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OUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO 40+ THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY FOR DATE NIGHTS

Get out and explore this month with your favorite plus one by checking out our favorite things to do in Tampa Bay this October 2022! There’s a lot on our curated guide of things to do, so keep scrolling! It starts with event highlights for things to do this week, followed by our top picks for Tampa Bay events for the rest of the month.

You’ll also find an ongoing events section for even more date night ideas in Tampa. Check back often as we add more Tampa Bay events to this listing throughout the month.

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For family-friendly things to do in Tampa, check out Tampa Bay Parenting.


Things to Do in Tampa October 3-9

Avenue Q
Through Sunday, October 9
Straz Center
This laugh out loud musical features actors and puppets that tell the hilarious story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby NYC apartment on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. This show is intended for a mature audience due to its racy, adults-only content.
$20.50 and up

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
Wednesday, September 14- Sunday, October 9
Straz Center
This comedic stage show imagines a 1904 meetup between the revolutionary painter Pablo Picasso and master physicist Albert Einstein, as they were on the verge of setting art and science, respectively, on their ears. Comic great Steve Martin’s first comedy written for the stage eavesdrops on a monumental, if fictional, conversation that’s interrupted by the appearance of a familiar if unnamed visitor from Memphis via Tupelo.
$24.50 and up

Panic! At The Disco
Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm
Amalie Arena
Featuring MARINA and Jake Wesley Rogers
$29.50 and up

Drag Queen Bingo
Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm
Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater
Enjoy an evening of 10 rounds of Drag Queen Bingo hosted by local queen, Dena Cass. All proceeds benefit Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas.
$10 per person

Haunted Happy Hour
Thursday, October 6-Friday, October 7
Bilheimer Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Your guide will lead you within its walls to experience the theater as only the haunted have. Alcoholic beverages, including specialty cocktails, are available before the tour to prepare you for the spooky tour and after to help ward off any lingering spirits. Tours begin every half hour starting at 6pm. Tickets include the choice of one beer, wine, soda or spooky specialty cocktail. Attendees should arrive thirty minutes before show time and visit the ticket office to pick up drink tickets.
$15 per person

Il Volo
Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Superstar Italian trio, Il Volo, will take the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
$53.75 and up

Florida Orchestra: Carmina Burana
Friday, October 7
Straz Center
Featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, this musical drama is iconic as ever. The evening begins with Daphnis et Chloe, Suites 1 and 2, which will be performed with the rarely heard wordless choir.

Arts Legacy Remix: Noche De Encanto
Friday, October 7
Straz Center
Taking place on The Riverwalk Stage, this show will highlight the many threads in the tapestry of Hispanic culture. The evening will be filled with breathtaking visual arts, vibrant music, and the joyous atmosphere celebrated from the Caribbean Islands to the southernmost tip of South America.
Free

Rufus Wainwright
Friday, October 7
Straz Center
With an opening by Kaleigh Baker, singer-songwriter, Rufus Wainwright brings his national tour to Tampa in support of his most recent album, Unfollow the Rules. 

Smashing Pumpkins
Friday, October 7 at 6:30pm
Amalie Arena
With special guest, Jane’s Addiction.
$45.25 and up

St. Pete Super Greek Fest
Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9
St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church
This 3-day indoor/outdoor festival is a celebration of authentic Greek food, culture, dance, and traditions! Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, dance lessons, games, and more.
Free

Looptoberfest
Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9
In The Loop Brewing
Head to Land O Lakes for this fun spin on a traditional Oktoberfest.
Free

First Friday Block Party Westchase
Friday, October 7 from 5pm-9pm
World of Beer Westchase
Enjoy live music, food and drinks, and fun activities.
Free

Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival
Saturday, October 8, 9am – 3pm
1310 John Moore Rd, Brandon, FL
Exploring Caffeine through artistic interpretation, embracing all mediums, styles and concepts.
$10 – $15

Tampa Bay Lightning Kickoff Bar Crawl
Saturday, October 8 at 4pm
American Social Tampa
Let’s Go Lightning! Kick off the quest to get the cup back to Tampa. There will be plenty of Lightning swag and signed items to give away. Multiple bars will be ready and waiting for you to have a fun and exciting day exploring downtown Tampa. You’ll get 5 welcome shots, exclusive drink specials, free cover to all venues, and more.
$20-$25 per person

