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  • Gasparilla International Film Festival screening at the Tampa Theatre
    March 21, 2016
    Gasparilla International Film Festival is rapidly approaching and we want one lucky person and their guest to enjoy the VIP experience. This year’s festival includes the world premiere of “Precious Cargo,” starring Bruce Willis and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Check out the complete list of films here . The film festival kicks off March 30 th and runs through April 3 at various locations throughout Tampa. One lucky winner will receive: 2 Festival Screening passes with access to the...
  • Vicari
    March 17, 2016
    Visit Tampa Bay has teamed up with Vicari to bring one lucky car enthusiast and their guest to Tampa for the Vicari Collector Car Auction . Held April 1-2 at the Florida State Fair Grounds Expo Hall, Vicari promises a variety of classic cars sure to please any gearhead. For the serious car buff, you’ll even have a chance to bid on a 1972 Dodge Challenger built by Chip Foose on “Overhaulin’ .” While you’re at the Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall, the Southeast...
  • Hillsborough River St. Patrick's Day Green
    March 17, 2016
    St. Patrick's weekend is finally here! Since Tampa Bay ranks number 6 in the country for best city's to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you can expect to find plenty to do all weekend long. Mayor's River O'Green Fest (March 19) The St. Patrick's celebration continues into the weekend as the Mayor hosts this family-friendly event at the Curtis Hixon Park this Saturday. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. and will feature games, food, Irish entertainment and a children's...
  • Gasparilla Music Festival
    March 10, 2016
    Spring is in the air! It's the perfect weather (as usual) to go out and experience Tampa Bay at its finest. Here are some fun things to do over this weekend March 11-13. Rays Charity Challenge (March 12) It's become a tradition for the past five years at Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training. Rays coaches, players and front office staff will shave their heads on Saturday to pay tribute to children fighting cancer. Kids who have just finished treatment line up behind the barber chairs in right
  • Centro Ybor Streetcar
    March 8, 2016
    When walking through the streets of Ybor, it's easy to appreciate the beauty the old buildings add to the atmosphere. But many people walk past these buildings not knowing how it's history made Ybor City what it is today. The Museum Society and Design Styles Architecture presents the fifth annual "Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop" on Thursday, March 10 from 5-10 p.m. It's a chance to tour seven historically significant buildings and sites with a connection to...
  • Erykah Badu
    March 2, 2016
    Downtown Tampa is ready to be taken over by Gasparilla Music Festival , but are you ready to attend? Visit Tampa Bay has a pair of tickets for both days of the festival (March 12-13) and we're dying to give them away. With headliners like Erykah Badu , MS MR and Talib Kweli performing in the heart of Tampa with the Hillsborough River as their backdrop, it's a weekend you won't want to miss. Check out the full lineup here, and if you’re looking to make your mouth water,...
  • oscars
    February 25, 2016
    Tampa Theatre Oscars (Sun. Feb. 28) Join Tampa Theatre for its 17 th annual Hollywood Awards Night Red Carpet Reception. The night beings at 7 p.m. with a limo ride and walk along the red carpet while viewing the pre-show live telecast. Enjoy a drink or two at the cash bar while watching ABC’s live coverage of the Academy Awards. Matilda (Now- Feb. 28) Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, is Matilda the Musical. It’s a story of a brilliant imaginative girl...
  • MacDill AirFest
    February 25, 2016
    Florida’s Most festival-friendly destination buzzes with music, arts, beer & more TAMPA – March is the peak of Tampa Bay’s 10-week Gasparilla Season, which kicks off each year with January’s Mardi Gras-style invasion by the scurvy crew of mythical pirate José Gaspar. Throughout the month of March, downtown is the place to be for festivals celebrating the arts, music, and film. In addition, it’s the time to visit the Middle Ages during the Bay Area...
  • New York Yankees Spring Training
    February 18, 2016
    As we all recover from eating loads of chocolate from Valentine's weekend, check out a few ways you can get out this weekend in Tampa Bay. Spring Training (Feb. 20) National League pitchers and catchers report, and that means the New York Yankees return to Tampa Bay's Steinbrenner Field, their Spring Training home for the past 20 years. The rest of the team arrives Feb. 25. Stake out your seats and get a early peek at this year's talent through Opening Day in April. Looking for...
  • Pirate Water Taxi
    February 12, 2016
    Just a week after Gasparilla, Yacht Starship Dining Cruises has announced its launch of pirate-themed water taxis in downtown Tampa. The three 50-foot water taxis will operate 7 days a week with over 14 stops conveniently located along the Riverwalk, Channel District, Harbor and Davis Island. Each taxi holds between 40 to 50 passengers and offers restrooms, concessions and a whimsical historical narration. There will be a grand opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tampa