August – Best Of The Bay Events

Tampa Bay Snow Skiers Plan – PREVIEW PARTY

TBSSB_logoWhat’s on your Bucket List? Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders will be hosting their annual PREVIEW PARTY on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Hilton Carillon Hotel, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St Petersburg in the Feather Sound Area. The fun begins when the doors open at 6:30 sharp. Admission is free and a delicious buffet will be provided.

Come on out and socialize as you make your way around the room meeting and greeting your TBSSB trip leaders. They will provide you with detailed information about our 19 exciting 2016/2017 ski trips throughout the United States as well as Canada, Japan and Chile. Not to be missed are two European Bike and Barge trips to Croatia in May, 2017. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming TBSSB social events as well as a complete list of trips, and important dates on www.tampabaysnowskiers.com.


Gulfport Celebrates the Gecko

geckos-under-the-seaCostumes are highly encouraged at the whimsical “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea” party inside the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 11 p.m. The 8th annual Gecko Ball will feature music, dancing, food and drink, a costume contest, a bevy of silent auction items, the popular live auction of artist-created geckos, and much more. Celebration of the Gecko will go on all month in Gulfport. The Gecko Art Show will be August 5, Gulfport’s annual Gecko Crawl is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 9 p.m. with a big after party and Poker Run. The Gecko finale will be the Gecko Fest on Labor Day weekend.

For tickets and updates on the events, go to www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com. Tickets will also be on sale at Gulfport Welcome Center at 3101 Beach Boulevard South or at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar 3115 Beach Boulevard South.


Rowdies Soccer Opens Home Season with Jacksonville

St. Pete’s own professional soccer team will play three home games at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg this month. They will play the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday, Aug. 6; FC Edmonton on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Rayo OKC (Oklahoma City) on Saturday, Aug. 27. Game time for all the games will be 7:30 p.m. Eleven matches are scheduled to be played in St. Pete this fall.

The Rowdies recently added a new player to reinforce its attack when it signed Colombian forward Carlos Preciado. Joe Cole had the NASL play of the week when he scored a bicycle goal against Puerto Rico in a 3-0 win in the team’s home opener. Al Lang Stadium is located at 200 1st Ave. S in St. Petersburg. For tickets and more information, call 727-222-2000 or visit www.rowdiessoccer.com.


Wearable Art 12 at Dunedin Fine Art Center

wearable- art-ballon“Wearable ART” will continue its tradition of showcasing the work of artists working in fashion-related ways on Saturday, Aug. 27, with its 12th annual event at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. This year’s show will feature runway presentations by Mark Byrne, Stefania Costanzo, Melissa Dolce, Neva the Diva Durham, the Garden Fairies, Julian Hartzog, Johnny Hunt, Dacota Maphis/Sue Woodall-Metas, Nancy Niss andLina Teixeira. All of this is crowned by the incredible hair and make-up artistry of Salon GW and La Posh.

Emceeing this year’s soiree will be none other than Paul Wilborn and the incomparable Eugenie Bondurant (most recently – Tigris from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2). With a Pre-Party at 7 p.m. and a Post-Party following the 8:30 p.m. Runway Show, it promises to be another success for the Dunedin Fine Art Center. For more information and tickets , visit www.dfac.org, call 727-298-DFAC, or email linda@dfac.org.


3rd Friday Music Series Features ‘The Outpatients’

indie-pop-indie-rockCome out to Main Street in Safety Harbor on Friday, August 19, for this month’s Third Friday event. The city closes its Main Street to vehicular traffic from 6th Ave. to Bayshore every 3rd Friday night of the month for shopping, dining, and live entertainment for the whole family. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 6 to 10 pm. so that you can enjoy all that it has to offer.

The August Third Friday Entertainment will feature The Outpatients, a Clearwater group that is known for its Indie/Pop Rock music. The group recently released a music video entitled, “Hold On.” Proceeds from this month’s event will go to the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center in Safety Harbor.


