1. Hernando

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 12

Published Oct. 8, 2018


Scarecrow Festival: The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Includes building scarecrows, touch-a-truck, pumpkin patch, bounce house, face painting, slide, carnival games, corn maze, barrel train rides, photos with a scarecrow and pony rides. Admission is $10, $5 students, 4 and younger free. Call (352) 567-0262.

Ethnic Festival: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hosts the annual four-day event from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 and noon to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, on the church grounds, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Featuring ethnic foods, continuous entertainment, carnival rides, karaoke, music, demonstrations and vendors. Admission is free. Midway ride bands are $20-$30; advanced tickets (save $5) are available through Oct. 17 at the parish office. Call (352) 688-0663.

Asturia Fall Festival: The event, to benefit Pasco Kids First, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Asturia Amendity Center, 14575 Promenade Parkway, Odessa. Includes activities for children and adults, including crafts, face painting, carnival games, a balloon artist, food trucks and local vendors. Hay will be provided to those wishing to stuff their own straw scarecrows (bring your own pillowcase and old clothing). The event is free. Call (813) 510-3601.

Columbus Day Festa: The Sons and Daughters of Italy host this event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Features music, entertainment, free bocci and horseshoes, food vendors and arts and craft vendors. Bring a chair or blanket. (Rain date is Oct. 14.) Free admission. Call (352) 683-7713 or (352) 213-9166.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm and Corn Maze: Explore the five-acre corn maze from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Includes a Farm Scene Investigation and a storyline path of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin, along with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, cow train ride, pedal carts, tree house, mineshaft slide, spinning wizzer, barnyard games, throw footballs and baseballs and shoot hoops in the ball zone, and a candy cannon. Continues through Nov. 4. Admission is $11.95, ages 2 and younger free. Call (727) 326-3256.

Sweetfields Corn Maze: Featuring a corn maze, hayrides, hay play area, animals, farm fun, human foosball, pumpkins and more at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 4. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (no pets allowed). Call (352) 279-0977.


Cardboard Boat Race and Kayak Racing: The Hernando Beach Marina and Hernando Beach Yacht Club host the event that starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at the marina, 4139 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. In addition to the races, which start at noon, there will be a silent auction, live entertainment, vendors and the Taste of Hernando at the adjacent yacht club. Race registration deadline is Oct. 12. Spectator admission is free. Call (352) 596-2952.

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Coin and Stamp Expo: The Pasco Coin Club hosts this show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. The show includes a sale and appraisals of coins, currency, bullion and jewelry. Register to win a 1-ounce silver eagle. Admission is free. Call (727) 534-7597.

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The club will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. Call (727) 255-3083.


Friday Night Live: The monthly music series will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Includes live bands and food trucks. Hosted by Brooksville Main Street. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

Hernando Jazz Society presents Broadway Bound: Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon listening and dancing to the sounds of well-known show tunes at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is free for HJS members (new members welcome). Nonmembers pay $10 per person, $15 per couple. Season tickets are available for $50. There is a separate cost for the cash bar and optional buffet. Call (352) 263-8579.

Benedictine Sisters of Florida host concert: The concert will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Holy Name Monastery, 33201 State Road 52, Saint Leo. Featuring the combined choirs of Saint Leo University, St. Anthony Catholic Church, and the Benedictine Sisters. Also, the Friendship Singers will perform a patriotic program in celebration of Veterans Day with the presentation of colors. A social will follow. Admission is free; a free-will offering is appreciated. Call (352) 588-8443.

John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Includes singing, comedy and impressions. Special guests include Jason Ensor and Theresa Smith. Donations accepted ($5 suggested). Food and drinks will be available. Call (727) 597-0948.


Dames at Sea: The light-hearted musical continues with Thursday and Sunday matinees and Saturday evening shows through Nov. 11 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. It plays Thursday and Sunday matinees and Saturday evenings through Nov. 11. Dinner and show, $55.50, $30 ages 5-12; show only $44.50, $25 ages 5-12 (plus tax and tip). Season tickets available; group rates available. Call (727) 863-7949 or online at

Art events

'Giving Thanks' exhibit reception: View the new exhibit, meet artists and enjoy music provided by Bob Webb at the reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Mingle with the artists, and enjoy submissions by Just Poets. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Refreshments will be available. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Uptown Art Gallery (Brooksville City Hall), 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Memories of Fall: A reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The exhibit continues through Oct. 21. Call (727) 841-7732.

Snapshots of the Mesozoic: A New View of Dinosaurs: Sculptor Lyn Joyce's exhibit is on display through Oct. 17 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Joyce uses specialized skills learned as a taxidermist's apprentice to bring back creatures from ancient history. Free. Call (727) 816-3418.


Halloween Harvest Festival: Hernando County Recreation hosts this two-day event from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Both days' events include a haunted house (recommended for ages 8 and older), hay rides, games, face painting and food. A "Paws on Parade" pet parade will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 (preregistration at 6:30 p.m.). Costume contests for children 12 and younger will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 (pre-registration at 6 p.m.). Free admission. Game tickets are four for $1; haunted house $4, hay ride $3; $10 entry fee for pet parade (benefits Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services) and $2 entry fee for costume contests. Call (352) 754-4031.

Scream-A-Geddon: The event continues at 7:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 3, at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. The annual event features numerous haunted attractions spread across 60 acres. New this year is Rage 3D, Demon's Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault, in which participants hunt, shoot and "kill" zombies. Tickets vary $19.95-$39.95; There is an additional $9.95-$19.95 for the paintball assault. Call (813) 452-5412. Visit

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Hernando Symphony Orchestra: The orchestra is auditioning musicians for the 2018-19 season. Musicians (any instrument) wishing to audition can call (352) 584-1210 or email to for further information.

Contact Phyllis Day at (352) 848-1408, (727) 869-6235 or


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