Our Favorite Tampa Bay Events for October

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Get out and explore this month with your favorite plus one by checking out one of these top Tampa Bay event picks for date night this October 2021! 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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Things to Do in Tampa September 27 – October 3

Couples Cooking: Late Summer Cookout 
Monday, September 27, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park
During this hands-on cooking class, learn to make late-summer dishes you can prepare in the kitchen or on the patio.

Old Forester Whiskey Tasting
Thursday, September 30, 6-8pm
Epicurean Hotel
Head to the Epicurean Theatre for an Old Forester tasting seminar, with light bites to pair, to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month.
Tickets on sale soon

Siudy Flamenco Company – Bailaora
Friday, October 1, 8pm
Straz Center
Siudy Flamenco “Bailaora” – is a Flamenco dance concert that traces the evolution of flamenco from a New World perspective, with a beautiful curated flamenco ballet and a band of 7 virtuoso musicians led by composer and flamenco flutist Juan Parrilla.
$38.75 and up

Gasparilla Music Festival 2021
October 1 – 3
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This year's 10th annual Gasparilla Music Festival will take place over 3 days featuring 35 bands across 4 stages along Tampa's waterfront!
$40 for 1-day pass; $60 for 2-day pass; $90 for 3-day pass

Weekend Date at Gasparilla Music Festival 2021
Image credit: Gasparilla Music Festival

Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch
Open daily October 1 – 31, 2021; hours vary
1602 W. Snow Ave, Tampa
Hyde Park is bringing back its popular pumpkin patch benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Be on the look out for a designated pumpkin patch photo op, too!
FREE; pumpkin prices vary from $1-$20

St. Pete Mural Tour by Bike
Saturday, October 2, 9am
Tour departs near Florida CraftArt
Hop on your bike or take advantage of Coast Bike Share for a leisurely ride with numerous stops. Learn more about these dynamic murals and the power of public art in St. Pete! Bike rental included.

Tampa Bay Events for Date Night October 4 – 10

Downtown Concert at Rock The Park
Thursday, October 7, 6:30pm
Water Works Park *NEW location for October*
This free monthly music series showcases musical talents of all genres. This month’s free outdoor concert features performances from Pandapaws, Swamp Gypsy, and Easy Button.
FREE admission

Date Nights in the Heights
Thursday, October 7, 6:45-8:45pm
Armature Works
Date Nights in the Heights is a unique new monthly event series for couples. This month, join AR Workshop Tampa to build and design your own wooden lazy susan together. Grab a bite to eat in Heights Public Market and then grab a drink to bring with you to the Show + Tell space.

Image credit: Armature Works

Brugal 1888 Presents Yasser Tejeda and Palotré
Thursday, October 7, 8-11pm
Floridian Social Club
Live performance from qward-winning Dominican composer, guitarist, vocalist and producer Yasser Tejeda with Palotré. Yasser’s music will be complimented by local dancers, and in between sets, guests will enjoy performances by aerial artists. In celebration of the flair and flavor of the Dominican Republic, delicious craft rum cocktails featuring Brugal 1888 will be served at the main bar.
FREE admission

Date Night Cooking Class: Taste of France
Friday, October 8, 7pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
In this fun, hands-on class, an instructor will teach you to make delicious French dishes including seared salmon with a homemade saffron Hollandaise sauce and a side of steamed Herbes de Provence rice, a winter salad with Roquefort cheese, and vanilla bean crème brûlée.

Spanish Nights
October 8 – 9
Straz Center
Join Opera Tampa for a lively outdoor concert along the scenic Hillsborough River, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Featuring selections inspired by Hispanic culture from opera and beyond, this performance is sure to dazzle music lovers of all kinds.
$63.75 and up

11th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa
October 8 – 10
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Festival of Gemütlichkeit is hosting it's 11th Annual event in downtown Tampa! Featuring Outrageous Bavarian Games, live music, cold beer and Bavarian fare.
$10 – $25

St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, October 9, 5-9pm
Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront Arts District
Visit multiple art galleries during this nighttime celebration of the arts in St. Pete. Drive yourself or choose a district to park & walk to your favorite spots or discover new ones!
FREE Admission

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival at the St. Pete Pier
Pumpkin Patch October 9 – 17 and Fall Festival October 9 – 10
St. Pete Pier
Enjoy a day at the NEW St. Pete Pier and then stop to pick the perfect pumpkin under the beautiful Bending Arc! There will also be a fall festival October 9 – 10 featuring the pumpkin patch, music, food vendors and more.
FREE; pumpkin prices vary

