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  • ZipCar logo
    April 27, 2016
    With the snip of a ribbon, ZipCar recently joined the mix of Tampa Bay's fun and funky transportation options. At the same event, Tampa's Downtown Partnership unveiled its new free electric shuttle service that will be an on-call way to move point-to-point throughout downtown. Each six-seat shuttle comes with a driver. The rides will be available starting in July. ZipCar Tampa joins Coast Bike Share as a convenient, pay-and-you go option for moving around downtown's fast-paced...
  • Dragon Boats
    April 25, 2016
    If you can't find something great to do this weekend, you are just not trying. Riverfest (Saturday & Sunday) With the completion of the last segment of the Tampa Riverwalk , downtown's 2.4-mile waterfront thoroughfare becomes an ideal way to explore the best downtown has to offer. Between Uele in the north and the Florida Aquarium in the south, the Riverwalk links restaurants, museums, parks and water activities like gems on a string. AsiaFest (Saturday) Celebrate Tampa Bay's...
  • Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
    April 22, 2016
    Fourth Friday Downtown's newest reason to have a party , Tampa Bay's Fourth Friday celebration throws open the doors of the city's cultural institutions for an evening of fun starting at 4 p.m. Check out the Jaume Plensa sculptures a the Tampa Museum of Art or the deeply moving images by Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts . Dive into 12,000 years of local history at the Tampa Bay History Center. Swing by Waterworks Park at the...
  • BGButterfly Topiary
    April 21, 2016
    With awesome roller coasters like Cheetah Hunt, Falcon's Fury, and this summer's new Cobra's Curse, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay gets loads of attention for its thrills. With great concerts and excellent nosh, Busch Gardens is also getting lots of praise for its annual Food & Wine Festival , which wraps up April 30. But the folks at Behind the Thrills have found yet another aspect of our hometown theme park that deserves a gold star: its landscape art. The landscape crew starts...
  • 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...