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Check Out The Weekend's Top Festivals, Concerts, Halloween Events

Patch logo Patch 10/16/2019 D'Ann Lawrence White
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TAMPA BAY, FL — Wondering what to do this weekend? Patch has some ideas. Here are the top events to check out Oct. 18-20:

Fergtoberfest II

Ferg's Sports Bar and Entertainment Complex, 1320 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, wants to thank the Tampa Bay Rays for an exciting MLB season and American League Wild Card victory.

All Tampa Bay Rays players, staff, management and ownership including Tropicana Field game day staff (along with their family and friends) are welcome to attend Fergtoberfest II with a concert by Warrant free of charge on Friday, Oct. 18.

Also, Rays fans will get one free entry when they buy one general admission or VIP ticket, including VIP Reserved Seating (front of stage, first four rows) while they last.

Warrant will headline the concert, celebrating 30-years of '80s and '90s rock, glam and metal hits like “Cherry Pie," Heaven” and "Down Boys.” The concert on two stages will also feature Nova Rex, Jericho Siren, MB Banned, Virginia Rose Band, Jack Mantra, Avenging Benji, Level, Ashley Alexandra and J.C. Miller of TranKQuiLL.

A pre-party on Ferg's Party Deck starts at 6 p.m. The main gates open at 7 p.m. G

General admission tickets are $18.50. VIP front of stage and upper balcony tickets are $39. And VIP reserved seating is $69.

Click here for advance tickets.

John's Pass Seafood And Music Festival

The 38th annual John's Pass Seafood and Music Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 20 at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach.

The event will include Tampa Bay food trucks offering signature seafood items, Flavors of the Gulf featuring 15 local restaurants and 15 breweries, live music, 110 crafts vendors, a 5K race, an adult costume contest and block party and a kids' seawall fishing tournament.

Click here to see the full entertainment lineup.

Dunedin Stone Crab Festival

The Dunedin Stone Crab Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 10 p.m. at Edgewater Park, 51 Main St., Dunedin.

The two-day festival will feature cuisine and beverages from 20 restaurants and food trucks along with entertainment and arts and crafts vendors. In addition to stone crab dishes, there will be fish tacos, blue crabs, Maine lobster and shrimp.

Click here.

Italian Food & Wine Festival

The first Italian Food & Wine Festival will be hosted by the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association Friday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive S.E., in downtown St. Petersburg.

There will be live music by Scream Donkey, craft vendors, bounce houses and food trucks offering pasta, pizza, cannolis and wine.

4th Annual Hippie Party

Dig out those old bell bottoms and dance the night away to music from the '60s during Village Partners International's fourth annual Hippie Party Friday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Orlo House & Ballroom, 315 S. Plant Ave., Tampa.

The event will include a silent auction, market place and costume contest! Tickets are $50 and include draft beer, wine, light fare and complimentary valet parking. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Village Partners International.

Lightning Post-Game Concert

Pepsi is celebrating its new Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena partnership with a free post-game concert Saturday, Oct. 19 featuring a performance by the country music duo LOCASH.

Last week, PepsiCo Beverages North America announced that it joined the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena as a championship partner. To celebrate, Pepsi and the Tampa Bay Lightning will throw post-game event featuring a series of interactive games, ice-cold Pepsi Zero Sugar, special guests and the free concert at the Ford Thunder Alley at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, beginning 20 minutes after the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche game at 7 p.m.

Taste Of Latino Festival

The Taste of Latino Music, Food & Wine Festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1800 E. 8th Ave., Ybor City.

Bask in the scents, sounds and flavors of Latin American foods, wine, art and music. Enjoy Latin beer, wine and food from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Peru, Venezuela and other Latin countries.

Plus, visit the Cuban Sandwich Festival Winners Circle and check out the sandwich champions.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for children. VIP tickets are $75.

MarineQuest Celebrates 25 Years

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave. S.E. in St. Petersburg, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its annual open house, MarineQuest, Saturday, Oct. 19.

During this award-winning event, the research headquarters are open to the public so visitors can learn about Florida’s plants and animals.

