Art festivals and Bluegrass concerts take over Honeymoon Island this season

people gathered outside under tents for a live concert in the park
Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Fest 2022 | Photo via Friends of the Island Parks

Honeymoon Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida (just ask Dr. Beach). On October 21 and 22, Honeymoon Island will hosts its Fall Festival. The festivities will include outdoor recreation demonstrations, guided nature walks, outdoor photography lessons, yoga, tai chi, and even live glassblowing. It’s all free to enjoy with park admission ($8 per vehicle, $4 for single occupant vehicles, $2 pedestrians and bicyclists).

Birdwatchers will be in a proverbial paradise at the lush state park. Visitors can observe eagles, osprey and great horned owls above, while ground animals include gopher tortoises, raccoons and armadillos. You can learn more about the event, and keep up with update on the official event page.


On December 2, from 11am-5pm, Honeymoon Island will host Bluegrass Festival. It’s going to be 6 hours of traditional bluegrass music from national bands Becky Buller and ETSU Pride Band, and Florida band Rekindled Bits of Grass. Located in the shady picnic area near the north beach and wooded hiking trails.

vendors gather outside for a fall festival at the park
Honeymoon Island Fall Fest 2022 | Friends of the Island Parks

Bluegrass concerts live in the park this December

Tickets are $17 and can be reserved in advance online. Huge thank you to Friends of the Island Parks for putting these events together.

Honeymoon Island is also home to the Rotary Centennial Nature Center. This space helps visitors learn about the park’s history and natural resources. Swimming, fishing, shelling, hiking and bicycling are all popular activities that make Honeymoon Island State Park an ideal getaway.


Want to know how Honeymoon Island got its name? Clinton Washburn, prolific businessman, purchased the island in the 1930s. It’s said that during a dinner with the editor of Life magazine, Washburn rated the island would make a perfect getaway for lovebirds and honeymooners. The editor wound up using that in the story and the name just stuck.

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