Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival
Clearwater: This fun, nightly sunset celebration features all kinds of artisans, crafters, street performers, live music and entertainment. Takes place nightly starting two hours before sunset until two hours after sunset at Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. Info: 727-449-1036; sunsetpier60.com.
Gulfport Fresh Market
Gulfport: Stock up on local fresh fruits and veggies, shop for plants, crafts, baked goods and more. Open 9am – 3pm on Beach Blvd., Gulfport. FYI: Free clothing swap happens from 9am – 1pm on the second Tuesday of every month.
Downtown Clearwater Farmer’s Market
Clearwater: Every Wednesday colorful tents and booths overflow with farm fresh produce, delicious cheeses, fresh baked goods, glorious cut flowers, plants and much, much more. Takes place from 9am – 2pm on the 500 – 600 blocks of Cleveland St. in Clearwater. Info: 727-461-7674; clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.
Williams Park Summer Market Farmer’s Market
St. Petersburg: Explore the fresh tastes of summer every Saturday under the shady oaks. Find fresh and organic produce, meats and cheeses, baked goods, fruits and veggies, clothing, gifts, arts and crafts and more. Takes place from 9 am-1 pm on First Ave. between 3rd and 4th Sts. Info: saturdaymorningmarket.com.
Flicks & Food Trucks
Tampa: Get your forks and fingers ready to dive into 15-20 of the best of Tampa Bay’s gourmet food trucks offering everything from burgers to vegetarian bites. Featuring craft brews served up by the Pour House, local, live music, a larger-than-life outdoor, movie screen experience and entertainment for the whole family. Held rain or shine from 6 – 10pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Grand Central at Kennedy, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Info: tampabaymarkets.com.
St. Petersburg: This dancing-in-the-street block party takes place on the first Friday of the month and features great music, food and drink vendors, restaurants and more. Find it on Central Ave. between 2nd and 3rd St. from 5:30 – 10pm. Info: FirstFridayStPete.com.
Fresh Market At Wiregrass
Tampa: Over 50 vendors offer variety of local, certified organic, hydroponic and conventional produce, plants, organic garden food/supplies and locally made foods while local artists showcase their creative efforts and eco-friendly products. Takes place from 10am — 2pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month in the heart of the shopping center at 28211 Paseo Dr., Wesley Chapel. Info: 813-994-2242; tampamarkets.com.
Tampa: This monthly rolling concert series onboard the TECO Line Streetcar is a uniquely fun musical experience. Takes place on the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 7pm on the Streetcar leaving Centennial Park Station, 1800 E. 8th Ave., Tampa. Info: 813-254-4278; tecolinestreetcar.org.
Tampa Indie Flea
Tampa: This monthly, curated indoor/outdoor event is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month and draws the best vendors of all things local, indie and hand-made. You’ll find all kinds of cool stuff including handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen printed t-shirts, vintage treasures, up-cycled home goods, dry succulent gardens, artisanal jams, and lots of other funky finds. Takes place from noon — 4pm at the historic Rialto Theatre, 1617 N. Franklin St.,Tampa. Info: theindieflea.com.
Second Saturday Art Walk
St. Petersburg: Take in the St. Pete arts scene after-hours. More than 40 galleries and studios spanning across five different arts districts stay open late, including Duncan McClellan Glass and Morean Arts Center. Free trolleys run throughout the city’s art districts to get you around. Takes place in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District and EDGE District from 5 – 9pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month. For a complete list of participating galleries and a map, visit stpeteartsalliance.org
Channelside Bay Plaza Fresh Artisan Market
Tampa: On the third Sunday of every month, you can stroll the waterfront and pick up fresh local produce, unusual handcrafted treasures and revel in some great live entertainment. Takes place from 11am — 4pm at 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa.
Now – December 23
Menus: The Epicurean Experience
Tampa: This fun exhibit uses menus as a starting point to explore the fine dining at the Tampa Bay Hotel and other grand Florida resorts from 1891 to 1932. The exhibit also displays other original artifacts including photos, clothing and utensils from the era. Takes place daily 10am — 5pm at the Henry Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Info: 877-230-0078.
Sept. 1 – 30
St. Pete Mural Fest/SHINE
St. Petersburg: Celebrate St. Pete’s cultural arts with more than 30 days of visual and performing arts, outdoor murals, live music, street performers, theater and more. Various hours and locations. Info: spfestival.com; shineonstpete.com.
