TGIF Y’all! Can you believe it? The weekend is almost here. With crazy reports of rainy weather and sunshine all throughout the weekend, there’s really no telling how Mother Nature will grace us with her presence. We have pulled together a few things to do this weekend (rain or shine). From exploring the arts, to ghost hunting to Tampa, to taking a shot at a Guinness Book of World Records win to a party in the park with lighted-LED beach balls there really is something to do for everyone in Tampa Bay this weekend!
Friday, March 28th
Gasp! Fringe Event, Tampa Museum of Art
Presented by Creative Loafing and the Tampa Museum of Art, this event combines everything from dancers to poetry to painting, meshing live performances with the museum’s visual exhibition from Graphicstudio. Tickets are $15 (VIP $60) at the door. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information visit: http://cltampa.com/tampa/Gasp/Page#.UzV4fvvKiSo
Disenchanted, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Fri, Sat & Sun)
This is totally up my alley! Snow White and her fellow princesses unite and storm the castle in order to take their lives back in this new musical comedy satire proving that even Happily Ever After can be a royal pain. Recommended for mature audiences (16+) Tickets $40 and show runs through April 13. Check website for weekly and weekend show times: http://www.strazcenter.org/
Tall Ship Nao Victoria, Tampa Convention Center Docks (Fri, Sat & Sun)
This is the last weekend to check out this special Tall Ship that allows visitors to tour an exact replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s Noa Victoria. The Noa Victoria was the first ship to circumnavigate the globe during its 32,000-mile journey nearly 500 years ago. Tours are held daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through March 30th. Adults: $10, Children (6-12) $7 Tip: You can save 20% by purchasing your tour ticket online here: http://tallshipevent.com/Tampa.html
Ghost Ship Tour, American Victory Ship in Channelside
Believe in ghosts? Hop on board the SS American Victory, a Word War II merchant cargo ship for a spooky tour and possible paranormal experience. Tour includes the stories of 147 dead soldiers who roam the decks. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 kids 5-12. Tour starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/1heIu4q
Saturday, March 29th
Generation Food Truck’s Record-Breaking Food Truck Rally, Florida State Fairgrounds (Sat & Sun)
Woop woop! We all know that last year Tampa stomped Miami’s record for the world’s largest food truck rally… and why not make it bigger and better than last year. The festival opens on Saturday at noon (until 8 p.m.) and again Sunday at 11 a.m. (until 6 p.m.). Last year’s event brought 100 food trucks and 18,000 people. This year they are expecting more than 35,000 attendees. In addition to stuffing your face, there will be live entertainment, a kids’ play zone, gams and rides. Admission is FREE, but you have to pay $6 for parking. http://www.floridastatefair.com/200-food-truck-festival
Bark in the Park, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Bring your pup to the park and enjoy food trucks, beer, doggie-fun zones, various dog vendors and a one-mile walk for your furry friend. The event benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay ($25 minimum) and starts at Noon and goes until 4 p.m. For more information visit: www.BarkinthePark.com
Gasparilla Criterium and Cycling Festival, Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa
The day kicks off in downtown Tampa at Noon, for a health expo along with beer and food tents. Starting with an amateur and family ride at Noon until 4:30 p.m., followed by a 3K run and corporate charity relay before the professional riders take their colorful bikes at 7 p.m. This event is FREE for spectators and the park is located at 410 Franklin St. Visit www.Gasparillacrit.com for more information.
Cigars and Stars, Ybor City Museum State Park
This 10th annual event benefits the West Tampa Little League and pays tribute to Tampa’s current and past cigar makers and cigar factories. Enjoy premium cigars, live music, barbequed food, beer, wine and spirits from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $55, for more information call 813-358-3455.
Sunday, March 30th
Spring Beer Fling, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Yes, there was a date change due to the dark and stormy weather we are expecting for Saturday, so bring on Sunday Funday y’all! This retro surf-rock festival takes place in downtown Tampa’s, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The live music starts and doors open at Noon. What I’m most excited about? The 1,000 LED-lighted beach ball drop! This event will feature summer seasonal beer, food vendors and well… fun, duh! For more information visit: http://www.springbeerfling.com/
AAA Lightning Game Facebook Contest Launch on VTB Facebook page
Want to WIN tickets to a lightning game courtesy of AAA? Make sure you log on to our Facebook page (Sunday) and enter to win tickets to the April 5th Tampa Bay Lightning Game vs. The Dallas Stars. www.facebook.com/VisitTampaBay
Harbour Island Art Walk, Harbour Island (located by Café DuFrain)
Browse local artist’s work, taste unique local foods, fashion, crafts and jewelry. This event is FREE to the public and runs from Noon until 5 p.m.
Sea of Wines Cruise, Yacht Starship
Enjoy an hour-long Captain’s Wine Tasting reception and sip on up to 6 different wines before you cruise and listen to live entertainment, topped off with a three-course seated dinner and dancing. 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit: www.yachtstarship.com
Target Tuesday, Glazer Children’s Museum – Free admission from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1st.
Taste of South Tampa, Hyde Park Village on Sunday, April 13th (social media giveaway coming up in the next few weeks).
Festa Italiana, Ybor City’s Centennial Park on Sunday, April 6th.
Craft-ology, Glazer Children’s Museum, May 10th from8 .m. to Midnight.
Shark Con at the Tampa Convention Center, May 3rd through the 4th.