VOLUME VI                                      FLORIDA'S  SUNCOAST - OCTOBER, 2017                                 NUMBER 10

October and Autumn are a bit different here on the Suncoast of Florida. Daily temps are coming down and the good times are just beginning! It's perfect beach weather.

Our Snowbird neighbors will soon be back in their Southern homes for the Season.

For those that don
’t know and were wondering, our area is back in full operation after the storm and the people and beaches are waiting to greet you.

Here are some of the fun things happening this month...

Clearwater Beach - as beautiful and inviting as ever
Night creatures abound at the Lowry Park Zoo The "taxi" ride you'll not soon forget

The leafy green greeter at Busch Gardens Tampa


Busch Gardens Tampa
From Sept. 22 - Oct. 29, take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes.

Unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun. Visit Website

Cooters 24th Annual Stone Crab Fest
10/19/2017 - 10/22/2017
423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach
Dig into one of Florida's favorite seafood delicacies at Cooters Restaurant & Bar as the Stone Crab season begins! The event features fresh off the boat Florida Stone Crab plus other crab varieties including King, Snow and Dungeness Crab. In addition, the festival will have live music on stage!  Website

Clearwater Jazz Holiday
10/22/2017 1:30 PM
Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater

Spectrum/Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater
The annual not-so-scary Halloween event for families and children of all ages to enjoy! Website


Heritage Village Country Jubilee
October 28, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
$4.00 donation suggested for 12 yrs & up. Children under 12 yrs are free. Sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society The Country Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The event features a large flea market and book sale, handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass, wooden treasures, musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, and demonstrations of traditional crafts. Flyer

St. Petersburg Second Saturday Art Walk  October 14 at 5 p.m.
The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk. Join in the fun as 40 artists' studios and galleries open their doors on Saturday, October 14 from 5 - 9 pm. IT's a wonderful time to see old friends and make new ones as you enjoy our vibrant arts community. Website

The Florida Orchestra:
Free Pops in the Park

Saturday, October 21st 2017
Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE
A free concert at 7 p.m. for all to attend! During the concert the Florida Orchestra will be collecting can goods for Tampa Bay Harvest. Visit

International Folk Fair (SPIFFS)
October 28 & 29 - St. Petersburg
Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
Travel the world in a day - without leaving the country. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to take part in the magic of song, dance, and foods from more than 30 ethnic groups from countries around the world. Website

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American Craft Week in St. Pete
October 6 to 15 - 2017
Various St. Petersburg galleries and studios. Website


First Friday Family Event
October 6, 2017:
There will be vendors, food, music, shops, beer and wine, fun and more Website

Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 90 vendors. Website

Harbor Sounds Oktoberfest 2017
October 7, 2017
Safety Harbor, FL, Downtown Safety Harbor
9 blocks of Main Street will be filled with arts and crafts, food and entertainment. German entertainment at the Gazebo.

2017 Fall Craft and Vendor Fair
October 7, 2017
Palm Harbor Middle School

Your Visitor's Guide
to Tampa Bay!

Whether you are here on vacation, spring break or a quick business trip, take time to relax and enjoy all that Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater Beach have to offer.

Tampa is a cosmopolitan city known for fine dining, upscale shops, spectacular shows, Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo just for starters.

St. Pete holds its own on both the Bay and the Gulf with gorgeous beaches, Tampa Bay Rays Baseball, a vibrant downtown and Gulfside areas.

Clearwater Beach means "the Beach" to most visitors but it's also home to Winter and Hope, the dolphin movie stars in one of the finest aquariums and movie museums in the Country.

Don't forget the fun to be had every afternoon at Pier 60 as locals and visitors alike gather to pay homage to another spectacular sunset.

