Get Out: Weekend Events Preview July 6-8

The Tampa area faces a quiet weekend for big events, but that doesn't mean there is a shortage of fun diversions around town this weekend.

When/where: 5119 North Nebraska Avenue, tonight at 10 p.m.

Why go? Aside from having a collection of craft beers and some of the finest food served in Tampa, Ella's consistently welcomes a stream of local artists to its stage. Tonight, local act Jump Salty takes the stage with a blend of blues and punk that promises to raise a few eyebrows.

Price: Free

Master Guitarist Paul James

Where/when: 5924 North Florida Avenue, tonight at 9 p.m.

Why go? James has played around the Tampa area for years and has established himself as somewhat of a regular at Front Porch, where a new outside bar is proving to be the ideal venue for live music and a cocktail in the summer evenings.

Price: Free

Ghost Tour of Tampa

Where/when: 514 North Tampa Street, nightly at 8 p.m.

Why go? Discover the chilling tales of the city once described as the “damnedest town this side of Hell,” with true stories of restless spirits, haunted houses and lost cemeteries on a candle light tour. Fridays nights include the Tampa by Twilight: Ghosts & Graveyard Tour. Visit the city's oldest and most haunted cemetery and hear stories of never-ending love, untimely deaths, and trust betrayed. After visiting Oaklawn Cemetery, a short walk to downtown reveals the ghosts that roam the courthouse, an old hotel, a famous theater, and more.

Price: $15 per person ($8 ages 4-12).

Where/when: 407 West Violet Street, Saturday at 9 a.m.

Why go? Get outdoors and get your hands dirty with members of the Seminole Heights Community Garden. Anyone is welcome to lend a hand at the garden each week, but organizers prefer that you sign in so that they know you stopped by. Consider becoming a member and have the chance to get fresh produce from the garden.

Price: Free

Where/when: 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Saturday at 5 p.m.

Why go? The zoo stays open late this evening with free unlimited rides, special animal encounters, plus food and drinks. Regular admission prices apply.

Price: $23.95

Where/when: 711 North Tampa Street, Sunday at 3 p.m.

Why go? The Tampa Theatre's summer long series continues with the 1971 classic "Shaft". Some films in the series are restored to their original 35mm format although this film is not one of them. There is post film commentary by film expert Harriet Deer about the cast, production and cultural significance of the film.

Price: $7


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