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Upcoming events in Pasco and Hernando


Water Lantern Festival: This floating lantern event will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. There will be food, games, activities, vendors and music. The highlight will be the launch of lanterns onto the water, carrying letters of love, hope and dreams. Adult tickets $35 through Oct. 11 and $40 at the festival (includes lantern kit, commemorative drawstring bag, marker and wristband). Tickets for youth ages 8-14 are $12 and include a lantern, marker, LED flashlight and wristband. Admission is free for children with no lantern kit. Additional lanterns are $15. Tickets are limited and may sell out. Visit for details.

Friday Night Live: This month’s event kicks off Brooksville’s Founders’ Week festivities starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Entertainment will include Stir Up the Gift talent presenting scenes and excerpts from the musical Aladdin from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wendy Rich and the Soul Shakers will perform blues music from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a night market and full bar. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Cotee River Bike Fest: The three-day fest returns from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in downtown New Port Richey. The downtown area will be open to bikes only (no other vehicles, no through-traffic). Featuring two stages with continuous live music, bike shows and contests, poker run, beer, vendors, and more. Proceeds will go to local charities. Visit

Marker 48 Oktoberfest: The annual Oktoberfest featuring the “running of the wieners” kicks off at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. All dog owners can enter their pets in the event. There will be four race categories: small dog any breed, medium dog any breed, large dog any breed and dachshunds-only. Trophies will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place in the finals. All dogs who register receive a doggie bag with a custom dog tag, bandana, treats and more. The all-day Oktoberfest includes craft beer, wines and sangria, plus food trucks and vendors, and local bands, German music and more. Admission is free. This is a benefit for Low Ride Dachshund Rescue. For information and to register a dog, visit or call (352) 606-2509.

Monarch Butterfly Festival: This celebration of butterflies will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Hibiscus Park, Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City. Features environmental educators, informational booths, presentations, native plant sales, vendors and children’s activities. Free. Call (908) 890-4630.

Zephyrhills Seafood Festival: This outdoor event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Includes multiple seafood vendors, arts and craft vendors, and a beer and wine garden. There will be a designated play area for children. Admission is free.

Jump into Fall Festival: Join Destination Brooksville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in downtown Brooksville for a day of shopping; pumpkin pie and apple pie baking contests; scarecrow building; adult, children and pet costume contests; hay rides, apple bobbing, apple cider, hot caramel apples and everything fall. Businesses will have gift drawing tickets to win prizes. There will be more than 30 local businesses participating and a pop-up market with local artists, food trucks and vendors. Maps will be available. The event is part of Brooksville’s Founder’s Week festivities. For information, call (352) 540-6409.


Florida Fiddlers Convention: The annual convention will be Oct. 11-13 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake, on the Hernando/Pasco county line. Includes guest artists, workshops, jamming and a string band contest. The schedule and early registration form is at

Broadway Oktoberfest: The Hernando Jazz Society will perform “Broadway’s Best with a Hint of Oktoberfest” at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is free for members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. An optional buffet is available for purchase, as well as a cash bar. Also, 2019-20 season tickets are available for $50 per person, which includes all nine performances. Call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.

John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948 or visit


Halloween Harvest Festival: Hernando County Recreation Department will host the annual event from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Both nights include games and bounce houses, face painting, food, haunted house, haunted hay ride, and trunk or treat. The haunted house opens at 6:30 p.m. and is recommended for ages 8 and older. A children’s costume contest will be Saturday. Admission and parking is free. Game tickets are 4 for $1 or $5 for unlimited armbands; haunted house is $4, hay rides $3. Event armbands are $10 and includes all activities. Food will be available for purchase. Call (352) 754-4031.

Scarecrow Festival and Pumpkin Patch: Make your own scarecrow and meet Marshall and Skye of Paw Patrol at this fall-themed festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. There will be a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, photos with a scarecrow, touch a truck, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, rock climbing, carnival games, face painting, pony rides and a bounce house. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, free for ages 4 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit

Halloween Spooktacular: All ages are invited to enjoy games, candy, music and inflatables from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. Admission is $5 adult, $3 children. Call (813) 929-1220.

Scream-A-Geddon: The scares and thrills of Halloween are alive throughout October at the annual Scream-A-Geddon at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. Open daily through Nov. 2; hours are 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This year features a monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones, including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. Tickets prices vary from $21.95 to $35.95. Call (813) 452-5412 or visit

Spook-A-Thon at the Concourse: Includes Spooky Train and Spooky Trail from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Oct. 26, as well as Oct. 27, at the Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. A daylight train suitable for young and sensitive children will be from 5 to 7:15 p.m., with spooky rides starting at 7:30. Tickets will be available at the gate only. The West Pasco Sertoma Club will have food concessions. The cost is $6 for either the train or trail, or $10 for both. Children 12 months and younger admitted free. Call (727) 639-7639.

