Oct 19, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa Bay weekend events: Pig Jig, Tattoo Art Festival

Musicians perform in front of a large crowd at the Tampa Pig Jig 2022 main stage.

The 2022 Tampa Pig Jig main stage. Photo: Dave Pullis

This weekended in Tampa Bay, check out Pig Jig, a collard greens festival and Sarasota Pride.

1. 🐷 'Cue to cure

The annual Tampa Pig Jig is back with barbecue, beer and live music.

Why it matters: Event proceeds go to NephCure, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a rare kidney disease.

  • "Over 12 years, it's resulted in millions in donations and more than 60 clinical trials, bringing us closer to treatment and an eventual cure," says Chris Whitney, founder and board member of Tampa Pig Jig.

What's happening: There will be seven local food vendors and a barbecue pit.

  • Musical guests include three-time Grammy-winning artist Brad Paisley, Amanda Shires and Riley Green.

When: 1pm Saturday

Where: Julian B. Lane Park

Cost: General admission is $125.

  • This includes access to the main lawn and all of the musical performances.
  • New this year: Tito's Stillhouse admission is $275, which includes entry to the Pig Jig, signature cocktails, a meal from the food vendors and more.

Of note: Parking is limited.

  • Primary parking areas include: Poe Garage, Ft. Brooke Garage, Pam Iorio Garage, Port Tampa Bay garage, Royal Street Regional Lot and Twiggs Street Garage.

2. 🚴🏾 Cycling for Autism

3. 🇵🇷 Festival de Bomba y Plena Tampa

  • Immerse yourself in Puerto Rican culture, food and live music at Water Works Park 11am–6pm Sunday. Free.

4. ✒️ Tampa Tattoo Art Festival

  • Get tatted and meet celebrity tattoo artist Kyle Dunbar at the Tampa Convention Center. Book a tattoo appointment. Free entry.
  • 2–11pm Friday, 11am–11pm Saturday and 11am–8pm Sunday.

5. 🖼️ St. Armands Fall Festival of the Arts

  • Enjoy an outdoor gallery of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and more by artists from across the country 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday at St. Armands Circle Park in Sarasota. Art will be available for purchase. Free.

6. 🎷 Clearwater Jazz Holiday

7. 🥬 Big Mama's Collard Greens Festival

  • Enjoy Cajun, Creole, southern and Caribbean foods and a collard greens cook-off at Robert L. Taylor Community Park in Sarasota noon–5pm Saturday. Free.
  • Food is available for purchase.

8. 🏳️‍🌈 Sarasota Pride Festival

  • Walk through a market with food, music and live performances in the Rosemary District in Sarasota noon–6pm Saturday. Free.

9. 📚 Back to Angola Festival

  • Explore the history of the Black Seminole settlement of Angola and enjoy basket weaving demonstrations, wood carving, food, music and more at Manatee Mineral Springs Park in Bradenton. Free.
  • 6–9pm Friday, 1–8pm Saturday and 4–8pm Sunday.

10. 🍬 A Night at the Museum

  • Trick-or-treat with the family, make crafts, play games and explore the museum after hours at the Tampa Bay History Center 4–7pm Sunday. Free.
  • Halloween costumes are encouraged.

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