Oktoberfest Tampa 

The festival of Gemutlichkeit returns for the 8th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa from October 13th until the 15th. For 3 full days, Tampa’s downtown Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will be transformed into the city’s largest, waterfront beergarden. Soak in the sprawling downtown views and beautiful sunsets, as the park buzzes with live music, dancing, dirndls and lederhosen. They’ll even be a German DJ for the occasion. DJ Jay Kay from Germany.

Oktoberfest Tampa will once again be offering its signature beer, the Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel, brewed by Coppertail Brewing. The beer is a traditional style, dunkel. A variety of beers from traditional German Pils, a Wheat, the Dunkel and Oktoberfest märzens will all also be available, including firkins from Tampa Bay Brewing Company.

Festival goers are encouraged to participate in the wide range of custom-crafted, Outrageous bavarian games, that foster fun challenges to win cool prizes and more importantly, the bragging rights. Oktoberfest games are FREE to play. Challenges include: stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug-o-war, brat toss, carry the wench and much more.

Every year, entrance to the event is free for men and women of the Armed Forces (active or retired) and any first responders of the City of Tampa (TPD, TFR, EMS) for you and your spouse. Simply show your proper ID at the entry gate.

More info visit: www.oktoberfesttampa.com

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My Old Town USA’s VetteFest 

The Corvette, known as the Vette, a well-known Chevrolet car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car and paved the way to the Corvette’s long-standing history of a true classic American sports car.

In honor of the Corvette, My Old Town USA will once again host VetteFest on October 7th . This special car event now in its 12th year welcomes Corvettes, classic and new, to spend the day showing off their muscle power and shine. Registration begins at 10am with a Corvette-only cruise down Old Town’s main street at 3pm.

More info visit: myoldtownusa.com

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Howl-O-Scream 

It’s baaack… Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Tampa from September 22nd until October 29th.

Brave your way through unexpected terrors lurking 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.

More info and to purchase tickets visit: seaworldparks.com

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City of Port Orange July 4th Spectacular 

Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th in style. Come on out to the City Center Complex for an evening full of entertainment and of course fireworks.

City Hall Plaza will feature two kid’s zones this year (one dry and the other prepared to get WET). There will be moon bounces, slides, foam pit, petting zoo and live music by the Song Peddler.

Grab some dinner at Food Court Alley and check out the roaming magicians, stilts walker, balloon animals and more.

On the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater check out the ever-popular live band Orange Avenue that will be playing all night long. Hang out and listen to the great music at the beer garden where all proceeds will benefit the Port Orange Family Days Community Trust.

Entertainment begins at 5:30pm with fireworks at 9pm. Bring your blankets and chairs for an evening of family fun for everyone.

More info visit: www.port-orange.org

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Fireworks at the Fountain 

Join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Beautiful on July 4th at Lake Eola Park for the 40th annual Fireworks at the Fountain.

Festivities begin at 4pm with activities for children, live music, and food and beverages available for purchase. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display in celebration of our nation’s freedom at 9:10pm. Live music by Orlando Concert Band.

More info visit: www.cityoforlando.net

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Rocky Water Brew Fest

The Rocky Water Brew Fest will take place in the heart of the Eau Gallie Arts District at the Eau Gallie Square on October 14th.

Rocky Water Brew Fest is presented to you by the Eau Gallie Rotary Club. Rocky Water is an event that will bring together some of the best breweries in Florida. Only the finest breweries will be invited to the Rocky Water Brew Fest. You can enjoy unlimited tastings with your ticket to the event.

All proceeds from the Rocky Water Brew Fest will benefit the Eau Gallie Rotary Club. The Eau Gallie Rotary club raised money throughout the year to benefit numerous charities, both locally and Internationally.

More info visit: www.rockywaterbrewfest.com

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Surf Expo 

Surf Expo is the largest and longest running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world. Happening September 7-9th (demo day on September 6th) at the Orange County Convention Center.

The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards ceremonies, and demos. Average buyer and exhibitor turnout exceeds 28,600 attendees including retailers, exhibitors and media per show.

More info visit: www.surfexpo.com

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