Corn Maze: The annual corn maze returns at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Check out pumpkins, and get lost in a corn maze with a mystery theme. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. Also open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Oct. 7-28. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Call (352) 279-0977.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: The maze is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 10 at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Find the hidden farmer in a five-acre “Lighting Maze” with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, a candy cannon, cow train, Wizzer ride, petting farm and live entertainment. Flashlight nights held on select Saturday nights. Wear lightning gear Oct. 6 for $2 off admission and appearances by Rolling Thunder, Lightning Girls and ThunderBug. Admission is $11.95, 2 and younger free. Call (800) 373-4811.

Art events

#AVGEEK exhibit: The opening reception will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Artist Gabriel A. West’s passion of aviation, aerial photography and rare airplane models. Currently training as a pilot, West is an “AvGeek” and a four-time winner of photo contests hosted by major international airports in south Florida. The exhibit continues through Dec. 11. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The multimedia traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution is available through Nov. 9. at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. It is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The exhibit showcases the role of sports and recreation in American culture. Upcoming special events include: “The Early History of Hernando County Sports: The Teams, the Stories, the Legends,” 11 a.m. Oct. 12, presented by Bob Martinez, editor of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories. There will be an opportunity to meet with a group of Hernando’s sports Hall of Famers. Hosted by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society and City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation. There is no cost to attend. Call (352) 540-3830 or visit

Energized by Color: The exhibit reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Featuring works by Annie Harris, whose pieces have been exhibited throughout the country and Canada, including the permanent collection at the University of Minnesota. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 20. Call (727) 845-7322.

The Monarch Project Art Show: The show continues through Oct. 19 at Out of Our Hands Gallery, 14245 Seventh St., Dade City. The reception will include light refreshments. This art show is to support a community effort to protect and promote the Monarch butterfly and its habitat, created through a partnership between the city and the Dade City Garden Club. Free. Call (352) 437-3204.

“Big and Little” exhibit reception: This exhibition of large and small scale artworks continues through Oct. 31 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Spectacular Color: The exhibit is on display through Nov. 9 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3810.

John McKitrick exhibit: Paintings of artist John McKitrick are on exhibit through the end of October at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 815-1222.

Moments in Time: The exhibit is on display through Oct. 21 at the new Avalon Park Gallery, 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. It features the works of award-winning artist Suzanne Natzke, a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. Visit or; call the Pasco Fine Arts Council at (727) 845-7322.

Look ahead

Camping with the Blues: The three-day festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Single day and weekend passes are available. Tickets are $25-$75; ages 12 and younger free. Optional camping available. Call (941) 758-7585 or visit

Brooksville Founders’ Day: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 throughout downtown Brooksville. Includes a period fashion show, moustache and beard contest, the Taste of Brooksville, historic cemetery walking tour, Victorian tea, mural tours, and the Blues-In Cruise-In Car Show. Visit for details.

Hoedown for the Hungry: This benefit for People Helping People in Hernando County will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in Heffernan Hall at St. Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Includes line dance lessons, dinner, short program, door prizes, and cash and gift drawings. Tickets are $50. Call (352) 650-4521 or visit

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: 8 a.m. Oct. 19, Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. This Alzheimer’s Association walk is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Call (904) 326-3112.

Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering: The event will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Oct. 19 and 20 at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. Includes native American flute players, singers, storytellers, arts and crafts, and a variety of native foods. Parking and admission is free. Visit or call (813) 763-2118.

Other Hernando events

11 Friday

Academia Hernando Fall 2019 Lecture Series: The topic is, “Vietnam — 50th Anniversary,” presented by Fred Tomasello. Using personal photos and stories, Fred will discuss how it feels to return, 50 years later, to the battlefields where he was wounded. The lecture is part of a series that continues each Friday through Nov. 8. Sponsored by the Residence of Timber Pines and the Tampa Bay Times. $9. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4035.

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic of this seminar is “Awesome Autumn Colors in the Florida Yard.” Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested. Free. 10 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 754-4705.

Founders’ Tea: The GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club hosts this three-day tea event. The theme is “A Place for Us,” celebrating the opening of the clubhouse in 1932. There will be a high tea menu, daily raffles, profiles of 1932 members and music of 1932. The Oct. 11 tea is reserved for Red Hat clubs; everyone is invited to the Oct. 10 and 12 events. Reservations are recommended. Email or call. $18, $10 for first-responders in uniform and veterans. 11 a.m. each day. GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 200-0416.

Oktoberfest Dance: The German American Club of Spring Hill hosts this Oktoberfest Dance. Dress code is “trachten” (club casual); no shorts or jeans allowed. Food will include leberkaese, bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut and rolls, which will be served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dancing will begin at 6 p.m. This is an indoor event. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Members $18, nonmembers $22. 4 p.m. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.

12 Saturday

Springstead Fall Flea Market: Held by the Springstead High School boys basketball team. This market will be held in the main parking lot. Vendors pay $10 for two parking spots (one for vehicle). 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

Brookridge Social Line Dance: A DJ will play a variety of music for beginners through intermediate dancers. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. Casual attire (no open back sandals). $5. 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

13 Sunday

High Holy Day: The temple will host a Sukkot Celebration and lunch as part of High Holy Day. All are welcome. Free. Noon. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. (352) 686-7034.

