Oct 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa Bay weekend events: Oktoberfest, "Hocus Pocus" and more

Illustration of a pattern of beer taps.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

This weekend in Tampa Bay, check out Tampa's largest Oktoberfest, a scarecrow festival in Dade City, a screening of "Hocus Pocus" at the Tampa Theatre, Taste of Latino in Ybor City and more.

1 . 🎉 Herzlichen willkommen (A warm welcome)!

Tampa's largest Oktoberfest is back for three days of German fun.

What's happening: The weekend will feature Bavarian games like stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug-of-war, cornhole, traditional food including chicken schnitzel, jägerschnitzel and spätzle.

  • New this year: The inaugural keg tap on Friday.

When: 4–11pm Friday, 11am–11pm Saturday and 11am–6pm Sunday

Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Cost: General admission tickets for the whole weekend are $20.

Be smart: Beers at Oktoberfest Tampa are served two ways (16-ounce and 1 liter) and are 7–8% alcohol, which is more than an American lager.

2. 🐦‍⬛ Scarecrow Festival

  • Build your own scarecrow, pick and paint pumpkins, enjoy carnival games, food trucks and more, 9am–4pm Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City. Free.
  • There will be a children's costume contest at 10:45am and 2pm.

3. 🩷 Pinknik Health and Wellness Festival

  • Shop local vendors and listen to live music in honor of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 1–7pm Sunday at Land O' Lakes Heritage Park. Free.
  • Bring your own pink and purple lounge setup to listen to music in the open picnic area.

4. 🧙 "Hocus Pocus"

  • Get in the Halloween spirit with a viewing of the 1993 film "Hocus Pocus" 3pm Saturday at the Tampa Theatre. General admission is $10; $7 for Tampa Theatre members.

5. 🇺🇲 Vet Fest

  • Honor veterans in Hernando County while enjoying live music, local food trucks and vendors, 9am–5pm Saturday and Sunday at VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill. Free.

6. 💃 Salsa at the District

  • Dance the night away at a salsa night block party, 6–11pm Saturday at Station Square Park in downtown Clearwater. There will be free salsa sessions and live music. Free.

7. 🥟 Taste of Latino

  • Celebrate Latino heritage with live music, dance performances, food, wine shopping and more, noon–6pm Sunday at Centennial Park in Ybor City. Free.
  • Bring a lawn chair.

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