The weekend starts tonight as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m. and don't think the weekend stops there.  There is plenty to do all weekend long from more Oktoberfest celebrations, live music, shows and even a special event for Vegans.  Be sure to tweet us your top picks each week and send us pictures on twitter @VisitTampaBay ! Enjoy your weekend unlocking Tampa Bay! 

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Lightning Game (Thursday)
Tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning will hit the ice to take on Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m. The Lightning look to stay hot for the fourth game on their seven-game homsetand.  Right across the water on Harbour Island at Café Dufrain, Lightning fans can come in with their ticket or wear their gear and get a FREE beer.  You can also hop on the water taxi at the docks and ride over to the game.  So, to recap… a FREE beer, an awesome photo opp and a FREE ride and not have to deal with parking at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. SCORE!

Vegan Fest (Saturday)
The Fourth Annual Tampa Bay Vegan Fest returns with guest speakers, healthy living and eco-friendly vendors, a children’s area, live music, films, animal adoptions and vegan food.  Last year over 3,000 people attended and this year’s Family-friendly FREE event 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday at Contanchobee-Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa.

Craft Beer Oktoberfest (Sunday)
The Germans are taking of Raymond James Stadium for a Craft Beer Oktoberfest celebration that runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Bucs may be away, but the football game will still be on big screens! Guests will be able to sample more than 100 craft beers, unique foods and enjoy live music. The event is also Fido friendly! Tickets $55, $75 VIP

Tampa Theatre (Nightmare on Franklin Street) 15 Day film festival kicks off with a double feature of The Ring and Ringu, the Japanese film that inspired the 2002 blockbuster starring Naomi Watts. Ringu starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by The Ring at 10 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, $12 for one $17.50 for both. For a list of the other films this weekend and beyond check out

The Lumineers (Saturday)
Ho! Hey! Ho! HEY! The group performs with Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets $25-$45

Hoptober Brewery Tour on the Tampa Bay Brew Bus (Sunday)
We hear there are 10 spots available on the Tampa Bay Brew Bus Hoptober Tour this Sunday! With over 20+ local breweries and brewpubs, the city that once thrived from cigar industry has now become a hops haven for any craft beer enthusiast.  Cost is $45 and includes a FREE pint of beer from each location and roundtrip transportation.  The tour runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will leave from Cigar City Brewing at 1 p.m.  Hop on Hoptsters, be part of this unique beer experience in Tampa Bay! For more info:

$5 day at MOSI
This Saturday is $5 Day at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry and will have a Safety Saturday theme.  Families can learn how to stay safe with the help of Safe Kids Tampa, the city of Tampa Bay Hillsborough Country Fire Rescue.  Admission also includes entrance to the IMAX film Great White Shark.  Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Oktoberfest Beer Cruise on the Yacht StarShip (Thursday, Friday & Sunday)
Only a few dates left to book your spot onboard the Yacht StarShip’s Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Dinner Cruises! The first hour includes a FREE one-hour beer tasting of six premium brews and then you will take your seat at your reserved table for a three-course fall-inspired dinner.  Thursday and Friday, the beer tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Yacht Starship departs at 7:30 p.m. and returns to the docks at 10 p.m.  Sunday, the beer tasting starts at 4:30 p.m. and ship departs at 5:30 p.m. and returns to the docks at 8 p.m. Adults $54.95, Children $29.95 More info here: