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Daily

Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival

Clearwater: Experience Clearwater’s world-famous vibrant sunsets while practicing appropriate social distancing and discovering a breathtakingly new normal. Two hours before and two hours after sunset (5-9:30 pm). Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd.

 

Weekly

Tuesdays - Gulfport Fresh Market

Gulfport:  Shop more than 70 open-air vendors offering locally-grown and organic fruits and veggies, plants, fine arts & crafts, baked goods and more. Free clothing swap 2nd Tues. monthly. 9am–2pm. 3101 Beach Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning Market

St. Petersburg: Make the Market a shopping staple for fresh and organic produce, meats and cheeses, flowers, plants, unique gifts, live entertainment and more. Through May 25. 9 am-2 pm. Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 230 1st St. SE, St. Pete.

 

Wednesdays - Downtown Clearwater Farmer’s Market

Clearwater: Every Wednesday colorful tents and booths overflow with farm fresh produce, delicious cheeses, fresh baked goods, glorious cut flowers, plants and much, much more. Takes place from 9am - 2pm on the 500 - 600 blocks of Cleveland St in Clearwater. Info: 727-461-7674

 

Sweetwater Sunday Farmer’s Market

Tampa: Go down on the farm and shop for Florida-grown organic vegetables and herbs and fresh fruit from the orchard. Enjoy a picnic lunch, live music and vendors. Through May 30. Noon-3 pm. 6942 W. Comanche Ave.

 

Sundays - Corey Avenue Sunday Market

St. Pete Beach: Discover local and homemade produce, plants, prepared food, unique handmade and artisan gifts, eco-friendly and fair trade products just steps away from the sparkling Gulf of Mexico! 10am-2pm. Corey Ave. between Boca Ciega Ave. and Gulf Blvd.

 

YAPPY HOUR

On the second Thursday of every month, head down to the beautiful PAWTIO at Pinellas Ale Works! Your CBD Store of St. Pete will be there with samples and merch for humans and furbabies. $1 of every PAW beer and will be donated to our shelter, Pet Pal Animal Shelter.  Pinellas Ale Works.  6pm.

 

HAPPY HOUR WITH THE HISTORIAN

On the 2nd Thursday of the month enjoy an Evening of Wine, Words, and Wisdom. A "conversation" series with guest speakers sharing unique stories of St Petersburg and Florida history.  727-894-1025

 

LIVE MUSIC AT GRAND CENTRAL BREWHOUSE

Every Thursday through Sunday, enjoy free live music in the beer garden. Expansive outdoor seating welcomes friends, families, and dogs to sit back and enjoy while savoring a fresh craft brew.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT CLAY

From whimsical to functional hand building in clay has infinite possibilities. In this hands-on experience you will be guided by a clay artist in 2 hours of creative exploration and skill building. Pre-registration required.  Morean Arts Center.  7-9pm.  727-822-7872

 

WILLIAMS PARK SUMMER MARKET

Every Saturday thru Oct 31, the Saturday Morning Market moves under the shady trees of Williams Park. Enjoy live music and vendors with fresh produce, ready-to-eat foods, drinks, crafts, art, and more!  Williams Park  9am-1pm.

 

SATURDAY MORNING MARKET

Every Saturday in Nov-May, live music fills the air at this fantastic outdoor market. With local produce, an eclectic array of food-trucks and eateries, and tons of arts and crafts.  Al Lang Field parking lot.  9am-2pm.  For more information please visit

 

WALKING MURAL TOUR AT FLORIDA CRAFTART

Get the behind the scenes scoop on some of your favorite pieces of street art in the 'Burg. Saturday mornings from 10-11:30am (except on Second Saturdays tours are 4-5:30pm).  Florida CraftArt.  727-821-7391

 

SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK

On the Second Saturday of each month, studios and galleries all over St Pete swing open their doors in a fun and free evening of activities.  5-8:30pm.

 

 

 

 

Monthly

2nd Wednesdays  - Heights Night Market

Tampa: Discover a rotating cast of artisans and makers offering handmade goods, jewelry, art, woodwork, unique gifts, live music and more during this family-friendly monthly market. 5:30-9:30 pm. 7th Ave in front of Armature Works.

 

2nd Wednesdays & 1st Thursdays- Rock the Park

Tampa: Enjoy Central FL’s best musicians once again live and from one of 20 socially distanced ‘pods’ in beautiful Curtis Hixon Park! Then remember to rock out all month long with curated Spotify playlists. Free. 7 pm. 600 N Ashley Dr. Info:

 

Third Thursday Market

Tampa: Join us for a hip, fun nighttime gourmet food event featuring food trucks, cocktails, live music and more! Free, onsite parking and we’re dog-friendly! 6-10pm. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd.

