Old Hyde Park Continues Fresh Market and Fall Festivities

Less than 10 minutes away from the UT campus lies Old Hyde Park Village. The Village is located south of downtown Tampa, in one of the city’s most picturesque historic districts. Its quaint shops and delicious restaurants attract both locals and tourists.

It has everything ranging from sweets and home décor to wine tasting and a premium movie theatre. You name it, Hyde Village has it. If shopping is your calling, Hyde Park Village offers a mix of boutiques and national retailers. A few recognized labels are Aldo, MAC Cosmetics and Pottery Barn.

Its bistros and European style ranks it among the favorite places to see in Tampa. As part of the entertainment activities, Hyde Park Village hosts Fresh Market. This cultural activity takes place the first Sunday of every month at Hyde’s Fountain from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. With space for over 70 vendors, Hyde Park Village Fresh Market will feature: agricultural products, local food, hand-crafted jewelry, accessories, live music, massages and much more.

Admission and parking are free to the public, and friendly dogs on leashes are always welcome at the Fresh Market and in Hyde Park Village. If you are interested in attending, the next dates are Sunday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Other activities will take part in Hyde Park within the next month, such as the Fall Festival.

The Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trick-or-treating and face painting are among the popular activities. The Pumpkin Patch also opens at the Fall Festival. There will be plump pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and festive photo opportunities. More importantly, all proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

For people within the Hispanic community who want to stay close to their roots, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is currently celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This event takes place until Oct. 15. MOSI is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to their celebration; MOSI is offering a $10 discount from general admission prices. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.

The Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club will host its 52nd annual gem, mineral and jewelry show on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Building. This year, the show will feature more vendors with great buys on crystals, minerals, fossils, gems, beads, unique and custom made jewelry. Jewelry making classes will be offered for those interested in mastering this art form. Festival-goers will be able to craft their own pieces of jewelry at the show. Children’s activities such as a Touch Table and Sand Mine, where buried treasures of stones and fossils are dug up by the kids, will take place during this family friendly environment. It runs until Nov. 3 on weekends only, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults pay $5, students pay $4 and children under 12 enter free accompanied by an adult. The ticket is valid for both days.

If you are a music fan, diverse amounts of artists will visit the Tampa area. Colbie Caillat and Andy Grammer will perform Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets are around $35. If you are searching for a comedy performance, Wanda Sykes will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are from $42.50 to $59.50. If classical music is your passion, recognized singer Andrea Bocelli will perform on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum. There are various price ranges for tickets, from $75 to $275.

These are just a few of the entertainment options the city of Tampa offers to its residents. Tampa is culturally diverse area with much entertainment catering to every one’s needs. With so many events, you will never be bored. If the activities explained above didn’t appeal to your senses, you can always check floridaentertaintmentscence.com and artstampabay.com for local schedules and listings.

Xelmarie Medina can be reached at xelmymedina@gmail.com.

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