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    March 21, 2014
    From famous fly overs, an attempt at the world's largest Cuban Sandwich and a weekend full of celebrating film and celebrity appearances Tampa Bay is action-packed! We've put together a good list of events and fun things to do to fill your weekly calendar. Friday 3/21 Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) Going into its eighth annual year, the GIFF opened Wednesday and runs throughout the weekend. The festival has screenings at the CineBistro in...
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    March 11, 2014
    We were invited to the Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop , and while I knew this event would be interesting – my love for “old buildings” was definitely taken to a new level in my own backyard. The hop started in Centro Ybor at the building once known as El Centro Espanol de Tampa (est.1912), which now houses Carne Chophouse and Florida Business Interiors (second floor). We learned the building once served as a mutual aid society with an elegant ballroom, theater,...
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    March 6, 2014
    I don’t know about you, but this dreary day today has me singing the blues, but don’t worry friends the clouds are clearing up just in time for the weekend (hellloooooo 70’s) just in time for one of my favorite music festivals, the Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) . Who is boogying with me all weekend long in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park? Clearly, you already made plans to be there (without knowing I was going), but just in case you or on the...
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    February 18, 2014
    The 67 th Annual Fiesta Day , presented by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is along 7 th avenue this Saturday, February 22 nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a family-friendly, FREE “street festival” that celebrates the cuisine, culture and heritage of the Latin immigrants who settled in Ybor City at the turn of the 19 th Century. This festival started out as a “verbena” or day of rest for the cigar workers who settled in Ybor City’s, “Cigar City...
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    February 7, 2014
    I don’t know about you, but I am completely over this dreary winter weather… Good news, rain or shine there is plenty to do here in Tampa Bay this weekend and even through next week. From stuffing your face with fair food at the Florida State Fair to collecting more beads in Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter in Ybor City for the Knight Parade, there is something going on for everyone. Hope you have a safe and fun weekend and don’t forget to connect with us on social...
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    February 3, 2014
    Happy Monday! Who am I kidding? Like most of you, I hate Mondays (queue the double thumbs down). Nothing is worse than having to get up and get motivated after having a super fun weekend full of not sitting in your office chair. So, since Mondays suck for most of us, I figured I would enlighten you with some fun things to do this week and weekend in Tampa Bay. I know you are used to hearing from me on Thursday or Friday with my top tens or my fun weekend things to do, but this Monday I figured
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    January 30, 2014
    Well, I guess it is time to say goodbye to January… and Hellooooo to February! Was it just me or did January go too quick? Anyways, it looks like it is going to warm up a bit this weekend and there is plenty to do in Tampa Bay indoors and out. Time to put away those jackets and scarves and continue to brag on social media about how warm it is all weekend to all your cold-weather friends. Friday Barry Manilow, Tampa Bay Times Forum Best known for Mandy and Copacabana Barry Manilow will...
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    January 23, 2014
    Ahoy Mateys! This weekend the pirates will invade Tampa Bay in search of all kinds of treasures and will demand the key to our city. Whether you are an Old Salt (experienced sailor) or a first time Sea Dog… I’ve put together a few tips to make the most out of your Gasparilla. Can you believe it..... only 2 days away!!!!!! Be the most stylish Skallywag on Bayshore Boulevard this weekend! There are plenty of boutiques all around the South Tampa area that have plenty of garb for all...
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    January 17, 2014
    Hot diggity dog y’all! This weekend is packed with chocolate, jacked up monster trucks, cultural festivals honoring the great Martin Luther King Jr. and a pirate parade for the mini-Jose Gaspars! Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, Sat., Jan. 18 This one’s for the mini-pirates in your life! A Tampa tradition since 1947, The Children’s Gasparilla Parade takes place along Bayshore Boulevard and a family fun event you don’t want to miss. The parade starts at Bay...
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    January 13, 2014
    Awaken your appetite and awaken your soul to one of the most anticipated weekends in Tampa Bay. Starting Friday, the NEW Epicurean Hotel presents the Grand Awakening Weekend. A foodie and wine lovers dream! Hallelujah, a weekend full of food, wine, education and celebration! With specialty crafted packages and a’ la carte options to choose from, you can plan to attend one, a few, or all of this weekend’s festivities celebrating the grand opening of the Epicurean Hotel. For the food...