Looking for a good time this weekend? Don’t know what’s going on? Each week I give you my top picks for a weekend of fun in the Tampa Bay Area. Here are my suggestions for August 12th – 14th.

Sales Tax Holiday Starts Friday

If you have kids the whole weekend could be spent shopping for back-to-school items. Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 12, 2011, and end at midnight Sunday, August 14, 2011. During this period no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less. The sales tax holiday on certain items can save you big time. Basically more bang for your buck and in today’s economy this is essential. For a list of what’s taxable and what’s tax exempt, go to:  http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip11a01-03_list.pdf.

Friday 08/12/2011
Shawn Colvin
@ 8:00 PM
Capital Theater
405 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, 33755
(727) 441-2863
Ticket Prices: $37 $47 & $67

Shawn Colvin is a three-time Grammy winner and has released nine albums. In 1998 she won a Grammy for Record of the Year with A Few Small Repairs and Song of the Year with Sunny Came Home, which was a cut from that record. Sunny Came Home, is a song about a modern day housewife’s revenge. Colvin’s song Nothin’ on Me served as the theme song to the Brooke Shields situation comedy Suddenly Susan. Her current album, These Four Walls, is filled with romance, renewal and life as we grow older.

Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2011
The Great Train Expo
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 N, Tampa FL 33610
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Adults $7.00, Kids Under 12 FREE!

The show offers a variety of 250 exhibitors with everything from an operating model railroad to toy layouts. The entire family will enjoy this expo with thousands of model trains in many different scales and gauges. Over 50 Exhibitors from across the country with Operating Model Railroads some will even have ones that kids can play with.  The special treat will be The Great Train Express, the world’s only human-powered model train layout. The expo will have a riding train for kids and many free demonstrations, even door prizes.

Saturday, August 13th
at 1p
1609 E Seventh Ave
Ybor City FL 33605
(813) 248-4050

The kids and adults will love this dance party. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged at this “Back to School Dance Party” for the entire family.  There will be a and dancing, tons of dance games, Wii games, face painting, glow jewelry and snacks and refreshments. This is not a “drop-off” event. Adults must accompany their children at all times.Price: $15 age 7 and older, $10 age 6-1, infants free. For more information visit their website at: http://www.kiddopalooza.com/.

Saturday, August 13th
Vino, Java & Jazz
7:00p to 11:00p
The Florida Aquarium
401 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, 33602

It’s all about the Vino, Java and Jazz at the Florida Aquarium on Saturday night. Vino, Java and Jazz is a is an evening of fine wine samplings,  specialty dishes, coffee and heavenly desserts from many of Tampa’s greatest restaurants, wine distributors and coffee houses. The seventh-annual, food-and-wine charity features musical acts from around Tampa Bay and benefits the Easter Seals. Admission: $75 in advance per ticket and $95 per ticket the day of the event. Contact: Janet Britton-Smith. Phone: 813-769-5923

Sunday, August 14th
Palm Harbor Cross Roads Farmers Market
2043 Curlew Rd,
Palm Harbor, 34683

This is a Weekly Sunday farmers market with fresh produce, cheeses, honey and more.  Shop or relax sit under the trees while having a peaceful lunch. There also will be live music. Website: http://www.palmharborcrossroadsfarmersmarket.org.

Sunday, August 14th   
Rachel Feinstein at the Hard Rock
@ 8:30pm
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5223 N. Orient Road
Tampa, 33610

Laugh with season seven finalist of television’s “Last Comic Standing,” Rachel Feinstein, in performance as guests enjoy dinner and drinks at Tampa’s best place to experience everything that rocks. Admission price is free with a dinner reservation. After the show take in the sights at the Hard Rock.This dinner event is open to adults 18 and up.


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