Top Events in Tampa (10.11-13.19)

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It’s the weekend in the city of Tampa! The Seminole Heights Sunday Market returns, the Vintage Roost takes over Ybor, there’s Haunted River Tours, Tampa Bay’s largest plant festival and so much more.

Friday, October 11

Vintage Roost Ybor City (All Weekend) 
The Vintage Roost is the next big thing in Ybor City. This recurring event brings together some of the best vintage vendors in the entire region under one beautiful roof. The Vintage Roost runs Friday through Sunday. Hours: Friday, 9am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm. Follow Vintage Roost on Facebook & Instagram for updates on their latest treasures. Vintage Roost, 2326 East 7th Avenue.

Haunted River Tours with Pirate Water Taxi (All Weekend)
Hop aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a frighteningly good time on the water. Join Pirate Water Taxi on select nights in October for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts and haunted facts along the Hillsborough River. Each tour will be led by a dead-lightful docent who will entertain you with spooky stories of Tampa’s past. Tours depart at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm all weekend. Click HERE for reservations. Departs from The Riverwalk near the Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street.

Brews by the Bay at The Florida Aquarium
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings and food samplings with amazing undersea views at downtown Tampa’s most unique beer and food event. We’ll be overflowing with endless beers, delicious food from local area restaurants, a sea of live entertainment including #NoFilter, Orquesta Infinidad, and a silent disco on the rooftop! All while enjoying our amazing exhibits which feature animals from around the world. 8-11pm. CLICK HERE for tickets. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive.

Chris Stapleton All American Tour
The Chris Stapleton tour arrives in Tampa at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 N US Highway 301.

Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa (Friday and Saturday)
Creatures of the Night is back for more spooky scares and “howling” fun for ghouls and goblins of all ages! On Fridays and Saturdays from October 4-26, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10pm. Click HERE for tickets. ZooTampa, 1101 West Slight Avenue.

Coppertail Friday Night Market
Every month a new DIY class at Tampa’s favorite Night Market is at Coppertail Brewing Co! Come have fun shopping 40+ makers in Coppertail’s backlot while sipping on craft brews at Coppertail Brewing Co! 6-10pm. 2601 E 2nd Avenue.

Saturday, October 12

El Dorado Furniture Store Grand Opening
The largest Hispanic-owned Furniture Enterprise in the US officially opens in the Burg this weekend! On Saturday, El Dorado Furniture introduces the Sunshine City to its immersive Boulevard Furniture concept. The event will feature fun discounts, raffles, and giveaways. Click HERE for all of the details. Begins at 10am. El Dorado Furniture, 3700 Tyrone Boulevard North.

Heights Fall Festival (Saturday and Sunday)
Armature Works is hosting the 2nd annual Heights Fall Festival this weekend! The event will feature a food drive benefiting Metropolitan Ministries, pumpkin patch, interactive games and activities, face painters, live music, craft beer corner, and more. Takes place from 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Armature Works, 1910 North Ola Avenue.

USF Botanical Festival (Saturday and Sunday)
Tampa Bay’s largest plant festival returns this Saturday and Sunday. 10am-3pm on Saturday, 10am-2pm on Sunday. USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive.

Tuxes and Tails at Tampa Convention Center
Join Humane Society of Tampa Bay for its signature black-tie gala featuring live and silent auctions, a cocktail hour with complimentary wine and beer, dinner and dessert, live entertainment featuring adoptable pets, after-party with dancing and cigar bar on the Riverwalk, and more! Begins at 5:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street.

Tampa Mafia Tours
Scott M. Deitche, author of 7 books on the mob including, Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., ​will take this group on a 1.5- 2 hour walking tour through Tampa’s Mafia history. Tours at 3pm and 6pm. Click HERE to register. King Corona Cigars and Cafe, 2601 East 7th Avenue.

UNDead in the Water at American Victory Ship & Museum
UNDead in the Water is Tampa’s only authentic nautical haunted attraction. Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship armed only with a blacklight flashlight. Avoid being eaten by the infected zombie stowaways as the merciless Ripper Squad do what they were trained to do, SEARCH AND DESTROY! 8-11pm. Click HERE for tickets. American Victory Shop, 705 Channelside Drive.

Sunday, October 13

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market
It’s the return of the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market! Shop local vendors and enjoy the best local bites in the entire city. This market takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month from October – April each year on the front lawn of Hillsborough High School and supports 70+ local vendors selling what’s made in Tampa Bay! 10am-2pm. Hillsborough High School, 5000 North Central Avenue.

Yoga on the Lawn at Armature Works
This event is free, open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome. Yoga will be instructed by Kodawari Studios. Please remember to bring your yoga mat, towel and water bottle. 9:30-10:30am. Click HERE to register. Armature Works, 1910 North Ola Avenue.

Independent Bar 10th Anniversary Finale
For The Independents ANNIVERSARY FINALE, Ella Jet & Future Soul return! The last time they jammed here brought a packed crowd and the band said it is one of their favorite new places to play. 6:30-8:30pm. The Independent, 5016 North Florida Avenue.

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