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  • Tampa International Airport
    April 20, 2016
    Our friends at Tampa International Airport reported last week that they served 1.97 million flyers in March alone, a new record that breaks the old one set back in 2008. It has been a busy time for TIA. Last Friday marked the 45th anniversary of the current terminal, which included the world's first automated airport people mover (which is still going strong). That people-mover will get a new addition next year when the airport's $1 billion expansion wraps up and SkyConnect , begins...
  • Frozen Four 2016
    April 12, 2016
    Their team may have dropped to Quinnipiac in the first semifinals round, but there's no doubt the fans of Boston College had a great time here in Tampa Bay last weekend. How do we know? Let's check with the folks at BC Interruption , hub of all things BC Hockey: Let us be the zillionth to say: the Frozen Four and Tampa are a perfect fit, and Tampa needs to permanently be in the rotation going forward. Can't get any clearer than that. What makes a great Frozen Four destination?...
  • New York Yankees Spring Training
    April 11, 2016
    The New York Yankees plan to invest $40 million in Steinbrenner Field, their 20-year-old Spring Training home here in Tampa Bay. The investment means the Yankees will continue to get themselves ready for Opening Day well into the middle of this century. According to the Tampa Bay Times : The renovations will include new concourses in the outfield and the addition of “social gathering areas” and more shade, according to a press release. There will also be improvements to the Yankees...
  • George Takei April
    April 5, 2016
    Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio (April 9) Daniel-san himself will be in town to talk about his legendary movie that inspired an entire generation (Generation X, that is) to try crane pose atop the nearest fire hydrant. Downtown’s historic Tampa Theatre hosts the screening. Pearl Jam (April 11) Grunge lives again when Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam , who helped invent the sound in 1990s Seattle. The band marked 25 years together last October. Break out your flannel and come out to Amalie Arena...
  • Tampa Pride Parade
    March 25, 2016
    Whether you're staying in town this Easter or you're visiting the city, here are some fun ways to make the most of this weekend! Tampa Pride (March 26) Tampa is proud to hold the first pride celebration of the year in the Nation. Tampa Pride returns with a street festival at 10 a.m. this Saturday in Centennial Park in Ybor City. Vendors will be set up along with dozens of entertainers, who will perform on several stages until 4 p.m. The 90-minute pet-friendly parade kicks off at 1 p.m....
  • Gasparilla Fringe Festival
    March 24, 2016
    Gasparilla International Film Festival (April 1-3) Now in its tenth year, Tampa Bay's celebration of the movies brings together actors, producers, directors and movie buffs for days of screenings and discussions. This year's festival features more than 100 films -- 70 shorts and 40 features. The festival continues its tradition of highlighting films made in or made about Cuba, honoring Tampa Bay's 130-year-old connection to the island. The festival wraps up April 3. Gasp! The...
  • 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