Plan your weekend: Labor Day fun, pop star Charlie Puth, Rum Festival, RuPaul's 'Kiki and Shade'

Bartenders were stocked up and kept the rum drinks flowing at the 2014 Summer of Rum Festival. ANDY JONES/STAFF
Bartenders were stocked up and kept the rum drinks flowing at the 2014 Summer of Rum Festival. ANDY JONES/STAFF
Published September 1 2018
Updated September 1 2018


Labor Day weekend: With the long weekend ahead, there are some parties, fireworks and family fun this weekend including:

Celebrate Oldsmar: Bring blankets and chairs for two nights of a Labor Day salute and family fun with carnival rides, games, live music by Stormbringer (Friday) and Soul Circus Cowboys (Saturday), and fireworks (Saturday). 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. Free (rides additional).

Labor Day Live Beach House: Shephard’s on Clearwater Beach will once again have three days of waterfront parties with EDM music by DJ’s 3LAU, Borgeous, Grandtheft, Henry Fong, Prince Fox, Quix, Riggi and Piros, Sultan + Shepard, SNBRN, Two Friends, Vice Tone, Lodato, Loosid, Ben Phipps and Ku. $25 and up. Parties start at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875.

Gecko Fest: This whimsical Labor Day weekend street festival this year has a "Gecko Con" theme that celebrates superheroes, villains and pop culture characters. Includes more than 150 vendors, food booths, street performers, live music and a walking parade anyone can join at 6 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. (727) 322-5217.

Labor Day Weekend Sandbar Concert: The only way to get to this annual concert is by boat. Live blues music will be playing from a pontoon boat stage anchored in the channel off Tanglewood Way in St. Petersburg. Noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. "P" Channel (adjacent to), 2189 Tanglewood Way NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 361-5000.

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Charlie Puth: One of pop’s top songsmiths, his album Voicenotes is rife with slick earworms like Attention and The Way I Am, and Oscar-nominated actor (True Grit) turned Top 40 pop singer (Love Myself) Hailee Steinfeld opens. 7:30 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446.


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Drink up

Summer of Rum Festival: If you want to sip the last ounce of summer fun alive, the Summer of Rum Festival at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa with more than 30 brands of rum to offer, it runs noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. There’s a sweetener: musical offerings feature Sugar Ray (Saturday) and the Wailers (Sunday) $27 two days general admission, $22 Saturday only, $20 Sunday only. For more details, visit



Deals in September: Local attractions are offering deals for the month of September. MOSI, the Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park offer free admission to each others’ passholders for Swaptember. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a resident special in September for residents of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee and Pasco counties. They will get reduced admission of $14.99, $9.99 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free, an $8-$10 savings. And the Glazer Children’s Museum is calling it Sportstember, marking the museum’s eighth birthday with an $8 general admission and exhibits focusing on health, wellness, nutrition and fitness.


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RuPaul’s KiKi and Shade: Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know the lingo. "KiKi" means to gossip and chit-chat, and "shade," of course, is the opposite, back-handed criticism and in-your-face insults. RuPaul’s KiKi and Shade show at the Capitol Theatre on Friday will have all of that as queens from past seasons — Eureka O’Hara, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry (the Britney Spears impersonator, right) and Tatianna — put on a drag-tastic show. The queens ascend at 8 p.m., 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$60; $135, for a VIP preshow meet and greet (Use promo code "Fanatic" and the ticket price is $27.)



Operation Finale: Oscar Isaac plays an Israeli agent tasked with spiriting Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley, right) out of Argentina to stand trial for war crimes 15 years after World War II. The local connection her is this case was the subject of a recent exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, also called Operation Finale. Read a review and an interview with the exhibit’s curator, who consulted on the film, at


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Tampa Bay Theatre Festival: Now in its fifth year, this festival offers a ton of original entertainment, learning and networking opportunities. A packed schedule will force participants to make hard choices between improv and playwriting workshops, a master acting class by The Blacklist star Harry Lennix, short and long plays, a monologue competition and more. The festival kicks off with Neighbors, about a family looking for an escape and finding anything but in an odd assembly of neighbors. That’s 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center; $27.50 and up. And 3 p.m. Saturday at Stageworks, the comedy Conversations in the Car features four drivers connected by their phones because that’s "where life happens." Ticket prices vary. See the complete lineup at



People I Met: Photographer Miki Kratsman has dedicated three decades to chronicling life in Israeli-occupied territories, much of which when he was working for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz. He amassed an archive of more than 9,000 portraits of anonymous Palestinians, "People I Met," which are now on display at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum. Kratsman’s quest to learn what happened to the people in the photographs involved. Curator Christian Viveros-Fauné will host a discussion Friday at 6 p.m. at the School of Music concert hall (3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa), followed by the opening reception at 7 p.m. at CAM (3821 Holly Drive).


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Fan appreciation: As their season winds down, the Dunedin Blue Jays will have a Fan Appreciation Week with $5 online tickets and some perks. If the Jays win Saturday, your general admission ticket for that day becomes valid for a free ticket to the movies at Cobb Countryside 12. Also, kids can run the bases Saturday after the game and there will be fireworks. At Sunday’s gameagainst Daytona, kids 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult, and for $10, adults can buy a ticket that gives them and a child wristbands to play catch on the field before the game, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. (727) 733-9302.

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