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  1. The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival

    Editor's pick

    Stageworks Theatre

    Channelside : 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33602

    Jam-packed with acting workshops, monologue and short-play competitions, including a renowned Acting Boot-Camp led by Hollywood acclaimed actress Tasha Smith. Events take place at Stageworks Theater and the Straz Center.

    Price: $100 weekend pass, individual workshops/events free-$95.

  2. Gecko Fest

    Editor's pick

    Gulfport

    Gulfport : Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

    This whimsical family street festival and walking parade with a Roaring '20s or gecko theme celebrates Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. Street party guests include mermaids, fire performers, acrobats, roving characters, street performers and more than 200 vendors. Dance to live music on  …

    Price: Free.

  3. Florida's Largest Labor Day Home Show

    Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    Guests can shop, compare and save on affordable ways to organize, repair, remodel, refurbish and landscape their homes. They can see and try products, talk to experts and get information at more than 900 exhibits. Also, check out the home artisan collection featuring the works of area artists an …

    Price: $8, $7 seniors, 11 and younger free.

  4. Uproar Festival

    Editor's pick

    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    The festival brings metalheads a head-banging lineup including Godsmack, Seether, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Escape the Fate, Within Reason, Sons oOf Revelry, These Raven Skies and Tattered. (Plus free Rockstar Energy Drinks!)

    Price: $19.80-$59.

  5. Summer Jam

    Editor's pick

    New World Brewery

    Ybor City : 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Ybor City's festival celebrates its' 10th year with performances by indie/folk and rock groups, Reptar, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Million Young, Beach Day, New Madrid, Have Gun Will Travel and more at the brewery and Crowbar.

    Price: $15 early bird; $20-$25.

  6. Water Ski Show

    Tower Lake

    Oldsmar : 130 Burbank Road , Oldsmar, 34677

    Skiers ages 6-60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts.

    This week features a "Beach Party" show.

    Price: Free.

  7. Beres Hammond

    Jannus Live

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The reggae great will return to the outdoor venue during his One Love One Life tour with support from Kashief Lindo, Messenger Douglas and Hal Anthony and the Millennium Band.

    Price: $35-$45.

  8. Deep Purple

    Hard Rock Live/Cafe Orlando

    Orlando : 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    This band rocked so hard, they earned the title as the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records "globes loudest band".

    Price: $48.50-$123.

  9. Old Skool Labor Day Weekend

    Editor's pick

    Shephard's Beach Resort

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd. , Clearwater, 33767

    Spend Labor Day by the beach, drinking and dancing to performances by Grammy winners Arrested Development (1992's 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...)  and Shock G of Digital Underground. On Monday, DJ Vicetone will perform a free concert.

    Price: $12.

  10. Wildflower Garden Club

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Bring garden gloves, hat and dig in the garden with the Friends of Brooker Creek. Light snacks usually provided.

    Price: Free, but registration required.

  11. Free Golf for Kids

    Ace Golf Brandon

    Brandon : 820 S Kings Ave., Brandon, 33511

    Kids ages 5 to 15 can get out of the house and onto the putting green. Every day through the end of August, they can sign up to receive a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview, or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, Wentworth Golf Clu …

    Price: Free.

  12. Our Wildest Place Hike

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Take a guided walk along the trails to discover why the preserve has been called "Our Wildest Place''; wear closed toe shoes, hat, bring water. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by adult, and younger than age six may find the hike challenging.

    Price: Free.

  13. Dino Days

    Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Purchase a ticket any day in August and you get a free ticket for a return visit between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19.

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  14. VW Beach Bash

    Frank T. Hurley Park

    Pass-a-Grille : 1501 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille, 33706

    More than 100 new and classic Volkswagens on display with food trucks and craft and Volkswagen product vendors.

    Price: Free.

  15. Free Admission for Blue Star Museums Initiative

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI joins more than 2,000 museums across the country to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from May 26 (Memorial Day) through Sept. 1 (Labor Day). This is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department  …

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  16. Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale

    University of South Florida Botanical Gardens

    University Area : 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 33620

    A free day at the Gardens as the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society holds its 20th annual show and sale of easy to grow cactus and succulent varieties, with experts to help with choosing the right plant for the landscape, or inside the home. Free parking across the street.

    Price: Free admission.

  17. Art and Frame Expo Week

    Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc.

    Safety Harbor : 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, 34695

    Artwork by contemporary artists has been brought in from all over the country for this five day event for collectors and art enthusiasts to browse. Choose from original paintings on paper and canvas, mixed media on wood, paper and clay, along with limited edition prints.

    Price: Cost of art.

  18. Machine Gun Shoot

    Hernando Sportsman's Club

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, 34614

    More than 100 machine guns will destroy cars, trucks and an assortment of other targets. Machine gun owners 18 and older are welcome to participate. No tracers or incendiary ammunition allowed. Spectators and shooters should bring their own eye and ear protection, especially for small children.  …

    Price: Spectators $2, 14 and younger free; shooters $20.

  19. Eating Healthy on a Budget

    Whole Foods Market Carrollwood

    Tampa : 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, 33624

    Shop smart and stay healthy while tasting nutrient-rich, plant-strong products that won't break the bank, in store tour.

    Price: Free, but advance registration required.

  20. Labor Day at Great Ex

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Military personnel and first responders get free admission to the museum with proof of I.D. All other guests pay regular admission.

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