Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Tampa: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Clearwater Beach, Florida
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If you are seeking something to do this Labor Day weekend in Tampa, Florida, there are many hot spots. Music festivals and beach parties abound, and a diversity of activities from bowling marathons to fitness and health events promise a good time. Should you prefer to spend your holiday weekend doing something a little more outdoorsy, these the Tampa area's top parks offer a chance to walk, run, and swim—among many other activities—to your heart's content.

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Party at Caddy's on the Beach

Drive from Tampa—about 40 minutes to Sunset Beach in Treasure Island—and watch the beach party really begin. There's daily live music, St. Louis-style ribs on the menu, movie nights, yoga classes, and all the activities you would want on a private beach with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests receive free chairs and umbrellas.

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Bowling Marathon at Pin Chasers

Labor Day at Pin Chasers means their annual bowling marathon is taking place; check out the festivities at one of their three Tampa Bay bowling alleys. The fun starts in the morning—the idea is to see who can last until that same night, completing 12 hours of bowling. The winner of this endurance challenge must not stop bowling longer than five minutes at a time to order food and a drink or use the restroom. 

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Electronic Music at Shephard's Beach Resort

Labor Day weekend marks "Live Beach House" at Clearwater Beach with live electronic international DJs, drink specials, and plenty of fun on the private beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether you are up for a champagne brunch or a tropical pool deck with cabanas, those 21 and above and willing to follow the required dress code are sure to have a good time.

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The Tampa Bay Strength and Fitness Expo

If drinking on the beach isn't as appealing as a health-conscious family event for Labor Day weekend, the Tampa Bay Strength and Fitness Expo gives you an opportunity on Friday night and Saturday of the holiday weekend. About 100 exhibitors will feature everything from clothing to supplements at the Tampa Convention Center in the city's downtown. The expo will also have a diversity of sport competitions for adults and children, along with food and drinks.

Tickets are available at the door or online in advance, and children 5 and under are free.

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Celebrate at MacDinton's Irish Pub

The party at MacDinton's Irish Pub and Restaurant in SoHo (South Howard Avenue) in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood starts on Sunday and lasts until Monday night. With kiddie pools, frozen drinks, and barbecue on the menu, this Irish bar with a friendly vibe is a perfect place to celebrate more than just St. Patrick's Day. They also have an annual Pre-Labor Day Bash with drink specials.

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Catch a Concert at the Orpheum

On August 30, 2019, Boris, a genre-defying group of three who plays around the world, uniquely described as "using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billowing smoke," will be in Tampa at the Orpheum. This nightlife venue focuses on up-and-coming and independent musicians and offers DJs and a full bar.

People of all ages are welcome to this concert; those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Don't miss the annual family-friendly (pets are welcome too) GeckoFest on all day Saturday of Labor Day weekend, around 40 minutes from Tampa by car. The fun event is located along Beach and Shore Boulevards in Gulfport. The waterfront village will offer live music on two stages, hundreds of vendors selling food and art items, activities for children, and street performances by a variety of artists such as magicians, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, balloon artists, and costumed characters.

Admission to the festival and parking are free.

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Stroll or Picnic at a Tampa Park

If you are seeking some exercise and outdoor recreation for the holiday weekend, one option is to visit one of Tampa's many parks. Al Lopez Park has a fitness trail offering exercise suggestions, and you can catch some shade and picnic tables as you walk around the lake. Rowlett Park is a riverfront area, home to the first wheelchair softball field in Florida. For swimming, go to the pool at Copeland Park. Art and lovers of all things past should check out the sculptures and historic photographs at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park.

Check the parks' website for holiday hours and helpful information.

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The Summer of Rum Festival

If you are 21 and over and a fan of alcohol, you are set to enjoy over 40 varieties of rum drinks, from frozen daiquiris to piña coladas, at the Summer of Rum Festival on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The festival at the 25-acre Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will be be an all-day celebration of live music; you can also check out the event vendors and the curated Caribbean Food Market. The night comes to a close with a fireworks show. 

The event is ages 21 and up.

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Labor Day Weekend Silent Disco

On the Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend, if you take a ride about 50 minutes west from Tampa to St. Pete Beach, you'll find a unique silent disco at Mastry's Brewing Co. Have fun dancing with headphones to three DJs playing tunes from Latin and reggaeton to modern dance and hip hop, among other musical styles.

Admission includes a set of headphones for the night and a full pour of craft beer.

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Rock the Yacht

On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, those 21 and above can celebrate on the water while catching a glimpse of some Tampa views and listening to classic rock and roll and dance rock performed by Stormbringer. This two-hour, 20-minute Yacht StarShip cruise leaves out of Channelside and boasts multiple decks of entertainment, with live bands and DJs. Drinks at a cash bar and snacks are available to buy.

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