Halloween and Fall Festivities in Downtown Jacksonville 2023

Author: Jane Robison, Downtown Vision Marketing Intern

It’s October and the fall season has finally arrived in Downtown Jacksonville! With Halloween right around the corner, there are a plethora of events that are perfect for celebrating the fall season and holidays. Whether you’re searching for a costume contest or fall themed crafts, there are seasonal events and activities fit for everyone in #DTJax!

All Them Witches at Intuition Ale Works

Photo by: Intuition Ale Works 

Looking for live music during #DTJax’s fall? Then check out All Them Witches performing at  Intuition Ale Works on Friday, October 20th! This hard rock quartet will be accompanied by GA-20 and Special Child for special appearances! Enjoy live music and drinks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Intuition Ale Works.

Pumpkin Carving with Kanine Social

Photo by: Kanine Social

Kick off the Halloween festivities by testing your pumpkin carving skills with Kanine Social on Friday, October 20th! Pumpkin carving begins at 6 p.m. so make sure to arrive early to join in and potentially win their carving contest. The contest judging begins at 8 p.m. and the scariest, most creative and best overall pumpkin carvings will be awarded!

Monster Mash Costume Party at The Greenhouse & Bar

Photo by: The Greenhouse & Bar

Looking for a costume contest? Well, The Greenhouse & Bar has got you covered as they’ll be throwing their Monster Mash Costume Party on Saturday, October 21st! Partnering with @hushhushjax, there will be music and drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Don’t forget to go all out with your costume for a chance to win a prize for best dressed!

A Musical Harvest at St. John’s Cathedral

Photo by: The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville

Celebrate the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s 8th season by attending “A Musical Harvest” on Sunday, October 22nd. Taking place at St. John’s Cathedral, this free concert will begin at 5 p.m. and feature a wide variety of talented musicians! 

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show 

Photo by: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show

If you enjoy a good murder mystery then make sure to visit Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show in #DTJax! Located at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville, embark on a murder mystery with different twists and turns. During the murder mystery, dinner will be served while the criminal is still lurking around!

Hops, Hounds and Halloween 5K and VyStar Fun Run & Costume Contest

Photo by: Kanine Social

Have your pups join in on #DTJax’s fall fun by participating in Kanine Social’s Annual Halloween 5k on Sunday, October 22nd! Grab your running shoes and don’t forget to dress up your furry friend. Don’t miss live music, food trucks, vendors, an after-run party, and more!

Pumpkins & Pints with The Bread & Board

Photo by: The Bread & Board

Join The Bread & Board for family fun and seasonal festivities on Sunday, October 22nd! The Bread & Board is throwing “Pumpkins & Pints”, an all day event that features beer & brunch specials, a pumpkin carving contest and a chance to win a $25 gift card! 

Rise from the Grave Costume Party at Myth Nightclub

Photo by: Myth Nightclub

Join Myth Nightclub for their “Rise from the Grave Costume Party” on Thursday, October 26th! Listen to electronic disco music and dress in your best costume for a spooktastic costume party! Enjoy drinks, a wide variety of DJ’s and all the fun costumes at Myth Nightclub.

Creepin’ it Real at The Cummer Museum

Photo by: The Cummer Museum 

Looking for a halloween family activity? Then, visit the Cummer Museum for a spooky arts experience on Friday, October 27th! From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., explore the museum and uncover hidden secrets about the artwork displayed at the Cummer Museum. Admission is free and there will be trunk-or-treat styles prizes! 

Halloween Party at Ruby Beach Brewing

Photo by: Ruby Beach Brewing

Ruby Beach Brewing is throwing a Halloween party Friday, October 27th! In collaboration with @stonewallsportsjax, the #DTJax brewery is hosting an amazing spooky themed party with plenty of Halloween fun. There will be music, drinks, food and of course, a Halloween costume contest!

Halloween Festivities at Dos Gatos

Photo by: Dos Gatos

Dos Gatos is going all out for #DTJax Halloween! Join them in celebrating all weekend long starting Saturday, October 28th, to Tuesday, October 31st! From a costume party, to pumpkin carvings, to spooky bingo there are plenty of ways to celebrate the spooky holiday with Dos Gatos.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Photo by: Florida Theatre

Catch a showing of the horror musical classic “The Rocky Picture Show” on Saturday, October 28th! Located in the heart of #DTJax, this screening will take place at the Florida Theatre. Don’t forget to arrive early for  a live musical performance!

2nd Annual Nightmare on Bay Street

Photo by: @nightmareonbayst

The spookiest event in #DTJax is back for its second year! Nightmare on Bay Street is making its return on Sunday, October 29th from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. This costume carnival will have vendors, food trucks, carnival games, a costume contest and silent disco! 

Midday Day in the Garden of Good and Evil at James Weldon Johnson Park

Photo by: James Weldon Johnson Park

If you’re searching for a day of Halloween celebration then look no further! James Weldon Johnson Park is throwing “Midday in the Garden of Good and Evil”, a free event happening on Tuesday, October 31st. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join James Weldon Johnson Park for lunch, treats, ghoulish decorations and loads of activities!

First Wednesday Art Walk

Photo by: Downtown Vision Inc.

Come out to First Wednesday Art Walk during #DTJax’s fall season! This #DTJax event happens every first Wednesday of the month. Come and enjoy live music, local vendors and artists, food trucks and much more! The next First Wednesday Art Walk is taking place on Wednesday, November 1st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

Photo by: Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

The fair is coming back to Downtown and is right in time for fall! Visit the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair any day from November 2nd to November 12th. There will be live music, delicious food, various exhibits and fantastic attractions. Don’t miss out on all the fair fun taking place in #DTJax!

We hope you enjoy all the fall and Halloween festivities in #DTJax! Make sure to check our calendar for more upcoming holiday fun, and tag us or use #DTJax for a chance to be featured on our social pages!