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From Pasco Pride to the Cotee River Bike Fest to Camping with the Blues, festival season is calling

Local offerings abound for those wanting to get out and about.
The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. [Times]
Published Oct. 3

We’re headed for the fall season, when the temps start to drop and there’s an urge to get out and enjoy what hopefully will be cooler weather.

Whether you’re a planner or looking for something spur of the moment, there’s something to check out most weekends through November at venues throughout the North Suncoast.

This weekend:

First Annual Angelus Stock, Oct. 4-5 at 1243 Hudson Ave., Hudson. $20 per car load. $30 for a 2-day car pass. Features 12 bands playing over two days. Friday line-up: (6 to 11 p.m.) Lyri Smith, Julie Black Band, The Doodads, Clint Byron Band. Saturday line-up: (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) S.O.B.'s, The Firebirds, Bandoke, Crunch Time, Monkeybone, The Law, Embry Brothers Band, Bearded Brothers. Food and beer vendors. Proceeds benefit The Angelus, which provides programs and housing to individuals with special needs.

Local blues singer and songwriter Julie Black will perform at the inaugural Angelus Stock festival on Oct. 4. [LTX Imaging]

Second-annual Pasco Pride Festival, Oct. 5-6 in downtown New Port Richey. Free. Pride Block Party, from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Railroad Square. Pasco Pride Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in Sims Park. Guest speakers are Florida House of Representatives Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Smith. Entertainment includes Larmani, Mr. Vyn Suazion and DJ Czaritsa. There will be food, beverages, vendors and activities for the kids.

Natalie D'Alessandro and Izaac Deal break out into dance during the inaugural Pride Festival held in October 2018 in downtown New Port Richey. [MICHELE MILLER | Times (2018)]

Fall Brewfest for Hospice, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 in Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes. $25 for single admission; $45 for double. VIP tickets (early admission, T-shirt, VIP snack in addition to beer and wine sampling), $50 single; $90 double. Designated driver ticket is $15 and includes soda and water. Food available for purchase. All event attendees must be 18 years and older. No infants, children in strollers or pets will be admitted. Proceeds benefit Gulfside Hospice. For tickets and information, click here.

In the offing

Cotee River Bike Fest, Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Live music on two stages. Bike shows and contests. Poker Run. Bikes only downtown area. Food and beer vendors. For information, go to

The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. [Times]

Scarecrow Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. $10 for adults; $5 for students, free for kids 5 and under. Free onsite and remote parking. Attendees are welcome to make a scarecrow. Arts and crafts, photo with a scarecrow, pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, petting zoo, Barrel Train rides with Conductor Joe, rock climbing, carnival games, face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, vendors and concessions. No coolers, food, beverages or pets allowed.

Water Lantern Festival, 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Sunwest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Tickets are $25-$40. Youth pricing available. Design a lantern and watch it float, carrying messages of love and hope and dreams. There will also be live entertainment, activities and food trucks. For information, go to

Camping with the Blues, Oct. 18-20 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Weekend pass for ages 13 and up (does not include camping), $65 advance; $75 gate. Single day, Friday: $25 advance; $35 gate. Saturday: $40 advance; $50 gate. Sunday: $25 advance; $35 gate. Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Multiple blues bands performing over three days with daily jams in the rustic setting of the youth ranch. Friday lineup: Tony Holiday Band, Angela Basley Band, Bruce Katz Band, Mark Telesca Band. Saturday lineup: Joyann Parker, Dani Franchi Band, Regina Bonelli, Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin, Stacy Brooks Band, Peter V Blues Train, Lauren Mitchell Band. Sunday lineup: Sugar & Spice Review, Alex Lopez Xpress, Mick Kolassa & Taylor Made Band, Duwayne Burnside. Kids program will feature special performance by The Simple Seeds, hayrides, face painting and arts and crafts. For information and camping fees, go to

The Lauren Mitchell Band is one of several acts in the line-up of Camping With The Blues, held Oct. 18-20 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville. [Times Files]

53rd Annual Rattlesnake Festival, Oct. 18-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Reptile shows, Soccer Collie shows, wild west shows, bear shows, wooden tortoise races, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts. Special concert on Friday featuring the Bellamy Brothers. Saturday and Sunday festival days: $5 admission. Ages 2 and under are free. Concert tickets are $40 for general admission; $75 reserved seating. Reserved tables also available. For information, go to

The Bellamy Brothers will perform a special Friday night concert at the 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival, held Oct. 18-29 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. [Times Files]

Macaroni & Cheese Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Sunwest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Free admission. Live music. Gourmet food trucks. Kids zone. Proceeds benefit local charities and programs.

St. Joan of Arc’s 28th-annual Ethnic Festival, Oct. 17-20, at 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Admission is free. Unlimited ride armbands available for purchase. Call (352) 688-0663.

Barktober Fest: Paws for Polio, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24, at Rotary Centennial Dog Park, 10375 Sandlor St., Spring Hill. Bring the dogs and enjoy vendors, food, music and dog art. Free admission. Oct. 24 is World Polio Day. Hosted by the three Rotary clubs in Hernando County. Call Carol, (570) 807-3188

Nature Coast Seafood Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Admission is $5, ages 11 and younger free. Parking is free.

Sons and Daughters of Italy’s annual Columbus Day Festa, Oct. 26, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Includes entertainment, vendors, raffles, food, a beer truck, face painting, cannoli-eating contest and more. Call (352) 683-7713.

Mark Your Calendars

St. Frances Cabrini’s “Feast of Mother Cabrini” Nov. 7-10, at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes food, entertainment, rides, contests, games, craft vendors and more. Call (352) 683-9666 or email

Riverhawk Music Festival, Nov. 7-10 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. General admission tickets range from $15 for a Sunday carload to $150 for 4-day pass. Advance sales discount and camping combo tickets available. National and regional bands playing on three stages. Includes Americana, Rockabilly, bluegrass, Celtic, Newgrass, roots rock and more. Craft exhibitors, music jams, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, hayrides food, drink. For information and tickets go to

Hernando Untapped: Craft Beer and Wine Festival, 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, at American Aviation Flight Academy on Helicopter Drive, Brooksville. Featuring live music with the Mark Anthony Band, tastings from more than 30 breweries, wineries and distilleries, local merchants and games. This is a signature event of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. General admission $35; VIP is $75, designated driver is $15. Call (352) 796-0697 or visit

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Fest, Nov. 28-30 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Single and multiple-day tickets range from $25-$95. Youth tickets available. Multiple bluegrass bands including Appalachian Road Show, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Joe Mulluns & Radio Ramblers, Lonesome River Band, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, Carolina Blue, Eastman Sting Band, Nu-Blue, Rekindled Grass and Gypsy Wind. For tickets, call (828) 265-9929 or go to

Peace, Love and Funk Festival, 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes. Live music, vendors and more. $5.


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