Tampa Bay Blog

  • Craftober
    August 2, 2016
    Beer lovers, get hopping: Craftober is right around the corner. For a whole month this fall, Tampa Bay taps into its growing reputation as a top craft beer community in the U.S. by marking Craftober , a celebration of the local craft beer scene. The party starts Oct. 1 and includes some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals. Visitors will find plenty of special offers, limited-edition T-shirts and loads of events at local breweries. And alongside Craftober , Tampa Bay will have a howling...
  • Tampa Comic Con Captain
    July 27, 2016
    Fans of The Walking Dead, Star Wars and Doctor Who, rejoice! Tampa Bay Comic Con is coming to town. The Tampa Convention Center will become the heart of the Nerdiverse Aug. 5-7 with big-name stars from TV and movies joining their fans to celebrate all we love about fantasy and science fiction. Get your tickets here . This year's chief headliner is Norman Reedus, the crossbow-slinging star of "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Reedus will join "Star Wars" franchise favorites Ian...
  • Infiltrator_Cranston as Mazur
    July 13, 2016
    The new film, " The Infiltrator ," tells the gripping story of Bob Mazur , a Tampa Bay-based federal agent who infiltrated Pablo Escobar's Medillin drug cartel and brought down one of the world's biggest banks for laundering millions in cocaine cash. Much of the story -- and much of the movie -- happened here in Tampa Bay. Now you can take your own tour of locations that played important roles in Mazur's take-down of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Some of...
  • Hyde Park Village
    July 12, 2016
    We see you, walking around Tampa, waving around your phone all over the place – you’re playing Pokemon Go. Yes, you, we know you are, you can’t help yourself. It’s fun, addicting and a great excuse to get out of the house and explore your surroundings. We’ve put together a handy list of some of our favorite spots that now double as Pokemon Go gyms. Datz Undo your time at the real gym and chow down on a Cheesy Todd while your Pokemon battle it out at this South...
  • John Cena in Ybor
    July 6, 2016
    Professional wrestler and Tampa Bay resident John Cena walks down a street, speaking about patriotism -- that love of country means loving our neighbors who make up that country, no matter who they are or how they look. It's a July 4th public service announcement -- #WeAreAmerica -- for the Ad Council, filmed in Tampa Bay in late June. As Cena walks and talks, the street unwinding behind him begins to look familiar -- it's Tampa Bay's iconic Seventh Avenue (La Septima to those in...
  • Blacklight Run
    June 21, 2016
    You may associate 5Ks with getting up way too early and digging out that activewear you use, well, not as often as you should. No more. The growing popularity of themed runs such as The Flavor Run, The Blacklight Run, Color Blast, Singles Run, and Insane Inflatables are coming to Tampa and are changing the face of fun runs. Each of these races puts fun first and running second by offering plenty of distractions and attractions throughout the race course. The atmosphere at these events is
    June 2, 2016
    Summer is here, and that means it's time to conquer Florida's Most exciting place for summer -- Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it. Scream on Cobra’s Curse Put your courage to the test with a ride on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest ride. Located in the park’s Egypt section, near Montu, Cobra’s Curse opens June 17. It lifts each eight-person car nearly 80 feet in the air before sending your group zipping along nearly a half-mile of track. The first third of...
  • Mosquito
    June 1, 2016
    In light of ongoing concerns about the Zika virus, Visit Tampa Bay continues to monitor the situation very closely. The health and safety of our visitors are of paramount importance, so let's take a moment to review the current information regarding the Tampa Bay area, according to the Florida Department of Health: 1. There has been no local transmission of Zika virus in Tampa Bay. As of August 19, 14 confirmed cases of Zika infection have been reported in Hillsborough County (population of...
  • Bern's Wine
    May 4, 2016
    Bern's Steak House, a Tampa Bay institution for 60 years, has earned an honor from the James Beard Foundation for its tremendous wine selection. James Beard announced Bern's honor for "Outstanding Wine Program," recognizing the Hyde Park icon, which offers 6,800 varieties and has more than a million bottles between its in-house cellar and nearby warehouse -- the largest private wine collection in the world. Bern's hosts a week-long wine festival every April. The Laxer...
  • Balloon Glow RiverFest 2016
    April 27, 2016
    Let's cut to the chase: Every time I think I know about all the awesome things we have going on this Saturday in Tampa Bay, something else crops up. From RiverFest to Dragon Boats to an day-long music festival to a remembrance of Prince, there's enough happening to fill two weekends. Here's how I recommend you spend Saturday in downtown: 8 a.m.: Breakfast at Oxford Exchange : Downtown's ubercool eatery is the best place for an omelet big enough to power you through this day....