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Things to do in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay has so much to offer. With our beautiful weather, boating, golf, and tennis are year-round outdoor activities. There are also many events going on and this Fall. Outdoor festivals, Halloween events, and stellar performances at our many venues! We have highlighted a few that you may want to check out. From performing arts, concerts, food festivals, and fall and Halloween events and entertainment. Have fun Tampa Bay!

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Cars & Coffee at The duPont REGISTRY- 3rd Saturday of Every Month

If you’re a car nut and looking for Fun Things to do in Tampa Bay then drive your favorite classic, luxury or collectible to the headquarters of the duPont REGISTRY on the 3rd Saturday of every month, park, set up a chair and share your passion for automobiles. All are welcome and admission is free. This is definitley something to share with your friends that are  looking for Things to do in Tampa Bay!

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More Information Date(s): 3rd Saturday Monthly
Hours: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Location: 3051 Tech Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida

22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A record number of global food and wine marketplaces – 35 in all –will sizzle with new edible delights to celebrate 35 years of Epcot during the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017. The annual Walt Disney World Resort culinary tour of flavors will expand in 2017 for a longer-than-ever 75-day run.

Growing in scope as one of America’s top food festivals each year since 1996, the Epcot event will run for 13 additional days of inspired sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and Future World.

Park guests can mix and mingle with celebrity chefs, experience hands-on culinary workshops, and demonstrations and get their gourmet groove on at nightly Eat to the Beat concerts. They also can book special tasting experiences at Epcot and at Disney resort restaurants. Family fun will be in the mix with kid-friendly dishes geared toward young palates and a Ratatouille-inspired culinary scavenger hunt. A definite add to your list of Things to do in Tampa Bay.

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 October 14 | Saturday
Lorrie Morgan

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Country music star, Lorrie Morgan makes her way to Clearwater for her debut at the historic and intimate Capitol Theatre! One of the most successful female country musicians of our time, Lorrie Morgan didn’t become a star until the early ’90s, when she scored a string of Top Ten country hits such as Five Minutes, followed by what Part of No and I Didn’tKnowMy Own Strength.
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October 18 – November 12 | Wednesday – Sunday

The Threepenny Opera Set in London in the 1800s, The Threepenny Opera is a musical satire about a notorious bandit who marries a girl much to the chagrin of her father, forcing the peeved patriarch to do everything in his power to imprison his son-in-law. Ahead of its time, the political and social themes in this iconic piece of musical theater get at the corruption of humanity and how it consumes us and forces us to consume one another.
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October 19 | Thursday
Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper

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Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist returns for another out-of-this-world experience in the funny, thoughtful, highly informed and always entertaining world of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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October 19| Thursday

Techno Circus Melding mime, dance and traditional Japanese culture with groundbreaking
visual effects that floored judges on America’s Got Talent, SIRO-A takes live performance to a technodelic level. With white-painted faces (“siro” means “white” in Japanese), this dance crew uses screens and projection technology to create a futuristic, sci-fi multi-sensory experience driven by a music that sounds like an Atari is DJing a rave. A sensational fusion of
high-tech and human, SIRO-A is a show you have to see to believe.
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October 19 | Thursday
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour 2017

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Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour The 24K Magic World Tour.
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October 21 | Saturday
Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Alternative rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket featuring Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals and Randy Guss on the drums are making their way to Clearwater for their debut at the historic Capitol Theatre!
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November 2 | Thursday
John Cleese with a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading to The Straz for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A.
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Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection July 19, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Things to do in Tampa Bay at the Tampa Bay History Center

Historical Things to do in Tampa Bay. For some, the connections between Florida and Cuba begin with Fidel Castro’s takeover in 1959. For others, especially in Tampa, they begin 70 years earlier with the arrival of the cigar industry and the founding of Ybor City in 1886. Or, maybe it was back in the 1850s when the McKay family started shipping cattle from Tampa’s Ballast Point to Havana.

However, in “Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection,” you’ll find an unbroken thread between the Sunshine State and the island nation dating back nearly 500 years.

On view through January 28, “Gateways to the Caribbean” charts five centuries of connections and interaction between Florida and Cuba through rare and original maps, lithographs and other documents.

In total, the more than 50 maps that make up “Gateways to the Caribbean” highlight the Spanish and British occupations of Cuba and Florida in the 15th and 18th centuries, the development of rail and steamship lines that fostered trade and travel in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and tourist maps of Cuba printed both in the 1930s and as recently as 2016.

