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Fall Events in Clay County

October

1 – November 17- Kathy Stark: The Wilderness Of North Florida’s Art Exhibit, Thrasher-Horne Center Gallery-  Large-scale watercolor paintings highlighting the parks, preserves, conservation areas and forests where you can get a ‘sense of wilderness’, all within one hour of downtown Jacksonville.

1 - Farmer’s & Art Market, Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Our season runs September – June. Join us on the first Sunday of each month.

6-7 – Amazing Grace Crop Maze – Amazing Grace Crop Maze provides FAMILY FUN on the FARM in Clay County! Hayrides, cow train, duck races, corn crib, barnyard ball zone & more!  

7 – The 16th Annual Soul Food Festival & Parade, Vera Hall Park, Green Cove Springs – Events will range from live entertainment, health expo, BBQ ribs and sweet potato pie contest, children’s zone/activities and more.

9 – Rededication of Veterans Memorial at the Historic Triangle, 915 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, 11:00 a.m., Rededication of the TAPS Monument at the Clay County Historic Triangle.

13-31 – Haunting of Hill House – Orange Park Community Theatre – Weekend Performances Only

14 – Track Attack Weekend Open Track – The FIRM – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.

14 – Kiwita Nature Center Open House, Camp Chowenwaw, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – Explore nature exhibits and speak with park naturalists.

16 – 22 – CalaVida Arts Festival - With the majestic St. Johns River as a backdrop, the CalaVida Arts Festival (meaning “Cove Life”) is designed for all ages offering a myriad of arts presentations including both visual and performance arts. The goal of the CalaVida Arts Festival to offer entertainment for everyone!

20   – Click, Clack, Moo – Thrasher-Horne Center, 10:30 am – Enjoy this hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

20-21 – Amazing Grace Crop Maze – Amazing Grace Crop Maze provides FAMILY FUN on the FARM in Clay County! Hayrides, cow train, duck races, corn crib, barnyard ball zone & more!  

21  – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 -11:00 am – The Museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special Tours are available other dates and times by appointment.

21 - Third Saturday - 3rd Saturday Market in the Park is an opportunity to shop and meet local business owners, vendors and craftspeople while enjoying our beautiful, historic small town and park on the St John’s River. Shop local, relax, and enjoy your Saturdays again! Every third Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Spring Park located at the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue in Green Cove Springs. Free to the public.

 21-22 - 35th Annual Fall Festival, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orange Park Town Hall - The Fall Festival started with 12 vendors and a few guitar players. Thirty-five years later, our festival has over 200 vendors and two stages packed with entertainment. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of food from barbeque and local seafood to fresh baked goods and locally harvested honey. Kids can bounce on inflatables and get their faces painted. And, of course, the shopping is second to none with unique gifts, handmade quilts, pottery and even treats for your furry friends. Admission and parking are free!

27-28 – Amazing Grace Crop Maze – Amazing Grace Crop Maze provides FAMILY FUN on the FARM in Clay County! Hayrides, cow train, duck races, corn crib, barnyard ball zone & more!  

28 - Penney Farms Historic 5k Run - Come and celebrate the historic community of Penney Farms by joining your fellow runners at the start-line for the Annual Penney Farms Historic 5K Run. Race along the tree-lined residential streets of the J.C. Penney Memorial Scenic Highway loop and visualize the fields and dairy herds that grazed there. In the 1920's, it is said that a hundred men with their mules tilled the fields of Penney - Gwinn Farm

28 – Green Cove Springs Annual Trunk or Treat – http://www.greencovesprings.com/visitors/festivals/

28 - 29 – Track Attack Weekend Open Track – The FIRM – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.

31 – 11th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat, Moosehaven - www.moosehaven.org/halloween-trick-or-treat

Please note that the Florida vs. Georgia game will be played in Jacksonville October 28, 2017.

November

1 – November 17 - Kathy Stark: The Wilderness Of North Florida’s Art Exhibit, Thrasher-Horne Center Gallery -  Large-scale watercolor paintings highlighting the parks, preserves, conservation areas and forests where you can get a ‘sense of wilderness’, all within one hour of downtown Jacksonville.

3  – Shenandoah – Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 8:00 pm - When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon's distinctive vocals and the band's skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as "Two Dozen Roses," "Church on Cumberland Road" and "Next to You, Next to Me" as well as such achingly beautiful classics as "I Want to be Loved Like That" and the Grammy winning "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart" duet with Alison Krauss.

4  – 5 – NAS JAX Air Show – At the NAS JAX Air Show you will witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian demonstrations. The grand finale will be the Navy’s flight demonstration team: The Blue Angels. While you are at the show enjoy military and civilian aircraft displays, shop at novelty, food and beverage booths, or head to the free Kid’s Zo ne for games and activities for all ages.

