From foodie festivals, the arts, to yacht parties to super swanky cabana chilling- there is plenty to do this weekend in Tampa Bay!

Friday, April 4
Disenchanted, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts
(Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
This is totally up my alley! Snow White and her fellow princesses unite and storm the castle in order to take their lives back in this new musical comedy satire proving that even Happily Ever After can be a royal pain.  Recommended for mature audiences (16+) Tickets $40 and show runs through April 13. Check website for weekly and weekend show times:   

Cruisin’ Country Party, Yacht Starship
Where the water meets the woods… this week it’s country y’all (cowboy boots welcomed)! Enjoy a live performance from Clemons Road as you cruise on-board the Yacht Starship and enjoy food and wine festivals. 21 and up only (bring your ID). Cruise boards at 7 p.m., departs at 8 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. For more information visit:

Festa Italiana (events are Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Krewe of Italia Bocce Tournament at the corner of 7th avenue and 18th street at 5 p.m.
For more information on Festa Italiana visit:

Saturday, April 5
Best of Tampa Bay, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Tampa’s longest running culinary fundraiser (going on its 29th year) is back with some of the tastiest dishes from the top restaurants in Tampa Bay! More than 40 of Tampa Bay’s best restaurants, caterers and vendors will participate in this year’s event with various entrée samplings, luscious desserts, beer and premium drinks.  Participating this year… Armani’s , Aqua, Irish 31, Square One Burger and the Straz Center’s own Maestro’s Restaurant and microbreweries including Cigar City Brewing, 7th Sun, Coppertail Brewing Company and Two Henry’s.  Event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $80 and include open bar, food tastings and entertainment.   For more information visit:

Chillounge Night, downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Everything about this event screams ohhh la laaa y’all! Fancy cabanas, delicious food vendors, cash bars a Brazilian samba parade, fashion show, live music and even a fancy fireworks show! Even better news? The weather is supposed to be wonderful Saturday night! The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, $95 VIP. For more information visit:

Festa Italiana, Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City
Festa Saturday! Spend the day with your friends and family as Festa Italiana Weekend kicks off with the Annual Bocce Invitational at the corner of 7th Ave. and 18th street in Ybor City.  There will also be an Italian Idol Singing Competition at Carmine’s on 7th and a Homemade Vino Competition. Events run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on Festa Italiana visit:

Sunday, April 6
Bicycle Bash, Cotanchobee Fort Broke Park
Now in its seventh year, this family-fun FREE event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. promotes bicycling for a healthy lifestyle, focuses on transportation and also a great chance to get updates on the regional proposed trail systems like the Upper Tampa Bay Trail.  Tampa Mayor and the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office will be on hand for a meet and greet as well as teach safety classes and more.
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Tampa Downtown Market, 601 Ashley Dr. (Across from Curtis Hixon Park)
50+ local market vendors offer local, fresh produce, specialty foods and artisan goods gather together in this amazing outdoor community. Enjoy live musical entertainment and come out for lunch! For more information visit: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Festa Italiana, Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City
The culmination of Festa Italiana Weekend concludes with the main event, Festa Italiana.  More than 35 of Tampa Bay’s top restaurants and catering companies will serve their best dishes. The main stage will showcase some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. Enjoy cooking competitions, culinary classes, grape stomping and even a children’s area.  Admission cost is $10 and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Park. For more information on Festa Italiana visit:

Upstairs Downstairs, Henry B. Plant Musuem
The history of the museum comes alive when living history vignettes bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel characters to life.  This week’s feature character is Arthur Schleman (hunting and fishing guide). Hooked? For more information visit: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Yoga in the Park, downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Join Tampa’s largest outdoor FREE yoga class ($5 donation suggested) at sunset open to all levels, begins at 6 p.m.  For more information visit: