November seems to be the month of giving back and giving thanks.  Let’s start with one thing we can all agree on and be thankful for… the weather in Tampa is ummmm AMAZING!!  With the weather staying around the 70’s all weekend, we’ve got you covered with our top picks for fun things to do this weekend (mostly outside) and most events are fundraisers for local organizations. 
We’ve also included a few local Tampa attractions that are celebrating Veterans this Tuesday with special discounts and free admission on Veteran’s Day.  
Party on while giving back this weekend in Tampa! Cheers y'all!

The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market | Nov. 7 , 8 & 9 |Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa’s largest holiday shopping event is back for an 11th year! Over 150 specialty merchants to shop from and all proceeds benefit kid’s community programs right here in Tampa.  Admission is $8, parking is $6.  If you missed the blog from last week be sure to check it out all the details here:

Richard’s Run for Life | Centennial Park | Friday, November 7 | 7 p.m.
One of our very favorite restaurateur and Columbia Restaurant president Richard Gonzmart invites everyone to join him for his annual 5K run/walk through Tampa’s historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City.  Proceeds from the race benefit a cause close to Richard’s heart, Sarcoma research and guests won’t want to miss the post-race feast by Columbia Restaurant.  Cost to run and eat is $25, non-runners $20, kids ages 11 and younger are $10. For more info visit:

Tampa Pig Jig | Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | Saturday, Nov. 8 | 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Bring on slabs of pork this Saturday! Tampa’s largest cook-out is back from another year that benefits NephCure Foundation, for kidney disease research.  Tickets cost $15 (children 12 and under are FREE). VIP tickets are $100. There will be an amateur BBQ competition (we hear the competition is pretty serious this year), a mechanical bull (giddy up y’all), live entertainment by headliner Edwin McCain and Mark Bryan, Allen Hunt and more.  For more info visit:

Zoofari | Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo | Saturday, November 8 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For 27 years, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has served up one of the biggest, tastiest and “wildest” all-inclusive food festivals in the Bay area known as Zoofari. Bring your biggest appetite to this annual fundraising feast, only at the Zoo. For one ticket price, guests can go on a sampling safari of the Bay area’s best restaurants, enjoy open bars, browse the “Art Safari” art auction, and dance to live music on multiple stages. The Rhino Club includes early entry and exclusive use of the beautiful Safari Lodge and outdoor plaza.  For more info visit:

Flavor of West Tampa | Macfarlane Park | Saturday, November 8 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This annual, family-friendly event celebrates the rich, diverse culture of the West Tampa district through activities, entertainment and of course, food! This food fundraiser benefits the Judeo Christian Health Clinic.  Event is FREE to attend, but be sure to bring extra cash to sample all the authentic West Tampa cuisine! For more info visit:

Tampa Bay Veg Fest | Tampa’s Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park | Saturday, Nov. 8 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Back for its fifth year, Tampa Bay Veg Fest is back and expecting more than 4,000 people that attended last year.  There will be a variety of vegan foods to sample, children’s activities, cooking demos, live music, healthy-eating exhibitors and friendly/leashed dogs are also welcomed.  The event is FREE, but bring some money to purchase your food and drink. For more info visit:



Veteran’s Day Deals at Tampa Attractions
The below Tampa attractions will be offering discounted or FREE admission for Military personnel (retired, active and veterans) and families to honor Veterans on Tuesday, November 11th.   All the details below…

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Military personnel (retired, active and veterans) and three direct dependents will get FREE admission to the Zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry)
All active and retired military personal, EMTs, firefighters and police officers get in the museum for a discounted rate of $5 Friday, Nov. 7 through Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Glazer Children’s Museum
Members of the Military with ID and their families get in FREE to the museum on Tuesday, November 11.

Florida Aquarium
All veterans, active duty, reservist or National Guard can get two FREE tickets to the aquarium on Tuesday, November 11.  Additional family members (up to 4 people) get half-priced admission. 9:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.