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Tampa Bay Festivals and Featured Events

October 2008


Tampa Bay Festivals and Featured Events

A weaver booth volunteer demonstrates her craft at Heritage Village’s Country Jubilee.

  • Oct. 3 and 4

  • Bluegrass Strings and Crafty Things
    Where: Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo
    Hours: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    The third annual Bluegrass Strings and Crafty Things Festival will mix old-time mountain music with unique, handmade arts and crafts. Bands scheduled to perform include Southern Star, the Foothill Bluegrass Band and Cody Shuler and the Pine Mountain Railroad. Saturday’s craft show will be anchored by an exhibit from The Florida Highwaymen.
  • Oct. 10 through 12

  • Necronomicon 2008
    Where: Hilton Bayfront, 333 First St. N.E., St. Petersburg
    Hours: Registration begins on Friday, Oct. 10, noon. The convention concludes Sunday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.
    Cost: $50 at the door for the entire weekend; $25 for either Friday or Saturday; $20 for Sunday.
    Hosted by Stone Hill Science Fiction Society, Florida’s science fiction, fantasy and horror convention, Necronomicon, is now in its 27th year. For the first time, however, the convention will take place on the Pinellas side of Tampa Bay. Guests of honor include authors Frederik Pohl, Julie E. Czerneda and Rick Wilber. The event features dozens of panels, a Necronomi-Prom, masquerade, art auction, book signing sessions, trivia contests and video and anime rooms with 24-hour programming.
  • Oct. 11 and 12

  • St. Armands Art Festival
    Where: St. Armands Circle, St. Armands Key in Sarasota County
    Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The 20th annual St. Armands Art Festival, organized by the St. Armands Circle Association, will welcome more than 175 artists and craftsman who will display their original artwork. Pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics jewelry and sculpture will be featured. Best of all, the event is set amongst the unique shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle.
  • Oct. 14

  • Your Place In Space 2
    Where: Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
    Hours: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Cost: $5, free for museum members.
    Jeff Rodgers, director of the Bishop Planetarium at South Florida Museum, will trace the chain of events that lead from “nothing” to forces and matter, stars and planets, and, eventually, life. To R.S.V.P., call Amara Cocilovo at 941-746-4131, ext. 11.
  • Oct. 17, 28, 19, 25 and 26

  • Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
    Where: Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Cost: Admission is $7, parking is $4. Free for children 12 and under.
    The 17th annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival will feature more than 100 craft booths, food, circus, corn maze, frog jumping, petting zoo, face painting, scarecrow displays, hayrides, chainsaw sculpture and pony rides. There will be live music as well as a pumpkin cannon and corn cannon.
  • Oct. 18

  • Vintage Baseball Game
    Where: Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo
    Hours: 11 a.m.
    Cost: Admission is free.
    The Dunedin Railers will take on the Largo Crackers in an old-time 1860s baseball game on Moore House Field at Heritage Village. Players will wear authentic uniforms and play by the authentic 1860s rules. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket for seating.
  • Oct. 18

  • Anna Maria Island Bayfest
    Where: Along Pine Avenue
    Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce , the eighth annual Bayfest will feature a classic car show, music, arts and crafts and a children’s play area. Concessionaires will sell food, wine and beer.
  • Oct. 18

  • Coastal Cleanup
    Where: Honeymoon Island State Park
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon
    Cost: Free entry for those volunteering.
    A Coastal Cleanup has been scheduled for Honeymoon Island State Park. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586 north of Dunedin, Honeymoon Island is in need of a few helping hands. Volunteers will help clean up the beach while enjoying fresh air and gorgeous surroundings. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen; bags, gloves and water will be provided. Meet in front of Café Honeymoon. Call 727-469-5942.
  • Oct. 25 and 26

  • John’s Pass Seafood Festival
    Where: John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk
    Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Cost: Admission is free.
    The 27th annual John’s Pass Seafood Festival combines fresh seafood with early holiday shopping among the 125 unique shops at John’s Pass. The event will feature an arts and crafts show, fishing expo, children’s area, children’s Halloween costume contest, Haunted House, live music and dancing in the street.
  • Oct. 25

  • Reggae Jerk Jam
    Where: Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa
    Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Cost: $5 at the door. Children 5 and under are free.
    The Reggae Jerk Jam showcases authentic island tastes with the sounds of the Caribbean. The event will include a KidZone, music and vendors selling handmade West Indian arts and crafts. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Oct. 25

  • Country Jubilee
    Where: Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo
    Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    At the 31st annual Country Jubilee at Heritage Village
    , attendees will stroll amongst the pines and palmettos where more than 100 crafters and artisans will demonstrate their work. Quilts, needlework, dolls, paintings, floral arrangements, soaps and seasonal crafts are a few of the items that will be featured at the free event.
  • Oct. 26

  • Florida State Championship Series No. 5
    Where: Alafia River State Park, 14326 South County Road 39, Lithia
    Cost: $4 per vehicle with 2 to 8 people.
    Beautful Alafia River State Park will serve as the backdrop for this off-road mountain bike race along the park’s exceptional trails.
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