Friday the 13th in October, won't happen again till 2023! Nervous? If so remember, if a black cat crosses your path this weekend too, it means that the animal is going somewhere. Superstition can't confine you! There are too many fun and exciting things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend. Here is our list of the top ten unique events taking place in the 813 and 727 areas. For additional details on an event, click on the Title to learn more, to buy tickets and navigate to the event website.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Friday, Oct. 13th

USF Homecoming XXI Carnival and Talent Showcase  12 Noon

Celebrate the USF Bulls Homecoming all week at special events, and on Friday head to the Carnival. The USF Homecoming XXI Parade begins at 6:30 pm. Come out for fun and funnel cakes, carnival rides, games, and a talent show! Click on the article below for details about this week's activities and everything USF Homecoming this weekend.

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4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa FL, 33620. Phone 813-974-3111

Oktoberfest TAMPA 2017  Fri, Sat, Sun, times vary

The 8th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa event at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa kicks off Friday at 4 pm and runs all weekend through Sunday. Participate in Bavarian Games, win cool swag and prizes the games are FREE! Check out the Beard & Mustache Competition, Schuplattler dancers, and even a German DJ. FREE ENTRY for Military members (active or retired) and Tampa First Responders (TPD, TFD, EMS) including your significant other -- simply show proper ID at the front gate. And yes, Fido is welcome too!  


600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa FL, 33602.

Brews by the Bay 2017 7:00 PM

Make a splash at The Florida Aquarium’s 9th Annual Beer and Food Festival presented by Pepin Distributing. Enjoy endless beers, and unlimited food at this 21+ event. Click the link above for details and to secure your tickets to one of the Tampa Bay area's beloved craft beer fests! 

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa FL, 33602. Phone 813-273-4000

Shephard's 40th Anniversary Party 7

Shephard's has been ground zero for the party crowd on Clearwater Beach for 40 great years and to celebrate they are offering a killer party and Free Concert featuring national act, VERTICAL HORIZON appearing at 10:30 pm at Shephard's Tiki Beach Bar. It's their way of saying Thank You to Tampa Bay this weekend.

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach FL, 33767. Phone 727-442-5107

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Saturday, Oct. 14th

28th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair Saturday and Sunday

Stroll the brick-lined streets of historic Hyde Park Village in South Tampa as you explore eye-popping art during the 28th Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair. Get a start on that Holiday Gift List at this premier arts and craft show on snow Avenue. Dine in a restaurant in the Village or head to one of the several restaurants in South Tampa you've been wanting to try.

1509 Swann Ave, Tampa FL, 33606. Phone 813-251-3500

Grand Central Proud Festival  Fri, Sat, Sun, times and events vary. 

Coinciding with National Coming Out Day, Come Out St Pete is a Grand Central District Association event in collaboration with neighboring districts and other non-profits. Click the link to navigate to their website for info on Friday's event line-up.

Saturday's events include:

  • Bridging The Bay LGBTQ+ CommUnity March 10 am - Noon
  • Grand Central Proud Festival 10/14/17 Noon to 6 pm
  • Come OUT ArtWalk 10/14/17 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Arts Districts
  • Croiseurs Della Noche (Cruisers of the Night) 10/14/17 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sunday's events include:

  • Come OUT Sunday Worship  10:00 am - 11:00 am at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church
  • Bitches Who Brunch 10/15/17 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Punky’s Bar & Grill
  • EQFL Family Values Picnic 10/15/17 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Gulfport Beach Park, Gulfport
  • Come OUT St Pete for the Caribbean 10/15/17 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm also at Punky’s Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg
2227 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg FL, 33713. Phone (727) 828-7006

Beer Olympics

Crawl” your way through downtown Dunedin as you participate in the 2017 Beer Olympics this weekend in Tampa Bay and earn your place in local history, all while supporting the Rotary Club of Dunedin Waterside. Gather a team of two to five friends and test your skills in Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Cornhole and more! The top three teams take home prizes with the best-dressed team taking home a little something extra! Registration starts at 5 pm, Games begin at 6 pm SHARP, with the competition ending sometime before 10 PM. However, the party will continue at local bars and restaurants.

349 Main St., Dunedin FL, 34698. Phone (727) 736-1176

Salsa on the Sponge Docks

OK, we LOVE this one, get your Ryan Gosling on and LaLa land yourself on the historic sponge docks of Tarpon Springs salsa dancing in the streets under the stars alongside the cool waters of the Gulf. 

850 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs FL, 34689.

Sunset Lounge Experience 2nd Edition

ONLY 280 VIP tickets are available. $185 single ticket or $450 for a private daybed for two. Ticket sales for this unique weekend experience in Tampa Bay will close at 6 pm on Friday, so hurry to grab yours now!

5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach FL, 33706. Phone 727-367-6461

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Sunday, Oct. 15th

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze 2017 Sunday

A Corn Maze, pumpkins, hayrides, games, arts and crafts, food vendors and more await you at this Corn Maze in Plant City.

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3002 Charlie Taylor Rd, Plant City FL, 33565. Phone (813) 756-8918
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