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Why October is my favorite month to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Engagement Ring Photo

Beautiful Clearwater Beach Weather

The Clearwater Beach weather in October is perfect! Early in October, you may see a little bit of rain left over from September. But those days quickly turn into clear skies, with usually only ~3 days seeing rain in October. Not only are their clear skies, but the temperature is great too. The sunny days usually have 70°s and 80°s with the nights dropping into the 60°s.

The weather makes it a perfect time of year for lounging on the beach, swimming in the warm ocean water or pool, taking a beautiful walk to Caladesi Island and a great time to attend the fun October events around Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Great Events in Clearwater Beach Area

Throughout the month of October, there are a lot of events in the Clearwater Beach area. Enjoy a beautiful sunset festival every night at Pier 60. Stick around on Friday and Saturday nights for free outdoor Halloween movies at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema!

Experience live jazz music from famous jazz musicians at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday lasts from October 18th through the 21st!

Stroll along the beach walk on South Beach Clearwater and combine the beautiful beach views with amazing chalk artwork at the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival from October 19th through the 22nd.

Combine great music with delicious food at my favorite Clearwater events, Frenchy’s Stone Crab Festival from October 26th through the 28th. The multiday beach party features live music, delicious food featuring stone crab and great drink specials!

Less Crowded

Despite the beautiful weather and great events, the entire Clearwater beach area is less crowded in October. The beach is far from quiet on the weekends but during the week you’ll easily find a great spot on the beach to lounge or play with family and friends. Off the beach, it’ll be easier to get into restaurants. You may still have to wait for a table, but it’ll be a significantly shorter wait than it would be during the busy summer. If you’re planning to rent some jet skis, go on a sunset sail, or other sunset cruises – you should still call ahead and set a reservation to ensure your spot (especially on weekends!) but overall, these are also less crowded during October!

Great Place to Celebrate

Clearwater Beach is a great place to celebrate a lot of different life events. For me personally, it’s the ideal place to celebrate my anniversary. I asked my wife, Nicki, to marry me on the soft sand of Clearwater Beach on October 29, 2013. Just under one year later, on October 25, 2014, we got married back home in St. Louis, Missouri — though we often talked about getting married on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship. Since then, Nicki and I have celebrated our anniversary in Clearwater Beach, Florida as often as possible!

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – October 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events October 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather October 2018

October is my favorite month to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida! October in Clearwater Beach is full of fun events and beautiful weather! I love sitting outside, listening to live music and enjoying some great seafood at the Stone Crab Festivals and the Jazz Holiday events. All the outdoor events throughout the year are fun, but combine them with the perfect October weather and they are perfect! The Clearwater Beach weather in October typical has 80° highs and 71° lows with only 3 days in the entire month seeing rain. It’s absolutely beautiful! The beginning of October this year appears to be a little bit warmer with a slightly higher chance or rain, but still matching weather in the 80°s during the day and dropping into the 70°s later in the month.

Clearwater Beach Events October 2018

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Check out the Daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! The daily Clearwater Beach sunset festival includes local artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful sunset! On Friday and Saturday nights, stick around after sunset and enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema!

October 5th: Max 2 White House Hero (PG)
October 6th: Goonies (PG)
October 12th: Ghostbusters – 1984 (PG)
October 13th: The Adams Family – 1991 (PG-13)
October 19th: Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)
October 20th: The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
October 26th: Monsters Inc. (G)
October 27th: Hocus Pocus (PG)

Clearwater Farmers Market

The Clearwater Farmers Market features local vendors, fresh produce, and liquid sunshine all in one location! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: October 18-21, 2018

Come join the party and enjoy Jazz music and culture in Coachman Park (downtown Clearwater). Hear live music from multiple artists each night including headliners; George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Morris Day & The Time, The Doobie Brothers and JJ Grey & Mofro!

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: October 19-22, 2018

Stone Crab Festivals!

