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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. 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.

  3. MOSI After Dark and Food Truck Rally

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    To welcome students back to school, MOSI holds this after-hours event with $5 discounted admission to general MOSI exhibits for the public and free to USF students. The food truck rally outside includes Kind Grinds, Lizzie Cakes, Maggie on the Move, Top Chop, Ninja Noms, Monsta Lobsta, Lolo Ono, …

    Price: Free (food trucks); $5 (MOSI exhibits); USF students free (MOSI exhibits).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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  …


  7. 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.

  8. Toddler Takeover

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Designed for children ages 5 and younger, this early childhood program focuses on emotional and social development as well as motor skills.


  9. PNC Days

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

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

    Families can have fun while learning about financial literacy through the Grow Up Great financial literacy program.


  10. Totally Tots

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

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

    Now that the big kids are back in school, kids ages 5 and younger can have fun with crafts, games, music, movement, science exploration and story time.


  11. 101 Artist Showcase

    Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4800 N US Highway 301, Tampa, 33610

    This four-day indoor art show, Bringing Art Home, will feature original contemporary, traditional, decorative pieces and more.

    Price: Cost of art.

  12. Apron's Classes: Ain't Life a Peach

    Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket

    Citrus Park : 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33626

    Learn new techniques and recipes at classes for all levels of home cooks, and a variety of topics.

    Chinese-inspired Southern cuisine using peaches in: pork wontons, shrimp fried rice, peach cobbler and more. $40.


  13. Celebrate Oldsmar

    R.E. Olds Park

    Oldsmar : 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, 34677

    Bring blankets and chairs for two nights of family fun with carnival rides, inflatables, games, pony rides, live music, fireworks (Saturday only) and art vendors. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

    Price: Free.

  14. Music and Movies

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

    Weekly music related documentaries (7 p.m.) preceded by live concerts (6 p.m.).

    This week features a performance by a band yet to be determined followed by a screening of the 2006 film Neil Young: Heart of Gold.

    Price: $5, $3 members.

  15. James McDuffy

    United Methodist Church of Sun City Center

    Sun City Center : 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W, Sun City Center, 33573

    The singer will perform well-known gospel selections accompanied by pianist, John Davis.

    Price: $5 donation.

  16. Dinner and Jazz

    Museum of Fine Arts

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Purchase your own drinks and dinner while enjoying a view of the bay and live jazz by area artists.

    The final performance of the series features the Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show.

    Price: $10, $5 members.

  17. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

    This portion features Hoodwinked.

    Price: Free.

  18. A Taste of: French Bistro

    Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

    Brandon : 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Monthly food and wine pairing explores regions around the globe.

    Simplified coq au vin, Nicoise toasts, lemon tart and more French recipes.

    Price: $45.

  19. The Queen of Bingo

    The Borini Theatre

    Sun City Center : 1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, 33573

    When two sisters meet at their local church to play bingo, the hilarity begins. A Pelican Players production.

    Price: $12.

  20. Vintage Tasting: Wines That Work

    Vintage Wine Cellars

    South Tampa : 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Themed tasting each week. Reservations required.

    Honoring the workforce that brings in the grapes at harvest time, this tasting of three white and seven red wines lets guests enjoy the 'fruits of their labor'. $10.


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