By Barbara Ann Kelley,

We’ve got the scoop on all the events that are guaranteed to help you blow off your work week stress. There’s something for everyone this weekend including a Bucs game, a Rays game with a concert, even a Hippie Fest with Johnny and Edgar Winter. Here’s the complete rundown on what’s shaking in Tampa Bay for weekend of Aug. 24 – 26.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics
Tropicana Field Tampa Bay Rays
1 Tropicana Drive | Petersburg, FL 33705

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Friday – Game time 7:10pm – Post game concert with rock band O.A.R. | Wristbands to get on field for concert $22 including service fees. David Price t-shirt to the first 10,000 fans.

Saturday – Game time 1:10pm.

Tickets $17 – $275 | To buy tickets:

Want to enjoy a drink and what Tampa is famous for a great cigar? Click on this link for a list of the Best Upscale Cigar Bars in Tampa & Pinellas Counties.

4th Friday Food Truck Festival – Wine Tasting & Star Gazing
Friday Aug. 24 |  5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Corey Avenue – Downtown St Pete Beach
400 Corey Avenue | Saint Petersburg, FL 33706

Avenue will host one of the largest food truck festivals in the area. Over a dozen trucks and live music by Joel & Dakato, the father/son duo from Tarpon Springs. Participating merchants will be offering wine tastings sponsored by The Florida Orange Groves Winery, Pasadena, Florida from 5:30 pm -till the wine runs out!


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots
Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:30pm | Gates open 3pm
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway | Tampa, FL 33607

Tickets start at $30 for adults $15 for children. To buy tickets click on the ticket master link. 


Golf Anyone?

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Tampa Bay is one of the fastest growing golf regions in the state. There are nearly 100 public and private courses throughout the area and more are popping up every year. Get out of the house or your hotel room and enjoy the weather and this top Tampa Bay course.

TPC – Tampa Bay
Par 71 • 6,898 yards
5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road   Lutz 33558
(866) PLAY-TPC  or (813) 949-0090

Home the Champions Tour each April the TPC Tampa Bay is certainly one of the top facility’s in the area. The TPC Tampa Bay is always in top condition and offers a variety of tough holes featuring many water hazards and tough bunkering. Score well on the front and hold on coming home as TPC Tampa Bay’s finishing holes are some of the most challenging you will find. TPC Tampa Bay was Rated  in 2010 by Golf World Magazine as  #13 Best Public Golf Facility. Greens fee: $99 – $159.

For a list of Tampa Bay’s Best Challenging Public Golf Courses click HERE.


Hippie Fest & Concert – Johnny & Edgar Winter
Saturday, Aug. 25 | Festival: 5pm – Concert 7pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 North McMullen Booth Rd. | Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 791-7400 | Website:
Tickets: $45 – $79

Hippiefest will debut featuring five well-known players who were initially inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues: Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds. Hippie Marketplace with vendors and groovy goods opens at 5pm concert is at 7pm.

Looking to watch and movie and eat dinner check out our list of the Best 5 Movie Theaters in Tampa With Food And Alcohol.


Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson – Concert
Saturday Aug. 25 at 7 pm
1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 N US Highway 301 | Tampa, FL 33610
813) 740-2446 | Buy tickets online at
Tickets: $20 – $80


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Carlos Santana in Concert Postponed No New Date yet
Sunday Aug 26, 2012 6pm – 11pm
1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 N US Highway 301 | Tampa, FL 33610
813) 740-2446 | Buy tickets online at
Tickets: $19.99 – $122.65