Weekend Top 10: Santana, Frankenstein, Necessary Angels, and the Great Cupcake Battle

By Cindy Stovall

All the good things – dining, iconic music, fitness, theater, art, and another great museum bargain. Saddle up and make your weekend plans right here!


Creating Monsters by Owen Robertson
LAB Theater Project, Tampa

Courtesy of LAB Theater Project

Mary Shelly, husband Percy, Lord Byron, part of a famous band of intellectuals, challenge each other to a ghost story contest. From this 19th century creep-fest, Frankenstein emerges from the intellectual ooze. Now, Mary must enter a new battle – getting recognition for her creative work in a man’s world. August 25th – September 11th Tickets and information
*There will be a talkback with the playwright after tomorrow night’s performance (8/26)


Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour
Downtown, St. Pete

Courtesy of Tampa Bay Food Tours

This culinary walking tour will quicken your step and wake up your tastebuds as you explore some of downtown St. Pete’s most popular destinations. Starting at the Vinoy, you’ll visit The Birchwood Inn’s Canopy, Bella Brava and Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro for delicious bites and fine adult beverages. Dessert chocolates from Sweet Diva’s will top the evening off and leave your bellies full and happy.
August 25th 5:30-9pm  More information and reservations  




Caroline Karp Art: Sunflowers, Sails, and Coastal Art
Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, Safety Harbor

Courtesy of CarolineKarp.com

Join this celebration of Caroline Karp’s breezy and beautiful Coastal Art Collection. Her casual style and mindfulness represent a life lived for education, health and a love of Florida.  Watch in awe as she produces SIX sunflower paintings live during the event! A portion of the proceeds for these or any painting on exhibit will go to benefit World Central Kitchen.
August 26th 6-9pm More information and RSVP





Snowman: Courtesy of
Lisa Yuskavage
& Owner, David Zwirner

Gallery Tour and Opening reception
USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa

Two beautiful exhibits open at CAM this weekend to usher in the Fall season (or at least urge it closer).
Jesse Murray: Rising and a joint exhibition, Necessary Angels: Jesse Murray and Lisa Yuskavage. These concurrent exhibits showcase work by Murray (1948-1993), and Yuskavage, his lifelong friend, and fellow Yale Arts School grad. Read an interview by Yuskavage on Murray here.   
August 26th 6:30 tour- reception immediately following More information




 The Tampa Bay Strength & Fitness Expo/Kids Zone
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa

Courtesy of TB Fitness Expo

There are multiple events for the whole family to enjoy at this year’s Expo – Crossfit events, USPA (Power lifting) Florida State Championships, and even a body-building competition. In the Kids Zone, kids can enjoy a bounce house obstacle course, face painting and healthy snacking. Staying active and having fun while doing it is a recipe for a great weekend for the whole family.
August 27th & 28th Opens 8am More information


11th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest
Morean Center for Clay, St. Pete

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The search for St. Pete’s best cupcake is ON. Competitors will be battling for bragging rights, local acclaim and artist designed awards in a number of categories. Judging will be done by a panel, but there will be people’s choice awards given as well. Cupcake lovers can purchase timed tickets online that will give them access to purchase 12-24 bite-sized bits of baked heaven and give them the right to vote via digital survey. Winners announced at 3pm.
August 27th 12-3pm More information



Courtesy of SPCA

SPCA Tampa Bay Clear the Shelters Adoption Event
SPCA, Tampa Bay, Largo

Help SPCA find forever homes for over 80 dogs, cats, and other adorable critters at the Largo shelter this Saturday. The adoption fees for this 8/27 event are dramatically reduced to only $8.27. Since the Clear the Shelters campaign began nationwide in 2015, over 700,000 pets have been adopted and over $500,000 raised to help care for our beloved furry (or feathered, or scaly), friends. Spread the love and add to your family this weekend.
August 27th 12-6pm More information


Santana with Earth, Wind & Fire
Mid Florida Credit Union Ampitheatre Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

Carlos Santana

It truly doesn’t get much better. Carlos Santana, the iconic musician and ultimate showman is finally here for the Miraculous Supernatural Tour, originally scheduled for 2020 . Earth, Wind & Fire joins him for a night of music you won’t soon forget. Do you need any more reason to put on your fedora and go! August 27th 8 pm More information and Tickets



Behind the Scenes Tour of American Stage
American Stage Theatre, St. Pete

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If you’re a theater buff, here’s your chance to get a true peek behind the curtain, so to speak, of Tampa Bay’s longest-running professional theater. Now entering season #45, the opening Mainstage offering is Green Day’s American Idiot, the Tony award winning musical based on the 2005 album of the same name. Check out the set, meet the creative team and get an inside look at the This Is America season. TICKETS ARE ONLY $10.
AUGUST 28TH 1PM More information

$6 Sundays
The St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Pete

After you tour backstage of the upcoming musical, American Idiot (see above), head down the road to the Pier approach and enjoy the only museum in town that is all about St. Pete. So much about the rich and storied past of the ‘Burg is found right there, and for only $6.00, it is as my father would have said, such a deal. Bring the whole family and have enough left over for lunch. Sunday Fundays are certainly beautiful in the ‘Burg.
August 28th 12-5pm More information


Have fun and stay safe out there.
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