Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • Craftober
    August 29, 2016
    Beer lovers, get hopping: Craftober is right around the corner. For a whole month this fall, Tampa Bay taps into its growing reputation as a top craft beer community in the U.S. by marking Craftober , a celebration of the local craft beer scene. The party starts Oct. 1 and includes some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals. Book your trip starting Sept. 1 to qualify for Craftober awesomeness. Visitors will find plenty of special offers, limited-edition T-shirts and loads of events at...
  • Tampa Comic Con Captain
    July 27, 2016
    Fans of The Walking Dead, Star Wars and Doctor Who, rejoice! Tampa Bay Comic Con is coming to town. The Tampa Convention Center will become the heart of the Nerdiverse Aug. 5-7 with big-name stars from TV and movies joining their fans to celebrate all we love about fantasy and science fiction. Get your tickets here . This year's chief headliner is Norman Reedus, the crossbow-slinging star of "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Reedus will join "Star Wars" franchise favorites Ian...
  • Infiltrator_Cranston as Mazur
    July 13, 2016
    The new film, " The Infiltrator ," tells the gripping story of Bob Mazur , a Tampa Bay-based federal agent who infiltrated Pablo Escobar's Medillin drug cartel and brought down one of the world's biggest banks for laundering millions in cocaine cash. Much of the story -- and much of the movie -- happened here in Tampa Bay. Now you can take your own tour of locations that played important roles in Mazur's take-down of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Some of...
    June 2, 2016
    Summer is here, and that means it's time to conquer Florida's Most exciting place for summer -- Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it. Scream on Cobra’s Curse Put your courage to the test with a ride on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest ride. Located in the park’s Egypt section, near Montu, Cobra’s Curse opens June 17. It lifts each eight-person car nearly 80 feet in the air before sending your group zipping along nearly a half-mile of track. The first third of...
  • 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...