 

1st & 3rd Saturdays - Fresh Market at Wiregrass

Wesley Chapel: Discover the taste of summer all year long with fresh, organic produce, plants, unique handcrafted gifts and jewelry from local artisans accompanied by a variety of live music. 10am-3pm. 28211 Paseo Drive.

 

Second Saturday - Art Walk

St. Pete: Explore the Sunshine City’s vibrant arts scene as galleries and studios over seven arts districts stay open late to introduce featured artists and new exhibits, so grab a bite and a cocktail and make new friends. Second Saturdays monthly. 9 am-9 pm.

 

1st Sunday - Hyde Park Village Market

Tampa: Browse more than 100 vendors offering fresh and organic fruits and veggies, locally prepared foods, handcrafted and artisan home décor, gifts and live music to serenade your Sunday. 10 am-3pm. 742 S. Village Circle.

 

2nd Sunday - Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

Tampa: Start your Sunday Funday by shopping a wide variety of unique gifts, clothes, healthy living products and more from your favorite market vendors. 11 am-3pm. 4500 N. Nebraska Ave.

 

First Saturday & Sunday - Vintage Marche

St. Pete: Explore more than 15,000 feet of hand-picked vintage, repurposed, antique and mid-century modern furnishings, home

décor, art, jewelry and more at this unique vendor-run market. Takes place on Saturday from 9am - 7pm; and on Sunday from 9am - 5pm at 2200 2nd Ave S.Second Saturday

 

Art Walk

St. Petersburg: Take in St. Pete’s “After Hours” arts scene as more than forty galleries and studios, spanning across five different arts districts, stay open late including Duncan McClellan Glass

and Morean Arts Center. Free trolleys run throughout the city’s art districts to get you around. Takes place in theWaterfront Arts District, Central Arts District and EDGE District from 9am - 9pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

 

First Sunday

Hyde Park Essentials Market

Tampa: Browse more than 100 vendors offering fresh and

organic fruits and veggies, locally prepared foods, handcrafted and artisan home décor, gifts and live music to serenade your Sunday. Takes place from 10am - 3pm inside Hyde Park Village, 742 S Village

Circle.

 

Second Sunday

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

Tampa: Start your Sunday Funday by shopping a wide variety of unique gifts, clothes, healthy living products and more from your favorite market vendors. Takes place from 11am — 3pm at 4500 N Nebraska Ave. Info: tampabaymarkets.com.

 

First Thursday - Rock the Park

Tampa: Enjoy Central Florida’s best musicians from one of 20 socially distanced pods. Free admission. Takes place at 7pm in beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Dr.

 

Second Thursday - Poetry at The Dali

St Pete: Join St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Helen Wallace and special guests on YouTube for a spoken word reading followed by Q&A with the poets. Free admission. Takes place at 6 pm.

 

Third Thursday - Market

Tampa: This hip, fun nighttime gourmet food event features food trucks, cocktails, live music and more! Dog Friendly and free, onsite

parking. Takes place from 6 - 10pm at 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd.

 

Every Saturday - Williams Park Summer Market Farmer’s Market

St Pete: Explore the fresh tastes of summer every Saturday under the shady oaks. Find fresh and organic produce, meats and cheeses, baked goods, fruits and veggies, clothing, gifts, arts and crafts and more. Takes place from 9am - 1pm on First Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets

 

Now Through September 2

Summer Classic Films

Tampa: Beat the heat with thirty years of summer classics on the big screen, including The Gold Rush, Casablanca, Some Like It Hot,

Jurassic Park, North by Northwest, Airplane!, Young Frankenstein and more. Various dates/ times. Takes place at the Tampa Theater, 711

Franklin St.

 

Now Through September 30

Avenue of Art

Sarasota: Explore the artistic side of Sarasota history with a series of street paintings created by local artists, students and children

commemorating Sarasota County’s centennial. Free admission. On display at S Pineapple Ave, Burns District.

 

Now - November 1

Dali’s Sacred Science: Religion & Mysticism

St Pete: Explore the connection of sacred and science through prints, mixed media objects and texts from the surrealist and

Sigmund Freud dealing with science, religion, mythology, alchemy and mysticism. Takes place from 11am - 6pm at the Dali Museum,1 Dali Blvd.

Annual Events

 

JANUARY

 

Outback Bowl

 

FEBRUARY

 

Gasparilla - Tampa

Tampa’s favorite pirates make ready to sail back out to sea at this festive celebration!

 

 

MARCH

 

St. Petersburg Grand Prix

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is an IndyCar Series race held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since 2009, the race has served as the season opener, with the exception of 2010, when it was the second race of the season (but the first on U.S. soil), 2020, when the race instead served as the final race of the season, and 2021 when it was the second race of the season.[1] The race is held annually in the spring, currently in March.

 

The race takes place on a temporary course, utilizing downtown streets, and one runway of Albert Whitted Airport. The event dates back to 1985, with IndyCars first competing in 2003.

