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  • 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...
  • Erykah Badu
    March 2, 2016
    Downtown Tampa is ready to be taken over by Gasparilla Music Festival , but are you ready to attend? Visit Tampa Bay has a pair of tickets for both days of the festival (March 12-13) and we're dying to give them away. With headliners like Erykah Badu , MS MR and Talib Kweli performing in the heart of Tampa with the Hillsborough River as their backdrop, it's a weekend you won't want to miss. Check out the full lineup here, and if you’re looking to make your mouth water,...
  • Straz The Lion King
    February 3, 2016
    Love is in the air this February in Tampa Bay! The city's love for food, music, the arts and more all come alive this month as the weather (finally) cools down. From amazing shows at the Straz Center to a Latin Night of dancing at Maestro's Restaurant, there is plenty to do this season in Tampa Bay. Barry Manilow (Feb. 4) OK, Tampa Bay Fanilows, this may be your final chance to see He Who Writes the Songs perform live. Barry Manilow recently announced that he is going to “hit...
  • Gasparilla Pirates
    December 30, 2015
    1. Outback Bowl (January) The New Year’s Day college football game celebrates 30 years on Jan. 1 when the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Northwestern Wildcats at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. Even if you miss out on tickets, the final week of 2015 is loaded with bowl-related fun. 2. Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (January) Tampa Bay celebrates African-American history every year on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Join the celebration in Curtis Hixon...
  • Tampa tree lighting
    November 17, 2015
    You won’t have to dash through any snow to enjoy all the cheer in Tampa this holiday season. Bookmark this list and you’ll be jingling all the way through the holidays. Centro Ybor Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 18 | 6:30 p.m. Grab a complimentary hot chocolate from Hamburger Mary’s before snapping a photo with Santa beside a 34-foot Christmas tree. Tampa’s Downtown on Ice Friday, Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 (except Thanksgiving) | Hours vary All the fun of ice...
  • perryharveyparkrendering_w1024
    July 21, 2015
    Did you know that R&B legend Ray Charles got his start in Tampa Bay? Or that Martin Luther King Jr. visited Tampa Bay in 1961 as he rose to lead the Civil Rights Movement? Tampa Bay's African American history, once centered in Central Avenue on the northwest corner of downtown, was largely erased decades ago by Urban Renewal and the construction of I-275. Community leaders began the process of acknowledging the deep roots of Tampa Bay's black residents this morning when they broke...
  • tma1
    May 21, 2015
    Tampa Museum of Art has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. It's one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. The complete list of participating museums is available here . Museum Director Michael Tomor remarked,...
  • jose_marti_park
    May 4, 2015
    Before the first Cuban refugee set foot in South Florida, Cubans had already been an integral part of Tampa Bay for nearly a century. This weekend, the New York Times reminded the world just how connected Tampa Bay is and has been to Cuba -- and how much we'd like to rebuild those old connections as relations between the U.S. and Cuba thaw. Remember, once you leave Tampa Bay in a ship and turn south, the next piece of land you hit is Havana. Havana was the launching point for Spanish
  • river_walk0
    April 15, 2015
    Come out to celebrate Tampa Bay's newest attraction, the Tampa Riverwalk . Forty years in the making, the Riverwalk opened its last major segment last month, creating an unbroken 2.5-mile pedestrian path linking some of the areas top attractions like gems on a string. On May 2 and 3, Riverfest -- the city's newest annual event -- will turn the waterfront destination into one big party, with events spread its entire length, from the Tampa Bay History Center to Water Works Park. The...