to take home! Trains will run at 50% capacity to ensure a safe adventure for all train enthusiasts. Tickets range from $14.50 to $32.50 per person.


We hope your child finds many reasons to smile as they enhance their curiosity through the community experiences they engage in this season. Learning extends well outside the walls of a school building, and we are proud to be part of the thriving and vibrant Tampa community that offers families so much to do. If you’d like more information about our dynamic school, we’d love for you to contact us so we can get to know your family!