Turkey Trots Set to Take Over Tampa Bay as Thanksgiving Approaches

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY

The events and descriptions below were compiled by Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events reporter Sharon Wynne. To check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times, click here.

CONCERTS

Dwight Yoakam: The pride of Pikeville, Ky., who honed his chops in the LA roots-punk scene before embracing the Bakersfield sound pioneered by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has covered artists like Queen, Prince, and The Clash, all while scoring hits of his own like Fast As You and Guitars, Cadillacs. Tyler Booth opens. Tickets are $43.25 and up at 8 p.m. on Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Ferg's Rock and Rib Fest: When St. Petersburg's venerable Ribfest bit the dust this year, it left a cultural void among carnivores in the 727. And you know the only thing that can fill it? You guessed it: more cowbell. Blue Oyster Cult headlines the first-ever Ferg's Rock and Rib Fest, ensuring the only reapers rib-nibblers need to fear are of the Carolina variety. Talk about burnin' for you, amiright? Pat Travers Band also performs. Tickets are $19.50, and the event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ferg's Sports Bar.

The Doobie Brothers: These guys will play their iconic hits at the Mahaffey Theater on Friday. And believe it on or not, they only just scored their first-ever nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That's right: Their first, even though they've been eligible since 1996. Hear hits like Minute By Minute, Listen to the Music, China Grove, and Takin' It to the Streets. Longtime members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons told Billboard they'd be up for a big ol' reunion of past members should they be elected.

Hernando Untapped: Food trucks accompany the craft beer and wine at Hernando Untapped. Vendors from across the county, live music and displays of planes, motorcycles, cars, and boats round out the highlights. No kids or pets are permitted, and tickets are $35, with a VIP option for $75. It runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the American Aviation Flight Academy.

COMEDY

Some big names in comedy are here this week, including King of Queens star Kevin James. He's been a mall cop, a zookeeper, and a grownup, and now he's returning to stand-up at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday. Tickets start at $43.

At the Straz on Sunday, John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons is the actor's one-man-play inspired by the lack of Latinos in his son's American history books. Tickets start at $35.

Comedian Damon Wayans is at the Tampa Improv Friday-Sunday. He's part of the comedy dynasty that brought the world In Living Color, and he's also known for cult-favorite films like The Last Boy Scout and Bamboozled.

FESTIVALS AND SHOWS

Hernando Untapped: Food trucks accompany the craft beer and wine at Hernando Untapped. Vendors from across the county, live music and displays of planes, motorcycles, cars, and boats round out the highlights. No kids or pets are permitted, and tickets are $35, with a VIP option for $75. It runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the American Aviation Flight Academy.

Tampa Auto Show: The show at the Tampa Convention Center presented by MotorTrend serves as a stage for automakers and suppliers to showcase their new models and technologies. It runs from Friday-Sunday, and tickets start at $12.

Florida Sportsman Expo: The pages of the Florida Sportsman magazine come alive with fishing seminars, hands-on instruction with pros, a kids' fish ID scavenger hunt, and a live fishing derby in the fairground's ponds. Tickets are $8, and the Expo is Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

River Tower Festival: An all-day music festival with kids activities and food trucks on the lawn will raise money to preserve the Sulphur Springs water tower and the surrounding park. It takes place all day on Saturday at River Tower Park in Seminole Heights.

St. Pete Run Fest: With distances for kids, beginners, and seasoned runners, the St. Pete Run Fest aims to get the whole city on its feet. The expo and wellness market opens on Friday. The 10K, 5K and kids race are Saturday with a post-race party in Albert Whitted Park. Sunday is the half marathon starting at 7 a.m. on Bayshore near the Dali Museum.

SPORTS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the grueling middle stretch of their schedule and have their fourth home game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. If veteran quarterback Drew Brees is still recovering from a thumb injury by the time the Saints come marching in, this could get interesting. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

THIS WEEK IN DRESS-UP

I'm skipping ahead to Thanksgiving Day, to give a heads up to the many turkey trots that let you earn your calories. A fun part of these races is a lot of people dress up as turkeys, pilgrims, and a family last year even dressed up as the meal! One was corn, one was green peas, one was turkey, one was cranberry sauce, etc.

Here's some turkey trots to sign up for:

Goody Goody Turkey Gobble: Before you put the turkey in, head to this chip-timed 5K, 8K, and 1-mile fun run with a post-race breakfast. This benefits LiveStrong at the YMCA, and the race starts at 7 a.m. at Amalie Arena.

Coffee Pot Turkey Trot: A family-friendly, timed 5K looping around St. Petersburg's Coffee Pot Bayou on Thanksgiving morning. Now in its third year, the event is hosted by the North Shore Elementary PTA. Get there by 7:30 a.m.

Gobbler 5K and Fun Run: This fundraiser for First Christian Academy in New Port Richey is a chipped 5K Race and a 1 Mile Fun Run through Starkey Wilderness Park on Thanksgiving morning. Strollers and pets are allowed. Anyone who enters gets a race bib, t-shirt, medal, and trophy. It all starts at 7:30 a.m. at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

Gobblin' and Hobblin' Turkey Trot: This one is actually the day before, on Wednesday, and it's free at 3 Daughters Brewing. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the run at 6:30 is open to all ages and skill levels.

 
 
PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman

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