Have some fun and enjoy some delicious food at the Stone Crab parties!

Cooters Stone Crab Fest (October 25-28, 2018)

Frenchy’s Stone Crab Weekend (October 26-28, 2018)

Kona World Championships: October 26-31, 2018

Clearwater, Florida is hosting the 2018 Kona Windsurfing World Championships from October 26 through October 31!

Events Near Clearwater Beach

Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain (Now – 11/25/2018)

Rock & Roll Exhibition at the Florida Holocaust Museum (Now – 2/10/2019)

This is not a Selfie Exhibition at MFA St. Pete (Now – 11/25/2018)

Yoga On Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing (Every First & Third Wednesday)

Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor (Check Schedule)

Movies in the Park – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (10/4/2018)

Oktobeerfest at Dunedin Brewery (10/4/2018)

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tour (Check Schedule)

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens (Select Nights – 9/21 through 10/28)

Bernstein’s Broadway Presented by the Florida Orchestra (10/5/2018 & 10/6/2018)

Free Train Weekends in Largo (First full weekend of each month)

Harbor Sounds Fall Fest (10/6/2018)

Hippie Fest Pub Crawl (10/6/2018)

Rocktoberfest in Palm Harbor (10/6/2018)

Shine St. Pete Mural Festival (10/6/2018 – 10/13/2018)

Tarpon Springs ‘Night in the Islands’ (10/6/2018)

Yoga at The Dali (Ongoing, check schedule)

Movies in the Park – Clueless (10/11/2018)

Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival (10/11/2018 – 10/14/2018)

Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert & Wheeler Walker Jr. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (10/12/2018)

Oktoberfest on the Beach (10/13/2018)

Pinellas County Pie Festival (10/13/2018)

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing (check schedule)

Movies in the Park – Hidden Figures (10/18/2018)

Howl-O-Fest (10/19/2018)

Hovaween (10/19/2018)

Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest (10/19/2018 – 10/21/2018)

The Music of Queen Presented by The Florida Orchestra (10/19/2018)

Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest (10/19/2018 – 10/21/2018)

Dia de Los Muertos (10/20/2018)

Dunedin Stone Crab Festival (10/20/2018 – 10/21/2018)

Free Pops in the Park (10/20/2018)

St. Pete Science Festival (10/20/2018)

St. Pete Beach Oktoberfest (10/20/2018 – 10/21/2018)

John’s Pass Seafood Festival (10/25/2018 – 10/28/2018)

Movies in the Park – Hocus Pocus (10/25/2018)

Honeymoon Island’s Halloween in the Park (10/26/2018 – 10/27-2018)

St. Petersburg International Folk Fair (10/27/2017 – 10/28/2018)

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Art & Crafts Show (10/27/2018 – 10/28/2018)

Annual Florida Halloween Halfathon & 5K (10/28/2018)

Florida Botanical Gardens Celebrates Fall with Pumpkin Fest (10/28/2018)

Open Streets St. Pete (10/28/2018)

Clearwater Beach – Where to Eat, Stay & Play!

Clearwater Beach - Where to Eat, Stay & Play

Clearwater Beach, Florida has been voted as 2018’s #1 Best Beach in America, ranked in the top 10 Best Beaches in the World, and is one of the Best Spring Break Beaches in America! If you’re planning a trip to Clearwater Beach you may have some questions and we will do our best to answer them all! If you have a question about Clearwater Beach we don’t answer, please leave a comment below!

Traveling to Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida is located just outside of Tampa, Florida – providing easy access from nearby airports, Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Both airports are within 20 miles of Clearwater Beach, making it a short drive… in distance at least. During peak tourism season the traffic entering onto Clearwater Beach can back up. If you’re just going to the beach for the day you can avoid the traffic and save on the hassle of finding parking by taking Clearwater Beach Ferry from Downtown Clearwater.