 

St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest

St. Pete: Enjoy a perfect pairing of wings any way you can eat ‘em washed down with a curated selection of craft beers from local brewers, an artisan market, live music and more! 6-11 pm. Tickets. 400 1st St. SE.

 

Indie Flea Spring Marketplace & General Store

St. Pete: Shop a variety of unique, locally-handcrafted goods, vintage clothing, mid-century furniture, plants, art and more in a regulated, private shopping experience, complete with live music and food. Noon-5 pm. Free. 2201 1st Ave. S.

 

Bark in the Park

Tampa: Have tail-waggin’ good time during this family and dog-friendly walk and pet festival featuring costume contests live music, vendors, food trucks, craft beer. 11am-4pm. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr.

 

Wizards Beer Festival

Tampa: Experience a night of magic, debauchery and mischief with tastings in the Grand Hall or drink your way through the Lair of Secret Cider and Potions or the Adult Buttered Beer Tavern, complete with magical characters, photo ops, live music and vendors plying enchanted wares. $40. 7-10pm. 1915 E. 7th Ave.

 

International Foods & Art Festival

Tampa: Embark on a gourmand’s paradise as local chefs, restaurants and food trucks whip up foods and flavors, live music, kids’ art. Sat: 10 am-7 pm; Sun: 10 am – 4 pm. Tampa Riverwalk.

 

St. Pete Earth Day

St. Pete: Celebrate 50 years of Planet Earth with green living ideas, environmental vendors, arts and crafts, live animals, food truck, & more. Free. 10am-4pm. Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave N.

 

 

APRIL

 

Tampa Bay Rays

St. Pete: Enjoy some peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack and support Chris Archer and the 2020 AL East Champs as they open the 2021 MLB regular season in a three-game homestand with the New York Yankees. Various times. Tickets. One Tropicana Drive.

 

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

St. Pete: Sit back and relax by the Bay as Mindy Abair, Jimmie Vaughan, Larkin Poe, Ronnie Baker Brooks and more sing away your cares. Then let the entertainment continue with free after-shows on Fri. and Sat. nights at the Ringside Café! Noon-10pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE.

 

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Venice Island: Witness art in the making as chalk artists of all skill levels and nationalities transform pavement into the most breathtaking, 3D chalk canvases ever created in one location. Times/tickets TBA. 200 Base Ave. E.

 

Shipwrecked Music Festival

Tampa: A great way to get the full Gasparilla experience with multiple music stages, a silent disco, live art and heritage exhibits, performers, food trucks, vendors and more. 5 pm-1 am. Tickets. Location TBA.

 

Lifestyle Music Festival

Wesley Chapel: Experience a full weekend of live rock and country music at The Grove, batting cages, axe throwing, inflatables, interactive games, food trucks, craft beer, vendors and more! Sat: 11am-9pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. Tickets. 6033 Wesley Grove Blvd.

 

Bern’s Wine Fest

Tampa: Awaken your culinary senses with an intimate winemaker dinner or brunch featuring selections from the Harry Waugh Dessert Room and Haven. Winetasting and blending seminars, food and wine pairings, interactive games, the Grand Tasting, live music, more. Tickets. Location TBA.

 

Florida State Fair

Tampa: Discover the state’s largest celebration of agriculture, crafts, cooking and 4H best of show. Enjoy midway rides, fried fair food, games and prizes, tractor pulls, sheep shearing, cow milking, equestrian events and more! Gates open 10 am at 4800 US 301 N. Info:

 

Forks and Corks

Sarasota: Enjoy the finer things and support Gulf Coast sustainability with mouthwatering selections prepared by chefs from the Sarasota-Manatee Originals group and an international cast of winemakers in this community fundraiser. Details and location TBA. Info:

 

Tampa Riverfest

Tampa: Get outdoors for a weekend of celebration along the Riverwalk with live music, food, interactive games for all ages, wiener dog races, hot air balloons, light displays and more! Free. Tampa Riverwalk.

 

 

 

MAY

Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Fest

Tampa: Enjoy a one-with-nature food festival with cooking demos, a Best of Chefs competition, plant-based cuisine from local vegan chefs, meditation sessions and a vegan marketplace. Tickets. 11 am-4 pm. 12210 USF Pine Drive. Info:

 

Mayfest

Tampa: Browse everything from farmhouse collectibles to flea market treasures, including rustic décor, vintage finds, handmade creations from local makers, boutique apparel, jewelry, food trucks, live music and more. Sat: 10am-7pm; Sun: 10am-4pm. Tampa Riverwalk.

 

Tampa Pride Events

Tampa: Join in a day of diversity from opening ceremonies, an artisan market and health & wellness fair, a parade through Ybor City and Pride at Night concert featuring Martha Wash (It’s Raining Men), DJs and Mr. and Miss Tampa Pride. Various times/locations/tickets.

