Oct 4, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa events: St. Pete Pier Fall Festival, Hocus Focus and more

A scarecrow at the 2022 St. Pete Pier Fall Festival.

A scarecrow at the 2022 St. Pete Pier Fall Festival. Photo: Courtesy of St. Pete Pier

This weekend in Tampa Bay, check out Oktoberfest in Ybor, a Pan-Asian pop-up in Sarasota, a fall festival and pumpkin patch on the St. Pete Pier and more.

๐Ÿ 1. St. Pete Pier Fall Festival

Enjoy cooler weather and autumn activities by the water at the St. Pete Pier Fall Festival.

What's happening: Listen to live music from local artists, shop handcrafted goods and enjoy seasonal treats, craft brews, pies and ciders. There will be inflatables, ax throwing, face painting, an obstacle course, dachshund adoptions and more.

  • The St. Pete Pier Pumpkin Patch at Family Park will run Saturday through Oct. 15. View operating hours.

What they're saying: "The St. Pete Fall Festival on the St. Pete Pier is a one-of-a-kind celebration of fall with family-friendly entertainment, vendors and one of the area's biggest pumpkin patches with over 5,000 pumpkins and numerous photo-ops," says event organizer Ferdian Jap.

When: 11amโ€“7pm Saturday and Sunday

Where: Spa Beach Park and Family Park on the St. Pete Pier

Cost: Free

Of note: On-site parking on the St. Pete Pier is available for $2.50/hour for up to six hours.

๐ŸŽƒ 2. Hocus Focus

  • Go through Halloween-themed experiences and immersive games with wearable glow-in-the-dark props. This kid-friendly experience at Fairgrounds in St. Pete begins Thursday and goes through Nov. 6. General admission tickets are $37.
  • Become an Immersive Experience member at Fairgrounds to receive two free tickets.

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 3. Oktoberfest in Ybor

  • Put on your lederhosen and have traditional German beer and food while listening to live music at Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 1โ€“7pm Sunday. Free.

๐Ÿฅ  4. Pan-Asian Pop-Up Kitchen

  • Enjoy bao buns and beer during a two-night Asian-inspired pop-up at 99 Bottles, 5โ€“9pm Sunday and Monday in Sarasota. No reservations required; first come, first served.

๐Ÿฅฉ 5. Beef & Bourbon

  • Enjoy a four-course curated meal by local chefs paired with high-end bourbon 5โ€“7:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Heights Meat Market in Clearwater. Tickets are $150.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ 6. International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท 7. Super Greek Festival

  • Eat baklava and lamb gyros while learning Greek language and dances, 11amโ€“10pm Friday and Saturday and 11amโ€“6pm Sunday at St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. There will be prize giveaways and guided church tours. Free.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ 8. Tampa Makers Market

  • Shop over 25 local vendors selling handcrafted goods, jewelry, candles, plants and more, 6โ€“10pm Friday at Angry Chair Brewing in Tampa. Free.

๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ 9. Pretty Pumpkin Painting

  • Paint a mini pumpkin to celebrate fall, 11:30amโ€“1pm at Joe's Palette in Largo. Paint, brushes, glitter and pumpkin are all included. Tickets are $10.

๐Ÿšฒ 10. Black History Bike Tour

  • Learn about the area's first Black residents through stories and photos along a 5-mile route, 9amโ€“1pm Saturday starting at the Wellness Center in St. Petersburg. The tour will conclude with a talk with a resident who lived through segregation in St. Petersburg. Free.

๐Ÿ™ 11. Tampa Bay Gospel Awards

  • Enjoy music from local gospel artists as musicians from the community are being honored for their achievements in Christian music, 6pm Saturday at the Center For Manifestation. Tickets are $20.

๐ŸŠ 12. Alligator Creek Fest

  • Eat free burgers, listen to music and enjoy a guided kayak tour to celebrate Alligator Creek at the South Venice Yacht Club, 11amโ€“2pm Saturday. Reserve a spot. Free.

๐ŸŒท13. Wildflower & Pollinator Festival

  • Learn about wildflowers, pollination and participate in family-friendly activities including beeswax candle making, face painting, butterfly tents and more, 9amโ€“4pm Saturday at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center in Tarpon Springs. Free.

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