Not sure which Oktoberfest to attend this weekend? Want to laugh until your sides hurt or get a new tattoo? Share, explore and discover Tampa Bay this weekend or attend one of the top ten things to do in Tampa from October 11th-14th.

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting spookier, and your favorite autumnal obsession of cheering ruthlessly for the college football team of your choice is in full swing! So why not join your favorite local bloggers and podcasters who cover and support your favorite local college team

If you’re like me, you love the crazy, unexpected, wild sport that is college football; and you love to watch it with fellow fans who feel the same way. Join the guys from SBNation’s University of South Florida sports blog, The Daily Stampede, for a watch party on Friday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Palma Ceia. The #23 Bulls take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane for a cross-divisional conference tilt on the road.

The Daily Stampede consists of local writers, podcasters, and sports columnists who cover all things USF Athletics, and this watch party is an opportunity to meet the staff, with a percentage of all food and drink sales going back to TDS to support the staff covering away games, bowl games, conference tournaments, media days, and merchandise to give back to the fans. Tables will be reserved for diehard Bulls fans, and the guys Bulluminati Podcast will raffle off a pair of suite tickets to the Homecoming game vs. UConn, and a pair of tickets to the most anticipated post-Thanksgiving event: the War on I-4 UCF vs USF rivalry game on Black Friday. This Is sure to be an event that’ll have you shout “horns up!”

While you’re in that end of the bay, enjoy some of the local nightlife in that area. One of my new favorites is the Red Dog Bar & Grille for affordable drink specials, delicious wings and food, games, and plenty of TV’s to watch any sporting event of your choosing. When you go exploring in this city, you’ll never know the gems you will find!

Explore German Culture During Oktoberfest in Curtis Hixon Park This Weekend

Prost! Put on your lederhosen and dirndl for the biggest Oktoberfest in Tampa, happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. With six different beer categories, Pilsner, Märzen, Oktoberfest, Dunkel, Wheat and Radler, there's bound to be something that tickles everyone’s fancy! Click the bottom of your glass with your neighbors at Oktoberfest and avoid offending your fellow drinker by making eye contact while saying “Prost!” before divulging into your liter of beer! If you want to take part in all of the traditions, the most important song to learn is “Ein Prosit”, which is sung every 20 minutes or so. At the end of the song, you yell “Eins, Zwei, Drei, Gsuffa!” which means “one, two, three, drink!” click the bottom of your glass with your neighbor and take a sip of your drink! Traditional German fare like soft pretzels and bratwursts will keep you nourished during this all day drink-a-thon. It begins at 4pm on Friday and ends around 11pm on Sunday. For tickets to Tampa Oktoberfest, click here!

Discover New Music! Head to The Ritz Ybor, The MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, or The Orpheum This Weekend

It’s easy to get stuck in a groove of listening to the same music but it’s always good to listen to something new! This weekend head to an EDM Concert at The Ritz Ybor or go to the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre or The Orpheum to see rockstars in action! Kid Rock puts on a show on Friday night as he sings all of his greatest hits like “All Summer Long”, “Cowboy” and “Born Free”. Rock out at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday to start your weekend off right! Sunset Events brings Jauz and his Bite This Tour to the Ritz this Saturday night so you can headbang and shuffle all of your worries away until the early hours of the next morning. The Struts, a british rock and roll band, are treating fans to a show at The Orpheum Sunday Night. Into boy bands and rock-n-roll? This is a show you should see! If you’d usually be seen at the Ritz head to the Orpheum and vice-versa! Get out and groove out to a new genre this weekend!  

Top Ten Things To Do in Tampa Bay This Weekend-

Brews by the Bay

Dive into one of Tampa’s favorite beer and food Festivals at the Florida Aquarium this Friday Night. The gorgeous underwater world located in Channelside has invited over 100 breweries and local restaurants to join in on the fun! The event is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and attendees will be allowed unlimited samples upon entry. Where else could you sip on beer and eat local delicacies as with a backdrop of the underwater world? Nowhere. So grab your tickets for Brews By The Bay 2018 today!  