If you didn’t take the Clearwater Beach Ferry, you’ll need to find some parking. There are several public parking lots, parking meters on the streets and a parking garage located on the north side of the island – but parking can still be difficult to find. So always keep in mind the ability to park in Downtown Clearwater and use the Jolley Trolley or Clearwater Beach Ferry.

Where to Eat

Clearwater Beach has many incredible restaurants to visit for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, romantic dinners and even late night cravings.

Delicious Seafood:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe
  • Bait House
  • Sea-Guini
  • SHOR American Seafood Grill

Great Food with the Best Views:

  • Palm Pavillion Beachside Bar & Grill
  • Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
  • Bait House (great outdoor atmosphere, on the water)
  • Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar
  • Shephard’s Ocean Flame

My Personal Favorites:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe: Buffalo Shrimp, Grouper Sandwich or Crabby Shrimp Sandwich
  • Bait House: Drunken Shrimp, South Beach Quesadilla or Bait House Burger
  • Pearly’s Beach Eats: Blackened Fish Tacos
  • Clear Sky Cafe: Bloody Mary Bar and great breakfast food!

Where to Stay on Clearwater Beach

The Villas of Clearwater Beach and Surfside Condominiums are of course our top choice when asked where to stay on Clearwater Beach! B&W Management, Inc. offers Clearwater Beach Condominiums each with Beachfront Oceanview private balconies for the best sunset views possible!

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom units and 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Each of these units come with private balconies, full kitchens, washers and dryers in each unit, private parking spaces and access to the pool and BBQ grill by the pool. Each unit will even come with beach towels and beach chairs!

Surfside Condominiums also has and a beachfront penthouse with four bedrooms and 3 and a half bathrooms available!

These Clearwater Beach condos are perfect for family vacations!

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a quick weekend trip and don’t need as much room. There’s also some great Clearwater Beach Hotels right on the island!

Great Clearwater Beach Hotels:

  • Opal Sands Resort
  • Sand Pearl Resort
  • Wyndham – Clearwater Beach
  • Frenchy’s Oasis Motel
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites – Clearwater Beach

Where to Play

On the Beach!

Head on down to the beach with your beach towel, beach chair, and don’t forget your SPF! Clearwater Beach is known for its soft white sand and warm waters with calm waves. It’s a great place to sit and relax, play with kids, and go for a beautiful walk on the beach. You can even walk the beach to Caladesi Island State Park. One thing to keep in mind is that Clearwater Beach is proud to be a family beach, and alcohol is not allowed when your feet hit the sand. There are many bars and restaurants touching the edge of the beach and have beautiful views and cold drinks ready for you. If you’re staying with B&W Management, Inc. enjoy your favorite drinks right on your private beachfront balcony!

On the Water!

Looking to enjoy some time on the water? You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and other beach and ocean toys from Clearwater Beach PaddleBoard and Rental Co.! The Clearwater Beach Marina has a lot of fun to offer as well including fishing charter boats, sunset dinner cruises, charter sailboats, para-sailing, paddleboards, and kayak rentals, dive boats, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, speed boat rides and a number of different sightseeing and excursion tours including a pirate ship!

Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is known for its spectacular sunsets. We celebrate each one at our Daily Pier 60 Sunset Festival! Join us for our nightly sunset celebration featuring artisans, crafters, street performers, and our world famous Pier 60 sunsets! The daily festival starts two hours before sunset and lasts until two hours after sunset. On Fridays and Saturdays, bring a blanket or a low lying lawnchair and stay for a free outdoor movie at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema! (Click here to see what movies are scheduled)

Visit Winter & Hope

Visit Winter and Hope, the stars of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium. It is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin and get an immersive look into the world of marine life rescue at the working animal hospital.

Rainy Day Activities

If you end up with a rainy day, there’s still a lot of fun things to do!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room (located in Downtown Clearwater)
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
  • And a lot more!

Click here for more rainy day activities!

Have some questions? Ask in a comment below and we will respond shortly!