Hey all of you Tampa Bay entertainment lovers out there!  This is Travis again, and boy do I have a schedule of Tampa Bay area events that you'll want to take a look at.  This weekend, Festa Italiana hits the streets of historic Ybor City! 


Here's a brief into and a schedule of events -


Festa Italiana is an annual festival celebrating Italian heritage and culture that will take place this weekend in Ybor City starting on Thursday, March 26 and running through Sunday March 29. 


Wines of Italy
Thursday, March 26th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Italian Club, 1731 E. 7th Avenue
A unique tasting experience!  The evening will feature over 65 wines from different regions of Italy and Italian antipasti and desserts with a silent auction.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Italian Club Restoration Fund. For tickets and information, please contact the Italian Club at (813) 247-3316 or visit www.festaitalianatampa.com


Cinema Italiano
Friday, March 27th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th at 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Italian Club, 1731 E. 7th Avenue
This a free event sponsored in part by the Ybor City Development Corporation, Inc.  The films include Il Postino (The Postman) on Friday at 7:30 pm; L'Eclisse (The Eclipse) on Saturday at 12:30 pm; and La Sconoscuita (The Unknown Woman) on Saturday at 7:30 pm.   For additional information, please contact the Italian Club at (813) 247-3316 or visit www.festaitalianatampa.com


Bocce, Italian Idol and Homemade Wine Making Contests
Saturday, March 28th
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Centennial Park and across from Italian Club
This is a day of Italian competition!  Bocce tournament will take place in Centennial Park.  Italian Idol and Homemade Wine Making contests will take place across the street from the Italian Club.  For additional information, please contact the Italian Club at (813) 247-3316 or visit www.festaitalianatampa.com


Festa Italiana
Sunday, March 28th
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Centennial Park
The big day for the entire family! This event includes building tour of the Italian Club, cultural exhibits and genealogy, children's amusements, restaurant row and live entertainment in Centennial Park.  Streets around the park will be closed to accommodate this event and a stage will be located on 8th Avenue across from the park.  For additional information, please contact the Italian Club at (813) 247-3316 or visit www.festaitalianatampa.com


And there you have it everyone...arts and culture in Tampa Bay that you have to come participate in.  I was fortunate enough to attend last year, and I will definitely be there again this year.  So, head to the website to get more details, and I hope to see you out there.


Until next time, keep checking back for more updates about great things to do in Tampa Bay!