Clay County Welcomes Visitors for an Unexpected Florida Experience
Clay County experienced minimal affects from Hurricane Ian and we stand in supporting those in affected areas of the state.
Our area in Northeast Florida is open for business and ready to welcome you for an unexpected Florida experience. This October, we celebrate the arrival of the county’s largest fall festival and take pride in the stories of years past.
Check out these upcoming Halloween and fall events to plan an adventure with your family.
The Amazing Grace Family Farms is gearing up for another season of family fun – in a new location! In its new home between Middleburg and Keystone Heights on State Road 21, the farm has a variety of events planned for families to enjoy the cooler weather, explore the farm along with taking part in plenty of festive photo opportunities too! The pumpkin patch makes the perfect spot for fall photos and little ones can enjoy seeing the farm animals and the nearby playground. This family owned and operated farm offers a variety of activities, food vendors and fun for everyone every Friday and Saturday in October! www.agcropmaze.com.
For a fun night at the theater, don’t miss The Island Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors in Fleming Island. This show tells the story of a nerdy florist named Seymour who finds his chance for love and success with the help of a giant, man-eating plant. Shows take place on select dates from October 21-30. www.theislandtheater.com.
Take a spooky walk-through Orange Park’s Magnolia Cemetery on Saturday, October 29 as the Moonlight on Magnolia event returns to Clay County. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Orange Park, guests go on a cemetery tour led by interpreters dressed in period clothing telling the stories of Orange Park and its former residents. Tours will start at 4:00 p.m. and the last tour will start at 6:00 p.m. www.ophistory.org.
Orange Park’s 40th Annual Fall Festival takes place October 15-16 at the Orange Park Town Hall. What started with 12 vendors and a few musicians has blossomed into a festival featuring over 200 vendors and two stages packed with live music. Festival-goers can shop for unique gifts, handmade quilts, locally made pottery and more. Food vendors including a variety of items from barbecue to fresh baked goods, seafood and local honey. In the Kids Zone, little ones can enjoy face painting, inflatables and games. Admission and parking are free! This event is ranked as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. www.OPFallFestival.com.
Tales from the Clink returns this year on October 20 with a spooky, guided candlelit tour of the Historic Triangle in Green Cove Springs. Learn stories from the past at Clay County’s 1890 Historical Courthouse, Old Jail and the Old Railroad Depot as local drama students portray real characters from the area’s history. This festive night also includes a fall family festival with a free game zone for kids, arts and crafts vendors, plenty of food and drink available for purchase and a pumpkin patch. Sponsored by the Clay County Archives Department and the Clay County Clerk of Courts, this night offers a fun and educational way to learn about the stories of Clay County. www.archives.clayclerk.com.
Following World War II, Clay County’s own Brannan Field was used for the development of a new US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, later known as the Blue Angels. Visitors can see the historic Blue Angels take flight in Northeast Florida October 22-23 at the NAS JAX Air Show, just north of Orange Park on Highway 17. With free admission and free parking, you don’t even need a ticket to enjoy this annual, outdoor festival. www.nasjaxairshow.com.
From the fall festival to scary stories of days past in Clay County, have fun making memories together with your family. To learn more about activities taking place in our area, check out the Explore Clay Calendar of Events.
Clay County, FL is located southwest of Jacksonville and nestled along the beautiful St. Johns River. More than 219,000 residents enjoy a quality of life here that meets their desired pace and unique interests. Clay County has a business community that is 4,400 strong. Industries leading in information technology, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, aviation and defense, and logistics and distribution are here to serve you. Clay County welcomes you to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty, unique history, and small town feel only found here.
Director of Tourism, Parks & Recreation
Clay County Board of County Commissioners