 

JUNE
MangoFest - Key West

 

Polo - Ocala
Come watch an exciting game of Polo at the Florida Horse Park every Saturday at 6PM from June through September.

 

St Pete Pride Parade

St Pete: This annual free family-friendly festival stretching the length of the Grand Central District brings more than 50,000 out to celebrate diversity with live entertainment, community booths, art, fantastic food and more. 11 am-5 pm. Grand Central District.

 

 

JULY

 

JUL 4  CITY OF ST PETERSBURG FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

Get your lawn chairs ready and come watch the spectacular fireworks display as we celebrate Independence Day.  Downtown's Waterfront.  Fireworks begin at 9pm.  727-893-7441

 

 

AUGUST

 

WORLDWIDE "PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY"

Musicians, stop by the Craftsman House porch to play. Plug in or play acoustic. Music lovers stop by for a listen.  10am-6pm  Craftsman House Gallery.  727-323-2787

 

 ST PETE ART & FASHION WEEK (10TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS)

Fashion has arrived and with it a whole week full of events, starting with a VIP Opening Night Soirée and ending with the big Runway Fashion Show. Various Downtown locations.

 

FLORIDA CRAFTART PRESENTS THE "ENVIRONMENTALLY ENGAGED"

An exhibition and programming where artists express ideas about the environment, the impending effects of climate change, and human being's relationship with the natural world.  Florida CraftArt Gallery.  727-821-7391

 

PIECED AND PATTERNED AMERICAN QUILTS, C. 1830-1930

This exhibition features more than thirty extraordinary quilts whose design, materials, and craft reflect the complexity and richness of American life from the brash first decades of the republic through the trauma of the Great Depression. Pieced and Patterned is drawn from both public and private collections. It includes superb examples of this quintessentially American art form, ranging from early appliqued textiles to boldly graphic bedcoverings of the early modern era.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667

 

 

OCTOBER

 

AMERICAN CRAFT WEEK

Craftsman House Celebrates American Craft Week, recognizing the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy. Proud to be in St Petersburg, voted "The #1 Craft Lovers Town in the US."  10am-6pm  Craftsman House Gallery.  727-323-2787

 

38TH ST ANTHONY'S TRIATHLON

St. Anthony's Triathlon offers a safe and scenic waterfront course and high-caliber competition. There are three USA Triathlon-sanctioned races during the weekend: St. Anthony's Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, or the Meek & Mighty Triathlon. Over the years, St. Anthony's Triathlon has been named "Race of the Year" by USA Triathlon and has served as a qualifier for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Athletes from 44 states, six U.S. territories and 17 countries have participated in recent years.

 

What's Up

Sports

Through Sept. 26

Tampa Bay Rays,
One Tropicana Drive, Tampa.

 

Through Oct. 20

Tampa Bay Rowdies, 180 2nd Ave. SE., St. Pete.

 

Through January 9

Tampa Bay Buccaneers,

4201 Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

 

Through April 26

Tampa Bay Lightning

401 Channelside Dr., Tampa.

 

 

October 1-3

Tampa Bay Boat Show

Tampa: Browse the latest models from yachts to cruisers, kayaks, standup paddle boards, boating and fishing supplies, trailers and more. Free. Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 10am-5pm. 4800 US 301.

 

October 2

Spyro Gyra

Clearwater: Prepare for more surprises as the jazz supergroup showcases its musical chops with covers of popular Top 40 hits, including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Tempted,” “Can’t Find My Way Home” and more. Tickets. 8pm.

405 Cleveland Street.

 

October 9 & 10

Hyde Park Village Art Fair

Tampa: Browse art for show and sale from more than 100 artisans featuring life-size sculptures, jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics and more with live entertainment, vendors, food.

Free. 10am-5pm. 1622 Snow Avenue.

 

October 10

Harry Styles

Tampa: Expect style and substance as the One Direction alum and GQ’s Most Stylish Man of the Year plucks our heartstrings with hits like “Sign of the Times,” “Golden,” “Watermelon Sugar,” “Adore You” and more. Tickets. 8pm. 401 Channelside Dr.

 

October 14-17

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Clearwater: Celebrate 42 years of world-class jazz with legends Gloria Gaynor, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Kool and the Gang and more during the Bay area’s largest outdoor jazz fest   - this year in a new location, BayCare Ballpark. Tickets. 3pm-11pm. 601 Old Coachman Rd.

 

October 14-25

Chalkotober Art Festival

Clearwater: Amplify your senses with vibrant downtown sidewalk masterpieces created live by local and visiting chalk artists, live chalking demos, music and more. Free. Downtown Clearwater & Clearwater Beach.

