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Tell Me Something Fun: September Events

Robbie Henderson

Graduating with a degree in Public Relations and Mass Communications, Robbie has spent his life in real estate...

Graduating with a degree in Public Relations and Mass Communications, Robbie has spent his life in real estate...

Sep 11 16 minutes read

September has arrived, which means that we have collectively survived August and are anxiously awaiting the beginning of fall to makes its way down here to the lowest of the contiguous 48.  Labor Day is coming and while it is traditionally a day to recognize the economic and achievements of the American worker, I cannot help but think of Texas: all the people out of work and all the work that needs to be done as they continue to deal with the aftermath of their recent tragedy. As we all know, the Tampa Bay area has enjoyed a long absence of catastrophic weather, but we are just as vulnerable to the ravages of hurricane damage as those unfortunate people that were in the path of Hurricane Harvey. My heart goes out to them all as I try my best to remember to be thankful for the blessings we are all lucky enough to have in our lives. On a somewhat lighter note: there are many events taking place this month to help pass the time. This month features everything from dueling boat shows (who knew we could draw 2 boat shows in the span of a month) to charitable excuses for drinking wine or beer with a crowd.  However you choose to spend your free time this month, be good to each other and have a great September.

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017 12:00pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Island-inspired celebration of rum moves to Curtis Hixon Park, allowing for more “rum zones” and shacks to serve up more than 40 rums from around the world. Includes live entertainment with reggae's Shaggy and headliner Baha Men (Who Let the Dogs Out?), fireworks and food trucks.

2.What: METROPOLIS with Live Wurlitzer Accompaniment
When: Sunday, September 3, 2017 3:00pm
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: In 2010, Tampa Theatre was proud to be one of a few theatres in the world to present the new, complete restoration of Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis, with live accompaniment by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Stephen Ball. We are now once again presenting Metropolis in a form as close as possible to how it would have been experienced upon its release in 1927, and Dr. Ball will again score the movie on our original, historic Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Metropolis is simply one of the greatest and most influential movies of all time — a shining Utopian city, paradise to its citizens but hell to the masses of workers whose endless labor make it possible, is attacked by a mad scientist with the robot he has made to replace his love, and a conspiracy of the masses who hope to find redemption through resistance. Its design is immortal. Its story still matters. If you’ve ever been moved by a movie, you owe it to yourself to experience this cinematic tour de force in its original splendor.

When: Sundays, September 2017 7:30am
Where: Locations vary, see below
Description: We are a friendly collection of folks who like to ride our bikes on Sunday mornings. We ride a different area of Tampa Bay each week, on paved roads and/or paved local bike trails. Our distances average from 20 to 30 miles, depending upon the location, and our speed averages from 10 to 16 mph, depending upon the ride. We encourage and welcome new riders, and, if possible, adjust our rides accordingly. August’s schedule as follows:
September 03 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
September 10 - Tour de Forest Hills
September 17 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB
September 24 - The Hills of Temple Terrace

When: Friday - Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2017 times vary
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, TAMPA, FL 33610
Description: The dinosaur adventure features more than 80 life sized animatronic dinosaurs, dino theater, crafts, coloring and science stations. Upgrade your child to VIP for unlimited dinosaur rides, fossil digs, dino scooters, inflatables and bungee pull.

When: Friday – Sunday, September 8 – 10, 2017 10:00am
Where: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S FRANKLIN ST, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: The area’s only in-water boat show and official kick-off to fall boating season, returns to Tampa. Visitors to the Bay Area’s largest boat show can view, board and enjoy one-of-a-kind deals on hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers and cutting edge marine accessories and electronics. This year’s show has more than 300 boats and will also feature an expanded sailboat display. New to the 2017 Tampa Boat Show is Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 10. Families can take advantage of a special, online-only Family Admission which includes tickets for two adults and two children for just $20. The first 50 children to the show on Sunday will receive a free fishing pole. All attendees can participate in free Kids’ Zone activities including face painting, sand art and balloon art. The three-day boating extravaganza takes fun to new depths with interactive features for families and boaters of all experience levels. Visitors can enjoy on-water boating and sailing lessons along Tampa Bay. Attendees can also explore free hands-on clinics on boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques. There is also an extensive boating and fishing seminar lineup.

When: Friday - Sunday, September 8 - 10, 2017 times vary
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: Wayne and Garth warm up the couch for three days of Wine’s World. This year’s event features bites from local independent restaurants, sips from the finest wineries, an exclusive evening of wine and food pairings, and a very special screening of this year’s theme film. And though the theme may be silly, WineFest’s purpose is most serious: now in its 16th year, WineFest is the landmark theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 8:30am
Where: Al Lopez Park, 4810 N HIMES AVE., TAMPA, FL 33614
Description: Run For Purpose is hosting Paying It Forward All-Cancer 5K. Chip-Timed, t-shirts, refreshments, water, coffee, music, raffles, free KenKoh Sandals (includes a foot scan at Happy Feet Plus), 1st Place Overall Male & Female trophies, trophies for the top male and female in each age group, strollers welcome!

