Things to Do in Tampa Bay

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Let’s take a look at some of the fun things to do around the Tampa Bay area…

As an honor to our military… for the rest of the regular season, active-duty, retired and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and one guest can get in free to any Tampa Bay Rays home game. Visit for details.

Calling all pet owners! The Humane Society of Pinellas is now accepting applications for the 2016 Celebration of Companionship Calendar. Enter now through September 1st by going to It’s $10 to enter and $1 per vote. The top 12 photos will win a professional photo session by Rebecca Brittain Photography and be featured in next year’s calendar. Official rules are available at

The 13th annual Zoo Run Run is happening Saturday, August 22nd. Enjoy this 5k run/walk inside Lowry Park Zoo and along the Hillsborough River. The event fees benefit zoo programs and include free admission to the zoo after the race. The race and walk start at 7:30am with the children’s fun run following at 9:15am. Register online now at

And be sure to check out our Tampa Bay Rowdies! The next home game is August 22nd at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit If you can’t see the Rowdies live, you can catch each home game on Great 38. The pregame show starts at 7pm followed by the game at 7:30pm.

It’s the party of the year in Gulfport… Gecko Gras… the 7th annual Gecko Ball! Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras attire Saturday, August 29th from 6-11pm at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom located at 5500 Shore Blvd South. The evening will include Mardi Gras festivities and pageantry, New-Orleans inspired food and music, live and silent auctions and lots of dancing! Tickets are $35 but they are known to sell out! Purchase yours today at

The Mardi Gras theme carries over from the Gecko Ball fundraiser to the annual Geckofest. Every year, the city of Gulfport celebrates the end of the summer with their unofficial mascot in what is known as the town’s biggest festival. Geckofest is set to take place on Saturday, September 5th from 10am to 10pm at Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Enjoy live music on two stages, street performers, a costume contest, artisans & craftsmen, walking parade and local food vendors! This is a FREE family-friendly event not to be missed! For more details, visit

The 3rd annual Festival of Flight will take place September 11th through 13th from 5pm to 9pm at the Tampa North Flight Center in Lutz. Celebrate all forms of flight with hot air balloons, planes, deltas, kites and helicopters. Enjoy a day of family fun with sunrise and night glow hot air balloon launches, balloon rides, live music and great local food. The festival is free but parking is $5. For more information, visit

Looking forward into October… it’s the 12th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Family Fall Festival. The GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club will host this FREE event on Saturday, October 3rd from 11am to 5pm. Enjoy kid’s games and crafts, food, inflatables, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, petting zoo and pumpkin patch! The festival will be held at Northside Baptist Church located at 6000 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. There will also be a canned food drive. Bring in canned goods in exchange for a free ticket, good towards food, games and pumpkins. For more information, visit provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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