 

October 15-24

SHINE Mural Festival

St. Pete: Explore the city’s cultural side with vibrant images created by artists from the area, across Florida, the US and around the world while discovering virtual and interactive art, youth and adult mural painting and more. Free. Various times/locations

 

October 15 & 16

Steely Dan

St. Pete: Danfans unite for a special two-night concert experience: The Royal Scam on Oct. 15 followed by Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! and other tracks on Oct. 16. Tickets: $76 and up. Both shows 8pm. Info: 400 1st Ave. S. t

 

October 15-17

Sarasota Rocktoberfest

Sarasota: Savor smoked sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and beer with sides of German and contemporary music, dancing and shopping at the festival marketplace! Free. Fri. 4 pm-10 pm; Sat. 11 am-10 pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. 199 Bayfront Dr.

 

October 16

St. Petersburg Science Festival

St. Pete: Explore hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math experiments and   demonstrations from more than 90 exhibitors, live music and more. It’s pretty “explosive” family fun! 10am-4pm. Free. 1000 3rd St. S.

 

October 16 - virtual

MarineQuest 2021

St. Pete:  Discover virtual Florida: explore the wonders of the deep, learn Japanese fish printing, build a manatee skeleton or stalk a Florida panther – all from the comfort of home. Free. 10am-4pm. FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave. SE, St. Pete.

 

October 16 & 17

Seafood Festival

Cedar Key: Celebrate a half-century of fishing with two days of fantastic food, fresh-caught seafood, live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and more! Free. 10am5pm. 188 2nd St.

 

October 16 & 17

Pops in the Park

St. Pete/Tampa: Pack a picnic and blanket for the best and biggest free concert of the year featuring Broadway hits, popular film scores and more during this Florida Orchestra tradition conducted by Daniel Black! Free. 7pm. St. Pete: 701 Bay Shore Dr NE; Tampa: River Tower Park, 401 E. Bird St. /

 

October 17

Ford Taste of Latino Festival

Tampa: Discover the best of Latin American food, beer and wines, live music and dancing, arts and culture, including the TOP Latino Chef contest and Latino Lideres awards and much more. Fun for the entire family! Free. 11am-6 pm. 1913 Nebraska Ave., Ybor City.

 

October 17

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Clearwater: The four-time Grammy winner returns with her signature staggering vocals and a take-no-prisoners attitude for a night of memorable hits including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love is a Battlefield” and more. Tickets. 8pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

October 21-24

Reggae Rise Up

St. Pete: Experience a cultural celebration with local and national reggae artists, including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Soja, Dirty Heads and more, local ethnic food, craft beer and more. Tickets. Noon-10pm, rain or shine. 701 Bayshore Dr NE.  reggaeriseupflorida.com/

 

October 21

MercyMe

Tampa: The multi-platinum, multiple AMA, Billboard and Dove Award winners kick off their 2021 inhale (exhale) tour featuring “Say I Won’t” along with mega-hits “Here With Me” and “I Can Only Imagine.” Tickets. 7pm. 400 Channelside Dr. Info: amaliearena.com

 

October 22-24

Tattoo Arts Convention

Tampa: Explore the world of ink with Ink Master’s Al Fliction and Kyle Dunbar, entertainment from Dr. Blasphemy, tattoo contests, seminars, tattoo industry vendors and more. Tickets. Fri: 2-11pm; Sat:11am-11pm; Sun:11am-8pm. 333 S Franklin St. Info: villianarts.com

 

October 27 & 28

The Price is Right Live

Clearwater: Come on down for a chance to play Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase and share in more than $12 million in cash and fabulous prizes! Tickets. 3 & 7pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

October 29 & 30

The Witching Hour

Tampa: Opera Tampa singers stir the cauldron and cast spells over the whole family while performing seasonal favorites, including “The Monster Mash,” on the Riverwalk outdoor concert stage. Tickets. 7:30pm. Tampa Riverwalk. Info: strazcenter.org

 

October 29-Nov. 1

Spirit’ed Chalk Festival

Sarasota: Enter a world of life-size, 3D paintings where you become part of the art, take a selfie, create a mini-masterpiece, browse arts and crafts vendors and enjoy live music.  9am-6pm. 610 Airport Avenue East, Venice. Info: https://chalkfestival.org/

 

October 30

Fly Dance Company: Breakin’ Classical

St. Pete: Break it down with The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop and The Florida Orchestra who let it fly with Vivaldi and give street cred to Stravinsky in the ultimate collaboration of street dance and thrilling live music. Tickets. 2pm & 8pm. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com

 

October 30

Trick or Treat & Lighted Boat Parade

Tampa: Stroll the trick or treat trail, enjoy live music and entertainment, food and more, then embrace the dark as spookily decked-out boats launch for an eerie glide down the Hillsborough River. Free. 4-7 pm. Boat parade 6:30-9:30pm. Downtown Tampa. Info: thetampariverwalk.com

