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The Social Portal: Things to do in October

Pensacola Opera offers several opportunities to see free opera performances in October.
Pensacola Opera
Pensacola Opera offers several opportunities to see free opera performances in October.

Fall weather entices us to spend more time outdoors, and there are a multitude of events in the area to get us outside and appeal to our particular interests. The following are just a few.

First, the next RadioLive is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Shows are always at the Museum of Commerce. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased ahead of the show. This month's artists are Kipyn Martin, The Rough & Tumble, and Sauce Boss.

Go old school October 8 and 9 and attend the 19 Annual Munson Heritage Festival at Krul Lake Recreational Area, Blackwater State Forest. Country music, classic cars, demos of such past times as dulcimer making, sawmill and grist mill demonstrations, Florida wildlife exhibitions, pony rides, arts and crafts and more fill the two days out in the country. It’s a fun way to learn a bit of history of the area. Learn more at munsonheritage.com/home

Fall Festival at the West Florida Railroad Museum on October 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The newly renovated West Florida Railroad Museum is an interactive time capsule of Milton's past. This one-day open house offers a free all-access pass. The campus is anchored by the rail station built in 1909, along with a caboose, vintage dining car, a restored bridge tender house and train rides for children, ages 3-12. Food trucks and other vendors will be on site as well. More information is online at wfrm.org.

Beaches to Woodlands Tour highlights the best of Santa Rosa County throughout the month. This is a celebration of the season in its 19th year. From the beaches to the woodlands, there is something for everyone to do during this fall festival. Music, fishing rodeo, outdoor markets, hayrides, pumpkin patch maze, beer fest, movies on the beach are just a few of the many activities going on. Check out the schedule of events at getrelaxing.com/stories/beaches-to-woodlands-2022/

The Second Annual Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) Festival, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayview Park in Pensacola invites the community to come out for a day of free kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and instructional rowing demonstration. Local vendors will be on site to showcase outdoor recreational opportunities, specialized gear and promote environmental stewardship and education. Local food trucks will be available too. This is a no-cost, family-friendly event. Visit OARFest.com

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s Batty Fang-Tastic Halloween on October 22, 4-8 p.m. will educate the public about the area's native wildlife. Costumes are encouraged while exploring this nonprofit founded in1994 that rehabs well over 100 animals a year. The event includes a haunted trail, pumpkin painting, games and crafts and food trucks. More information on their Facebook page or by calling 850-684-1485.

Enjoy an evening under the stars and experience Opera After Dark, a free performance by the Pensacola Opera, October 28, 7 to 10 p.m. at the UWF Historic Trust Museum Plaza. Follow them on Facebook for other free events in October such as Opera Up Close on October 8 and Brown Bag Operaon October 25.

Margaret Marchuk joined WUWF in 2013 as Director of Corporate Support. While new to the station and also transplanted to the state of Florida, she has years of experience in public radio beginning in 1998 in Asheville, NC, as Underwriting Director. Prior to joining public radio, Margaret worked as a writer, consultant and project manager for various size companies in NY, NJ and NC with their public relations and marketing projects. She brings that expertise to her current position as she helps businesses gain the visibility they seek with the right audience. It’s hard to tell when she is not working since she enjoys what she does…exploring the area, new businesses and meeting new people! Contact: 850.473.7453 or margaret@wuwf.org.