Nov 2, 2023 - Things to Do

Tampa Bay weekend events: Brat Blast, Dox-A-Palooza

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This weekend in Tampa Bay, check out Brat Blast in St. Pete, Smoke Shop Festival in Tampa, Dox-A-Palooza in Lakeland and the Hillsborough County Fair.

1 big thing: ๐ŸŒญ Brats and brews

Enjoy bratwurst, beer and live music during Brat Blast.

What's happening: This two-day family-friendly event will have raffles, a silent auction and a cornhole tournament.

When: Noonโ€“6pm Saturday and Sunday

Where: 3 Daughters Brewing, St. Pete

Cost: Entry is $15.

  • This includes a brat, chips and a house drink.

2. ๐Ÿพ Dox-A-Palooza

  • Watch dachshund pups race and compete for best costume, 10amโ€“3pm Saturday at Sun 'n Fun Pavilion in Lakeland. Online registration is closed, but you can still register in person. Parking is $5.

3. ๐ŸŽก Hillsborough County Fair

  • Enjoy classic carnival rides, fair food, arts, educational exhibits, a rodeo and more, now through Nov. 12. View fair hours. Adult tickets at the gate are $11.
  • Student tickets (Kโ€“12th grade) are $8, seniors are $4 and children 5 and younger are free.

4. ๐Ÿšฌ Smoke Shop Festival

  • Immerse yourself in cannabis culture with live music, local food vendors, art and comedy shows in a two-day festival at Water Works Park in Tampa. 2โ€“10pm Saturday and noonโ€“8pm Sunday. Tickets start at $45.

5. ๐Ÿฅƒ Rare Scotch Whisky Tasting Experience

  • Taste rare single-malt Scotch whisky, 1โ€“3pm Sunday at Gaspar's Patio Bar & Grille in Temple Terrace. General admission is $90.

6. ๐Ÿป Badass Beer Fest

7. โšฝ Super League Tampa Bay Brand Reveal Party

  • Tampa's first women's pro soccer team is revealing its name and brand to the city 5โ€“7pm Saturday at 1920 Ybor. Free.

8. ๐ŸŒฑ Tampa Bay Veg Fest Party

9. ๐Ÿบ St. Pete Brew Fest

  • Sample all the beers you want, listen to live music and watch skateboarding demos in this two-day festival in St. Pete on 22nd Street from Central Avenue to First Avenue South. 5โ€“8pm Saturday, noonโ€“3pm and 5โ€“8pm Sunday. General admission tickets are $45.

10. ๐Ÿ˜œ Pop Punk Emo Night

  • Rock out to punk and emo performances and DJ sets, 9pm Saturday at Bayboro Brewing Co. in St. Pete. Tickets are $12.

11. ๐Ÿ’ Fall Bouquet Workshop

  • Craft an autumn-inspired bouquet with the help of an expert florist, 10โ€“11am Sunday at Living Roots Eco Design & Plant Nursery in St. Pete. Tickets are $40.

12. ๐Ÿ”ฎ Spirit Fest Metaphysical & Holistic Fair

  • Explore the metaphysical world with spiritual demonstrations, psychic readers, vendors and artists, 10amโ€“5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Largo Event Center. Two-day admission is $15.

13. ๐Ÿ– Barks, Brews & BBQ

  • Listen to live music, drink local beer, eat a barbecue dinner and participate in raffles and auctions with your fur baby, noonโ€“4pm Saturday at Fruitville Gecko's in Sarasota. Free.
  • There will be adoptable dogs from Love4Paws on-site. Sponsor a dog.

14. ๐ŸŽ„ Que Pasa Polk Christmas Show

  • Watch a live taping of the annual play, 5โ€“8pm Friday at Latte Bakery & Restaurant. Donation-based entry is $5.
  • You must bring an unwrapped toy to get in. Donations and toys will be handed out at Festival del Aguinaldo on Dec. 10 at Mosaic Park in Bartow.
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