 

October 31

Halloween on Central

St. Pete: Enjoy trick or treating, a mini parade, costume contests, Sip & Stroll festivities, scooter demos and electric bus displays, street performers and more – all on a car-free Central Ave! Free. Noon-5pm. Central Ave from Dr. ML King Jr. St N. – 31st St. Info: http://www.carfreestpete.com/halloween-on-central

 

November 9

Melissa Etheridge

Clearwater: Join the Academy Award and multi-GRAMMY®-Award-winning rock legend for a night of her trademark raspy vocals, powerful lyrics, heartland melodies, new songs and feel-good memories, including “Come To My Window,” “Bring Me Some Water,” “I’m the Only One,” and more. Tickets. 8pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

November 12-14

St. Pete Runfest & Expo

St. Pete: Get ready for three days of running, live music, craft beer and fun for the whole family, all with scenic views of downtown and the waterfront. Featuring a 13.1 half marathon, 10K, 5K, Peli-Kids race and fitness expo. Tickets. Various times. Bayshore Dr near the Dali Museum. Info: https://stpeterunfest.org

 

Nov. 13

Oddities & Curiosities Expo

Tampa: Enter the world of the weird, including taxidermy, preserved specimens, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, funeral collectibles, handcrafted oddities, jewelry and more for lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre. Tickets. 10am-6pm. 333 S Franklin St. Info: https://odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com

 

November 13 & 14

St. Armands Circle Art Festival

Sarasota: Browse hundreds of outdoor booths filled with life-size sculptures, fine jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted apparel and decor from more than 200 national and international artists. Free. 10am-5pm. 411 St. Armands Circle. Info: artfestival.com/

 

November 17

Ybor City Tree Lighting

Ybor City: Deck the halls with live music and holiday fun as Ybor City welcomes the holiday season with its the annual tree lighting ceremony. Fun for the whole family! Free. 6-8 pm. 6100 E. 8th Ave. Info: http://ybor.org/events-2020-2021/

 

November 19

Back To Back: The Music of Elton John & Billy Joel

St. Pete: Remember when rock was young with a night of unforgettable backed by the power of The Florida Orchestra, a rock band and vocalists. Featuring “She’s Got A Way,” “Piano Man,” “Circle of Life,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and more. Tickets. 8pm. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com

 

November 20 & 21

Florida CraftArt

St. Pete: Browse and buy from some of the nation's contemporary fine craft artists in a variety of mediums during a free two-day outdoor market. Artist demos, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks and more. Sat: 10 am-5 pm; Sun: 10 am-4pm. 400-700 Central Ave. Info: floridacraftart.org or 727-821-7391.

 

November 20 & 21

Tampa Bay Holiday Market

St. Pete:  Get a jump on holiday shopping from more than 100 vendors offering home essentials, unique handmade gifts, holiday décor, edible goodies, apparel, accessories and more! Free admission & parking. 10am-5pm. 535 4th St. N. Info: tampabay.com/expos/holiday-market/

 

November 20 & 21

Sarasota Fine Art Festival

Sarasota: Find inspiration in this outdoor gallery of stunning, original painting, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, wearable art, mixed media and more handmade by artisans from across Florida and the US. Free. 10am-5pm. 199 Bayfront Dr. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

Nov. 20-January 2

Holiday Spectacular

Tampa: Enjoy the beauty of festive floating displays, enchanted lighted forests, twinkling lights and holiday decorations, all anchored by a 35-foot floating lighted holiday tree in Tampa Harbor. Free. Dusk. Tampa Riverwalk. Info: thetampariverwalk.com

 

November 21

Mannheim Steamroller

Clearwater: Relive the magic of a classic Mannheim Steamroller Christmas as the Grammy® Award winners perform seasonal favorites from their first holiday album accompanied by a festive light show. Tickets. 7pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

November 27 & 28

Shopapalooza

St. Pete: Celebrate Small Business Saturday (and Sunday!) with 250+ small businesses and vendors offering unique, hand-crafted gifts, gourmet food, personal services and more, all perfect for holiday giving. Catch the free Shopapalooza Trolley at Sundial. Free. 10am–5pm. 701 Bayshore Dr NE. Info: shopapaloozafestival.com

 

November 30

A Christmas Carol

Clearwater: Enjoy a family tradition as this classic tale comes to life with new arrangements of holiday favorites featuring 23 performers, live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes. Tickets. 7pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

November 30

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

St. Pete: Create a new family tradition in a magical winter wonderland, complete with nutcrackers and snowmen, aerialists, flying ornaments and Broadway carolers performing original songs and new twists on seasonal favorites. Tickets. 7:30pm. 400 1st Ave S.  Info: www.themahaffey.com

 

