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Butterfly Migration, Bela Lugosi and Experience Asia: Fun October Happenings


It's fall in North Florida and what a wonderful thing that is! This is one of my favorite times of year to get outdoors and take advantage of all the fun this little city has to offer and October does not disappoint when it comes to filling up the calendar.

The weekend of October 12th seems to be the weekend to do all the things. Most notably, the Experience Asia Fest, Explorer’s Day at the Historic Capitol and Gaines Street Fest, all of which are happening downtown, are free and appropriate for all ages. You could start the morning off at the goregous, tree canopied Lewis and Bloxham parks in the heart of downtown to see the Experience Asia Fest. You'll learn about Asian cultures and heritages through cultural performances, demonstrations, and arts and crafts displays. Then hop on over to the historic Capitol a few blocks away for Explorer’s Day. You can explore the Florida Historic Capitol Museum with Ponce de Leon from the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park or learn how to use an astrolabe, quadrant, or cross-staff with a 16th century navigation. Once you’ve gotten your fill of historical know-how, take a leisurely stroll a few streets south to check out Gaines Street Fest where there will be live music from over 50 bands along with street performers, food trucks and other vendors. 

You can also check out all the fantastic shops and restaurants G' street has to offer.

While it’s not until the end of the month, I’m totally excited about the outdoor screening of the timeless “Dracula” film starring Bela Lugosi at the Knott House Museum downtown on October 25th. There will be a short lecture starting at 6:30 given by Eric Rodriquez on the history of early horror films and the film starts at 7 pm. Your $3 admission ticket also gets you a bag of popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. There will also be a Halloween costume contest and a tour of the Knott House Museum after the film. 

More details can be found here.

If you are looking for a film geared more towards kiddos, head on over to Faith Presbyterian on Meridian for a screening of “Nightmare Before Christmas” at 7pm on October 25th. 

The film will be played right there in the patch which makes for quite the Halloween atmopshere. Popcorn will be available but don't forget a blanket, a comfy sweater and a Thermos of hot coco or tea! For other movies played in the patch in October, check out Fatih's website.

October is also Archives Month and The Florida State archive is celebrating with some events that are making the history nerd in me squeal like a schoolgirl. On the evening of Oct. 11th at the R.A. Gray building, visitors will be treated to free food, drinks, and a slideshow in the lobby of the R.A. Gray Building at “An Evening of Photos from the Past”. The slideshow will feature images from the Tallahassee Democrat, many unpublished, showing scenes of Tallahassee life from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Mad Men fans in the house say “hey!” Saturday the 12th from 10 am to 4 pm is also Scan Day at the archives in the same building. “The public is encouraged to bring in original Florida-related family photographs (no digital images please) for possible inclusion in the collections of the State Archives of Florida. Many of these images will eventually be made available on the Florida Memory website as part of a special Big Bend Area photographic collection.” For those not familiar with the Florida Memory Project, check it out! It's an amazing digital archive of hundreds of photos of daily life in Florida. Scan Day is a way for you to contribute to the legacy of this diverse state and the people in it


And let’s not forget: the 9th Annual New Leaf Farm Tour (Oct. 19th & 20th), Ghost Tours through downtown Tallahassee (Oct. 19th & 20th), Halloween Howl at the Tallahassee Museum (Oct. 25th & 26th), the Monarch Butterfly Fest at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge (Oct. 26th) and all the New Leaf seminars throughout the month of October. For these and more awesome activities in the Sunshine state capital, scroll down for a list (click links for event details).

More October Happenings

Organic Plant Sale at New Leaf, Oct. 5th, noon - 3 pm  

Blessing of the Animals at Mission San Luis, Oct. 5th, 10 am-3 pm

Soldier Songs, a contemporary opera at Opperman Music Hall, FSU, Oct. 5th, 7 pm - 9pm (free)

Merry Market at Bradfordville FIrst Baptist Church, Oct. 12th, 9 am - 4 pm (free)

14th Annual Havana Pumpkin Fest in Downtown Havana, Oct. 12th, 8 am - 10 pm

The Haunted Library at the Dr. B.L. Perry Branch Library on S. Adams, Oct. 12th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm (free)

Tallahassee Genealogical Society’s Heritage Expo at the LeRoy Collins Library downtown, Oct. 13th, 2 pm - 5 pm (free)

Office of Sustainability presents Trailahassee at the LeRoy Collins Library downtown, Oct. 17th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm (free)

Moon Over Maclay at Maclay Gardens State Park, Oct. 20th, 6 pm - 9pm

Golden Arces Ranch Farm to Table Dinner, Oct. 20th, 5:30 pm - 10 pm 

Navigating New Worlds curator’s tour at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Oct. 25th, 11 am - noon (free)


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