8 things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Nov. 5-7

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s a great weekend for food festivals here in Tampa Bay!

Wherever you are in the area, there is something for you. From St. Petersburg to the Tampa Riverwalk, to chowder and wine, it’s going to be a tasty few days.

There are also other festivals going on, celebrating wildlife, conservation and ‘upcycling’.

These events are presented in random order. If you know something is going on in the area in the future, please email online@wfla.com.

Location: Tampa Bay Riverwalk

The festival takes place on the Riverwalk at 1710 N Highland Ave., near Ulele, on Saturdays from 10am to 7pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm

There are food trucks, food tents, local artisans, live music, arts activities for kids, as well as art classes and more. The event is pet friendly.

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“Join us for a weekend of food and flavors from around the world,” reads the event’s website.

Location: Tampa Bay area

This is the first weekend of Tampa Bay Burger Week, which begins November 4 and runs through November 14.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay partners with area restaurants to offer diners burger deals for $10 and less, as well as Funky Buddha and Tito’s handcrafted vodka drink specials and more. Guests should definitely ask for the Tampa Bay Burger Week special when visiting a participating restaurant.

Some of those restaurants include American Social, Gigglewaters, Datz, Chicago’s Best Burgers, and more.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay.

Location: 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg

Taking place in North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete, the two-day festival showcases chefs, restaurants, breweries and wine in a “Grand Tasting” village.

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Guests receive a wine glass, custom tote bag, wine glass cord, and access to the tasting village, which spans over 25,000 square feet of tent space.

General admission tickets are $85 and include unlimited tastings from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Children’s Cancer Center.

Location: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, St Pete Beach

The 7th Annual St. Pete Beach Chowder Challenge takes place on Sunday at Horan Park from 1-5pm

The challenge is a chowder and soup cook-off with chefs and restaurants from the area. Visitors vote for their favorite, and a panel of chefs also determine who wins in chowder and non-chowder categories. “The Golden Ladle” will be awarded to the best overall.

According to the event’s website, in addition to a military induction ceremony and a salute to veterans, there will be live music, beer and wine, raffles and a silent auction.

The chowder challenge benefits the veterans of South Pinellas County.

Location: Grand Blvd &, Bank St, New Port Richey

This festival in Sims Park is held on Saturday in conjunction with ‘America Recycles Day’.

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“Upcycling is also known as reusing or converting unwanted waste into new materials or products,” says a press release from event organizer Keep Pasco Beautiful.

The event features a variety of upcycle vendors and artists selling things like jewelry made from things like spoons and repurposed furniture and decor. There will also be farmers’ market vendors, plant sales, food trucks, and live bands.

Location: 6140 Turkey Creek Rd, Plant City

Tampa Bay’s Raptor Center hosts the second Wonders of Wildlife Festival at Edward Medard Conservation Park on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Guests can see some of Florida’s native species such as birds of prey, skunks, snakes, turtles, and more.

There will be live presentations, demonstrations, artists, crafts, exhibits and hands-on activities.

Festival tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for military, and kids 12 and under are free with adult admission. The proceeds will allow the Raptor Center of Tampa Bay to complete the purchase of a rehabilitation center for sick and injured birds of prey.

Location: 2043 Curlew Rd, Palm Harbor

The fundraiser in favor of the Palm Harbor Museum returns on Saturdays from 4-7pm

Seven tables representing seven historic communities in the region, according to the event’s Facebook page, will serve wine and food from local spots. Special wine selections are paired with delicacies outside on the terrace.

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Entry to the event also includes a tour of the museum exhibits at the Hartley House.

Tickets are $40 per person, but group prices per table are available.

Location: 452 3rd Avenue W, Bradenton

The first annual Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the pavilion on the Bradenton Riverwalk.

The event is free, open to the public, and features arts and crafts from artisans from across the state and country.

“All artwork judged for this event has been handcrafted, handcrafted across media such as painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, candles, glass, woodworking, dips & sauces, metalworking, digital art fishing apparel and more,” said a press release. .

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