Aug 17, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa Bay weekend events: Hippie Fest, Weird Florida Art Show, and more

Tie-dye vendors pose with their items at last year's Hippie Fest. Photo: Tarpon Springs Merchant Association

This weekend in Tampa Bay, check out the Hippie Fest in Tarpon Springs, FitFest at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, a murder mystery show in Westshore, and more.

✌️1. Get groovy

Get ready to step into the 1960s for a far-out party.

What's happening: Hippie Fest in Tarpon Springs will feature a Volkswagen Bug show, a costume contest, and a hula hoop contest, in addition to live music, food, and local vendors. Even dogs can dig it at their own splash park. There will also be a splash park for dogs.

When: 2pm-9pm Saturday

Where: Sponge Docks, Dodecanese Blvd.

Cost: Free

Of note: Free parking is available and the Jolley Trolley will be running 2:30pm-9:30pm.

🎨 2. Weird Florida Art Show

  • Enjoy a Florida-themed art show in St. Pete 7pm-11pm Saturday with painting demonstrations, fire performances, and a fashion show. Tickets are $12.

💪 3. FitFest

  • Explore dozens of health and wellness vendors, fitness classes, and healthy food trucks 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Tickets are $10-$30.
  • This event is formerly known as The Tampa Bay Strength and Fitness Expo.

🎭 4. I am Poetry

🔪 5. Mystery Dinner Show

  • Put on your detective hat and solve a murder during a dinner theater performance 6pm-9pm Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Westshore. This event is for ages 12+. Tickets are $65.99.
  • The performance will have prop guns, loud simulated gunshots, and short periods of darkness.

🧱 6. Brick Fan Fest

  • LEGO fans are invited to a two-day event to enjoy displays, meet the LEGO Masters Season Two winners Mark and Steven Erickson, test your building skills, and more, 10am Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fair Special Events Center. Tickets start at $20.

🥂 7. Toast Local

  • Taste local beers, craft cocktails, and food in a Saturday event at Robarts Arena in Sarasota benefiting more than 12 local charities and schools. There will be a free car show 9am-1pm and a ticketed tasting 1pm-5pm. Tickets start at $50.
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