Ahhh, yes it is officially that time of the year- Fall!
The season of Halloween, cooler weather, pumpkin spiced lattes and getting ahead on Christmas shopping. Tampa Bay is no different, with the exception of the cooler weather. But don’t worry, that comes in due time!
Despite pretending that there is a nip in the air, Tampa’s Fall season is full of great events to check out. Whether you’re a native or brand new to the area here are the events at the top of our list:
The Grand Opening of Sparkman Wharf
Sparkman Wharf Rendering by Strategic Property Partners
Opening in October is the widely anticipated Water Street Development project that is SparkmanWharf. What used to be Channelside Plaza, will now sit a $3 billion dollar outdoor space for dining and events. If you’ve been following the development on social media, you’ll see colorful shipping containers painted by Pep Rally sitting on the demolished area of what used to be a part of Channelside Plaza. Reminiscent of the container park in Las Vegas, Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf will feature an outdoor beer garden and dining experiences curated by some of the best chefs and restaurant teams in Tampa.
Fall Outdoor Markets
Picture of the Seminole Heights Sunday Market by market’s Facebook page.
Now that cold weather is imminent, outdoor markets will be much more enjoyable to find treasures, pick-up fresh veggies and overall, shop local. There are plenty of markets to attend, but we always refer to Tampa Bay Markets for the scoop on market schedules. Here are some of the local markets we go to:
Seminole Heights Sunday Market: 2nd Sunday of each month from 10am-2pm
Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village: 1st Sunday of each month from 10am-3pm
North Tampa Market: 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm
Hyde Park Fall Festival
From the Fall Festival Facebook event page
Hyde Park will transform it’s streets into a Fall Festival Sept. 29th to benefit High Risk Hope. Food trucks, games, craft beer and live music always make a good combination for a good time. Stroll down the park and pretend it’s cool enough to enjoy apple cider and watch the leaves change as everyone participates in some Fall fun. Best part? The event is free! Ring in the Fall season in Hyde Park.
USF Fall Plant Festival
From USF Botanical Gardens Facebook page
October 14th and 15th holds the largest plant sale in the Tampa area. Located at USF’s botanical gardens, the Fall Plant Festival features not only plants, but a gardening workshop and scarecrow contest. For $5, this is also a great option to welcome in the Fall season. You may even catch some prime foliage!
Photo by Clearwater Jazz Holiday Facebook page
With an abundance of outdoor parks dotted around the city, it’s a no-brainer that this season will bring many enjoyable music experiences to the outdoors! One in particular is the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Although it’s located outside Tampa at Coachman Park in Clearwater this 4-day festival features the best in jazz, folk and blues. Don’t miss out on October 18th! It’ll be worth the trip across the bridge. Buy your tickets here. For a full list of upcoming concerts in the bay area, check out SongKick.
Stone Crab Season
Photo by Phil Gravinese
As Floridians, we know our seafood. That’s why we get excited for each fishing season. Not only do we love to fish, but we sure love it when restaurants create a new take on traditional dishes each season. Now that scallop season passed, what’s next? Stone crab season! With the official season opening October 15th, make sure you get a boat friend. You don’t want to miss catching some of these tasty morsels. Here’s the breakdown of how to harvest correctly to ensure the next season is just as fruitful in crab findings.
SHINE St. Pete Mural Festival
Mural by Arlin
Satisfying our artsy side, we’ll be down in St. Pete on October 6th. SHINE Mural festival celebrates the art of public spaces including murals! As one of the most distinct artistic landmarks in Tampa and St. Petersburg, these murals and their artists will be back at it again through the 20th. The best part? Select artists will be painting brand new murals during the festival. Oh! And it’s also free.
Nightmare On Franklin Street
Time to get spooky! What’s Fall without a little scare? The historic Tampa Theatre is one of the most haunted places in the bay area. So it makes sense that this will be the perfect venue for 13 nights of Halloween classics. Catch your favorite scary movie from October 19th-31st. Don’t worry, if the film isn’t scary enough for you, the theatre will also be hosting ghost tours. Here’s a list of the Halloween classics!
We hope to see you around for these Fall festivities! What events are you excited to attend? Let us know in the comments.
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