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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Aug. 31

Summer of Rum Festival pours tropical cocktails at Julian B. Lane, GeckoFest offers family-friendly fun in Gulfport and Bacon and Beer 2.0 celebrates Bacon Day at Rapp Brewing.
Now in its seventh year, Tampa's Summer of Rum Festival will invade Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on Saturday.
Now in its seventh year, Tampa's Summer of Rum Festival will invade Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park on Saturday. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]
Published Aug. 30, 2019

Summer of Rum Festival: The seventh annual rum celebration brings more than 40 tropical cocktails, a Caribbean food market, vendors and live music by Sublime with Rome, the Expendables and Inner Circle. $15. Noon. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Blvd., Tampa. (813) 870-2255.

GeckoFest: Now in its 19th year, this “Geckos of the Round Table”-themed bash celebrates the end of summer with family- and pup-friendly fun on the waterfront. Expect food, art and craft vendors, live entertainment, activities for kids, a walking parade and costume contests. Free. 10 a.m. Beach and Shore boulevards, Gulfport. (727) 322- 5217.

Bacon and Beer 2.0: Order a flight of six bacon-infused house beers in honor of International Bacon Day. Sweet bacony treats are free with every flight purchase while supplies last. No cover, food and drink additional. 2 p.m. Rapp Brewing Company, 10930 Endeavor Way, Suite C, Seminole. (727) 385-4793.

Black Women Walking: As part of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, the lives of black American heroines are celebrated through storytelling rituals, gospel music, humor and contemporary dance. $20. 7 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 374-2416.

Chris Brown: The controversial but equally successful R&B superstar performs in support of his ninth-studio album Indigo. Special guests include Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas and Yella Beezy. 6:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

WMNF Presents: Tributes: Turn back the clock as local bands Ordinary Boys, Row Jomah and Talk to Mark deliver tributes to the Smiths, Talking Heads and Elvis Costello, respectively. $15. 7 p.m. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Firefall, Poco and Pure Prairie League: These classic acts join forces for a night of smooth ’70s pop and rock. $39 and up. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

An Evening of Allman Brothers Music: To pay homage the At Fillmore East live album, Johnny “Jaimoe” Johnson — founding member and original drummer for the iconic band — teams up with tribute group the Mushroom Brotherhood. Backtrack Blues Band open. $40 in advance, $45 at doors. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6153.

Snow in the Summer: Dress in all white for this upscale Haitian-meets-Caribbean dance hall Labor Day party with Afrobeats by DJ Spinz. $10. 10 p.m. Touch Martini Bar, 2016 Town Center Blvd., Tampa. (954) 243-1439.

Masta Ace and Marco Polo: DJ Bazarro curates a show called Brooklyn2Tampa with these two headlining acts on the stacked roster. $10. 10 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Sam Feldt: For the Labor Day weekend celebration, the Dutch DJ and producer performs a set of his tropical, upbeat hits. $16 and up. 12 a.m. Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-5107.

Summer Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre closes out the seasonal tradition with the black-and-white stunner Casablanca. Runs through Sunday. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Sunset Cinema: Bring blankets and low-seating chairs to catch a showing of Robin Hood, rated PG-13. Free. 6:30 p.m. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. (727) 462-6466.

Lavell Crawford: The popular comedian was a favorite on AMC’s Breaking Bad and Comedy Central’s Workaholics. $30 and up. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000.

Florida’s Largest Labor Day Home Show: The annual four-day showcase, now in its 23 year, features hundreds of new products and services for your crib. Runs through Monday. $8, ages 12 and younger free. 11 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821.

Labor Day Live: Gasparilla Music Festival presents a bill of live music throughout Labor Day weekend. Featured artists include the Logan Grant Band, Chris Flowers, Jahfari and the Sunsetters. Free. 11 a.m. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 345-5881.

April Macie: This Last Comic Standing finalist has appeared on Showtime, Snoop Dogg’s Bad Girls of Comedy and Comedy Central. $10 and up. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Steve Netta: You might recognize the Philadelphia comedian from MTV or Comedy Central. $20. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.


Maigret, 7 p.m., Ovation: Rowan Atkinson plays the title character in the crime drama. Set in 1950s Paris and based on the novels of Georges Simenon, the show follows stoic police detective Jules Maigret as he takes on hard-to-crack cases.


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