Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • Renaissance Festival
    February 8, 2018
    Gasparilla Season is upon us! For the next eight weeks, the days will get longer, the weather will be gorgeous, and Tampa Bay will throw enough parties to keep two towns busy. Whether your'e an early bird, a night owl or an odd duck, you'll find your kind of fun in Tampa Bay. Florida State Fair, February 8-19 | Start off February with thrills, chills, rides and deep-frieds you can imagine. The Florida State Fair returns to Tampa Bay Feb 8 -Feb. 18, at the Florida State Fairgrounds ....
  • Concert Grid 2018
    February 2, 2018
    Put away those headphones and fire up your cellphone's flashlight app! Your favorite recording artists are playing Tampa Bay in 2018! The year promises will be filled with major shows -- including a few farewell tours. From the Amp to Amalie to RayJay, see your favorite showstopper take the stage. February Billy Joel 9 @ 8 p.m. Amalie Arena Andrea Bocelli 14 @ 8:00 pm Amalie Arena Mary J Blige 21 @ 7:30 pm Amalie Arena March Reba McEntire 4 @ 7:30 pm Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    December 11, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba aboard the Empress of the Seas, which will leave from Port Tampa Bay? Or Carnival's 4-day cruise with an overnight stay in Havana? Despite recent changes to rules governing travel to Cuba, Tampa Bay's connection to the island remains strong. As of November 2017, nearly 88,000 people have traveled between Tampa Bay and Cuba since flights...
  • New Years Fireworks
    December 6, 2017
    For those keeping score, Tampa Bay has gotten a lot of attention lately, earning its position among the most popular cities in the US. This dynamic community continues to grow its reputation as Florida's most diverse destination, with a mix of experience hard to find elsewhere. Whether it is a simple stroll on the Tampa Riverwalk, a heart-pumping ride on a rollercoaster, or filling your cravings with one of our many gourmet eateries, you'll discover the just what you seek in Tampa Bay....
  • Couples Weekend
    October 3, 2017
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time for a couple's get-away in Tampa Bay. Florida’s most diverse destination has just the right combination of food, sun, and fun for Fall. Unlock Craftober Here in Florida’s hub for craft brewing, skilled artisans create unique drafts accented with local flavors like citrus, Cuban coffee, and blueberries. Get your passport to the local craft beer action and discover the creativity that has put...
  • USF Contemporary Art Museum
    August 24, 2017
    Museum lovers will find plenty to please them at downtown's most notable cultural institutions, Tampa Museum of Art and the Henry B. Plant Museum. For a deeper dive into Tampa Bay's history and culture, try some of the region's more unique repositories of history, art, and education. You'll find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Tampa Firefighter Museum 720 Zack Street This museum will put a gleam in the eye of any f an of first responders . The museum is housed...
  • Ybor History Tour
    August 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay has a long and colorful history (long for Florida, anyway), much of it is waiting for you to discover. Here are some things you probably never knew about Cigar City: 1. The cigar industry built Tampa Bay. For its first 50 years, Tampa Bay was a sandy little garrison town barely connected to the rest of the U.S. That changed in the 1880s when Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown. The port guaranteed easy
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    June 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay is Florida's most diverse destination -- and that goes for its buildings as well. As one of Florida's oldest cities, Tampa Bay has assembled a collection of striking architecture that is sure to intrigue any fan of urban design. So put these on your must-see list: ...
  • Nicahabana Cigar Roller
    April 13, 2017
    Few things are as deeply rooted in Tampa Bay as the humble cigar. Since Cuban cigar baron Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his first factory here in 1886, hand-rolled cigars have been a staple of Tampa history and culture . A Tampa cigar may have even carried the secret message to start the Cuban revolution against Spain in the 1890s. It's safe to say Tampa was literally built by cigars. Until Ybor arrived, Tampa was a tiny outpost of a few hundred people best accessed by ship. Cigars...
  • Gasparilla Ship Anchored
    February 13, 2017
    Soon the cannons will roar in downtown as Gasparilla sails into Tampa Bay again. The scurvy krewe of mythical pirate Jose Gaspar, aboard their pirate ship Jose Gasparilla, will make their annual assault on our fair city on January 28, bringing hundreds of thousands to Bayshore Boulevard to witness the third-largest parade in the United States: the Gapsarilla Parade of Pirates. The day-long party kicks off Tampa Bay's annual Gasparilla Season -- two months of parties, parades, sporting...