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What's happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? | October 5-7

Posted at 12:18 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 13:31:01-04

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (October 5-7), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, October 5

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa

When: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa 
Cost: $24.95
Info: Creatures of the Night returns even spookier than last year, for ghouls and goblins of all ages! This year Medusa, The Serpent-Head Gorgon Queen, has stepped out of the pages of mythology and is lurking in the darkest shadows. The Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises around every corner. No horror or gore, just fun frights for all!

First Friday in St. Pete

When: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 
Cost: Free
Info: First Friday St. Pete gets rolling on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street on – you guessed it! – the first Friday of every month. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until 10. Your admission is free, the music is live, and vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink.

Hari Kondabolu Stand Up

When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Straz Center at 1010 Macinnes Place, Tampa 
Cost: $26.50
Info: Brooklyn writer, comic and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me regular Hari Kondabolu’s Netflix standup special Warn Your Relatives earned him a spot on Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch” list in 2018. The New York Times hails Kondabolu as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Kondabolu has performed his hilarious socially-conscious stand-up on Late Night with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and in John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show.

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Saturday, October 6

Beer, Bands, and Barbeque

When: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Music Compound at 1751 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota
Cost: $15
Info: Music Compound is ready to kick off the fall season with the 4th annual Beer, Bands & BBQ! This will be a day for the whole family, with craft and domestic beers, local BBQ favorites and top local bands. Not only will there be traditional BBQ to look forward to but also BBQ with a twist, with menu items such as: BBQ chicken pizza, BBQ classics, and more! Every hour features a different genre. 

Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest

When: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Curtis Hixon Park at 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa 
Cost: Free Admission | $25 for 5 food samples | $35 for 10 food samples
Info: Restaurants from around Tampa Bay will be cooking up all of your tailgate favorites, right in the middle of Curtis Hixon Park! Tampa Bay's Tailgate Taste Fest is FREE to the public to attend. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the park and once again be immersed in the ultimate tailgate experience. To enjoy these award-worthy eats, a food sample wristband must be purchased.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa 
Cost: $58.25
Info: Cheer on your Tampa Bay Lightning as they take on the Florida Panthers to open the 2018 regular season! Puck drops at 7 p.m.

Movies in the Park: Monster House

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Water Works Park at 1710 North Highland Avenue, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: Enjoy a free showing of Monster House this Saturday night! The movie will be played on a large inflatable screen at Water Works Park. Food trucks and concessions will be onsite. Bring a low-back chair and blanket. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charlotte Independence

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Al Lang Stadium at 230 1st Street South, St. Petersburg 
Cost: $25.85
Info: The Tampa Bay Rowdies will host the Charlotte Independence for a Saturday night matchup at Al Lang Stadium. 

Sunday, October 7

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour

When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Straz Center at 1010 Macinnes Place, Tampa 
Cost: $41.50
Info: Are you ready to DANCE?! Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an all new interactive live concert experience. Sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters. Kids of all ages and their families are all invited to the biggest dance party around!

An Evening with Pete Rose

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Capitol Theatre at 405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater 
Cost: $29.50
Info: Baseball's hit king, Pete Rose, returns to Clearwater for his Capitol Theatre debut with 4192 - An Evening with Pete Rose Live! Pete will share stories of his past in baseball in this Broadway style theatrical event that captures the golden years of America's pastime. Storytelling, enhanced with visuals, will make the audience laugh as well as be inspired by “Charlie Hustle.” Pete Rose is an American icon and, in this show, he tells it all as he takes you inside the game of baseball as no other person can.