Sep 21, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa Bay weekend events: Fall festivals, hayrides, Dogtoberfest

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This weekend in Tampa Bay, check out the Fall Family Fest in Tampa, Dogtoberfest in St. Pete, the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival and more.

๐Ÿ‚ 1. Enjoy the fall

You can celebrate the start of fall and help local families in need this weekend.

What's happening: Shop local businesses and enjoy free giveaways, live entertainment and food vendors at the Fall Family Fest 2023 on the first day of fall.

  • This year's location offers an on-site dog park.

Why it matters: This community event benefits Camelot Community Care, a local nonprofit that helps families and children experiencing abuse, neglect, behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

When: 11amโ€“3pm Saturday

Where: Water Works Park Tampa

Cost: Free. Reserve a spot to enter the prize giveaways.

๐Ÿฒ 2. Food for the Soul

  • Sample cuisines from over 100 food vendors representing multiple ethnic groups while enjoying cultural performances, dance and live entertainment. This event takes place 10amโ€“8pm Saturday at Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa. General admission tickets for adults are $25.

๐Ÿ• 3. Dogtoberfest

  • Dress your doggie in lederhosen and enjoy a day of beers from BarrierHaus and food from the Go Stuff Urself food truck 2โ€“5pm Saturday at Dog Bar in St. Pete. Free for Dog Bar members, $7 per dog for non-members.
  • All dogs must be registered to attend by showing proof of vaccines.

๐Ÿบ 4. More Oktoberfest events

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday at Origin Craft Beer + Pizza Cafe in Bradenton and on Saturday at McCall Park in downtown Plant City.

๐Ÿท 5. Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival

  • Enjoy food and wine from local vendors while listening to performances from the Sarasota Youth Opera 1pm Saturday at the Sarasota Opera House. Tickets at the door are $85. Purchase a ticket here for $75.
  • Opera performances are at 2pm and 3pm. Raffle drawings and food and wine tastings will end at 4pm.

๐Ÿค˜ 6. Punk Rock Flea Market

  • Shop over 80 vendors and try food from across central Florida noonโ€“6pm Sunday at Swan Brewing in Lakeland. Vendors include Boards for Bros, Gluehead, Vamps Emporium and more. Free.
  • Skaters and pets welcome.

๐ŸŽƒ 7. Pumpkin Festival & Halloween Farm

  • Raprager Family Farms in Odessa opens for fall on Friday with pumpkin patches, haunted houses, hayrides, food, petting zoos and more.
  • $16.95 per person online; $19.50 per person if you purchase at the gate.

๐Ÿงฝ 8. Sponge Docks Craft Festival

  • Enjoy a two-day waterfront craft festival in Tarpon Springs featuring local Greek restaurants, over 100 fine art vendors, sea sponges from Tarpon Springs and more. Free.
  • 10amโ€“7pm Saturday and 10amโ€“5pm Sunday.

Also this weekend: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando

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