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  1. Art Makers and Cocktail Shakers

    Carrollwood Cultural Center

    Carrollwood : 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33625

    In a two-hour session, students learn basic painting techniques, following step-by-step directions, while sipping cocktails and socializing. Includes all materials and one drink. Cash bar available.

    Price: $42, $38 members.

  2. Bucs Tailgate Parties

    WingHouse of Tampa

    Town 'n' Country : 8001 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33615

    "What the Buc?" Fan Club hosts these tailgate parties with the opportunity to win a Ford car or truck and merchandise on sale.

    Price: Donations appreciated.

  3. Denim and Diamond

    NOVA 535

    St. Petersburg : 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

    A doggone dazzling party to benefit Frankies Friends. Meet Chico the dog and Kitty Kat who have both received life saving medical treatment through funds from Frankies Friends.

    Price: $75.

  4. Sail Pavilion Trivia Night

    Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    Test your trivial knowledge of sports, celebrities and more at weekly Trivia Thursday, with Sail gift certificates for winners.

    Price: Free (food/drink additional).

  5. What A Feeling!

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Their ninth annual gala will be inspired by the Broadway smash, Flashdance-The Musical, transforming the Hall into a nightclub in steel town, where guests will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, a performance by the students from the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts and dinner catered by Caf …

    Price: $250-$350 individual tickets.

  6. Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Editor's pick

    The Getaway

    Gateway : 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Ahoy Matey! Wear ye finest pirate gear and join other pirate wanna-bes for this party with live music by Impulse, rum specials, food and pirate contests. Benefits Hospice and the Tampa Bay Hospice Cup.

    Price: $15.

  7. Booze Cruise

    The Bricks

    Ybor City : 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Skaters, grab your cruiser board and join this five-stop skateboarding pub crawl through Ybor and surrounding areas. Stops include Bro Bowl, Hooters and The Hub with a start and finish at the Bricks. Adults only.

    Price: Free (food and drink additional).

  8. Skipper's is 34

    Skipper's Smokehouse

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    Twelve hours of free music featuring a variety of genres and bands including, Galbraith Group, Come Back Alice, Mitch Lind and the Lagerheads, Uncle John's Band, Impulse, Southern Train, The Mud Flappers, TC Carr and All Star Bolts of Blue, Delta Swamp Rats and more.

    Price: Free.

  9. MacToberfest

    MacDinton's Irish Pub St. Petersburg

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    MacDinton's St. Pete and Yard of Ale combine for one giant Oktoberfest celebration in the courtyard with German beer specials, Polka music, stein hoisting, traditional German toasts, relay racing, games and German food available for purchase.

    Price: No cover.

  10. Tampa Tailgate

    Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum)

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Football fans gather to watch college games while noshing on food samples from area restaurants. Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    Price: $100.

  11. FurEver '50s Paw Hop

    Silverthorn Country Club

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill, 34609

    Dress in '50s attire for this dance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast with a yappy hour, appetizers, dinner, auction and music by guest DJ Marvelous Marvin.

    Price: $75.

  12. Latin Dinner and Dance

    Brandon Elks Lodge

    Brandon : 800 Centennial Lodge Drive, Brandon, 33510

    Night of Latin-inspired food, fun, drink specials and dancing kicks off with a pre-party cash bar at 5:30 p.m., then pork or chicken dinner with yellow rice, platano al horno (dessert) and more; entertainment from Latin Fun Singers. Proceeds support Elks charities, including youth, drug awarenes …

    Price: $20 advance, $25 after Sept. 15.

  13. Ybor City Chamber Gala

    Columbia Restaurant

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    "Hollywood Comes to Ybor" is the theme for the 49th annual black-tie optional gala, which will feature a presentation of the 21st Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Award to the Olivia family, the first family of tobacco in Tampa. A seven-day Celebrity Cruise Lines vacation will be raffled.  …

    Price: $100, $190 two.

  14. Gatsby Gala

    ARTpool Gallery

    Grand Central District : 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    Dress as a 1920s flapper or gangster for this fancy and dapper party with a fashion show, live music by Gloria West and an art display. It's one of ArtPool's biggest parties of the year.

    Price: $10 advance, $15 day of.

  15. Painting Party

    Largo Community Center

    Largo : 400 Alt Keene Road, Largo, 33771

    Spend an evening sipping mimosas and creating a masterpiece. Includes canvas, paints, supplies and up to two drinks.

    Price: $40-$50.

  16. Brewery Oktoberfest

    Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room

    Tampa : 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa, 33607

    Cigar City turns the tasting room into a semi-traditional bier hall with 10 German style beers on tap and a limited supply of 1-liter Oktoberfest steins. Closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

    Price: No cover.

  17. Brewery Oktoberfest

    Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room

    Tampa : 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa, 33607

    Cigar City turns the tasting room into a semi-traditional bier hall with 10 German style beers on tap and a limited supply of 1-liter Oktoberfest steins. Closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

    Price: No cover.

  18. Brewery Oktoberfest

    Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room

    Tampa : 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa, 33607

    Cigar City turns the tasting room into a semi-traditional bier hall with 10 German style beers on tap and a limited supply of 1-liter Oktoberfest steins. Closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

    Price: No cover.

  19. Brewery Oktoberfest

    Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room

    Tampa : 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa, 33607

    Cigar City turns the tasting room into a semi-traditional bier hall with 10 German style beers on tap and a limited supply of 1-liter Oktoberfest steins. Closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

    Price: No cover.

  20. Retro Night

    WEDU Studio

    Tampa : 1300 North Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Put on a Mister Rogers sweater or Bob Ross "fro" for this Throwback Thursday nerd meet up with old school trivia, clips from retro PBS shows, food, beer and wine. 21 and older only. RSVP at wedu.org/retronight.

    Price: Free (RSVP required).

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