Inside the labs, scientists can guide visitors through interactive displays and answer questions about their research. Outside, visitors can explore touch tanks filled with Florida marine life, such as sharks, starfish, rays, horseshoe crabs, spiny lobsters and sport fish.

MarineQuest offers something for all ages, including interactive activities specifically designed for younger kids, like gyotaku, an artistic fish-printing technique originally used by Japanese fisherman to record their catches. Visitors can also participate in a mock manatee rescue with the marine mammal rescue team.

Click here to RSVP.

4th Annual St. Pete Brewfest

The fourth annual St Pete Brewfest benefiting Nourish to Flourish (feeding hungry children in Pinellas County) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 starting at 5 p.m. at Kozuba & Sons, 1960 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The event will include live music by the Chris Walker Band and Jeremy Thomas Band, an open bar, food trucks and games.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and $10 for designated drivers.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Boyz II Men, Alison Krauss, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago will join other national and local musical artists this week for the 40th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday music festival.

The festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Oct. 20 at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. on the waterfront in downtown Clearwater.

More than 35,000 music lovers are expected for the four-day live music festival which, despite the name, isn't limited to jazz. The lineup includes country, soul, hip hop, blues, rock and other musical genres.

The festival is organized by the nonprofit Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, which supports educational outreach programs in the community.

In addition to live music all weekend, the festival will feature food and drink vendors and a fireworks display Saturday at 10:45 p.m.

General admission and reserved seating tickets range from $20 to $180 for a four-day package.

VIP Experience tickets range from $175 to $200.

Doggie Costume Parade

The Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department will host Howl-O-Ween and the first '80s Rock in the Park Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 19 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Carrollwood Village Park, 4680 W. Village Drive.

The festival will kick off with dog-friendly events including dog and human costume contests with categories for best child and pet, best couple, most creative and spookiest.

There will also be a doggie parade, doggie jail, caricature artist, popcorn doggie bags, face painting, food trucks, giveaways and a free concert in the new amphitheater by '80s cover band, Scream Machine. A special guest will be available for photos from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information contact Nick Valdez or call (813) 210-4382.

Florida Birding & Nature Festival

Best-selling author and world-renowned birder Kenn Kauffman will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s Florida Birding & Nature Festival Oct. 17-20 at Hillsborough Community College's Brandon campus, 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive, Tampa.

The festival coincides with the peak migration of more than 180 species and features expert-led field trips to the best wildlife sites in West Central Florida.

It also includes more than two-dozen seminars, covering diverse topics such as coyotes in Florida, the ethics of birding photography and the unique natural history of swallow-tailed kites, along with a seven-speaker symposium on turtle diversity, ecology and conservation on Saturday, Oct. 19.

More than 20 field trips, offered from Friday through Sunday, will show participants wildlife sanctuaries throughout the region. In addition, exhibitors will offer for sale artwork, binoculars, bird boxes and other products for nature lovers.

For more information and to register for tickets, click here.

San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival

The 53rd annual San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.

The festival will feature the Rattlesnake Run on Saturday morning, a food court, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music, snake shows, crocodile shows, Cowboy Tom's Wild West show, wooden gopher turtle races, children's games, a pumpkin patch, bounce houses, a Subaru Off-road Rally exhibition race, local history and a concert by the Bellamy Brothers Friday at 7 p.m.

Click here for concert tickets. Admission to the festival is $5

Terror Tent

The Terror Tent ride will take place at the Pinellas Art Village at 5681 Park Blvd. N., Pinellas Park, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26.

The three-minute motorized ride-through attraction features 1,500 square of spooky and fantasy murals, sculptures and paintings as it travels to Cove Studios, Pompei Monster Factory, the Complete Sweet Shoppe, Swartz Gallery and the Pinellas Park Art Society Gallery.

The ride runs in conjunction with the Boo-Zaar, featuring supernatural images of pop culture symbols by local artists along with belly-dancing witches and a costume contest.

Click here.

Halloween Party For The Paws

3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, will host its ninth annual Halloween Party for the Paws fundraiser for Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Pete on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This event will include adoptable dogs from Pet Pal, a doggie costume contest, a "pawrade," 50/50 raffle, tie dye creation station and other activities.

Click here.

