You work hard and … you probably go back and work some more. As summer ends, it’s time you celebrate yourself and the American labor movement by taking a hard earned break and doing nothing at all. But if you’re looking for what to do in Tampa for Labor Day check out our top picks below.
When the sea is the place to be
August 30th – September 2nd
Shephard’s Beach Resort
619 S. Gulfview Boulevard
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Dance those work worries away at the largest electronic music dance event on the Gulf. Performers like Sam Feldt, Vavo, and more will produce some Tampa-thumping beats. Come early and toast to a day off with a Champagne brunch.
August 17th-August 31st, 9-11:30 p.m.
603 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Yes, this Labor Day weekend you can proclaim, “I’m on a boat!” This two-and-half-hour cruise features multiple decks of entertainment. Think live bands and DJs like Impulse, DJ Fresh, and Stormbringer, and of course food and drinks.
September 1st, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
WTR Pool & Grill
7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607
You don’t need to go to Las Vegas to have a Sin City-style pool party. Book a waterside cabana or lounge chair, and groove to music by Mia Martina and DJ Camo. If you get too hot, dive into the pool and keep the party going.
You don’t need your sea legs to enjoy these events
August 31st, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
1001 N Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
Sometimes you got to just rum-rum-rum, and this festival does that and more. Sip on over 40 different varieties of rum, as well as chilled cocktail creations like daiquiris and piña coladas. Featuring live performances from Sublime with Rome, The Expendables, and Inner Circle, plus Caribbean-style food, there isn’t much not to love about this sugarcane-infused fest.
August 17th – September 8th
10165 McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
It may be only the beginning of September, but why not get a head start on Oktoberfest. This event mixes the local Tampa craft scene and fantastic food with Oktoberfest style. Afterwards stroll through the park, ride some rides, and remember that you’re not working.
Events so unique they defy category
August 31st, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
3101 Beach Boulevard S.
Gulfport, FL 33707
Parades, costume contests, a formal ball, pub crawl, and live music all honor the unofficial mascot of Tampa Bay, the gecko. This quirky event has been a local favorite for years. Come weird, come all.
August 31st, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Mastry’s Brewing Co.
7701 Blind Pass Road
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Nope, that is not a typo up there, it is a silent disco. Admission gets you a set of headphones and a full pour of your favorite pint. Not liking what one DJ is spinning? Choose from three DJs to take you on a musical adventure, and dance like no one is watching.
This Labor Day in Tampa dance, eat, drink, or dress up like gecko. Whichever way you go, it’s going to be better than working. So soak up some sun, live the good life, and say so-long to summer … until next year.
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