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Things to do Labor Day weekend: Parties, fireworks, festivals in Tampa Bay

Jeff Greene of Tampa steadies himself on stilts as he tosses beads during the parade at Gecko Fest, a wacky end-of-summer celebration in Gulfport. [LARA CERRI, Times (2009)]
Jeff Greene of Tampa steadies himself on stilts as he tosses beads during the parade at Gecko Fest, a wacky end-of-summer celebration in Gulfport. [LARA CERRI, Times (2009)]
Published Aug. 30, 2017

Plenty of sun and fun to be found across the Bay Area for Labor Day. The following is a list of a few events to keep you active over the holiday weekend:

Summer of Rum Festival

Island-inspired celebration of rum moves to Curtis Hixon Park, allowing for more "rum zones" and shacks to serve up more than 40 rums from around the world. Includes live entertainment by headliner Baha Men (Who Let the Dogs Out?), fireworks and food trucks. $15 (general); $80 (VIP). Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 786-7480. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

Clearwater Threshers

It's Fan Appreciation Night and a salute to Labor Day. Stick around after the game for the Thresher's biggest fireworks and laser light display of the season. $6-$10. Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457. 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Gecko Fest

This whimsical "Geckostock" themed family street festival gives a nod to Woodstock to celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. Street party includes live music on two stages, street performers, balloon art, costume contest, a street dance and vendors. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Free. Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. (727) 322-5217. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Shephard's Labor Day Weekend

Spend the weekend partying by the beach with headlining DJs including Jersey Shore's Pauly D, DJ Dani, Ayesik, Scotty Boy, Kid U Not and Dean Manson. Night Kickoff Party DJ Brandon James will open for DJ Lodato Friday at 9 p.m. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $25. (727) 442-5107. The party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

St. Pete Crab and Music Festival

Queen B of 95.7 the Beat hosts this festival with crabs and crab dishes, local seafood, children's activities, big screen viewing of the FSU/Alabama game and live entertainment by National acts including Rome, Tonny Terry and comedian Tiny. $20. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-7919. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Oldsmar

Bring blankets and chairs for two nights of a Labor Day salute and family fun with carnival rides, games, live music by Soul Circus Cowboys (Friday) and Stormbringer (Saturday) and fireworks (9:30 p.m. Saturday). Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Free (rides additional). R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1260. 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Drag Queen Labor Day Party

DJ's Charles Machado and Steve Vaughn spin the music for this party with 2 for 1 drinks until 9 p.m., $3 Bacardi drinks from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and a drag show featuring Tiffany Arieagus, Joey Brooks, Felicity Lane and Kori Stevens. No cover. Bradley's on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 241-2723. 2:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Sunday.

Labor Day Live Beach House

Three days of waterfront parties with EDM music by DJ's 3LAU, Borgeous, Grandtheft, Henry Fong, Prince Fox, Quix, Riggi and Piros, Sultan + Shepard, SNBRN, Two Friends, Vice Tone, Lodato, Loosid, Ben Phipps and Ku. $25 and up. Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

Labor Day Picnic

Bring towels and lawn chairs for a day of slip and slide fun with a barbecue cook out and a checkers tournament. Free; $2 checkers tournament; $6, $3 children (food). Brandon Elks Lodge, 800 Centennial Lodge Drive, Brandon. (813) 966-9002. Noon-4 p.m. Monday.

Labor Day Weekend Festival

A music celebration with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kelly Price, Tank and Nephew Tommy. $29.50-$128.50. University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sexy Labor Day Party

Enter your buff body into the sexiest body competition at this celebration with music by VJ Charles Machado, a drag show by the Steam Girls, $3 Svedka cocktails (10-11 p.m.) and $1 drinks (10-11 p.m.). Free, $5 after 10:30 p.m. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663. 10 p.m. Friday.

Poolside Holiday Picnic

Pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a poolside Labor Day party. $23, $12 with card (group of up to five). Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

Pre-Labor Day Extravaganza

Celebrate the holiday Hamburger Mary's style with a concert by CeCe Peniston (Finally) and a drag diva revue. $20, $40 VIP. Hamburger Mary's, 2016 Town Center Blvd., Brandon. (813) 643-2110. 8 p.m. Sunday.


A Wayne's World themed event with food trucks, drinks, vendors, kids games, corn hole, volleyball, prizes and music by Red Rabbit, the Contenders, Almost Alice, Frankie Raye, Monkeybone and Corey Cottrell and Friends. No cover. Gill Dawg Marina, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. (727) 842-1070. Noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

Recreational fishermen celebrate Labor Day with rod and reel in hand at no cost. Held a few times a year, this free fishing day provides an opportunity to introduce everyone to fishing. License requirement waived for all recreational anglers. All other rules regarding season, bag and size limits apply. The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license or permit including snook and spiny lobster. Free. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, 4905 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Electric Ocean

It's the final performances for SeaWorld's glowing late night party featuring DJ dancing with illuminated sea creatures, fireworks, Sea Lion Tonight and Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night. Included with admission: $99, $94 ages 3-9. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424. 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8-9:30 p.m. Monday.

Rock the Yacht

Enjoy Labor Day weekend at an R&B soul party on the open water with live music by the Bus Stop Band, food and drink specials on board. 21 and older only. $30. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999. 10 p.m. Saturday.

Kids Golf Free

It's the official end of summer and Friday is the final day kids ages 15 and younger can join a paying adult for one free round of golf. The First Tee of Clearwater Junior Tee's provide shortened, manageable distances for children. Free. Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, 3030 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 726-4673. 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday.

Labor Day Weekend at the Gardens

Take the family for one last summer hurrah. Children ages 4 to 16 get in for $6.50 this weekend. All other admission are regular priced: $17.99, $16.99 seniors, 3 and younger free. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 355-5305. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday.