Florida State Fair: Final weekend
The Manatee County Fair kicked off carnival season in Florida; now it’s time to head to Tampa for the big show.
The Florida State Fair runs through Monday. This year’s offerings include a plethora of entertainment options, including circus and magic acts, helicopter rides, animal shows (alligators, Clydesdales and giraffes, oh my) live music and the usual midway attractions.
New and adventurous fair foods available on the midway this year include a mac and cheese quesadilla, taco grilled cheese, Cuban pizza and the biggest mozzarella stick you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Details: Through Monday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa. Kids ages 6-11: $6-$7. Adults: $11-$13. All-day ride armband: $25-$35.
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is celebrating its 37th year with two days of live music, delicious seafood, dancing, arts and crafts and more.
Proceeds benefit the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H. for short) and the group’s effort to preserve part of Manatee County’s coastline.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 12110 Cortez Road W. (near Florida Maritime Museum). $4. Children under 12: free.