Zac Brown Band: Out in The Middle Tour
Saturday, October 8 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
With special guest Robert Randolph
$42 and up

32nd Annual Hyde Park Village Art Fair
Saturday, October 8 from 10am-5pm
Hyde Park Village
Stroll the beautiful streets of Hyde Park will exploring some of the best art vendors around.
Free

10th Annual Bucs Treasure Chest 5K
Sunday, October 9 at 7am
Advent Health Training Center
This event will continue to benefit local organizations in Tampa Bay that specialize in breast cancer research and patient services.
Season pass members – $30, General public – $50

Straz Center Block Party
Sunday, October 9 from 3pm-6pm
Straz Center
Ain’t no party like a Straz Center party! Kick off the 2022-23 season with a free celebration of the arts in Tampa Bay. Expect live music, dance, circus, visual arts, local artisans, food, libations, and more.
Free

Things to Do in Tampa October 10-16

Your Press Pass Through History
Tuesday, October 11
Straz Center
Go behind the scenes of some of the most iconic images in history during this multimedia-rich evening with award-winning journalist and newsroom execs from the Associate Press.

The Florida Orchestra: Hollywood Sings
Friday, October 14
Straz Center
Enjoy music from some of Hollywood’s most iconic movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, LaLa Land, Skyfall, and more.

The Drowsy Chaperone
October 14-30
Straz Center
The Tony Award winning musical makes its way to Tampa! This 1920s-era musical goes big with music from the Jazz Age in this whimsical and hilarious show.

Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show
Friday, October 14 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
With special guests Elle King and Morgan Wade
$101 and up

Second Fridays Oldsmar
Friday, October 14 from 6pm-9pm
State Street W., Oldsmar
Enjoy business vendors, craft vendors, food vendors, food trucks, a car show, live music, and fresh air!
Free

Tampa Theatre Presents: A Nightmare on Franklin Street
October 14-31
Tampa Theatre
Enjoy classic Halloween movies, ghost tours, guest stars, and more! Catch movies such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Friday the 13th, Psycho, The Shining, Pet Cemetery, and Ghostbusters. You can also take part in paranormal investigations and ghost hunts…if you dare.

Chalktober Art Festival
Saturday, October 15 from 10am-4pm
Pier 60 Park
Head to Clearwater Beach for live music, craft vendors, craft beer, food trucks, and more!
Free

Clearwater Jazz Holiday featuring Charlie Wilson
Saturday, October 15 at 5:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Celebrate 43 years of jazz music with several of the best artists in jazz, including Charlie Wilson.
$40-$90

Weird Al Yankovic
Friday, October 15 at 8pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Featuring comedian Emo Philips, join Weird Al for his The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.
$43.25 and up

Things to Do in Tampa October 17-23

Andres Cepeda
Wednesday, October 19
Straz Center
Romantic songwriter and Latin Grammy winner, Andres Cepeda, is one of the most renowned Columbian artists of the Latin Music scene. He brings his show to the Straz Center for one night only.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
October 19-November 13
Straz Center
This adaptation of Brahm Stoker’s timeless horror classic takes audiences on a thrilling trek enhanced by humor and daring special effects.

Craig Ferguson
Thursday, October 20
Straz Center
Comedian and actor, Craig Ferguson, is best known as the former host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. For one night only, he brings his stand-up act to Tampa.

Third Friday Safety Harbor
Friday, October 21 from 6pm-8pm
Main Street Safety Harbor
This month, meet some wonderful greyhounds and learn about their amazing breed! Enjoy vendors and live music as you stroll Main Street.
Free

Taco and Margarita Festival
Saturday, October 22 at 11am
Raymond James Stadium
RJS will be turning into the largest Tampa Taco fest ever! Enjoy live music, live pro wrestling, over 60 vendors, tacos, margaritas, and more! VIP admission begins at 11am and includes two full sized margaritas, three tacos, access to the VIP lounge, and shirt. General Admission begins at 12pm.
VIP admission- $79/General admission – $12