The Heights 4th Annual Fall Festival
October 9 -10, 10am-5pm
Armature Works
Head to Armature Works for this outdoor family-friendly event benefiting Metropolitan Ministries! There will be pumpkin patch, live music, craft beer, a small market with fall vendors, and more along with a food drive to help families in Tampa Bay.
FREE admission

Things to Do in Tampa October 11 – 17

Heights Night Market
Wednesday, October 13, 5:30-9:30pm
Armature Works
Monthly outdoor market featuring live music plus a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and so much more. Family friendly.
FREE Admission

Bucs Beach Bash

October 14 – 16
TradeWinds Island Resorts
Get ready for a weekend of fun in the sun at Bucs Beach Bash, presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts! Party like a pirate with live music, corn hole tournaments, poolside parties, a Bucs Watch Party and Kid Zone, plus fan favorites, like the Buccaneer’s Cheerleaders, Captain Fear, pirates and the Buccaneer’s Street Team. Admission is free and hotel packages at discounted rates are available for two or three-night stays. Get the full scoop here.
FREE admission; Overnight packages begin at $508

Adults-Only Evening of Play at Glazer Children's Museum
Friday, October 15, 6-10pm
Glazer Children's Museum
Play like a kid again at this adults-only event in support of your favorite non-profit children’s museum. Your ticket will include a complimentary drink ticket and food.
$60/person or $100/couple

Image credit: Glazer Children's Museum

Date Night Cooking Class: Thai Kitchen
Friday, October 15, 7pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Skip takeout and learn how to make your favorite Thai dishes at home. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn secrets for combining aromatic herbs and spices with authentic ingredients to create the flavors that make Thai cuisine uniquely delicious.

Related: Guide to Tampa Bay Cooking Classes

Straz is Back Block Party
Saturday, October 16, 4-7pm
Straz Center Campus
Bust out of the house for a riverside block party. There’ll be drinks and bites available for purchase and plenty of FREE entertainment from local singers and bands, plus the Opera Tampa Singers.
FREE admission

Cocktails on the Courts
Saturday, October 16, 7-10pm
St. Pete Shuffle
This annual fundraising event will kick of St. Petersburg Museum of History's 100th anniversary with an evening of live music, dancing under the stars, unlimited cuisine and cocktails, a 1920s fashion show, live Florida art demonstration – and of course, shuffleboard!
$75; $90 at the door

Uncorked: Tampa Wine Fest
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7-11pm
Enjoy over 100 wines & champagnes from across the globe, interactive exhibits, an outdoor lounge with food trucks, music and more!
$65 – $80

Dueling Pianos at 3 Daughters Brewing
Saturday, October 16, 8-11pm
3 Daughters Brewing
New York, NY Dueling Pianos show is a high-octane fiesta that's part rock show, part comedy show and all sorts of craziness rolled into one big outrageous party. The audience becomes part of the show in a sing-along, dance-along, thumpthetables-along extravaganza.
FREE admission

Dueling pianos at 3 Daughters Brewing
Image credit: 3 Daughters Brewing

Pops in the Park
October 16 – 17, 7-9pm
Vinoy Park
Pack a blanket and picnic for free music under the stars – a Florida Orchestra tradition for nearly 30 years.
FREE admission

A Nightmare on Franklin Street
October 16 – 31; ticket prices vary
Tampa Theatre
Tampa’s most historic–and most haunted–movie palace is proud to present 16 nights of fright with its most sinister series, A Nightmare on Franklin Street. From October 16-31, the hair-raising historic landmark goes 100% Halloween with classic horror movies, guest stars, ghost tours, spine-chilling stage shows, spooky storytelling, family-friendly frights, and the return of SpiritsFest!
Ticket prices vary

Related: 15+ Seriously Spooky Halloween Events in Tampa

Indie Flea Sunday Market
Sunday, October 17, 12-4pm
Hotel Haya
Shop a micro collection of artist, makers, and small business with a heavy focus on high end vintage wares, plant and garden ornaments, ceramic housewares and handmade jewelry.
FREE admission

Things to Do in Tampa October 18 – 24

3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, October 21, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

Girls Night Out with Native Cocktail Events
Thursday, October 21, 6:30-9:30pm
Hotel Haya
Enjoy an unforgettable night packed with three interactive classes, tastings, and small bites including a craft cocktails class by Native Cocktail Events, a charcuterie class my That Graze Plate and a succulent workshop with Cactus Moonbeam. Tickets also include light bites, a cocktail tasting and tequila tasting.

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.

