We always strive to give you the best things to do in Tampa Bay, so here’s another Tampa Bay area event that we just couldn’t let slip by without telling you all about it! I just got this info in, so take a look –

Black Heritage FestivalThe Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival embarks on its 9th year with its two-day Street Festival showcasing Tampa Bay’s diverse culture and art as well as promoting a healthy community. With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida returning as the title sponsor, the Street Festival is again free to all and will be held Saturday and Sunday January 17-18, 2009 from 12 PM to 6 PM at Al Lopez Park located at 4810 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602.

“Old School Saturday” will kick off the two-day event with live performances by Brick and Doug E Fresh, as well as the Battle of the DJs and other local artists.  Sunday’s event, “Jazz Sunday,” will feature performances by famed neo-soul jazz musician Roy Ayers, outstanding saxophonist BK Jackson, and the 90s hit sensation Az Yet.

There will also be free health screenings, a Mobile Prison Art Gallery, crafts, food vendors and villages for Artists, Authors, Children, Health, Greek (Fraternities/Sororities), and Corporate. The Mayor’s Challenge, a 2K walk or run, will start at 9 AM Saturday morning. Registration will begin on site at 7:30 AM. The Mayor’s Challenge, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, seeks to reinforce healthy living and lifestyles and is followed by the opportunity to visit the Health Village for health screenings and other information.

Now that is some Tampa Bay entertainment. And, if that wasn’t enough, we just heard about this too!

The Festival just recently received notification that the 2009 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is being recognized as a Top 20 Event in the southeast US by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Make sure you head over to www.TampaBlackHeritage.org to get a complete list of events and additional info!

As always, if you’ve been to the Festival over the past 9 years, drop a line and let us all know how it was. And, if you can make it out this year, stop back by here and fill us on this year’s event.

Until next time, enjoy these Tampa Bay area events!