11th Annual Tampa Pig Jig
Saturday, October 22 at 1pm
Juliane B. Lane Riverfront Park
Join headliner Sam Hunt as he takes the stage for the 11th annual Pig Jig. Enjoy a day of mouthwatering BBQ, drinks, and performances by Sam Hunt, Kip More, X Ambassadors, and Bahamas.
$75 and up

13 Ugly Men Presents: The Halloween Party
Saturday, October 22 from 8pm-3am
Cuban Club Ybor
Join thousands of Tampa’s best-dressed in costume as they party for a purpose. There will be live DJs, entertainment, and a night you won’t forget.
$40 per person

Broadway Ball 2022
Saturday, October 22 at 6pm
Straz Center
Celebrate the new Broadway season during this glamorous evening featuring a gourmet dinner on Morisani Hall Stage, live and silent auctions, show-stopping entertainment, desserts, and dancing. Proceeds support Straz’s innovative arts education programs.
$750 per person/Tables are $8K

Clerks III: The Convenience Tour
Sunday, October 23
The Tampa Theatre
Clerks III, sees Randal (Jeff Anderson) recovering from a life-threatening heart attack. With the help of Dante, Elias, Becky, Jay and Silent Bob, Randal sets out to make a movie about the convenience store that started it all. (As with so many of Smith’s films, it’s a quasi-autobiographical story that mirrors the aftermath of his own “widowmaker” heart attack in 2018.)
$35 – $55

Broadway Ball After Dark
Saturday, October 22 from 8pm-midnight
Straz Center
The after party for Broadway Ball 2022 will give guests access to the open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dessert, and dancing.
$100 per person

Suenos de Dali
Saturday, October 22 at 8:30pm
The Dali Museum
The Dali’s spectacular building and gardens will be transformed into a celestial dreamlike experience like no other. There will be live music, themed open bars, tantalizing treats, and gallery access. Proceeds support the museum’s vital mission as a nonprofit and education organization.
Member tickets: $140, Non-Member: $150

Things to Do in Tampa October 24-31

Stevie Nicks 
Tuesday, October 25 at 8pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
With special guest Vanessa Carlton
$93 and up

Greta Van Fleet
Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm
Amalie Arena
With Durand Jones & The Indications and Crown Lands
$45.75 and up

An Evening With David Sedaris
Thursday, October 27
Straz Center
Bestselling author and NPR contributor, David Sedaris, will be live on stage following the release of his new book, Happy Go Lucky. He’ll be offering a selection of new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing.

Iron Maiden: Legacy of The Beast World Tour ’22
Thursday, October 27 at 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
With special guest, Within Temptation
$45.75 and up

The Witching Hour
Friday, October 28 Saturday, October-29
Straz Center
Opera Tampa’s annual drop-dead funny cult favorite returns to the Riverwalk to celebrate spooky season with selections from opera and pop culture.

The Wallflowers
Friday, October 28 at 8pm
The Bilheimer Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall
$44.50 and up

Jonathan Van Ness: Imaginary Living Room Olympian
Friday, October 28
Straz Center
Hair guru and Queer Eye host, Jonathan Van Ness, will regale the audience with tales from the show, his podcast, Getting Curious, and his fabulous non-binary lifestyle in general. He might even just do a handspring and a tumble too!

The Great West Chase 5K and 10K
Saturday, October 29
West Park Village, Westchase

Run to Westchase and join over 1,300 runners and celebrate with a post-race party that includes food and drinks.

Growlerween: 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 29 at 12pm
BRU Growler Bar
Have a few beers, paint some pumpkins, and fill your growlers. There will be a specialty tap lineup and food trucks.

Halloween Bar Crawl Tampa
Saturday, October 29 at 3pm
Bar Hwrd
There will be 10 bars for you to crawl to with an after party at Parks & Rec Tampa. Wear your coolest, sexiest, and scariest costume! You’ll get 5 welcome shots, free cover to all participating bars, exclusive drink specials, and more.
$15-$20 per person

Tacos & Tequila on The Pier
Saturday, October 29 from 12pm-8pm
St. Pete Pier
Enjoy tons of authentic tacos and margaritas at your fingertips! There will also be a Halloween costume contest, music, games, and fun! 21+ only.
$12 per person

El Zol 97.1 Presents Romeo Santos
Saturday, October 29 at 8pm
Amalie Arena
Romeo Santos headlines El Zol’s first official and exclusive concert. By invitation only for listeners of 97.1

Tampa Bay Symphony: Heroes and Villains
Sunday, October 30
Straz Center
Enjoy special selections from TBS such as The Laws of Motion, Danse Macabre, and Night on Bald Mountain.