Fourth Friday
Friday, October 22, 5:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Monthly arts & culture crawl throughout Tampa’s Downtown, providing you an evening of special offerings, live music, free admission, discounts or special offers at participating arts and cultural partners and more.

10th Annual Tampa Pig Jig
Saturday, October 23, 1-10pm
Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Annual fundraiser event hosted on downtown Tampa’s beautiful waterfront featuring live music, great food, a corporate BBQ competition, drinks and games. This year's TENTH-anniversary celebration features Darius Rucker and Brett Young along with alternative and folk artists Judah & the Lion and Wilderado. Additional local acts will be announced soon.
$40 general admission; $60 Beer + BBQ; $140 VIP

Image credit: Tampa Pig Jig

Oh La La Cabaret: Halloween Edition
Saturday, October 23, 7pm
La La's Sangria Bar
The largest burlesque production in Tampa! Producer Katie James brings in the highest caliber of burlesque talent from near and far for this monthly burlesque show.
$20 and up

Sueños de Dalí 
Saturday, October 23, 8-11pm
The Dalí
Annual fundraiser featuring music, themed open bars, curated cocktails and tantalizing treats. This year's theme is The Art of Fashion, and guests are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by their own take on Surreal High Fashion.

Guest Chef Dinner Series at Rooster & The Till
Sunday, October 24, 5pm
Rooster & The Till
The Guest Chef Dinner Series brings together some of the hottest chefs in the country for a 4-part collaborative rotation at Rooster & the Till. Each dinner is curated to showcase the style of the evening's chef and offer a synergistic dinner and beverage experience that’s unique to each evening. October's featured chef is Maximillian Petty.

Things to Do in Tampa October 25 – 31

Free Movie on the Lawn: Hocus Pocus
Monday, October 25, 7-9pm
Armature Works
Families and friends of all ages are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free outdoor showing. Enjoy food and drinks from any of the vendors with in Heights Public Market.
FREE admission

Free *LATE NIGHT* Movie on the Lawn: Scream 
Monday, October 25, 9-11pm
Armature Works
Leave the kids at home and bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free outdoor showing. Enjoy food and drinks from any of the vendors with in Heights Public Market.
FREE admission

Storyteller's Dinner featuring Woodford Reserve
Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm
Armature Works
Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner featuring Woodford Reserve cocktails.

Date Night Cooking Class: Autumn in the Alps
Saturday, October 30, 7pm
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Celebrate your love of autumn flavors in this hands-on cooking class where you'll learn to make Beef Bourguignon, Spaetzle (a German egg noodle dumpling sautéed in brown butter) and Apple Cranberry Crumble.

More Things to do this Week – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Weekends August 13 – October 31, 2021
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
During the 4th annual Bier Fest event, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries. Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants, outdoor event cabins, and the new Giraffe Bar.
Event access included with park admission


Select nights September 10 – October 31
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Fear returns to its most immersive form as guests are invited back inside original haunted houses, including three ALL-NEW horror-filled houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event. Park guests will find nowhere to hide as zombies, deranged clowns, werewolves and more stalk their prey throughout eight scare zones while unpredictable roaming hordes lurk in the darkness. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens returns on select nights now through October 31. Tickets and information for this separately ticketed event can be found at Howloscreamtampa.com
$41.99 and up

10+ Seriously Spooky Halloween Events in Tampa - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream
Image credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Haunted Tavern: A Dark Pop-Up Cocktail Experience
Thursdays-Sundays October 1 – 31
Ybor City
Uniquely themed cocktail experience taking place at one of Tampa's most haunted destinations in Ybor City. A tavern keeper will lead your 4-part immersive cocktail experience, sharing spooky stories about the venue along the way.
$55/person includes entry plus 4 themed cocktails

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

Haya Nights
Thursdays from 8-11pm
Flor Fina at Hotel Haya
enjoy live Latin-infused sets and craft cocktails paired with indulgence's from the restaurant's new Tapas menu.
Menu prices vary

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

Image credit: St. Pete Shuffle

Community Tchin-Tchin (Complimentary Wine Tasting)
Fridays from 5-7pm
Book + Bottle
Check out this casual Friday tasting at St. Pete’s local bookstore and wine shop. Themes change weekly.

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.

Bend, Bubbles & Brunch
Sundays from 10-11am
Epicurean Hotel
Recenter and restart with poolside yoga. Keep the relaxation going with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Ketel One Botanicals cocktails at the end of class. Enjoy all day pool access and stay for brunch at Élevage.
$25 in advance; $30 at the door


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.


Feature image credit: Oktoberfest Tampa


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