Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Panhandle Butterfly House
8581 Navarre Pkwy in Navarre
Watch as hundreds of monarch butterflies are released for their annual migration to Mexico and participate in tagging the butterflies for research. There will be science experiments as well as butterfly friendly plants for sale.
35th Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival
Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
6451 Park Avenue in Milton
Chow down on international foods such as Italian, Polish and Filipino. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, bingo, a farmer’s market, children’s activities and a raffle of $3,000. On Saturday participate in a 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5K is available at srolparish.org/fall-festival-1.
Taste of Gulf Breeze
5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Gulf Breeze Community Center
800 Shoreline Drive in Gulf Breeze
Taste of Gulf Breeze is the opening event for the Gulf Breeze Community Expo weekend. Area restaurants and food and beverage providers will tempt you with culinary delights as you mingle through the exhibition areas. You be the judge as you sample free appetizers, beverages and desserts and determine the winners of the Golden Spatula Awards.
Admission is $5 and includes entry into the drawing for the Taste of Gulf Breeze basket giveaway.
8th Annual Run for the Reef 5K & 10K & Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run
7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Navarre Beach Pier
8579 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre
This race features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Boulevard. New this year is a 10K race. The event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary.
Pink Pirate’s Annual Pinktober Fest
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
8543 Navarre Pkwy in Navarre
Come out for a Pink time to this Breast Cancer Awareness Festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, food and live music at the Navarre Park.
Munson Community Heritage Festival
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Krul Lake, Blackwater River State Forest
Blackwater River State Forest
Held at Krul Lake in the Munson, visitors learn about old-time ways through hands-on demonstrations. There is a Civil War reenactment camp, Native American displays, wood carving, basket weaving, making corn-shuck dolls, dulcimer making, shoe cobbling, cross-cut sawing, old-time circular sawmill operation, turpentining, displays by local museums and more. Cost is $5 per vehicle.
Sea Turtle Extravaganza
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8740 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre
Participants will learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and tours of the center. The gift shop will be open. On hand will be Seamore, and visitors can meet Gigi the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
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