Where to start? We've mapped some of Tampa Bay's best attractions starting from Tampa International Airport (TIA).
So much to see and do in the Tampa Bay Area! This listing highlights dozens of our favorite must-sees!
Dining to suit every taste can be found nearby. For those on a budget we've listed "economical" eateries.
From outlet stores to boutiques, some shops might fit right in on Rodeo drive. You name it, you can find it here!
County and City Parks abound for hiking, biking, canoeing or just picnicing. Great places to go, relax and enjoy Nature.
A selection from our many area photos highlighting Tampa Bay & other special places on Florida's Suncoast.
October – Pier 60 @ Clearwater Beach

FREE outdoor movie theater under the stars at Pier 60. Great place for family outings, date night, or just to get together with friends! Bring a blanket or low lying lawn chair! Popcorn and concessions available on-site.  Movies begin at dusk.
10/6th- Monsters University/ G
10/7th- Hotel Transylvania/ PG


10/13th- Scooby-Doo (2002)/ PG
10/14th- The Mummy (2017)/ PG-13
10/20th- Haunted Mansion/ PG
10/21st- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/ PG
10/27th- The Nightmare Before Christmas/ PG
10/28th- Hocus Pocus/ PG

Autumn Art Walks, Fairs, Festivals and Craft Shows

(Plug the show name and place in Google for more info on any show.)
October 7, 2017
Pumpkin Palooza
St. Petersburg, Northside Baptist Church

**October 7

Oktoberfest on Main
Safety Harbor, FL, Downtown

October 8

Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day
Tampa Garden Club

October 11

Sacred Heart Festival
Pinellas Park, FL, Sacred Heart Church

October 13

Tampa Oktoberfest
Tampa, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

October 14

North Tampa Fall Second Saturday Market
Tampa, Carrollwood Cultural Center

October 14
Hyde Park Village Art Fair
Tampa, Hyde Park Village
October 14
Tampa Beads and Jewelry Show
Tampa, Ramada Plaza Hotel - Westshore Tampa Airport

October 14

Fall Plant Festival
Tampa, USF Botanical Gardens

October 14

Oktoberfest on the Beach
Indian Rocks Beach, FL, Kolb Park

October 15
Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day
Safety Harbor, Main St

October 20
Safety Harbor Fall 3rd Friday Music Series
Main Street, Downtown

October 20
Oldsmar Oktoberfest
Tampa Bay Downs - Oldsmar, FL

October 21
Largo Dollhouse and Miniature Show
Largo Minnreg Hall
October 21
St Pete, FL, The Studio at 620

October 26
St. Petersburg International
Folk Fair

St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park

October 28

Tarpon Springs Art and Craft Festival
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

**October 28

Country Jubilee
Heritage Village
Largo, FL,

October 28

St Andrew's Fall Craft Fair
Brandon, FL

October 29

Harbour Island Mid-Fall Art Walk
Tampa's Riverwalk Waterfront

** We'll be there! Stop by Jack
Armstrong's Crafts & Photography
booth and say hello.



Fun things to do all around the Tampa Bay Area
Visitor & Attraction Information by City

Keeping an eye
on the Suncoast...

Fun things to do in Bradenton - Clearwater Beach - Dade City - Dunedin
Bradenton, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach,
Dade City, Dunedin
, Dunedin Stroll, 
Clearwater's Cleveland St

Have a blast at Indian Rocks Beach - Indian Shores - Lakeland - Lake Wales
Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores,
Lakeland, Lake Wales

Things to do and places to go in Largo - Oldsmar - Parrish - Pinellas County - Plant City
Largo, Oldsmar, Parrish,
Pinellas County, Plant City

Fun things to do in Sarasota - St Pete - Tampa - Spring Training
Safety Harbor
Sarasota, St Petersburg,
Tampa, Spring Training

Things to do in Thonotosassa - Tarpon Springs - Tierra Verde
Thonotosassa, Tarpon Springs,
Tierra Verde Brooker Creek Preserve

Tampa Bay Area

Winter the Dolphin Live
Tampa Traffic Cams
Clearwater Beach
Pier 60 Beachfront
Sarasota Bayfront
Siesta Key Beach Live
St Pete Street/Waterfront
Dunedin Live
New Port Richey
FL Beach/Weather Cams
Steinbrenner Legends Field

Lots of Beach Days
Tampa Bay

Enjoy our beautiful
Tampa & Suncoast 
Area Parks

Fresh Produce, Arts & Crafts
Farmers' and Open Air


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