Also included in the exhibit are a collection of color lithographs depicting the British attack on Havana in 1762, in which they seized control of the island and wrested Florida away from Spain; a print by Cuban artist Ibrahim Miranda, created at the University of South Florida’s Graphics Studio in 2012; and several tourists and travel maps, on loan to the History Center from History Miami in South Florida.

Date(s): July 19, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water St
Tampa, FL 33602

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Weekends, October 7 – 29

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Elmo, Big Bird and other popular Sesame Street characters make Halloween more fun at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, now expanded into four weekends throughout October. Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, character parades, family-friendly dance parties and fall festival activities and games each weekend. Families can add on to their experience with upgrades including character dining and themed Paint With Me sessions.

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Oktoberfest in Tampa Bay an 8 Year Tradition. Things to do in Tampa Bay This October.

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Join your fellow Tampa residents in celebrating with German cheer, dancing and singing to cooler weather and colder beer along the Hillsborough River downtown at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this Oktober 13th, 14th, and 15th. Oktoberfest Tampa 2017 is a time to unwind and make new friends. Learn new customs and sing a few songs. Help us tap the inaugural keg Friday, Oktober 13th, as we open the doors to Tampa’s largest Oktoberfest.  Things to do in Tampa Bay this Fall.

At Curtis Hixon Park October
13th 4pm – 11pm
14th 11 am – 11 pm
15th 11am – 6pm

Every year thousands of people looking for Things to do in Tampa Bay from all over arrive in downtown Tampa, to celebrate Oktoberfest. Join us at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Tampa. Oktoberfest celebrations really set the mood for celebrating the Fall season and all of the great holiday events that run all the way up to New Year’s Day festivities. If you have never been to or experienced an Oktoberfest, you will definitely want to save the date and put it on your list!

Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo – Fun and Scary Things to do in Tampa Bay

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Looking for some scary Things to do in Tampa Bay? Creatures of the Night returns with a bigger and better event for ghouls and goblins of all ages! Hoot, howl and hangout as the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with spooky surprises around every corner. No horror or gore, just spooks, and startles for all! Not just for kids and tweens – this is a Halloween event that doubles as a date night.

Pay for a day, rest of 2017 FREE! Regular priced tickets to the zoo include entry to the event. More information.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street October 20-31

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Put this on your lise of all things Halloween Things to do in Tampa Bay! Back by popular demand, Tampa’s most historic – and most haunted – movie palace will present “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” series this October. Now in its freakish fifth year, the series will expand to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month, plus 12 nights of back-to-back classic horror films, creepy cult favorites, family-friendly frights, paranormal experiences and spooky special guests, Oct. 20-31.

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Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay: September 22 – October 29th (select nights)
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

For 19 select nights, the scares are everywhere at Howl-O-Scream 2017. Unspeakable terror lives at brand-new haunted houses, in every dark corner and even on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides, including Busch Gardens’ newest spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse®. Halloween Events and Things to do in Tampa Bay.

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Guppyween at The Florida Aquarium
October 28th & 29th 1-5 p.m.

Be whoever or whatever you want and trick-or-treat at The Florida Aquarium’s Guppyween! With a safe and family-friendly setting, live entertainment and more than 20,000 animals, there’s plenty of fun to go around!

Guppyween tickets can be purchased at the Aquarium ticket booth on Guppyween weekend.
Kids in costume: $10
Adults (12yrs and older): Regular Admission Pricing
Florida Aquarium Members & children under 2 get in free.

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Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Feb 02, 2018 – Feb 04, 2018
Carol Morsani Hall

The race for Rosina’s love is on — but how can Count Almaviva get her from Dr. Bartolo’s clutches? Almaviva needs the man about town who can make things happen, and that man is Figaro, the barber of Seville. Shave and a haircut, two wits: but Bartolo is no match for Figaro’s madcap series of subterfuges that gets Almaviva en vivo with Rosina. Gioachino Rossini’s hilarious comic opera contains some of the most recognizable arias of all time, and this bright, bold music paired with laugh-out-loud situation comedy will have you humming figaro all the way home.

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The Barber of Seville is sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

Carol Morsani Hall

Ticket Price
Currently only available on subscription.

Event Dates
Feb 02, 2018 – Feb 04, 2018

On Sale Dates
Center Circle: Oct 24, 10AM
Center Friends: Oct 26, 12AM
Public: Nov 05, 12AM

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Straz Center For The Performing Arts Events Calendar
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