More Things to Do – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

10th Annual UPAG Exhibition
September 16-November 13
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) Invites the Tampa Bay community to view the work of outstanding emerging artists represented by the United Photographic Arts Gallery (UPAG).

Dolphintopia 
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Beginning this month, guests will be transported to a summer of peace, love, and dolphins. Celebrate the facts, fiction, and fun of these enchanting marine mammals, while exploring the fascinating science of dolphins and their intimate connection with humans throughout history. Dolphintopia will feature unique dolphin art installations, activities, interactive shows, and vibrant Instagrammable photo ops. The elements of this saltwater celebration will change throughout the summer, offering annual members different experiences. The Dolphintopia celebration is included with general admission. Guests can also visit CMA’s resident dolphins in their habitats while visiting, and purchase VIP Dolphin Experiences or Photo Moment Experiences.

Musical Bingo Night
Tuesdays from 8-10pm
Crafty Squirrel St. Pete
Two rounds of musical bingo with 8 prizes. Plus enjoy the weekly Taco Tuesday special: a la carte Americana style tacos are only $2!
FREE Admission

Fairgrounds St. Pete
Permanent exhibition open Thursdays-Sundays
800 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Fairgrounds St. Pete is a permanent indoor immersive, explorable art and technology experience in St. Pete, Florida. Over 60 local and international artists were commissioned to make art for you to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
$27

Related: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete

Art on the House
Thursdays from 4-8pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Every Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, the Tampa Museum of Art offers Art on the House where admission prices change to pay-as-you-will, and visitors choose whatever admission price they want to pay. Bring the family and celebrate 100 years of art in Tampa with exhibitions that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art.
Choose your own admission price

St. Pete Shuffle Friday Nights
Fridays from 7-10pm
St. Pete Shuffle
Learn to play shuffleboard with help from St. Pete Shuffle’s staff and volunteers, who will get you set up on a court and teach you how to play.
$10; free for members and their guests

St. Pete Walking Mural Tours
Saturdays from 10-11:30am
Tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals found in the four block tour. Limited to 10 people, masks required, book prior to 4 p.m. the prior day.
$19

Cuban Pathways: The Exhibition Tour
Every Monday and Friday at 1:30
Every third Saturday at 1:30
Tampa History Center
Embark on a guided tour through 500 years of Cuban history and its Tampa connections. This informative, 30-minute tour combines the location, people, and local connections to this Caribbean neighbor.

More Things to Do in Tampa Bay in 2022

NOVEMBER

St Pete Indie Downtown Flea
14 18th Street South, St. Pete, FL
1st Sundays, October – April
Nov 6th, & Dec 4th
Jan 8th, Feb 5th, Mar 5th & Apr 2nd
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE

Busch Gardens Christmas Town
November 13, 2022 – January 2, 2023
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Celebrate the holidays with millions of twinkling lights, festive shows, and holiday-inspired culinary delights.
Included with theme park admission

Christmas in the Wild
Dates TBA for 2022; typically, late November – December
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Featuring one of Tampa Bay’s largest light displays, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new festive adventures.
Ticket details TBA

The Shape of Dreams
The Dalí
Nov. 25, 2022-April 30, 2023
500 years of paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted the enigmatic state of awareness that often leaves dreamers searching for meaning.

DECEMBER

St Pete Indie Downtown Flea
14 18th Street South, St. Pete, FL
1st Sundays, October – April
Dec 4th + Jan 8th, Feb 5th, Mar 5th & Apr 2nd
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE

Hamilton
December 28, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Straz Center
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
Public on sale TBA

Looking for more things to do this week?

Check out this guide to family-friendly events in Tampa Bay from our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Heading to Orlando? Here’s a guide to the best Orlando events this month at the theme parks and beyond.


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