December 3-5

Southeast Street Rod Nationals

Tampa: Discover a collector’s paradise as all makes and models of antique cars, 50’s classics, 1960-70 muscle cars, rod, custom, sports cars and trucks go on display in this outdoor show and swap meet. Fri-Sat: 8am-5pm; Sun: 8am-1pm. 4800 US 301 N. Info: floridastatefair.com

 

December 4

Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Tour

Tampa: Get the full Margaritaville experience with Jimmy and his band, including “Son of a Sailor High Tide,” “Livingston Saturday Night,” “Cowboy in the Jungle” and Parrothead favorite “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” 8pm. Tickets. 401 Channelside Drive. Info: amaliearena.com

 

December 5

Ybor City Festival

Ybor City: Discover the rich Latin history featuring handmade premium cigars from around the world, live music, ethnic foods, a cultural arts marketplace, dancing, cigar rolling demos, mobile cigar lounges and more. Park. 11am-5pm., 1800 E. 8th Ave. Info: cigarheritagefestival.com/

 

December 11

Bowzer’s Holiday Rock ‘n’ Roll Party

Clearwater: ‘Tis the season to party when Sha Na Na’s Jon ‘Bowzer” Bauman hosts his annual star-studded music extravaganza featuring Peter Noone’s Herman’s Hermits, Joey Dee, Bowzer & the Stingrays and more! 7:30pm. Tickets. 1111 McMullen Booth Drive. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

December 11 & 12

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts

St. Pete: Give the gift of photography, painting, sculpture, metal, glass, jewelry, ceramics and more, all handcrafted by more than 100 Florida and national artists in a breathtaking waterfront gallery setting. Free. 10am-5pm. 350 2nd Ave. N. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

December 10-12

Holiday Pops

Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater: Celebrate the season with all of Santa’s favorites including holiday classics like “Sleigh Ride!” and more at the most popular holiday concert of the year! Tickets. Dec. 10 – 8pm - Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl., Tampa, strazcenter.org; Dec. 11 -2 & 8pm, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., St. Pete, themahaffey.com;  Dec. 12 – 2 & 7:30pm, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, rutheckerdhall.com

 

December 15

Sarah Brightman

Clearwater: Enjoy a new holiday tradition with all the trimmings as the world’s biggest-selling soprano shares show-stopping holiday classics, personal favorites and some of her greatest hits accompanied by an orchestra and choir. Tickets. 8pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

December 19

Allstate Hot Chocolate 5K/15K & Expo

Tampa: ‘Tis the season to celebrate with a run through downtown Tampa followed by a chocoholic’s paradise post-race party featuring fondue, dippables, hot chocolate, vendors and live music. Tickets. 7-7:45am. 333 S. Franklin St. Info: hotchocolate15k.com/tampa/race/

 

December 19

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tampa: Celebrate the season of giving and 25 years of Christmas Eve and Other Stories during two performances by this multi-platinum supergroup. Truly a family rock holiday tradition! Tickets. 3:30 and 7:30pm. 401 Channelside Dr. Info: amaliearena.com

 

??Date TBA

The Great Russian Nutcracker

St. Pete: Delight in Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday tale of sweet dreams and Christmas magic brought to life by world-class Russian dancers and playful puppets featuring more than 200 dazzling holiday costumes and stunning sets. Tickets. Time TBA. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com

 

December 30

Outback Bowl Clearwater Beach Day

Clearwater: Join Outback Bowl-bound players, marching bands and cheerleaders as they take to the sand for a day of tug-of-war and beach games, live music, skydivers and more. Free. 11am-4pm. 400 Mandalay Ave. Info: outbackbowl.com/events

 

December 31

Outback Bowl Battle of the Bands

Tampa: Enjoy a day of live music as college marching bands from Outback Bowl-bound teams square-off in a special “Battle of the Bands” pre-game performance at Busch Gardens’ Gwazi Park. Park admission fee. 10165 N McKinley Drive. Info: outbackbowl.com/events

December 31

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade & Pep Rally

Tampa/Ybor City: Get fired up for a festive celebration as Outback Bowl football players, marching bands and cheerleaders ring in the New Year and count down to the big game with floats, beads, live music and lots of family fun. Free. 5:30pm. 7th Ave., Ybor City. Info: outbackbowl.com/events

 

??TBD-December 31

First Night St Pete

St. Pete: Bring the family and ring in the new year with live music, dance, art, bubbles and two fireworks shows on the waterfront. Past performers include Dundu Dole, St. Pete Opera Co., Soul Cirque, One City Chorus and more. Various times/locations. Cost varies. 4 pm-midnight. Info: firstnightstpete.com

 

December 31

Salute to Vienna

Clearwater: Revel in timeless music from the Golden Age of Vienna as breathtaking dancers in dazzling costumes welcome in the new year accompanied by a full symphony orchestra that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages. Tickets. 6pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

