Fall and Halloween Events in Downtown Jacksonville

It’s spooky season here in #DTJax, and we are more than ready for all things Halloween — and Fall in general. We are coming at you with a list of events happening this month so you can make some festive plans to get yourself into the Fall/Halloween spirit. We know some people prefer a happy and light Halloween while others prefer the scary stuff, so we have included both! Whether you want to bring the kids along or make it a date night, you have hit the jackpot with this lineup.

River City Haunts Tour with Gary Sass

River City Haunts exposes the darker side of Jacksonville with tales of how the city has endured many epidemics, horrors, and injustices. Led by the ghost of Ossian Hart, you will be led by lantern through the streets and back alleyways. After the Downtown walking tour, you are also welcome to join your guide for an optional saunter through Old City Cemetery, the first public burial ground. Learn more here.


Sweet Pete’s Candy Classes

Sweet Pete’s has some amazing candy classes and has some seasonal classes just in time for spooky season! Check out some of the spooky candy class offerings below:

Sugar Skulls & Sangria: Celebrate the Day of the Dead by making a sugar skull and drinking Sangria. Included is one Sugar Skull and two cocktails. You can choose from Sangria, draft beer, or Halloween/fall sodas.

Fall Apples: Dip a Granny Smith caramel apple in chocolate and load with your toppings.

Smashing Pumpkins: Mold a chocolate pumpkin and fill it with your favorite candies. Take it home and bust it open to enjoy all the spooky yumminess.



Haunted River Boat Tour

13th Floor Haunted House is teaming up with the St. John’s River Taxi to offer a haunted riverboat tour for Duval’s bravest souls. Join 13th Floor and St. John’s River Taxi on October 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for a frighteningly fun time. For more information, visit the events calendar.


Pumpkins & Pints

On October 24th from 3-8 p.m., join Bread & Board and Bread & Burger in the Vystar Breezeway for their fourth annual Pumpkins & Pints event! Kiddos of all ages can play games outside and carve or decorate pumpkins in the picnic area, while parents sip on a brew (or two!). Get more details here!


Halloweek in #DTJax Presented by Live Oak Contracting

Don’t miss our spooky event this year, Halloweek Presented by Live Oak Contracting! Join us the last week of October (Oct. 25-29th) for a celebration of all things ghoulish in Downtown Jacksonville! This year, our Halloweek features are a  QR Code Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Windows and new for this year, “Spooky SZN” Selfie Spots, which will have lunchtime and afternoon programming and Halloween characters. This is a fun event for all ages! Looking for more info? Read more here! 


All Them Witches at Intuition 

Looking to catch a live show? Make sure to see All Them Witches, with special guest, The Messenger Birds, live at Intuition on October 29th. Show begins at 8 p.m.! For more info, check it out here.


Trap vs. Twerk Halloween Costume Showcase at Headroom

Wanting to kick off Florida Georgia weekend in an extra spooky fashion? Look no further than the Trap vs. Twerk Halloween Costume Party & Showcase at Headroom Coffee Bar. There will be prizes and giveaways all night for the best costume, best twerk, best performance and more. Find out more here!


Haunted Rockfest 5 at Underbelly

Looking to rock out and celebrate Halloween at the same time? Look no further than Haunted Rockfest at Underbelly on October 29th! Come out for a rock and costume contest and musical features such as Darkness Bound, Rising Up Angry and more! Interested? View more info here. 


Arf Barket Spooktacular at RAM 

Spooky, scary and dogs-galore! Mark your calendars for October 30th for the Arf Barket Spooktacular at the Riverside Arts Market. Make sure to stop by for the dog costume contest, pet adoption event, dog treats and so much more! Costumes are strongly encouraged for all. View the event and get the full scoop here!


Hallow’s Eve at JWJ 

Hallow’s Eve has never been spookier! Join Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park for their Hallow’s Eve, Frightfully Funky Festival on October 30th. Come out for spooky décor, costumes, and tricks and treats for kids of all ages! Dance the demons away to the groovy sounds of Asheville’s Appalachian Funk band, Dr. Bacon as well as St. Augustine’s Stephen Pigman Vibrations! The event is FREE to attend but brews and potions (both alcoholic and non) will be available for purchase. Learn more here. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Florida Theatre

Experience the ultimate Halloween movie and cult-classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in #DTJax! Bring your costumes and props, and join Florida Theatre on October 30th for a viewing of this fan-favorite. Get your tickets and learn more here!


The Greater Jacksonville Fair

The Jacksonville Fair will return this fall from November 4 – 14, 2021! Don’t miss one of Jacksonville’s favorite Fall event. This year will feature a multitude of free entertainment, specials and fun! Get more details here.


MOCA Kids Art Lab: Autumnal Arts

On November 13th, kids between the ages of 6 and 10 are invited to join MOCA for their Second Saturday live and in-person art class. Kids Art Lab encourages your young artist to make cross-curricular connections with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The theme for their November class is “Autumnal Arts”. Learn more here.


MOCA Fall Family Day

Join MOCA Jacksonville and their community partners on November 20th for a day of fun family time! See exhibitions and enjoy outside the museum a socially-distanced line-up of kid-friendly activities. From large collaborative projects, to performances from local artist Hello Mr. Joe and the UNF Drumline, Fall Family Day will be a hit for the whole family! Find out more here.

Looking for more spooky events happening this fall? Check out our events calendar for more haunted and fall fun in #DTJax!