Haunted Ape Escape

The Suncoast Primary Sanctuary Foundation, 4600 Alternate U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor, will host a Haunted Ape Escape Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Over the years, this family-friendly event has claimed many "victims" as they wind carefully though a maze of scare zones, strategically located throughout the park. The event includes drinks, snacks and entertainment. The cost is $6.

Click here for tickets.

East Lake Fire Rescue 6th Annual 5K

East Lake Fire Rescue will host its sixth annual 5K Run/Walk for Charity Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. at Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor.

This chip-timed event includes an East Lake Fire Rescue Race T-shirt, a medal and a post-race party which will include an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, games, food samples, raffle giveaways, massages and more.

Most of the proceeds will benefit the RAP House, Joshua House and other local charities.

Medals and goody bags will only be guaranteed to the first 500 people who register. T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed for late registrations. Click here to register. Get $3 off by using coupon code: TAKE3OFF!!

Night At The Museum

As the museum winds down for the evening, the exhibits at the Tampa Bay History Center come alive. Families will find pirates, Florida pioneers, soldiers from Fort Brooke and other ghosts from Florida's past sneaking around the museum galleries during A Night at the Museum Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. in downtown Tampa.

Families are invited to haunt the History Center while they trick or treat their way through the galleries – including the traveling exhibit Brick History, which features recreations of historical events in LEGO® bricks – and collect candy from historical figures from Florida's past come to life.

The Tampa Bay Ghost Busters and Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion will also join the fun. There are two sessions to choose from. Trick-or-treaters can haunt the History Center from either 2-3:30 p.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.

A Night at the Museum is open to children of all ages with an adult companion. The cost is $10/child and $12/adult, with discounted admission for History Center members. Tickets to A Night at the Museum are available in advance. A limited quantity may be available at the door, but A Night at the Museum often sells out prior to the event day.

Macaroni & Cheese Fall Festival

Tampa Bay's annual Macaroni & Cheese Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunwest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. The event will feature gourmet food trucks competing for the title of best Mac n' Cheese, live music, inflatables and other activities.

Shabby Chic Vintage Market

The Fall Wesley Chapel Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Days will take place Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

Guests can shop from 120 local vendors and artisans featuring unique finds and home furnishings including vintage, rustic, collectible and shabby chic. Admission and parking are free. Dogs are welcome.

Halloween Spooktacular

Veterans Memorial Park and Pasco County will host a Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.

This will be an evening of games, candy music and inflatables. Children are welcome to wear costumes and bring a bag or bucket to collect candy in.

The cost is $3 per child. Click here.

Scream Acres

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will once again host Scream Acres at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park where tormented souls wander the trails and cabins, terrifying all that enter their domain, and zombies roam freely. The venue includes a haunted hayride as well.

Scream Acres will be open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. It is recommended for ages 16 and up. Admittance is $3. Click here.

The Haunted House On 41

Enter the Haunted House on 41 if you dare.

The Land O' Lakes Heritage Park community center at 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. will be transformed into a dark and terrifying maze with frights around every corner.

The haunted house will be open Friday, Oct. 18, Saturday, Oct 19, Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

The cost is $3. There will be free popcorn and drinks. This haunted house isn't recommended for small children. Click here.

Scary Trail: Season Of The Witch

Explore the haunted trail at 611 Beckett Way in Tarpon Springs on Friday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

This event for older kids and adults costs $5 and profits will benefit the Suncoast Animal League.

Click here.

27th Annual Haunted Woods

Explore the of Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.

In addition to the haunted trail, there will be costume contests, a family tram ride, food, refreshements and music.

All proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society. Click here.

Shimmering Lights Halloween

Sun-Kissed Acres has joined with Nights of Shimmering Lights to host Shimmering Lights Halloween, a self-guided, quarter-mile walking trail through dancing lights to music, outdoor movie and an expanded game room.

The event will take place Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. through Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 to 31 at the Sun-Kissed Acres, 2302 N. Dover Road.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

Fox Squirrel Farm, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road, Plant City, will host its annual corn maze on Saturday and Sundays from Oct. 5-27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the maze, there will be a hay ride, games, a corn slide, a butterfly garden, horse and pony rides, dummy steer roping, cornhole games, food and a pumpkin patch.

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