TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (October 4-6), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, October 4
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown St. Pete
Info: On the first Friday of every month, the heart of downtown becomes St. Pete’s biggest block party. First Friday St. Pete gets rolling on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Your admission is free, the music is live, and vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink.
Check out the best haunted houses in Tampa Bay
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Info: Peppa Pig Live! returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with an all-new action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises!
Saturday, October 5
Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival
When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: The Noise Box at 1310 John Moore Road, Brandon
Info: Experience the craft, culture, and community of Florida coffee at The Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival. TBCAF will be hosting Coffee Roasters from all over the Sunshine State, coming to bring you their finest craft coffee to try, and to share their knowledge and experiences with you. Coffee panels are open to all attendees this year. They will be hosted by some of Florida’s most knowledgeable roasters. Whether you are just starting in coffee, are a novice crafter, or a professional connoisseur, there is something to be learned that will assist you in your coffee exploration. Art vendors, everywhere! Come and see all of the different mediums these talented vendors will be bringing to their tables. Warning, you might be walking away with more than you were expecting! Live music will fill the air. Soft acoustic acts indoors, and full bands outside.
When: 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts at 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa
Info: This one is for the kiddos! Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! Baby Shark Live! is a state of the art enchanting kids spectacular. In this one of a kind concert experience, young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and friends go on fun adventures to learn and meet new friends!
Sarasota Water Lantern Festival
When: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota
Info: Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family-friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. What's included? Each adult ticket comes with a floating lantern, commemorative drawstring bag, marker, wristband and lantern retrieval. The price also covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously been in or around the water.
Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa
Info: Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest is the ultimate place to be on October 5th. A FREE, family-friendly event at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, Tailgate Taste Fest’s robust schedule includes activities for the casual event-goer and the ultimate sports fan alike. Entertainment consists of a food competition with local restaurants serving up the most delicious tailgate foods Tampa has to offer, live music from local and national bands, a competitive corn hole tournament and, of course, live action from the day’s most exciting college football games shown on huge LED video screens!
Sarasota Pirates & Rum Festival
When: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Bayfront at 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Cost: Early Bird Tickets $10 | At The Door $20
Info: Sarasota's biggest and best event in October for cancer awareness! Assemble your krewe and join us for a party like no other for a worthy cause. General admission includes great live music, incredible food, pirates and rum samples from around the world.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre at 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater
Info: Piff the Magic Dragon brings his one-of-a-kind comedy magic show to Clearwater for his Bilheimer Capitol Theatre debut! After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm with a show that you must see to believe. Voted Best Comedian in the 2018 Best of Las Vegas Awards, Piff, joined by his trusty sidekick Mr Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua, performs nightly to sold-out rooms at his residency at the world-famous Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas. Don’t miss the show that is 50% Comedy. 50% Magic. 100% Dragon!
Sunday, October 6
When: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Coliseum at 535 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Info: Not sure where to start on your wedding planning? The Tampa Bay Bridal Show is here to help. Join us at The Coliseum in St. Pete and meet with nearly 100 bridal professionals from all around the Tampa Bay area. We will have tons of food to sample, beautiful flowers, gowns and more, all ready to help you with your special day.
Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival
When: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park at 1000 East Harrison Street, Tampa
Cost: Children 5 and under Free | General Admission $5
Info: Join us for feet stomping performances by Oro Solido, Frankie Negron, Timbalive and so many more celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! ViVa Tampa Bay is an exciting Family Art & Cultural Festival, celebrating the beauty of Tampa Bay's Hispanic communities! Guests will enjoy delicious Latin foods, cultural dance exhibitions, festivities and local band performances dedicated to Hispanic heritage.