October is the best month to visit Navarre Beach, and I’ll tell you why.
First off, there are less people soaking up the sun on the white-sanded beaches. Most people are back to work and school and getting back into their routine.
Second, the weather is absolutely phenomenal! The humidity is slightly subsiding. The temperatures aren’t as blazing as they were in July, but you can still lay out and work on your suntan.
Last but not least, there are a plethora of events to attend thanks to our 17th annual Beach to Woodlands Tour, our way of kickstarting the fall here in Santa Rosa County.
The tour will begin Sept. 11 and run until Nov.31.
From various pumpkin patches and corn mazes to trick or treat events, the 2020 Beaches to Woodlands tour will be full of memories for the whole family.
Here is a list of all the exciting events taking place in Navarre.
30th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta, Sept. 11-13
The Juana Good Time Regatta is designed for both experienced and novice sailboat racers and is open to all sizes of multihull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers.
7th Annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, Oct. 3-4
This thrilling fishing tournament starts the minute after midnight on Friday night. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana’s and prizes will be awarded in all divisions.
Trick or Teeth, Oct. 3, 17, 24
For the month of October, join the Spooky Shark School of Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to learn about sharks of the deep blue sea like Goblin Shark and a shark that glows in the dark. Registration includes a 25-minute shark presentation and early admission to the conservation center. Participants also enjoy a shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion and a spooky fun goodie bag to go home with!
12th Annual Run for the Reef 10K & 5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run, Oct. 10
This coastal race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot and features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Blvd. The event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs. Race Day Registration and awards will take place at Windjammers on the Pier.
Sea Turtle Extravaganza, Oct. 10
Happening the same day at the NBSTCC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos, costume characters and more! The kites will be flying high and all outside activities are free.
Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail, Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31
Come trick-or-treat with all your favorite animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo! Boo at the Zoo offers 7 days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. The safe Halloween entertainment includes a trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, critter touch zone and the entire zoo.
Science Spooktacular By the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Oct. 24
From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. Join us the Marine Science Station for their annual fundraiser Science Spooktacular. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities, and crafts for children.
Hatching Halloween, Oct. 31
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center welcomes the public to join them for an afternoon of exciting education. The event includes tortoise talks, a kids costume contest, trick-or-treating and an arts and crafts station.
Throughout the fall also check out the farm-to-table vendors, live music and arts and crafts at the High 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17, Nov. 7. Or explore the woodfired arts with tours at Holley Hill Potter and Art Studio, including the historic kilns of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32-foot wood fueled “Anagama” cave style kiln and the only reconstructed wood-fueled Southern Altered Groundhog kiln from the 1940s in Florida.