Weekend Top 10: Jazz, Blues w/ Bonnie, Holiday CraftArt, Boats, Bikes, and Sanding Ovations

Musical variety like Jazz, Blues, Celtic, symphony, and dance will delight the senses this weekend – but there’s also great holiday shopping, big boats, bikes and a Disney extravaganza for the kids. The sky’s the limit every weekend in Tampa Bay.  


Sanding Ovations Master Cup
Treasure Island Beach

Come see Treasure Island’s beach come to life at the 2022 Sanding Ovations presents “Once Upon a Time,” Nov. 17-20, 2022. Now a beach mainstay annual event, SO invites master sculptors to use their imaginations and turn piles of sand and buckets of water into “outSANDing” works of art. There is plenty of room to spread out at the beach food court, beer garden and arts and crafts marketplace. Kites and night fly’s will be provided by Windworks of Maderia Beach. Fireworks will light up the night sky on Saturday, and local, regional, and national touring bands will be providing the soundtrack. Now extended to a second weekend (Novemeber 26th & 27th).
November 17th-20th Map and more information here.

St. Pete BikeFest
Bert’s Barracuda Harley Davidson, Clearwater (4 days)

Courtesy of Bert’s Barracuda

It’s four days of events, concerts, after parties, a kids zone and, bikes, bikes, big beautiful bikes. Motorcycles are so popular in Tampa Bay, and this event is one of the biggest of the year that celebrates the “easy rider” in all of us. A great family event.
November 17th – 20th  
Times, event schedules, tickets, and more information here.

Courtesy of HCC

HCC Fall Dance Concert
HCC Mainstage Theater, Tampa

For lovers of dance (like me), the HCC Dance Ensemble performs new works by faculty and guest choreographers like Christina Acosta, Helen French, Julie Harlan, Sea Lee, Bianca “JustBee” Russell, Sarah Walston, and Jessica Williamson. It’s a three night event and free to HCC students and faculty. November  17th – 19th @7:30pm Buy tickets here.


Tampa Bay Boat Show
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Boat Show

The Tampa Bay Boat Show will be overflowing with new boats, water craft and exhibits for the boating enthusiast. Millions of dollars of inventory on display indoors! You could be on the water… before the weekend is over! Tampa Bay’s Premier Boating Sales Event.
November 18th @10am-5pm More information here.

32nd Annual Suncoast Jazz Festival (3 days)
Sand Key, Clearwater Beach

Kermit Ruffins

For the past 32 years, jazz fans from around the country have gathered on Florida’s West Coast the weekend before Thanksgiving to attend the highly anticipated SUNCOAST JAZZ FESTIVAL.  This year’s event offers fans the chance to enjoy live performances from over 80 jazz musicians from around the nation and close to home -like Kermit Ruffins and our own Nate Najar & Daniela Soledade. Enjoy resort settings overlooking the Gulf of Mexico while listening to a true American artform. For 2022, several top “legends of jazz” will be honored including Houston Person, John Lamb and Johnny Varro. 
November 18th – 20th Schedules, tickets and more information here.


Florida CraftArt Festival & Holiday Boutique
Florida CraftArt Gallery, St. Pete (Thru December 30th)

Courtesy of Florida CraftArt

Florida CraftArt has been offering artfully hand-crafted Christmas gifts for many years now, and they’ve got it down. The Holiday Boutique iside the gallery is now open until December 30th, and has every handcrafted gift for your holiday giving. But this weekend is the huge annual Street festival with creator/vendor/emerging artist booths lining Central Ave! There wiil be food trucks and entertainment. So… Whether you are looking for an annual ornament to add to your collection, one-of-a kind statement piece of jewelry for that special someone, or a memorable menorah, Florida CraftArt has you covered. It’s something very special, I promise you.
Festival: Sat & Sun, November 19th & 20th @10am
Boutique: Now Through December 30th. Gallery hrs: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30 and
Sun 12-5pm More information here.

Dunedin Celtic Festival
Highland Park, Dunedin

If you love craft beer and Celtic music, this is the festival for you. The beautiful community of Dunedin hosts this day of beer, food, music, and family fun. Presented by the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, the Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival is an annual event outdoor festival featuring multiple musical acts ALL DAY! Held RAIN or SHINE, each year the main stage features regional, national, and international Celtic music artists along with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band.
Gates open at 10am. Bands start at 11am
November 19th @9am-6pm More information here

Bonnie Raitt Live – Just Like That
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Bonnie Raitt

Since 1971, Bonnie Raitt has been captivating audiences and fans with her blues guitar. A master of slide and acoustic guitar, Raitt’s style has crossed over into rock, country and folk, making her a music icon. Her hits include Something to Talk About, I Can’t Make You Love Me, and Nick of Time, just to name a few. Raitt is joined by Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn.
November 19th @8pm Tickets and information here.


Disney Junior LIVE! On Tour – Costume Palooza
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

Courtesy of Disney

It’s such a busy weekend at Ruth Eckerd Hall, we had to mention them twice!  The all-new show, Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza is here, bringing beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes together live on stage for a concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, and new, original music as well.
November 20th @12pm & 4pm Tickets and information here.

Pinellas Youth Symphony Holiday Concert
The Palladium, St. Pete

What better way to start getting in the holiday spirit than with beautiful music played by our talented young people?  Classical music just seems to sound better when you’re in Hough Hall at the historic Palladium where there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Personally, this is the kind of music I love to hear  seated in the balcony. It’s just a lovely thing to do on a Sunday afternoon.
November 20th@3pm Tickets and more information here

Have fun and stay safe out there!
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