Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Aug. 25-31
Published Aug. 25, 2014

Labor Day weekend: Celebrate all your hard work with a long weekend of relaxing! Catch some street performers at Saturday's Gecko Fest in Gulfport, a family street festival with a Roaring Twenties theme (free). On Sunday, the Channelside fireworks finale goes off with a lighted boat parade as backup (free). Or leave the kids behind for Old Skool Shephards on Clearwater Beach starting Saturday with music by Grammy winners Arrested Development ($12).

Sleep Walk Tampa Bay: If sleep is on your agenda for Labor Day, you're in luck. Wear your PJs for this 1.5-mile walk on St. Pete Beach (leaving from TradeWinds Island Grand Resort) to raise awareness of sleep disorders. The cost is a $5 donation to Project Sleep. (727) 798-0174.

Date night

Tampa Bay Theatre Festival: This inaugural festival runs Friday-Sunday, jam-packed with acting workshops, monologues and short-play competitions at Stageworks Theater and the Straz Center. Get a rundown of events and costs at

Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday and Saturday's standup shows at Tampa's Improv are some of this comedian and filmmaker's first since the death of friend Robin Williams (whom he directed in World's Greatest Dad). $20. (813) 864-4000.

Members' Show: This popular show at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg was scheduled to close earlier but was extended through Friday, so seize the opportunity all week. It's free. (727) 822-7872.

Glow Party: Wear neon and be prepared to glow with LED and glow giveaways, dancing to music by DJ Ranny, black light dancers and $1 drinks until 10 p.m. Sunday at the Honey Pot in Ybor City. Free, $5 after 10 p. m. (813) 247-4663.

Kids and family

After School Bark Bash: This celebration Tuesday of National Dog Day features a buffet dinner for humans, treats from the Doggie Room Service Menu for dogs and Yappy Hour at the Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach. $25, $10 ages 12-18, 11 and younger/dogs free. (727) 433-3134.

Rodeo Fest: Tampa Style: Cowboys converge on the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday to show off bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, mounted shooting and steer wrestling. $10-$15. (813) 784-6288.

Celebrate Oldsmar: Bring blankets and chairs Friday-Saturday to R.E. Olds Park for carnival rides, inflatables, games, pony rides, live music, fireworks and vendors. Free. (813) 749-1100.

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