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:00am
Where: Gadsden Park, 6901 S MACDILL AVE., TAMPA, FL 33611
Description: The Sugar Rush is a national series of 5k running events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on sugary goodness themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. The Sugar Rush is here to make your day sweeter!

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00am and Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:00pm
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: An hour long tour highlighting some of the projects in the $6-million renovation phase. Concludes with a film featuring the projects lead architects, designers and historical experts. Benefits the Cush the Tush campaign.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 10:00am
Where: Westshore Plaza Mall, 250 WESTSHORE PLAZA, TAMPA, FL 33609
Description: 100 local authors, publishers, podcasters, editors, artists and others joining together for a one-day celebration surrounding the art of writing. Tampa's largest book signing event! Autographed books for sale. Workshops. Entertainemnt. Family-friendly.

When: Friday - Sunday, September 22 - 24, 2017 10:00am
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, TAMPA, FL 33610
Description: Ahoy Mates! This is the boating sales event of the season. Chart your course to the Tampa Bay Boat Show. This grand event showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies... great accessories too. This three-day sales event offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. The main floor will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits! You won't believe the selection of boats on display from large to small... too many makes and models to list them all! Millions of dollars of boating inventory...All IN ONE LOCATION. Area lenders will be on hand offering low show financing rates. You could be on the water before the weekend is over. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

When: Select night beginning Friday, September 22, 2017 7:30pm
Where: Busch Gardens, 10165 N MCKINLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33612
Description: Unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun!

13.What: ESF SeptemBEERfest
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 5:00pm
Where: Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supplies, 4500 N NEBRASKA AVE., TAMPA, FL 33603
Description: The Epilepsy Services Foundation holds its SeptemBEERfest fundraising event to showcase local brew clubs in and around the Tampa area.  Guests are able to taste 25 local craft beers, vote for their favorite ones and have the opportunity to win some amazing raffle prizes.  The fun continues with complimentary food & beverages, face painting for kids and a silent auction.

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:00pm
Where: Water Works Park, 1710 N HIGHLAND AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: A festival of craft beer tasting, games, food trucks and live music by Southern Train. Benefits Starting Right, Now which has tasked itself with Ending Homelessness One Child At A Time!

15.What: WANDERLUST 108
When: Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:30am
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Wanderlust 108 is full day celebration in support of the mindful movement, featuring a triathlon unlike any you’ve ever known. We bring together three intentional activities in your favorite local park: a 5K run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, AIReal Yoga, hooping, or walking meditation. Nationally recognized teachers, spiritual leaders, and musical talent are featured at each event to make for a fun-filled, empowering day both on and off your mat. From DJs on the main stage to local vendors offering organic food and crafts, and charitable organizations making an impact in your local community. Join a vibrant community to spread love, peace, compassion, and well-being into the world.

When: Monday, September 25 (Large Team), 2017 6:00pm and Tuesday, September 26 (Small Team), 2017 6:00pm
Where: Topgolf, 10690 PALM RIVER ROAD, TAMPA, FL 33619
Description: A 4 to 6 person or 2 to 4 person team format golf league running eight weeks through Nov. 21. Head to head match ups for intermediate to advanced players.

When: Friday - Sunday, September 29 – October 1, 2017 times vary
Where: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Now in its second year in Tampa Bay, the multi-genre convention brings a lineup of celebrity guests and comic book creators; hundreds of vendors selling art, toys and  memorabilia; and panels and paid photo-ops. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, of Clerks fame, will bring their Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast to MegaCon for a live recording. Other celebrities include Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things, Ruth Connell (Supernatural) and Katie Cassidy (Arrow). Multi-day and premium passes are also available.

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 7:30pm
Where: Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MACINNES PLACE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert will feature The Florida Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00am
Where: Water Works Park, 1710 N HIGHLAND AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Paddle for Peace is open to Paddleboarders of all experience levels (ages 6+), spectators and pets! Parental discretion and supervision is required for both kids and animals. There will be challenges for 2 miles, 1 mile & 1/2 mile along the Hillsborough River from Water Works Park to Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa. All fundraising supports The Spring's mission. Individual and team awards will be earned based on fundraising efforts. Great prizes await....

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 3:00pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: While college football games are playing on large screens throughout the park, restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area serve up tailgate foods, and compete to win People's Choice favorite, and other categories, with beer and live music.

Have a stupendous September,

Robbie Henderson for

Bell Henderson Real Estate: Travis Bell, Robbie Henderson, Karla Dorsey, Chase Geaney, Kelli Kincheloe, Diane Raeckers and Jason Norton
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