Adventures in Weekending: 10 Ways to Celebrate Black Friday in Tampa

And things to do on Saturday & Sunday too.

Want to stay away from the mall and do something different this Black Friday? We've got you covered. 

1. Start your adventure at Bass Pro Shop's 6 Hour Black Friday Event

click to enlarge Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, FL. - Phillip Pessar, via Flickr
Phillip Pessar, via Flickr
Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach, FL.


Head over to Bass Pro Shops, because who cares about fashion when your jeans and flannel shirt cost only $10 (each)? Friday, November 24th, 5-11 am.

2. Drink beer and play video games at Dave & Busters

click to enlarge Dave and Busters, Austin, TX - Roy Niswanger, via Flickr
Roy Niswanger, via Flickr
Dave and Busters, Austin, TX


We've just started shopping, and already I'm sick of it. Let's drink beer and play video games instead. It' s a good thing the brand spanking new Tampa location of Dave & Busters is right next door to Bass Pro Shops.

3. Shop the Tampa Bay Etsy Crew's inventory at Ella's

click to enlarge "Stay Handmade" Etsy wall, at the Etsy offices in Brooklyn, NYC - Charles & Hudson, via Flickr
Charles & Hudson, via Flickr
"Stay Handmade" Etsy wall, at the Etsy offices in Brooklyn, NYC


Ella's Americana Folk Art Café is hosting a Black Friday Alternative Market this Friday, from 4-10 pm. The café will be showcasing the Tampa Bay Etsy Crew's work for all your holiday shopping needs. While you're there, take a look at their folk art collection and order a burger.

4. Drink sour beer and watch holiday movies at Hidden Springs Ale Works

click to enlarge This photo makes me want a beer. - Koriela, via Wikimedia Commons
Koriela, via Wikimedia Commons
This photo makes me want a beer.


They're calling it Black Friday Brunch, or IRMA Couldn't Sit With Us, or A Sour Krampus Carol. Pick your favorite name and go have a beer. Friday, 12 pm - 12 am.

5. Buy some records, because Black Friday is also Record Store Day

click to enlarge Records - Free-Photos, via Pixabay
Free-Photos, via Pixabay
Records


Head over to Mojo Books & Records or The Sound Exchange between 10 am and 8 pm for your Record Store Day (RSD) Black Friday Special Releases

6. Have a Barrel Aged Black Friday at Coppertail Brewing

click to enlarge Imagine these are all full of beer and waiting for you. It's a nice thought, right? - Bbadgett, via Wikimedia Commons
Bbadgett, via Wikimedia Commons
Imagine these are all full of beer and waiting for you. It's a nice thought, right?


Taste a bunch of barrel-aged brews at Coppertail Brewing this Black Friday. They've got two special releases planned for the event: a barrel-aged stout and a barrel-aged English barleywine. They've also barrel-aged some sours for your enjoyment. Friday, from 6 pm - 12 am.

7. Walk in a Tampa Wonderland

click to enlarge This is exactly what it will look like in Curtis Hixon Park. I'm just kidding - this is Mount Royal in Canada. We couldn't even fake that much snow here if we tried. - Jami430, via Wikimedia Commons
Jami430, via Wikimedia Commons
This is exactly what it will look like in Curtis Hixon Park. I'm just kidding - this is Mount Royal in Canada. We couldn't even fake that much snow here if we tried.


Now let's head downtown for some holiday fun in Curtis Hixon Park. They've turned the park into a winter village, complete with ice skating, shops, a café, a Christmas tree, and free holiday movies. They are showing Miracle on 34th Street on Friday, and A Christmas Story on Saturday at 7:30 pm.

8. Enjoy a Fourth Friday event while you're downtown

click to enlarge You know where this is, right? - Barbthebuilder, via Wikimedia Commons
Barbthebuilder, via Wikimedia Commons
You know where this is, right?


Black Friday happens to also be Fourth Friday in Downtown Tampa. Over at FMoPA, Cathy and Pierre Dutertre of UPA Gallery will be showing off the work of their UPA Gallery photographers. Join the discussion and see the photographs hanging in the Community Gallery, 5-7 pm. Visit the Fourth Friday Tampa website for the full list of participating venues.

9. Get Your Passport Stamped at Seminole Heights Holiday Shop Hop this Saturday

click to enlarge It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. - JD Hancock, via Flickr
JD Hancock, via Flickr
It's never too early to start your holiday shopping.


It's Small Business Saturday, and Seminole Heights is celebrating with their annual Holiday Shop Hop. Twenty-four local shops and restaurants are participating see the Facebook event posting for the full list. Don't forget to get your Shop Hop passport stamped at each location you visit for a chance to win "fabulous gifts." Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm.

10. Smoke a Cigar in Centro Ybor's Winter Village

click to enlarge This year the Christmas tree will be made entirely out of cigars. Probably. Actually, I have no idea what the tree will look like this year. - Richard Mc Neil, via Wikimedia Commons
Richard Mc Neil, via Wikimedia Commons
This year the Christmas tree will be made entirely out of cigars. Probably. Actually, I have no idea what the tree will look like this year.


End your weekend with some more fun and games at Centro Ybor's Winter Village, sponsored by Game Time. Yes, I'm sending you to another adult arcade with a bar. It's a good thing you saved all that money on your new outfit at Bass Pro Shops, because you're going to need those extra quarters this weekend (quarters: what people used to play video games before there were game cards). The event also features kiddie crafts, holiday shopping, a giant Christmas tree, and discounts at surrounding bars and restaurants. Sunday, November 26th, 3-8 pm. 

Happy Holidays!

About The Author

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer studied biology for six years, planning for a career in science, but the Universe had other plans. In 2011, Jen was diagnosed with a rare lung disease that sidelined her from scientific research. Her immune system, plagued by Scleroderma, had attacked her lungs to the point of no return. She now required...
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