upcoming festivals

In the next couple months, Tampa Bay will be seeing quite a few festivals in the area. From October to November, you and your significant other can plan a date to one of the many different food and drink festivals planned. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, stay tuned for information on some of the most exciting upcoming festivals coming to the area!

Upcoming Festivals in October

Tailgate Taste Fest | October 6

At the Tailgate Taste Fest, you’ll have the opportunity to try food from 14 different bay area restaurants! There will also be live music, a corn hold tournament, a watch party for the football game and more.

Tailgate Taste Fest
@TailgateTasteFest Facebook

Oktoberfest | October 12th-14th

Celebrate the famous German festival right from the middle of downtown Tampa! Oktoberfest Tampa will feature live entertainment, lots of German food, fun activities, and of course, some great German beers.

oktoberfest tampa

Brews by the Bay | October 12

Head to the Florida Aquarium for a night filled with beer, food and entertainment at Brews by the Bay! There will be over 100 different beers and food from 30+ local restaurants. The event runs from 8pm to 11pm with VIP early entry at 7pm. Get your tickets online now!


Tampa Pig Jig | October 20

For one of the best food festivals around, head to the Tampa Pig Jig. This event will feature live entertainment with artists including headliner Chris Young as well as a few others. There will also be lots of good food and good company for you and your date to enjoy!

@TampaPigJig Facebook

Upcoming Festivals in November

Ribfest | November 9th-11th

Join in on the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Ribfest! There will be award-winning ribbers, additional food vendors with hot dogs, corn dogs and more, live entertainment that changes each day, and of course, lots of drinks.

Ribfest Facebook Event

Oozefest III Cheesy Food Festival | November 16

From 6pm to 11pm, head to Albert Whitted Park for the Oozefest III – 3rd Annual Cheesy Food Fest! This festival will feature 18 savory food trucks as well as an additional 5 food trucks for sweets. Each food truck will have a cheesy dish for you to try! Oozefest has free admission and is pet friendly so feel free to bring your pups to this fun festival.

Oozefest III Facebook Event

Cupcake Festival | November 17

If you’re a lover of sweets, you don’t want to miss the Cupcake Festival held during the Ybor City Saturday Market. At this festival, you’ll have the opportunity to buy cupcakes and sweets from the contestants participating in the cupcake contest while also enjoying everything the Ybor City Saturday Market has to offer.


If you love food and want to plan more date nights discovering more great places to dine, we have plenty of ideas for you! Check out Choose a Ciccio Restaurant and Date Night Around the World: Tampa French Edition for some inspiration.

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