FASHION + ART: COCKTAILS AND COUTURE
The return of Cocktails and Couture for the eighth year speaks to how many creatives are in Tampa Bay. This year’s theme is dramatic: The Vibrant Garden of Cocktails and Couture focuses on the clash between evil and good, dark and light. Designers include the Disco Dolls, Dé Johnea Bianca and Tampa Bay Fashion Week staple Elizabeth Carson Racker. It’s also an art party, with work by featured artist Nicholas Lucius and a garden-themed installation by Balloons by Johan. There will be live performances by DJ Jeremy Gloff, dancers, singers and performance artists. Each of the three themed rooms will have its own signature craft cocktail. And all hair and makeup is by Tribeca Salon, which co-hosts the party with Sunset Events. It’s all for a good cause: The Tribeca Memorial Scholarship fund donates proceeds to the Hillsborough Education Foundation. $20-$25, $65 VIP. 7 p.m. Saturday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050. cocktailsxcouture.com.
DRESS REHEARSAL: THE RECEPTION
Since many people get engaged around the holidays, it’s timely to have a wedding expo. Billed as an “interactive wedding experience,” the Reception is presented by Armature Works. Vendors will display goods and give demonstrations. Talk to caterers, bakers, DJs, musicians, photographers and florists. There will be two mock wedding ceremonies and a reception, with live music, light bites and desserts. $20, includes a plus one; $5 additional person. 6 p.m. Thursday. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725. armatureworks.com.
DADDY KOOL: MARKET AND A SHOW
It was bittersweet when Daddy Kool Records moved off Central Avenue to its new digs in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District. The store is missed downtown but now has room to do more cool stuff. The Night Market is a true indie market, with vendors and food trucks set up outside. And inside there is an art show by featured artist Matt Galloway and live music from Jordan Esker and the Hundred Percent, with Boston Marriage and Bushi. Plus, there’s the potential to spend hours digging through those bins of vinyl. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 2430 Terminal Drive S. daddykool.com.