Sept. 9 & 10
St. Petersburg: Teams collect and remove as many lionfish as possible while SCUBA or free-diving for prizes. Free lionfish samples, filleting and dissection demos and more. Takes place from 10am – 5 pm. North Straub Park, 400 Bay Shore Drive. Info: lionfishhunting.com.
Sept. 13 – 16
St. Petersburg Art and Fashion Week
St. Petersburg: See the top fashion trends from top Bay Area artists and designers and watch art become couture on the runway. Various hours and locations. Info: stpeteartfashionweek.com.
Sept 16 – 17
Buckler’s 24th Annual Christmas Craft Fair
Tampa: This two-day indoor craft fair showcases an array of great products including custom home and garden decor, furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories, gourmet delights, pottery, traditional fine art, plants and more. Takes place from 10am – 5pm at the State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy 301N, Tampa. Info: 386-860-0092; bucklershows.com.
ViVa Tampa Bay: Hispanic Heritage Festival
Ybor City: Tampa’s Hispanic Month Celebration kicks off with a live performance by renowned, Cuban singer Alina Izquierdo known as “The Diamond Voice of Cuba,” as well as many other talented performers. Takes place from 11am – 6pm at Centennial Park in historic Ybor City. Info: 813-484-3409; vivatampabayfestival.com.
Eat Rich, Play Dirty
St. Petersburg: Ignite ALL of your senses through food, drink and art during St. Pete’s most delectable annual event. Hands-on art activities, delicious food and desserts provided by the area’s top restaurants, as well as music, a silent auction and the popular teacher raffle with art and classes up for grabs make it a fun night for all. Takes place from 7 – 10pm at the Morean Arts Center, 420 22nd St. South, St. Pete. Info: 727-822-7872; moreanartscenter.org.
October 14 – 15
Hyde Park Village Art Fair
Tampa: This two-day event features over 150 juried artists and crafters who showcase their one-of-a-kind works, from jewelry to life-sized sculptures and unique decorative pieces including paintings and knick knacks. Takes place from10am – 5pm in downtown Hyde Park, 1602 W. Snow Ave., Tampa. Info: 561-746-6615.
Bruno Mars: The 24K Magic World Tour
Tampa: Grammy Award winner and world renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/ musician, Bruno Mars, rocks the house in this blockbuster concert. Takes place from 8 – 10pm at AMALIE Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa. Info: 844-854-1450; amalie.arena.com.
October 19 – 22
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
Clearwater: This annual world-class festival showcases both national and local performers as well as exhibitors and holiday merchandise. Takes place at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Info: 727-461-5200; clearwaterjazz.com.
October 20 – 22
5th Annual Clearwater Beach Chalk Festival
Clearwater: Some of the country’s most talented artists create chalk artworks and designs along the sidewalk and promenades of Clearwater Beach. Artists begin work on Friday afternoon and work through the weekend on their compositions. Judging and awards take place on Sunday afternoon. Info: 727-447-7600; clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.com.
St. Petersburg Science Festival
St. Petersburg: Explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) during this two-day festival of science. Located on the waterfront campus of USF St. Petersburg. Held in conjunction with Florida Fish & Wildlife’s MarineQuest annual open house Takes place from 10am-4pm at Poynter Park, 140 7th Ave. S. Free admission. Info: stpetescifest.org
St. Petersburg: Discover life beneath the sea with hands-on kids’ activities, arts and crafts and more! Touch sharks and rays, learn “gyotaku,” Japanese fish printing, tour the FWRI Institute and learn about conservation. Takes place from 10am-4pm at Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave. SE., St. Petersburg. Info: myfwc.com.
OTHER FLORIDA HAPPENINGS
September 15 – October 15
WineDine Key West & Islamorada
Florida Keys: The Keys’ newest food and wine soiree celebrates affordable fine dining and includes specially priced 3-course prix-fixe menus at some of the top restaurants in Key West and islamorada. You can also take advantage of exclusive deals from award-winning spas, luxurious guesthouses, local art galleries and unique boutiques. Info: 800-474-4319; winedinekeywest.com.
September 22 – October 1
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel: This award-winning music festival is one of Southwest Florida’s hottest draws and includes over 100 live performances, more than 60 acclaimed singer-songwriters and 20 unique venues on Captiva Island (Sept 22- 24), downtown Fort Meyers (Sept 25 – 28) and Fort Meyers Beach (Sept 29 – Oct 1). Info: IslandHopperFest.com; #IslandHopperFest.