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  • 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...
  • Cage the Elephant GMF
    November 17, 2016
    Ain't no rest when Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant headline the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival in March. The time is now, music lovers. Tickets for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival are officially on sale . Tampa Bay's signature music festival will celebrate its 6th year March 11-12 with another blow-out in downtown's centerpiece festival space, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. GMF will be part of a 10-day Gasparilla extravaganza that includes the Gasparilla International Film...
  • Blacklight Run
    June 21, 2016
    You may associate 5Ks with getting up way too early and digging out that activewear you use, well, not as often as you should. No more. The growing popularity of themed runs such as The Flavor Run, The Blacklight Run, Color Blast, Singles Run, and Insane Inflatables are coming to Tampa and are changing the face of fun runs. Each of these races puts fun first and running second by offering plenty of distractions and attractions throughout the race course. The atmosphere at these events is
  • Balloon Glow RiverFest 2016
    April 27, 2016
    Let's cut to the chase: Every time I think I know about all the awesome things we have going on this Saturday in Tampa Bay, something else crops up. From RiverFest to Dragon Boats to an day-long music festival to a remembrance of Prince, there's enough happening to fill two weekends. Here's how I recommend you spend Saturday in downtown: 8 a.m.: Breakfast at Oxford Exchange : Downtown's ubercool eatery is the best place for an omelet big enough to power you through this day....
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Brews by the Bay
    October 12, 2015
    UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, Brews by the Bay is SOLD OUT! But you still have time to enter top win until 11 p.m. Wednesday. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Explore a coral reef; step
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    August 10, 2015
    To celebrate the arrival of Germany's signature air carrier, Lufthansa , in Tampa Bay Sept. 25, Tampa International Airport plans to turn the main terminal into a little corner of Deutschland. Starting Aug. 21, a German village square will fill the main terminal between Airsides E and F and become the backdrop for a month worth of music, food, wine-tasting and, naturlich , beer events. The airport will also display the works of Otto Neumann , a painter and printmaker in the airport's...
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    May 21, 2015
    The answer to the name of Tampa Theatre's 2015 BeerFest is, in fact, within itself. "O Brewer, Where Art Thou" will feature seven of Tampa Bays best brewer(ie)s alongside some of our favorite local restaurants. Snack on samples from Fodder and Shine while enjoying a delicious Coppertail Free Dive IPA. Or perhaps you'd prefer to nosh on something from Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe while sipping on one of Ulele 's house-made beers. We could go on, but more...