Pierce Street Pop-Up Market August 13

street-fair-marketUnder the bridge… down by the bay… discover this local makers market in downtown Clearwater. Discover an array of handmade goods, unique pieces from local artists, vintage items, clothes, artesian food & more. Pop-Up means just that…you never know what might pop up for sale at this event.

You’ll be able to find something wonderful to keep or eat by the waterfront under the Memorial Causeway Bridge on Saturday, Aug. 13, and every 2nd Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2 Drew Street, Clearwater.


Slightly Stoopid at Vinoy for Concert in the Park August 14

reggae-rock-sojaReggae rock returns to Vinoy Park at 701 Bayshore Drive in downtown St. Pete for a special outdoor concert on Sunday, Aug. 14, featuring Slightly Stoopid with special guests SOJA and Fortunate Youth. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and show begins at 5:30 p.m.

The popular group has recently completed a tour of the East Coast and now is in Florida for a limited series of concerts. The group will be in St. Pete’s Vinoy Park to continue their Slightly Stoopid Return of the Red Eye Summer Tour. Tickets are available online at the group’s website, www.slightlystoopid.com. For more information, call 727-893-7441.


Syd Entel Galleries Hosts ‘Special Art by Special Hands’

hands-painted-artSyd Entel Galleries at 247 Main Street in Safety Harbor will host “Special Art by Special Hands,” an exhibit of the works of the students at Harborside Studios in Safety Harbor. The exhibit and sale will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17. As a part of the work of The Arc Tampa Bay, Harborside Studios offers an innovative program to help artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities develop their artistic talent and reach their full artistic potential.

You can visit Harborside Studios Monday through Friday anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see these gifted artists in action. Located at 176 Fifth Avenue North in Safety Harbor, Harborside Studios includes an adjacent gallery where the artists proudly display their completed works to the public. All artwork is available for purchase and the artists earn 50% of every sale! For more information, call Harborside Studios at (727) 793-2792.


Tampa Bay Lobster Fest at Kapok Center

lobster-fest-seafoodLobsters will be flying straight from Maine to Clearwater on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, for this year’s Tampa Bay Lobster Fest. Indulge in a festival to celebrate lobsters! Get there early and come hungry! Each meal at the 3rd annual Lobster Fest includes one 1.25 lb. live steamed Maine lobster, a side dish, potatoes, dinner roll, fresh cut lemons and melted butter. Also enjoy live music, vendors, crafts, wine sampling, and an area designated “Sweet Street” for dessert.

Head to the Kapok Special Events Center at 923 N McMullen Booth Rd #B on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Sunday noon to 7 p.m. One addition to the delicious meal, many special activities including live stage entertainment are being planned. For tickets and more information, visit www.tampabaylobsterfestival.com.


Central Avenue Solstice Kick-Off Party August 5

SUN-bus-folkEnjoy an exclusive preview of the biggest annual celebration of the SUN in St. Petersburg – the Central Avenue Solstice! The Kickoff Party for this year’s event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Green Bench Brewing Co. at 1133 Baum Ave. N. in St. Pete on Saturday, Aug; 5. It will feature event announcements, special guests, and music by Rebekah Pulley and the Florida Folk Scene.

During the ninth moon, in the city of the sun, on the path that connects the Bay and the Gulf, those who find themselves on Central between sunrise and sunset will find their community. Revelers will celebrate this year’s Solstice on Saturday, Sept. 24.


‘Night in the Islands’ in Tarpon Springs August 6

tarpon-springs-docks-fair-streetThe world famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard will come alive for a night full of Greek dancing, outdoor dining and live music! The fun of Tarpon Springs “Night in the Islands” goes down from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Take advantage of the free dance lessons offered by Levendia Dancers from 6 to 7 p.m. to get you off on the right foot!

Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the Sponge Docks. Dine under the stars and enjoy some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens. The event features live music by Ellada and Odyssey and Greek dancing. To reserve a table for dinner, please contact participating restaurants Costa’s, Hellas, Mama’s, or Mykonos. The event is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Oldsmar Centennial Seeks Time Capsule Treasures

timecapusle_contentsIf you could preserve a special photo, letter, or other treasured item in a time capsule, what would you choose? To celebrate the City of Oldsmar Centennial, the Oldsmar People’s Centennial Task Force invites you to help capture a snapshot of life in Oldsmar in the year 2016. The time capsule will not be opened until 2066. You can submit one item (picture, letter, etc.) free of charge. Additional items can be added for an additional donation of $5.00 for each item each. All proceeds benefit the Oldsmar Historical Society.

If you really want to leave your mark on the future, choose an interesting possession to inter that will fascinate the future. Participants will receive a VIP ticket to the Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony in September and an Official Time Keeper Certificate.

Contact info@oldsmar100.com for more information about item specifications and procedures for submission.


Fashion Meets Surrealism in Dali’s Horst Exhibit

horst-art-photoSt. Petersburg’s Dali Museum is currently exhibiting a fascinating display of the work of famous photographer Horst P. Horst 1906-1999). It combines high fashion and surrealism. Horst ranks among the top three photographers of the last century. In his 60-year career, Horst had his work on the pages of Vogue and House and Garden, and he was renowned as a master of expressive lighting and atmospheric illusion.

The exhibit will continue through September 6. It features 180 works: original vintage photographs, sketches, films, letters, cameras and large scale color prints made for the exhibition in collaboration with the Condé Nast Archive in New York. The Dali is located at 1 Dali Blvd. in St. Pete.


Exhibitors Invited for John’s Pass Seafood Festival

seafood-feast-festExhibitor applications are now being accepted for the event to provide the various booths at the-is year’s John’s Pass Seafood Festival , which will include a large variety of seafood, arts & crafts, a Halloween block party, seafood competitions for professionals and a new high school and middle school cooking event, a fishing tournament, live music, costume contests and more. Those who register before August 30 will receive a $50 discount on fees.

The John’s Pass Seafood Festival will be bigger and better than ever this year, as it will grow from three days to four days to provide more time for visitors to enjoy the food and the fun. The festival will take place from Thursday, Oct. 27, until Sunday, Oct. 30, at the famous fishing community, John’s Pass in Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach.

Applications are available here and additional information is available here or by calling 727-322-5217.


Rays Watch Party at Guy Harvey Outpost on August 14

tampa-bay-rays-baseballGrab your family and your friends and head out to the beach behind Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium on the BIG screen! First Pitch is at 1:35 p.m., but the pre-game fun starts at 1 p.m. Beverages and all your cookout favorites will be available for purchase, including buckets of beer and specialty cocktails from the Sand Bar. Rays Radio will be there broadcasting live and the Rays Street Team will provide some great giveaways.

The Rays will be at home in Tropicana Field during August for a busy schedule of 17 games with some of Major League Baseball’s top teams. They will take on the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins, the San Diego Padres , the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox this month. For details and tickets, visit http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/schedule.


Ruth Eckerd Hall Presents Top Performers in August

alice-cooper-musicRuth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater has a varied schedule of world-class performers set for the month of August. All of these shows will begin at 8 p.m. and will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy delicious buffet dinners before the show starting at 6. For details on tickets and the performers, visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

The schedule includes Ray LaMontagne celebrating the release of his new album on Friday, Aug. 12; Alice Cooper with a dark and horror-themed “Spend the Night with Alice Cooper!” on Saturday, Auf. 13; singer-songwriter Seal on Friday, Aug. 19; The Australian Pink Floyd Show on Friday, Aug. 26; and Grammy(R) award-winning Steven Tyler on Monday, Aug. 29.


‘From the Heart: Folk Art on Paper’ Opens at MFA

folk-art-paperThe “From the Heart: Folk Art on Paper” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts at 255 Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete invites visitors into realms never to be forgotten. It opens Saturday, Aug. 6 and will run through November 13. In a Gallery Talk on at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, MFA’s Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill brings a fresh perspective to a genre which is now recognized as a compelling contribution to American art and culture.

