The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
Located near I-75 at 11315 N. 46th St., the annual fair (now in its 32nd year) features 20 entertainment stages, plenty of food options, and a host of vendors in the merchant marketplace. Shop for old-fashioned wares including leather, metal, and musical instruments, or gorge on traditional turkey drumsticks, ye olde foot-long corn dogs, and roasted corn. This year's festival marks the introduction of the Medieval Monster Museum, where guests will come face to face with fairies, trolls, and vampires while marveling at archaic creature-fighting weaponry. Prolong merriment for an additional fee at the Pirates' Feast, offering a three-course meal and live entertainment, or head to the Royal Smoker for an early-evening, adults-only soirees with snacks, cigars, sips, belly dancing, limericks, comedy, and sounds.
The Tampa Bay Derby Darlins' teams bash up all comers and one another in intense, low-friction combat. Spectators catch the action at the Skateplex in Temple Terrace, where they may choose between safely sequestered viewing space or front-row "suicide seats," (18 and older only), which quicken pulses and energize parent-teacher conferences thanks to the possibility a crashing skater colliding into you. Root for a favorite team or skater nickname before settling into the high-velocity excitement of each bout where, in two 30-minute periods, jammers infiltrate the pack, blockers strive to keep rivals at bay, and both sides rush to the oft-occupied penalty box to share victory haikus.
Arena football brings the bone-crunching hits, aerial assaults, and sprinter speed of non-arena football to a 50-yard, indoor field with padded walls and field goals surrounded by rebound nets for even more fast-paced, high-scoring action. Watch this year's Storm squad, led by the AFL's all-time winningest head coach, Tim Marcum, conquer the close quarters and hopefully add a sixth championship trophy. As the passion for passing rises and the scoring works up a fever of fervor, cool off with a soda or beer and refuel by inhaling a hot dog without using your hands.
Unveiling the TAMPA BAY FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE From the creative genius behind the Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival, the newest and hottest Food & Wine phenomenon hits Downtown Tampa this Fall! You think that you have sampled Grand, but you have never EXPERIENCED it like this!