4 - Middleburg Historic Fall Festival & Car Show, Middleburg Civic Center, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

4 - So You Think You Can Dance – Thrasher-Horne Center, 8:00 pm - You’ve seen them on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Now you can see your favorite dancers in person when the Top 10 Finalists perform live on tour this fall. The all new tour, features finalists Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor plus All Stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar. The high energy dance tour will highlight your favorite numbers from Season 14 plus new surprises

5 - Farmer’s & Art Market, Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Our season runs September – June. Join us on the first Sunday of each month.

7 – Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show – Thrasher-Horne Center, 10:30 am - See Science Come Alive! Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show is a whole new way for kids to discover science and excite their curiosity about the wonder-filled world we live in.

11 - Moosehaven Heart of the Community Chili Cook-Off, Moosehaven – Be sure to attend the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sanctioned by the International Chili Society as a Regional Cookoff. It will be a fun day of music, craft vendors, a car show and some of the best chili around. No pets please.

11 – Veterans Day Ceremony – Magnolia Ceremony – 11:00 am - The Historical Society of Orange Park and the Town of Orange Park will host the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Historic Magnolia Cemetery. As part of the program, the winners of this year's essay contest will read their essays commemorating Veterans Day.

18 - Dream Drive Exotics – Orange Park Mall, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm – Have you ever wanted to drive a Lamborghini, Ferrari or McLaren? Now is your chance! The driving experience comes to the Orange Park Mall! You can rent exotic cars and drive them through an autocross course made with cones in the parking lot. We charge by the lap, so some people will have 3 laps, and some may have 7 laps.

18 – 19 - Track Attack Weekend Open Track – The FIRM – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.

18 - Third Saturday - 3rd Saturday Market in the Park is an opportunity to shop and meet local business owners, vendors and craftspeople while enjoying our beautiful, historic small town and park on the St John’s River. Shop local, relax, and enjoy your Saturdays again! Every third Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Spring Park located at the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue in Green Cove Springs. Free to the public.

19 - Farmer’s & Art Market,  Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Our season runs September – June. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month.

21 – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 -11:00 am – The Museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special Tours are available other dates and times by appointment.

December

1  – 3 – Vintage Market Days – Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

1 – Femmes of Rock – Thrasher-Horne Center, 8:00 pm - Featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Metallica, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and more! Femmes Of Rock, led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, has rocked audiences worldwide with their blistering solos, unique arrangements, beauty, and charm. The girls have performed with some of the biggest names in the business, including Beyonce, Rod Stewart, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Michael McDonald, Andrea Bocelli, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pitbull, America’s Got Talent Season 1, and many, many more.

2  – The Martial Artists and Acrobats of China – Thrasher – Horne Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm – See one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with more than 100 acrobatic, magical performers.

2  - Christmas on Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs – Everyone is invited to enjoy a traditional Christmas parade, food vendors, local restaurants, arts and crafts booths, Jingle Bell Fun Run, pictures with Santa, live entertainment and the Lighting of the City Christmas Tree.

3 - Farmer’s & Art Market,  Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Our season runs September – June. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month.

- Track Attack Weekend Open Track – The FIRM – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.

6 – Light the Park – Orange Park Town Hall Park, 6:00 pm - Join us as we light up Town Hall Park for the Holiday season and have a reading of “It was the Night Before Christmas”.  (Santa does not attend this event.)

8 – A Garfield Christmas – Thrasher – Horne Center for the Arts, 10:30 am and 7:00 pm – Enjoy this holiday musical featuring everyone’s favorite fat cat, Garfield.

8 – 9 – Hometown Holiday – Clarke House Park, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - The Town of Orange Park and The Historical Society of Orange Park team up to bring you an old fashioned holiday celebration! This event features a shopping village, hay rides through our decorated trail of lights, live entertainment, Clarke House tours, photos with Santa and more! It may even snow! Admission is free.

10 – 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule-ar - Thrasher-Horne Center, 3:00 pm - ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trailer… Grab the family, saddle up the ‘ol sleigh, and come on down for an unforgettable night of music and laughs. These real-life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock your holidays with a deep-fried feast of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler – it’s infused with vitality, energy and passion.

16 – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 -11:00 am – The Museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special Tours are available other dates and times by appointment.

16 - Third Saturday - 3rd Saturday Market in the Park is an opportunity to shop and meet local business owners, vendors and craftspeople while enjoying our beautiful, historic small town and park on the St John’s River. Shop local, relax, and enjoy your Saturdays again! Every third Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Spring Park located at the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue in Green Cove Springs. Free to the public.

16 - 17 - Track Attack Weekend Open Track – The FIRM – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.

2 - Farmer’s & Art Market, Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Our season runs September – June. Join us on the first Sunday of each month.