Fall has proclaimed its presence with the arrival of delightful weather and plenty of fall jubilees. This weekend presents a trifecta of festivals to pick from: Dunedin Wines the Blues, a new Palm Harbor Museum bluegrass festival and Christmas Under the Oaks. We're betting on a win-win weekend.
Dunedin Wines the Blues
Eat, drink and be merry, then make it home safely. The 24th annual Dunedin Wines the Blues is partnering with Uber to offer free rides to and from the event. The $20 credit offer is good for new Uber riders only. Use the promo code WINESTHEBLUES on the smartphone app.
There's more. Organizer Corey Judge said the event is bigger and better this year with more bands (over a dozen), more stages (four) and a new, easier way to buy tickets for wine, beer and merchandise.
"Blue notes," each worth one dollar, may be purchased online with discounts given for every $20 purchase. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/2260029.
The upscale street party runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday downtown on Main Street.
The wines, at $5 and $7 per tasting, come from more than two dozen vineyards. Beer and craft beer will go for $5 and $6. Adding to the happiness factor are headliners Matt Schofield on stage from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Ari and the Alibis performing 7 to 8:30 p.m. and The Kinsey Report from 9 to 11 p.m.
Admission is free. A Blue Note Lounge Pass for a VIP experience in a private tent is $55.
The festivities get started with the official Kickoff Blues Jam Party, a collaboration with Second Friday Dunedin, from 5 to 11 p.m. in Pioneer Park.
For information, contact the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association at (727) 437-3569 or visit dunedinwinestheblues.info.
Palm Harbor Museum Bluegrass Festival
The Palm Harbor Historical Society hosts its first bluegrass festival from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Park, 39699 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs.
"We were looking for something new and fresh and thought some bluegrass music would be nice," said Jean Barnes, event coordinator.
Take in the view of Lake Tarpon as you listen to local and national bands: Lost and Found, Sassafras, Crooked Halos, Stump Hollow, and Troy Boone and Dreamcatcher.
Admission is $10 per person for open seating; bring your lawn chairs. Reserved seating at Pavilion No. 8 is $15. Children under 12 are free. No alcohol allowed.
For more information on the new festival, visit palmharbormuseumbluegrass.com or call the museum at (727) 724-3054.
Christmas Under the Oaks
This is the 39th time the North Pinellas Woman's Club has brought Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show to the community.
"We have 166 fantastic handcrafters who've created everything from jewelry to dog collars," said event spokesperson Andrea Kurjah. Handcrafted quilts, blown glass, country crafts, ceramics, pottery, unique jewelry and holiday items should make for some fun shopping.
The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater.
Admission is $2; children under 12 free. No pets. For information, visit gfwcnpwc.org.