Another year, another Guavaween. If you've attended in the past, you either love the disorderly cavorting of tens of thousands of costumed Tampanians or avoid it like a rotten stink. If you count yourself among the former, or you're a Guavaween virgin, we've provided a handy schedule of events all occurring this Saturday, Oct. 27.
GUAVAWEEN FAMILY FUNFEST
10 a.m.-3 p.m., $5 admission per person
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continuous live entertainment — music, magic, dance, and more — occurs on three separate stages: the Mix 100.7 Stage (Seventh Avenue and 18th Street), the Gaspar's Grotto Stage (1805 E. Seventh Ave.), and the Relevant Church-hosted Daytime Entertainment Stage (Seventh Avenue and 15th Street).
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mix 100.7's Safe Trick-or-Treat throughout Ybor City; bags and directions available at Seventh Avenue and 18th Street.
Noon-4 p.m. Create-a-Creature workshops at Creatures of Delight (15th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues)
1-2:30 p.m. Pet Costume Contest at the Mix 100.7 Stage
1:30-2 p.m. Spooky Story Time at the Gaspar's Grotto Stage.
2:30 p.m. Children's Costume Parade departs from the Mix 100.7 Stage and heads west on Seventh Avenue to the Daytime Entertainment Stage; a Children's Costume Contest follows at 3 p.m.
GUAVAWEEN EVENING ENTERTAINMENT
3 p.m.-3 a.m., $15 admission per person
4 p.m. Guava Love It! Cooking Contest (Mix 100.7 Stage)
8 p.m. Mama Guava Stumble Parade begins at Seventh Avenue and 20th Street, moves west on Seventh to 14th Street, moves north on 14th Street to Ninth Avenue and moves east on Ninth to 19th Street, where it disbands.
9 p.m. Features Costume Contest with a $2,000 cash prize for the winner (More TV 32 Stage, Seventh Avenue and 15th Street)
(Acts on each stage listed in order of appearance)
MORE TV 32 STAGE
(Seventh Avenue and 15th Street)
98 ROCK STAGE
(Seventh Avenue and 14th Street)
95.7 THE BEAT STAGE
(Seventh Avenue and 18th Street)
Naughty by Nature
Shuttle buses depart from the Florida State Fairgrounds, Raymond James Stadium, USF-Tampa Renaissance Festival Parking Lot and Wagon Wheel Flea Market. Daytime roundtrip shuttles run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($5 for adults; children ride for free until 2 p.m.). Evening shuttles begin at 3 p.m. and the last shuttle leaves Ybor City at 3 a.m. ($25 round-trip ride includes admission; $10 round-trip shuttle ride only). Rides are also available on the TECO Line Streetcar System, which offers special extended hours (9 a.m.-4:30 a.m.; $4 single-day unlimited ride card, $2 one-way ride card). Paid parking for streetcar rides is available at Tampa Port Authority (1101 Channelside Drive). Proceeds from the event support the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. For a complete schedule of events and performances, visit cc-events.org/gw.