September in Florida: Monthly Weather and Events Guide

Annual Night of Joy and Rock the Universe fills parks with joyful sounds!

Guests at the 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Walt Disney Company

While much of the north begins to cool down in September, Florida is just heating up! The humidity of the summer hasn't yet broken, and so, although schools are back in full swing by mid-August, beautiful beach days and lots of lounging by the pool can still be enjoyed. Of course, Floridians still enjoy getting into the Fall spirit. From hayrides to Halloween haunted houses, there are lots of fall festivals that go on throughout the month. The only difference is, you won't need a flannel shirt or boots, flip flips and tank top is the perfect attire for these fall events.

September Weather in Florida

It's still pretty warm during September and this is one of the busiest months for hurricanes. It's important when traveling during hurricane season to keep on top of the weather reports and don't forget to ask about a hurricane guarantee when booking your vacation during September.

Average temperatures range from the mid-to high 80's. If you're looking for more specific information on these popular Florida destinations, take the links below to see what the weather will be like throughout the year.

Average Water Temperatures

The water temperature for the Gulf of Mexico (West Coast) and the Atlantic Ocean (East Coast) is consistently in the mid-80s.

What to Pack

Since it's still pretty warm throughout the state, you can pack mainly summer clothes. Of course, don't forget a bathing suit. The ocean is still warm and perfect for swimming and most public pools and water parks are open year round, or at least till mid- October. If you are visiting Northern Florida, then the temperatures may drop a bit in the evenings so a light jacket is a good idea to have. Be sure to prepare for the rain as well. Even if there is no actual hurricane, it can still rain for a bit during the day.

An umbrella and light raincoat will do the trick.

September Events throughout Florida

The month of September is filled with fall themed festivals and Halloween events. Most of the major theme parks throughout the state have some type of fall or harvest fest or a spooky Halloween event that lasts through October. Some of the most popular events are at Disney World and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: August 30 thru November 12, 2018
    Celebration of the world's greatest foods and cuisines combined with continuous entertainment, seminars, and food demos. Meet celebrity chefs and noteworthy Disney culinary superstars and enjoy their delicacies. This is a great festival for foodies and families alike.
  • Rock The Universe: September 7 & 8, 2018
    Rock The Universe will excite and inspire music fans as Universal Studios showcases the best Christian rock performers. Noteworthy acts at this year's show include Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, TobyMac, and For the King & Country. Don't miss this spiritual and uplift event!
  • Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream: September 21 thru October 28, 2018
    One of Tampa Bay's most popular Halloween celebrations is a real scream! Haunted houses, pitch black thrill rides, and heart-pounding horror will keep you on edge. This event is recommend for guests over the age of 17 because yes, it's that scary.
  • Halloween Horror Nights: September 14 thru November 3, 2018
    Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights is one of the country's largest and most elaborate Halloween event. The park is decked out for Halloween all month long and special packages are available for extra spooky thrills.
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: August 17- October 31, 2018
    Special ticketed event on select nights at Disney World's Magic Kingdom that features "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade," Mickey's Mouse-Ka-Rade costume parties, Halloween storytelling, live shows and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display above Cinderella Castle. Families enjoy a complimentary photo, unlimited use of the attractions and opportunities to trick-or-treat throughout the theme park.
  • Pensacola Seafood Festival: September 28- 31, 2018
    Every September enjoy continuous live entertainment and bountiful amounts seafood in the Seville Square area of historic downtown Pensacola. Over 150 local and foreign artist showcase their work, from paintings to pottery. There are also lots of kids' activities on Saturday and Sunday.

    September Travel Tips

    • September is a great month to visit the theme parks because it's one of the less crowded months of the year, especially Disney.
    • Since it's still hurricane season make sure you have insurance on all of your vacation packages. This way in case of a hurricane you won't lose the money.
    • It's still pretty buggy this time of year, so don't forget the bug spray, and sunscreen, of course.