I know what you’re thinking — we’re already a week into October, so isn’t it a little bit late for this month’s special events preview?
The answer is, definitely. But since the first full month of fall is so chock-full of special events in Safety Harbor, I’m going with the old “better late than never” philosophy!
The first big event of the month took place last weekend, as the Harbor Sounds Oktoberfest hosted by the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce was a huge success by all accounts, drawing record crowds to Main Street.
In fact, City Manager Matt Spoor said the manager for headliner the Black Honkeys said it was the largest crowd the popular local group had ever played for.
“I was here from three o’clock until close on Saturday, and I hadn’t seen a crowd that big around the Gazebo ever,” Spoor told the City Commission Monday night.
While that will certainly be a tough act to follow, the upcoming events this month should be large draws as well, especially if the autumn-like weather continues.
Some of the big events in Safety Harbor in October include the popular Healing in the Harbor holistic health expo on Saturday, Oct. 17; the annual All-British Field Meet and Autojumble on Saturday, Oct. 24; and the always awesome Main Street Trick or Treat on Friday, October 30.
In addition, the city’s semi-annual community yard sale, Junk in the Trunk, is this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Community Center, and the monthly Third Friday Music Series takes place on Friday, October 16 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
If you like to balance your entertainment with a little learning, the Safety Harbor Historical Society is hosting an old-fashioned coffee house on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on Second Street South.
The event is set to coincide with the dedication of the society’s historical marker at the church and will feature classic American Bluegrass and folk music, an open mic segment and refreshments for sale. The historical society will also unveil a marker the night before during Third Friday at the original Hotel Frances at 454 Main Street, which is currently occupied by Accents By Paula.
And just in case that’s not enough for you, on Saturday, October 24, Master Cut Tools is hosting a 5K fun run/walk in honor of the company’s 30th anniversary in Safety Harbor.
Master Cut owners Mike and Mia Shaluly have played vital roles in the community over the course of the last three decades, from constructing drill bits that were used on the Mars rover from their Harbor Lake Drive headquarters to contributing an extremely generous donation that helped get the city’s 9/11 memorial built.
The fun run, which will take place at Safety Harbor Marina Park beginning at 7:30 a.m., is a benefit for the Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; all proceeds, including registration fees, will be donated to aspiring and deserving engineering students.
Whew! As you can see, there’s quite a lot happening in the Harbor this month, even with one week already in the books.
If you think of any events we missed, let us know in the comments below, or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Have fun and enjoy October, Harborites!
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