TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this Veterans Day weekend (November 8-11), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, November 8
Dane Cook: Tell It Like It Is
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Mahaffey Theater at 400 1st St S, St. Petersburg
Info: Stand-up comedian and actor Dane Cook is known for his dark humor and high-energy stage presence. Cook hits the road again with his 2019 Tell It Like It Is comedy tour. If you're looking to grab a bite before the show, there will be a pre-performance dinner at 6 p.m. for $26.50 plus tax.
Tampa Greek Festival
When: November 8-10
Where: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 2418 W. Swann Ave, Tampa
Info: The Tampa Greek Festival is one of Hillsborough County’s oldest cultural celebrations. Enjoy wonderful Greek food, music, dancing and shopping! Admission is free on Friday, as well as everyday for children 12 and under and military members plus their families.
32nd Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival
When: November 8-10
Where: Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs
Info: This event will provide plenty of tasty choices to please everyone’s palate, including non-seafood items for land lubbers. Continuous live music is offered all weekend long, featuring local and regional musicians. Specifically selected artisans, craftsmen and other vendors will show and sell nautical and food related art, crafts, fishing apparel, kitchen and cooking items, food samples and much more.
Saturday, November 9
When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Ybor City Saturday Market at 1800 E 8th Ave, Tampa
Info: Local cupcake bakers will go head-to-head at the 9th Ybor City Saturday Market Cupcake Festival. Visitors to the Cupcake Festival will be able to purchase creations from participating contestants as well as enjoy the regular entertainment and shopping at the Ybor City Saturday Market.
23rd Annual Veterans Boat Parade
When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: 600 American Legion Dr, Madeira Beach
Info: This is the ONLY Veterans Boat Parade in the country. You DO NOT want to miss it. Viewing areas include: American Legion Post 273, ROC PARK, ELKS Lodge Madeira Beach, Johns Pass Boardwalk.
Tampa Bay Veg Fest 2019
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park at 1000 East Harrison Street, Tampa
Info: The 10th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest is bigger and better with some new fun stuff planned. There will be a great line-up of speakers and food demos that you all love so much. Plus of course all the great vegan food from amazing vendors that come each year. This event is family friendly and pet friendly!
Bad A** Beerfest
When: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Tampa Brewing Company at 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa
Info: BABF has become one of the premier beer festivals in Florida. Over 60 breweries, 200+ beers in a variety of styles, plus great food, music, and local craft lifestyle vendors. General admission tickets include a souvenir glass with unlimited samples. Designated Driver tickets are also available for $15.
Goats and Gulps Happy Hour
When: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Cage Brewing at 2001 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg
Info: Enjoy a pint of Cage craft beer while getting up close and personal with some goats! Goat Yoga Tampa will provide the goats, Cage will provide the beer, you just come and enjoy. All proceeds benefit Friends of Strays. There are limited spots available so secure your place now! Ticket price includes one beer.
Red, White and Brew
When: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Westshore Plaza at 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa
Info: Celebrate Veteran's Day weekend at Westshore Plaza and honor those who fought for our country at Red, White, & Brew Festival! Enjoy more than 10 different craft beers from 3 Daughters Brewing and Coopertail Brewing, and listen to live entertainment while celebrating those who served.
The Great Gatsby Party
When: 7 p.m - 11 p.m.
Where: Henry B. Plant Museum at 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Info: Get ready for the glitziest party of the year! Every other year Fletcher Lounge at The University of Tampa will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy for The Great Gatsby Party. Ticket includes live music, games of chance, fabulous food, an open bar and a photo opportunity with a vintage 1929 Bentley. Put on your best 1920s clothing and enjoy the party flapper-style. Proceeds will support the conservation and preservation of the Museum collection, as well as community programs.
31st Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival
When: November 9-10
Where: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
Info: The St. Armands Circle Art Festival hosts 200 artists in town annually. The event offers art from a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more!
Sunday, November 10
Veteran Day Weekend at The Florida Aquarium
When: November 10-11
Where: The Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa
Info: On Veterans Day, all active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (includes Guards and Reserve) can receive two FREE general admission tickets to The Florida Aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) can receive a 50% discount on a general admission ticket purchased at the Aquarium.
Veterans Appreciation Days at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
When: November 10-11
Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
Info: Veterans receive free general admission, with 50% off general admission for up to four guests. Thank you for your service to our country! Let your ticketing agent know upon arrival that you are a veteran to redeem this offer.