Tampa Bay Buzz
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February
2015
17 Reasons to visit Tampa Bay in March
There’s so much to discover in March in Tampa Bay! We’re in the middle of our eight-week Gasparilla Season, so from the first day to the last, March is packed with treasures waiting to be unlocked: art, culture, sports, movies, music. Don’t just visit Tampa Bay in March; take over! Florida Strawberry Festival (Feb. 26-March 8) If you've eating strawberries lately, odds are they came from Tampa Bay. Each year, the Florida Strawberry Festival takes over Plant City to celebrate our status as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the U.S.The 20 million flats of strawberries picked in Tampa Bay between December and April each year, if laid end to end,...
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Come to Conquer: Lights on Tampa

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave brings his “Heard” dance performance to Tampa Bay on Feb. 20-21 during that weekend’s Lights on Tampa art festival. Cave will headline the festival, which will feature a variety of art installations using light as their medium as they take over downtown’s Curtis Hixon...

Gov trumpets tourism in Tampa Bay

Florida owes the country and the world 97.3 million Thank You's. Gov. Rick Scott announced that Florida had hosted 97.3 million tourism in 2014, a record number. He made his announcement this morning with Tampa International Airport's $1 billion expansion as his backdrop. Every one of those 97.3...

Travel writers honor Visit Tampa Bay

It's a major award! The North American Travel Journalists Association like us here at Visit Tampa Bay. They really like us. This morning they announced that they had awarded us their Grand Prize for destination marketing organizations for 2014. They also gave us a Gold Award for our new website,...

14 Reasons to Visit Tampa Bay

February kicks off Tampa Bay's Gasparilla Season, two months filled with festivals, parades and parties all over the region. Any of these events will help you #UnlockTampaBay.  Lights on Tampa (Feb. 20-21) brings an explosion of creativity to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens. Chicago...

Tampa Convention Center gets more upgrades

Tampa City Council has given its OK for another $1.1 million in improvements to the Tampa Convention Center. The work approved Jan. 22 will replace six of the centers inside escalators. The two outside escalators were replaced last year. The escalator replacement is part of $14.6 million in upgrades...

Here's how you conquer Gasparilla

Avast, ye scum! Gasparilla --  Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party kicks off next week when Jose Gaspar and his band of ruffians will sail their ship once more into the heart of the city, then lead the third-largest parade down scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Here’s what you need to know to make this year...

Come on, Chicago -- unlock Tampa Bay

The giant black banners that hang on the walls of buildings in the heart of Chicago tell a pretty simple story: "Don't just visit. Take over." Visit Tampa Bay's awesome logo -- a keyhole and crossed keys, suggesting a treasure chest (and maybe a certain type of person who buries treasure chests) --...