Luenell and Felipe Esparza at Improv Comedy Club Tampa

If you need a good laugh, head to Improv Comedy Club this weekend as they invite two stars to the stage in Luenell and Felipe Esparza! Luenell is a woman who has been through a lot in life, but uses her hills and valleys to write comedy bits her fans eat up. She is best known for her breakthrough role in Borat as the “hooker with a heart of gold,” but she continues to get belly laughs at her stand up shows like the ones this weekend at Improv. Felipe Esparza is a stand-up comedian and actor, known best for his stand-up special They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You and his podcast "What’s Up Fool?" on the All Things Comedy Network. Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt this weekend at the Improv Comedy Club of Tampa!

Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention

Need some new ink? Head to the Convention Center in Downtown Tampa for some fresh tattoos this weekend. Thousands of tattoo artists, lovers and first-timers will come together to appreciate body art at the 5th Annual Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention! It begins on Friday at 2 p.m. and ends Sunday night at 8 p.m. so if you want to get inked be sure to reserve a spot early! Over 300 of the world’s best tattoo artists will be tattooing live as sideshow acts like the death defying human suspension show goes on just feet from your tattoo chair.

Goats & Gulps & Ghosts Happy Hour

Bring your whole family to enjoy this once a year and one of a kind happy hour at In Loop Brewing! There is something for everyone: drinks for you, attentions for the goats and goats for your kids. No one will be bored with these little buggers running around (I’m talking about the goats... not your kids! *insert cheeky emoji here*) so grab a drink and sit down in the middle of the lakeside playpen and brewery for a cute fall themed picture with the whole fam!

Young Frankenstein the Musical

This new monster musical is equally as hilarious as it is genius as it takes over the stage at Plant City Entertainment this weekend. The play shows Frankenstein’s grandson in the same shoes as his mad scientist relatives when he created a monster as terrifying as the original Frankenstein. It’s a show for people of any age because it relates to the generation of the original and the kids of today. Grab tickets here before Young Frankenstein sells out!

Uncorked: The Italian Club’s Fall Wine Tasting Party

Missing Italian food like Grandma used to make? Head to the Italian Club in Ybor City for their Fall Wine Tasting Party on Saturday night from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Those of you who grab tickets before they’re gone will be given an array of wines, prosecco, Italian cordials and liqueurs as you taste authentic italian cuisine provided by some of Tampa’s local restaurants. If you wish to purchase a case or bottle of wine, all proceeds go to the ongoing restoration of the historic Italian Club building.


For another fun Oktoberfest head to Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Pete! They have a lineup of 13 local bands playing from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. to celebrate beer in Downtown St. Pete. Alongside the headliner Applebutter Express they’re going to have German food, Beer Olympics, a drunk spelling bee and an axe throwing competition. It’s affordable too! For all day refills and your own stein to bring home it costs $30. Grab tickets for Fergtoberfest today!

Tampa Lock and Key Singles Party

Are you still single during cuffing season? Cheap invites all single professionals age 25-49 to their lock and key event where they encourage singles to mingle! Grab a cocktail and get ready to unlock all the possibilities at Cheap Friday night! 

3 Daughters Food Truck Rally

For some reason in 2018 the best food seems to come out of tiny windows on the side of a truck! 3 Daughters Brewing is hosting a Food Truck Rally at 5pm on Thursday Night. They've invited 12 trucks to this rally including: Twisted Indian, Cuban B's Burger Bizarre & Bake Shack, Tampa Bay's Smoke House Delight and many others. Save room for at least three courses at this food function, because there's plenty to munch that will catch your eye!

4th Annual Pinellas Pie Festival

The 4th Annual Pinellas Pie Festival is an event for the whole family! You can browse their endless selection of sweets, eats and treats to fulfill all your cravings. Your kids will enjoy the “all-you-can-play” area with free face painting. Come to Largo Central Park for a day with the family this Saturday! Entry and parking are free!

For more ways to share, explore and discover Tampa Bay check out the events page on 813area, your local guide to everything in the city of Tampa!

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