See folk art from gifted artists including Bill Traylor, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lonnie Holley, Juanita Rogers, Purvis Young and Dilmus Hall that would look completely at home alongside those by masters with formal training. However, because many of these self-taught artists live in rural settings, both real and imaginary animals often appear, along with explorations of religion and spirituality.


The Great Brain Wash 5k on August 6

kids-fun-slideIf running a 5k in the Florida summer heat doesn’t sound appealing, think again. The Great Brain Wash 5k has a different twist. It features a dozen giant waterslides and other obstacles disbursed throughout the race, so you can walk, run and play! This 5K travels through downtown St. Pete on Saturday, Aug. 6, from North Straub Park, 350 Bay Shore Drive NE with waves starting at 8 a.m.

Registration includes entry to the race, breakfast, t-shirt (if available), finishing medal, plus post-race lunch party in North Straub Park with beer, Florida cane vodka and non-alcoholic drinks. A portion of the proceeds go to the Brain Tumor Alliance. Register for the race and/or the party online here.


Brew Bus Beach Day Is a Traveling Party

beach-dayLeave your keys at home, then sit back, sip some beers and soak up some rays while the Brew Bus does all the driving from Tampa to St. Pete Beach and back! Fun lovers meet at 11 a.m.on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery, at 4101 N. Florida Avenue in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, and enjoy complimentary Brew Bus craft beer on the way to the beach.

Enjoy four hours on St. Pete Beach. A tent and cornhole games will be set up for you. Then hop back on the bus at 5 p.m. to head back to Tampa. To reserve your seat on the bus, get advance tickets online here.


St. Pete Beach 5K on August 19

run-5k-streetRunners and walkers are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St. Pete Road Runners club with an evening 5K run along beautiful St. Pete Beach on Friday, Aug. 19. This is race #3 of the three-race series. Race in the largest beach race in the area, on beautiful St. Pete Beach; winner of the #1 U.S. beach destination. Races start at 7 p.m. and are entirely run on the beach, in the sand, for a fun chip-timed 5K run. New this year will be a Kids Run at 6:30 p.m. before the 5K race. All kids’ run participants will receive a race bib and a finisher medal!

Stay for a fantastic after race party for all participants including a great free buffet from the famous Hurricane Restaurant, adult beverages (with proper I.D.), soda, water, live DJ and a spectacular sunset. To register or for more information, visit sprr.org.


Westchase Artists Society Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Art-colors-canvas-brushThe Westchase Artists Society will celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a group show at the Art Gallery at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library from August 1 through September 30. The “10th Anniversary Group Show” will feature the work of 17 artists using many different mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture and photography. The Library is located at 11211 Countryway Boulevard in Tampa.

The artists will be hosting a Meet the Artists Reception and Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 6 from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities to meet the exhibiting artists and discuss their work. Additional information can be found on the web at www.westchaseartists.com.


Southwest Rec Combines Garage Sale and Health Expo

health-wellnessLargo’s Southwest Recreation Complex will be a busy place on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20. From 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Southwest will host Largo’s Indoor Garage Sale in the Southwest gym. Visitors will have an opportunity to find great deals on hundreds of items on sale at the Garage Sale, including home good, children’s toys, gently used clothing and much more.

While they are there, they will be able to stop by and explore the Health and Wellness Expo, featuring a wide variety of health and wellness vendors, providing free and useful services including chair massages, health screenings, give-a-ways and much more. There is no charge for admission. The Southwest Recreation Complex is located at 13120 Vonn Rd. For more information, visit SouthwestRecCenter.com or call 727-518-3125.


Stirling Gallery Announces August Exhibit

meet-the-artistsStirling Art Studios & Gallery located at 730 Broadway, Dunedin, will present the annual members exhibit of the Pinellas Park Art Society from August 2 to 31. A “Meet the Artists” reception, with light appetizers, will be held Friday, Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The reception is in conjunction with Dunedin’s 2nd Friday Night on the Town event. The public is welcome at no charge.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the Pinellas Park Art Society, contact Terri Mills, 727-459-2326. For information on the Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, contact Janice Ritter/Kadushin, 917-453-8646.