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Safety Harbor Special Events: Fall 2014

Fall is a big season for special events in Safety Harbor.
Fall is a big season for special events in Safety Harbor.

Labor Day traditionally signifies the unofficial end of summer, even though Floridians understand we still have another couple of months of sweltering temperatures ahead of us.

But let’s forget about that and concentrate on something more pleasant, like the fact that the end of summer signifies the start of the fall special events season here in the Tampa Bay area.

Safety Harbor is no stranger to special events, and fall brings some of the city’s most treasured proceedings to town; everything, including British cars, city trucks, Halloween costumes and wine, will be celebrated over the next few months.

Here’s a closer look at the Safety Harbor Fall 2014 special events calendar. Be sure to stay with Safety Harbor Connect.com for full coverage of every event!

Truck-N-Play Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Safety Harbor City Park, 940 7th St. S.
Info: Kids of all ages will enjoy this family friendly event that combines the city’s touch-a-truck and Play Day into one super-sized event. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes will line the park grounds, with games, activities and giveaways sprinkled amongst the trucks.
Cost: Free
Contact: Julie Inman, 727-724-1545 x1152

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When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, 329 S. Bayshore Blvd.
Info: The Safety Harbor Historical Society is hosting this traditional backyard-style throwdown, complete with live music, entertainment, games and good old-fashioned barbecue food. Proceeds benefit the society’s historical marker program.
Cost: $10.00
Contact: Safety Harbor Museum, 727-724-1562

Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot
When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m.
Where: Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln.
Info: The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is hosting their second annual road race in Safety Harbor following the enormous success of the inaugural run last year. The event features a 5k and a 1-mile race, with activities (featuring free Girl Scout cookies!) at the marina following each race.
Cost: 5k: $30; 1-mile: $20; virtual race: $20
Contact: Terri Costello, tcostello@gswcf.org; 813-758-4508

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When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor
Info: The annual fall music festival successfully moved from the marina to Main Street last year, and organizers expect an even bigger crowd this year. Three stages will feature live music throughout the day, and there will be plenty of arts & crafts, food and merchandise vendors to keep the concertgoers occupied in between sets.
Cost: Free admission, vendor prices vary
Contact: Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 727-726-2890

Junk in the Trunk
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 9th Ave. S.
Info: The City’s semi-annual yard sale lets patrons patrol for great deals on well-loved wares in one central location, as cars packed with “junk” fill the community center lot. You know what they say, one man’s junk is another one’s treasure!
Cost: Free admission; Sellers: $10 per space, $5 per extra table; “junk” prices vary
Contact: Safety Harbor Community Center, 727-724-1530

Healing in the Harbor
Healing in the Harbor is Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Healing in the Harbor
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: John Wilson Park, Main Street and 4th Avenue N., downtown Safety Harbor
Info: The holistic health expo moves to the fall this year, and organizers expect another large turnout following the success of the inaugural event last spring. Dozens of merchants and practitioners specializing in holistic health – which encompasses everything for the mind, body and spirit – will pack the park grounds, with speakers, demonstrations and performances taking place at the Gazebo throughout the day.
Cost: Free admission; booth rentals from $125-$150
Contact: www.healingintheharbor.net

All British Car Show
When: Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Note: Bayshore Blvd. to 8th Ave. will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Where: Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor
Info: This annual car show has become one of the most popular events on the calendar, thanks to its combination of quirky little imports and beautiful British luxury automobiles. Last year nearly all of the organizers’ 250 allotted slots were filled, meaning the event might have to leave town if it keeps getting bigger. So be sure to head downtown to check out the “autojumble” this year, and let the officials know we want to keep these itty bitty Brits here in the Harbor!
Cost: Free
Contact: 727-442-1842

Main Street Trick or Treat
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Where: Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor
Info: Safety Harbor does Halloween right, with a safe, family friendly trek downtown where the kiddies can grab tons of candy without having to go up to any strange houses, and the adults can parade around in costumes without anyone making fun of them. Ok, so there’s no guarantee on the second part of that statement! Still, this is one of the city’s best fall events, especially when Mother Nature cooperates and it actually feels like fall!
Cost: Free

Safety Harbor Wine Festival
When: Saturday, November 1, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Safety Harbor Wine FestWhere: Main Street, Downtown Safety Harbor
Info: The undisputed king of Safety Harbor special events, wine fest is now entering its 13th year with no signs of slowing down. Roughly ten thousand people will pack Main Street again this year for the city’s annual ode to vino, with plenty of food, music and other activities going on to keep even the non-drinkers happy. One of the best parts about the event, other than all the wine, is the fact that all the proceeds go to local charities.
Cost: Free admission; wine & beer tickets sold separately for $3.00 and $5.00.
Contact: 727-724-1572

For more information on Safety Harbor special events, visit the city’s website at www.cityofsafetyharbor.com.



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