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Swingin' the New Year

St. Pete: Swing into 2021 with live music and dancing for all ages, dance lessons, a vintage fashion photo shoot, midnight countdown, balloon drop and champagne toast. 9 pm - 1am. Historic Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., St. Pete. Info: stpete.org/coliseum, newyearswing.com

 

January 1

Outback Bowl Game Day Festivities

Tampa: Warm up with live music, interactive games, cheerleaders and marching bands, then watch teams from the SEC and Big Ten battle for the right to take home the championship. Tickets. 9am Pregame Warmup; 12:20pm Kickoff. 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Info: outbackbowl.com/events

 

January 8 & 9

Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet

St. Pete/Clearwater: Feel the passion of star-crossed lovers, Gershwin’s synthesis of American jazz and dance for his Piano Concerto in F and how an ancient village near the Volga River inspired the writing of Winter Bells. Tickets. St. Pete: 8pm. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com; Clearwater: 7:30pm, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

January 8 & 9

Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival

Sarasota: Give your home or office a new look with works on display, commission a one-of-a-kind masterpiece or treat yourself to a special bauble to wear, all handcrafted by local, regional and national artists. Free. 10am-5pm. 199 Bayfront Dr. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

January 12-13

Jersey Boys

Clearwater: Go behind the music and inside the lives of four guys from Jersey whose perfect onstage harmonies with hits like “Sherry,” “Big Boys Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” rivaled all of their off-stage imperfections. Tickets. 8pm. 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Info: rutheckerdhall.com

 

January 14

Proud Tina

St. Pete: See what made Tina Turner one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music with an electrifying, energetic tribute to 30 years of hits, including “Proud Mary,” “Simply the Best,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Private Dancer” and more! Tickets. 8pm. 400 1st Ave S. Info: themahaffey.com

January 14 & 15

TFO’s The Wild West

Tampa/St. Pete: Saddle up for an evening of music and images evoking the spirit and history of the Wild West, including music from Copeland’s Rodeo and more. Tickets. 8 pm. Jan. 14, Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, strazcenter.org; Jan 15, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., St. Pete, themahaffey.com

 

January 14-16

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Sarasota: Discover an art and food lover’s paradise with fresh, local seafood and delectable desserts serenaded by some of Florida’s top musicians. Or shop the marketplace for fine art, crafts, luxury products and food. Tickets. Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. 199 Bayfront Dr. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

January 17

MLK Dream Big Parade

St. Pete: Top college marching bands, city leaders and the community come together in a show of diversity and inclusivity for this annual downtown celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Free. 11am. Downtown St. Pete. Info: mlkdreambig.com

January 17

MLK Dream Big Family Fun Day

St. Pete: Bring the family for a day of fun and community service featuring live entertainment, games, a kids’ zone, community vendors and service programs. Free. 11am. One Tropicana Drive. Info: mlkdreambig.com

 

January 20-23

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show

St. Pete: Explore the latest in power boats, sailboats and personal watercraft and marine gear, sailing workshops and a youth fishing clinic. Thurs-Fri: 10am–6pm; Sat: 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. 400 1st St S. Info: stpeteboatshow.com/en/home.html

 

January 23

Festivals of Speed

St. Pete: Discover the good life as some of the world’s most exotic cars, motorcycles, and watercraft find prime parking on St. Pete’s sparkling waterfront. Tickets. 10am-4pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE. festivalsofspeed.com

 

January 28-30

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival

St. Pete:  Savor unique flavors of the deep created into delectable delicacies by top local chefs complemented with live music and an arts marketplace. Free. Fri: 4-10pm; Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-6pm. 350 2nd Ave. N. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

February 10-21

Florida State Fair

Tampa: Discover the state’s largest celebration of agriculture, crafts, cooking and 4H best of show. Midway rides, fried fair food, games and prizes, tractor pulls, sheep shearing, cow milking, equestrian events and more! Tickets. 10am. 4800 US 301 N. Info: floridastatefair.com

 

February 18

The Rocketman Show

St. Pete: Get ready for a night of show-stopping nostalgia, spot-on vocals and fierce piano pounding as official body-double Rus Anderson recreates Elton’s early concerts, complete with colorfully flamboyant costumes worn by the Rocketman himself! Tickets. 8pm. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com

 

February 22

AbbaMania

St. Pete: Dig out your platforms, flares and get ready to sing along with the world’s number one touring group on hits like “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous,” “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” and more in this spectacular tribute to the Swedish supergroup. Tickets. 7:30pm. 400 1st St. S. Info: themahaffey.com

 

February 26 & 27

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival

St. Pete: Discover stunning works by 100+ artisans from Florida and the US including painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, fiber, mixed media and more! Free. 10am-5pm. 198 Bayshore Dr NE. Info: paragonartevents.com

 

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