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Top Things to do in Tampa Bay With or Without Kids

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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If you are looking for inexpensive fun, military air planes and great food festivals this weekend you’re going to be busy and happy. Here is my list of top things to do with or without kids.

THE TAMPA BAY HEART WALK AND FLASH MOB
Saturday, November 5
Starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
Price: Free, donations appreciated
Phone: (727) 563-8114
The Tampa Bay Heart Walk is one of the area’s largest “walk” events. This is a 3.1-mile walk that starts at Raymond James Stadium. A 1-mile course is also available. The route includes walking through Al Lopez Park, through Raymond James Stadium and down the Buccaneers sidelines.

Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute invites all walker to join in on a FLASH Mob just before the walk.  This fun and exciting dance event is intended to call attention to the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women. The FLASH MOB will take place between 8:30-9:00 a.m. by the Community Stage area during the pre-Walk festivities. To register and to learn the dance go to this link. http://tampabayheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=454536

FIRE FEST AND BUCKET BRIGADE 
Saturday, Nov 5
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s all about Firefighters and their Trucks at 1st Annual Fire Fest 2011 this Saturday, November 5th at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. There will be Bucket Brigade Games, a Pipe and Drums Competition, Live Music, Antique Fire Truck Show. Plus, FFSF Memorial Ride In and Bike Show and Kids Zone with Smokey Bear and Friends. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $15 Adults $5 for the kids. Presented by the Fallen Firefighter Survivors Foundation.

ZOOFARI
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Saturday, Nov. 5
7 – 11 p.m.
1101 West Sligh Ave.
This year Tampa Bay can eat, drink and rock till they drop at Zoofari on Saturday at 7 p.m. November 5. Most the 50 Bay Area Restaurants, live performance by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Dave Mason. Also on the Main Stage, Al Stewart, will performing.

Tickets are $90 the day of the event. Event proceeds benefit expert animal care and education programs at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. VIP early Entry Tickets are available in “Rhino Club” with exclusive use of the beautiful Safari Lodge and preferred limited parking. Packages start at $135.

AIRFEST AT MACDILL AFB
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AirFest 2011 at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base will be Saturday and Sunday November 5th and 6th.This is a FREE, family-friendly event. The 2-day event will feature U.S. Special Operations Command Jump Team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and more.

The Dale Mabry and MacDill Gates are open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Once the spectator parking lots are full on base, the gates will close to motor traffic. Be prepared for heavy traffic upon entering and leaving Airfest.

SAFETY HARBOR NIGHT TIME WINE FEST
Saturday, Nov 5
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
On Main Street in
Downtown Safety Harbor
Enjoy hundreds of wines from all over the world. There will be food vendors, arts and crafts and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit four local charities.

Ruskin Seafood Festival 

Saturday, Nov 5
10:00a to 5:00p
E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin
This is a very large event. 18,000 attended last year. You and the masses can stuff your stomachs with fresh seafood while sway to the rhythm of live island music. There will be a boat show, arts and crafts, environmental displays, commercial exhibits, live musical entertainment and the kids’ area with games and activities. There also will be crab racing.

PASS-A-GRILLE FISH BROIL AND MULLET FESTIVAL
Saturday, Nov 5
3:00p to 8:00p
at Hurley Park
1500 Pass-A-Grille Way
St Pete Beach
This is a wonderful family fun day by the sea. Food offered includes fresh grilled mullet, veggie skewers, sides, and sweets. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, Gyotaku fish painting, games, a dunk tank and races. For the adults there will be arts & crafts vendors and a silent auction. Stay for the sunset bonfire and drum circle. Admission is free: Food and beverages available for purchase. (727) 360-7621.

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