14 Monday

Native Americans of the Nature Coast: In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, join Nigel Rudolph, an archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, in a presentation and discussion about the lives and lifeways of the native Americans who once called the Nature Coast home. Held in the Magnolia Room. Free; regular admission required to enter wildlife park. 10:30 a.m. Monday. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.

15 Tuesday

Historic Cemetery Walking Tour: The walking tour is part of Brooksville Founders’ Week. Free. 10 a.m. (and again on Oct. 19). Brooksville Cemetery, 1275 Olmes Road, Brooksville. RSVP to (352) 540-3806.

16 Wednesday

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program provides tools to help quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for you, specific ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively. Also, four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges is provided while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited; registration is required. Free. 5 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000.

Other Pasco events

11 Friday

Friends of Hugh Embry Library Used Book Bazaar: There will be many like-new books available in all genres. Proceeds help fund programming for all ages at the library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Fall Golf Classic: The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce hosts this day of golf, business networking, food and drinks. Includes lunch, goody bag, door prizes, dinner, drinks on the course and contests. $125 individual golfers, $400 team of four. 11 a.m. Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (727) 842-7651 or (813) 909-2722.

12 Saturday

Blessing of the Bikes: Our Lady Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 11680 hosts this annual event. The blessing will be offered by the Rev. Sebastian Earthedath. All two-wheeled vehicles are welcome. For further information, email to Free. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

Corporate Cup Challenge: Co-ed corporate teams of eight to 15 members compete for bragging rights in this event with activities including obstacle courses, team building challenges, climbing wall and inflatables. $500 (team). 9 a.m. YMCA James P. Gills Family Branch, 8411 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 467-9622.

Mosquito Mayhem: This presentation will include a brief overview of the mosquito life cycle, biology and anatomy, then take a deeper dive into the environmentally-friendly aspects of larviciding, entomology, aquatic weed control, aerial treatments, disease monitoring and best practices for preventing breeding sites. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Growing, Cooking & Preserving Herbs: This will be a discussion about planting and harvesting herbs, as well as the use of herbs in cooking and how to preserve them. Presented by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Free. 12:30 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (352) 518-0156.

13 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey for a day of sales, food and drink specials, live music and various activities. Free (fee for some activities). 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. (727) 385-5375.

Country Music Jam: Hosted by Sonny Oden. All are welcome. $3. 2 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church ELCA, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 741-7470.

Revolution Roller Derby: Watch as the Valkyries take on Ocala Roller Derby in a flat track co-ed bout. Bring canned goods, toiletries and gift cards to benefit Sunrise of Pasco, which help victims of domestic violence. $12, 11 and younger free. 5:30 p.m. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. (727) 280-7981.

14 Monday

‘Big’ Orientation and Training: Learn about becoming a big brother or sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. “Bigs” can devote just 4 to 8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-on-one quality time with a “Little”. Visit 5:30 p.m. WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. (813) 997-6881.

15 Tuesday

Intermediate Ukulele Jam: This is an informal jam session. Free. 10:15 a.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

16 Wednesday

Job and Internship Fair: The community is invited to dress appropriately and bring several copies of your resume to meet with local employers with positions to fill. Free. 9 a.m. to noon. Pasco-Hernando State College - West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3334.

Genealogy Lecture: Tracing Ancestors through Religious and Bible Records: Learn about researching church records of various religious denominations, as well as how to locate family bible records. The lecture is offered by the West Pasco County Genealogical Society. Please register to ensure seating and handout materials. Text to (727) 271-0770 or email to $5 for members, $7 nonmembers. 12:30 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, MD, Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 271-0770.

Cooking Demonstration with Chef Warren: Chef Warren Caterson will present “The Mystery of Cooking with Wine.” There will be samples to taste. Guests may borrow one of Caterson’s cookbooks from the library, or purchase an autographed copy from the chef. Free. 1 to 2:30 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to this murder-mystery event. Someone has been found dead in the garden, and one of the guests is the murderer. Participants are encouraged to dress in Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes and enjoy drinks and treats while trying to determine the culprit. Registration is required. Free. 4 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program will provide valuable tools to help quit tobacco. These include: how to prepare a plan that works, specific ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively, as well as four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges, while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited and registration is required. Free. 5 p.m. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. (813) 929-1000.

17 Thursday

Portraiture Demonstration: Artist Pat Roguz will offer this free demonstration. Free. 10 a.m. Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 845-7322.

Kitchen Ribbon Cutting/Chef Demonstration: The ribbon-cutting of the Regency Fresh Test Kitchen will be at 10 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided, followed by a demonstration by Chef Warren Caterson. Free. 10 a.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Classic and Card Games: Enjoy board games, card games or challenging video games. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Library. Free. 10 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Build Better Balance: Certified instructor Cara will lead this basic level stability class that helps build strength and better balance. Class size is limited. Registration required. Free. 2 to 3 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 788-6375.