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🎉 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Two women in sundresses standing in front of a yellow truck full of flowers.
Head to Water Street’s market this weekend for music, food, arts, and activities celebrating Hispanic heritage. | Photo via @watersttampa
Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month. The observance begins today and runs through Sun., Oct. 15 — spotlighting the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central + South America. 🎊

You see, September 15 coincides with the date when five Latin American countries declared independence from Spain 1821 — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, while Chile’s is September 18.

In the Tampa Bay area, Hispanic Heritage Month events will get rolling this weekend; here’s a sampling of the many events around town.

Empanadas lined on a plate.

Indulge in delicious flavors (don’t miss the @jotorotpa hot sauce showcase).


Photo via @watersttampa


  • Water Street Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Water Street | Free | This month’s market dives into Latin American cultures with food, performances, and art in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Viva Tampa Bay 2023 | Sunday, Oct. 8 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Perry Harvey Sr. Park | Free | This family-friendly arts and cultural festival will feature Latin foods, festivities, and local band performances dedicated to Hispanic heritage.
  • 5th Annual Ford’s Taste of Latino | Sunday, Oct. 15 | 12-5 p.m. | Centennial Park | Free | Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy this event with live music and dance performances + the awards ceremony for the TOP Latino Chef Contest.

St. Pete

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration | Saturday, Sept. 23 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Willis S. Johns Recreation Center | Free | The first 300 people in attendance will receive free food at this event — plus, enjoy inflatables, games, vendors, and music.
  • The Cuban Sandwich: A history in layers | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 6-7 p.m. | The Dalí Museum | $5 | As part of the museum’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming, this class will include a Cuban sandwich tasting by Chef Chuck Bandel.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Art After Dark | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-9 p.m. | Fairgrounds St. Pete, 2606 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $22-$27 | Head to the immersive art world for live music and drink specials galore.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show | Saturday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | The Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N., Largo | $10-$20 | This family-friendly show educates and introduces folks to reptiles.
  • Water Lantern Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Hwy., Hudson | $0-$78 | Craft your own paper lantern and watch it set sail into the night — plus, enjoy food trucks and music.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Yuengling Oktoberfest | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen, 11109 N. 30th St., Tampa | Price of purchase | Check out the brewer’s special Oktoberfest menu, enjoy live music, and sip on the Yuengling Oktoberfest beer.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 1 p.m. | Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | $75-$755 | Head to Raymond James to cheer on the Bucs as they take on the Chicago Bears (scroll down for a tailgating recipe).
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Safety Harbor Restaurant Week | Monday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Participating restaurants, Safety Harbor | Times vary | Price of purchase | Plan a date night or simple dinner out to enjoy the beginning of Safety Harbor’s Restaurant Week — reservations recommended.
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Punch up your tailgate with this Bucs bev recipe
A Pirate's Punch cocktail created by Publix
From a Pirate’s Punch cocktail to tips for a successful tailgate to a seasonal Buccaneers Sub worth trying, Publix has all your tailgating needs covered. | Photo provided by Publix
Get excited, TBAY. The Bucs kickoff of football season last Sunday means tailgating season has arrived.

Here to make your tailgate a touchdown every time is Publix, whose tailgating tips + recipes include this Pirate’s Punch cocktail, a Bucs-worthy recipe created by Publix as the official supermarket of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Need your bevs in a hurry? Publix Liquors can deliver right to your door.

Bonus: Visit Publix’s free Ultimate Tailgate Party in Publix Lot14 before every Buccaneers home game.
News Notes
  • Dave Chappelle is coming to Tampa. The comedian will bring his standup act to Amalie Arena next month on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets go on sale today. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Can’t make the Rays game on Wednesday, Sept. 20? No worries — you can watch it virtually. Next week, the team will make history as the first team and stadium to host a virtual regular season game on MLB’s Virtual Ballpark. (St. Pete Catalyst)
  • For its opening weekend, new Mexican restaurant T’s and Tacos will pay tribute to Jimmy Buffett with a Parrothead-themed celebration. This Saturday, Sept. 16, the new St. Pete spot will host a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, a live radio segment on-site, and food + drink specials. (I Love the Burg)
  • A Nightmare on Franklin Street is returning to the Tampa Theatre. Beginning in October, the downtown theater will screen classic horror films and seasonal family favorites, host ghost tours, and share spooky stories and stage shows. Check out the full lineup + grab tickets. (That’s So Tampa)
Coming Soon
  • After closing its brick-and-mortar space for three years, Saltlight Art will soon return to St. Pete. The women’s boutique is opening a new storefront in the Grand Central District in October with new, evolved jewelry at a higher price point — in addition to some lower-cost items. (St. Pete Rising)
  • Today, USF researchers will open a new exhibit at the Waterman Exhibit Gallery called “What Lies Beneath,” a project that looks into unmarked burial grounds in Hillsborough County. You can check out the exhibit and showcase through Jan. 30, 2024.
  • $108.6 million. That’s how much Pinellas Park’s Rowan Pointe Apartments recently sold for. Birmingham-based LIV Development sold the complex to New York-based privately-held real estate investment firm The Praedium Group. (St. Pete Catalyst)
  • In case you missed it, Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a location in Uptown Tampa (2150 E. Fowler Ave.) today. Check out what you can expect at the grand opening party.
  • Owned by brothers Samuel + Aaron Rodas, Yura Vine Brothers is a Tampa-based boutique plant shop located on the bottom floor of Cora next to Chill Bros Ice Cream at Water Street. The full-service plant shop specializes in indoor tropical house plants, moss art and biophilic design. See their work.*
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
Try This
Friday night plans? Consider ‘em made.
Grab a cocktail, lemonade, and a romantic table for two on Pia’s Trattoria’s patio. | Photo by @thetbaytoday
Picture this: It’s a Friday night, and you decided that you’re not gonna be stuck at home. That’s right — it’s date night.

Whether you’ve got a hot new fling or a long-term romance, check out these ideas for going out tonight.

if you want a night out on the town
If the way to their heart is through their stomach
  • Order piping hot ciabatta loaves, chicken piccata, and Sour Orange pie on the romantic patio at Pia’s Trattoria.
  • Roam tons of local food vendors at Armature Works + take your spoils to the lawn’s Adirondack chairs.
For the ones who like to play games (just not with your heart)

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This photo. 🥹 That’s it, that’s the wrap.

Seriously though — I’m pumped that pumpkin patches like Gallagher’s in St. Pete are starting to open up. If anyone’s looking to get a gourd early, the local patch is having a soft opening this weekend, with plans to be fully open on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
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