Brrrrrr...... I am not sure who turned on the AC around here, but the boots and scarves are out and we are finally starting to feel a little winter chill, just in time for the holidays!  This weekend is full of live music, historical traditions, burgers, beers and even an event focused on tats and tunes.  Be sure to tweet us your pics around town @VisitTampaBay and have a great weekend!

Cheers y’all! - Kat

Gasparilla Music Fridays, Grand Central at Kennedy-Channelside
Fire up your Friday with a FREE concert series featuring Ketchy Shuby, Florida Night Heat and J.T. Brown from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info visit:

Friday through Sunday:
The Ink Life Tour Tattoo and Music Festival, Florida State Fairgrounds
Over 200 of the world’s top tattoo artists including legend Amy Nicoletto from LA Ink and live music by Drowning Pool (9 p.m. Friday).  Tickets range from $20 for one day or $35 for the whole weekend and can be purchased at

Cigar Heritage Party, Ybor
Once known as the “cigar capital of the world” and now known as the historical Latin quarter, Ybor is home to some of the most authentic cigars in the world.  Enjoy how to hand-roll a cigar from Guinness Book of World Record winner, Wallace Reyes, silent auction, local food and liquor tastings and live music by Acho Brother.  VIP tickets including craft beer from Ybor’s Tampa Bay Brewing Company can be purchased as an upgrade.  This party lights up at 7:30 p.m. at Ybor City Museum State Park. Tickets start at $45 in advance or $55 at the door. More info visit

Rock the Yacht: Yacht Starship
Party like a “Yacht Star” on this 21 and up “Island Fever” themed party with live music.  Tickets are $25 and party kicks off around 8 p.m. and docks back at 11 p.m. For more info visit:

Burgers and Beers, Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk
Build your own monster massive burger and enjoy a 360-degree waterfront bar while sipping on craft beers.  The event is FREE, but you have to pay for your burgers and beers y’all…. Duh! 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Smoke on the River, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Back for a 24th year, this annual Steve Otto Chili Cook-Off features craft beers, cigars, local food trucks, live music and even a bonfire on the river. Tickets are $10 for unlimited sampling, event kicks off at 5 p.m. For more info visit:

Help decorate Ybor, Bradley’s on 7th
Ybor needs your help decking the halls… well, streets with garland, lights and Christmas decorations. Volunteer to be an Ybor holiday elf.  Starting at 11 a.m., elves are welcomed to gather at Bradley’s on 7th and help decorate the district. Volunteers, eh… elves get a free t-shirt and breakfast. All decorated just in time for Wednesday’s tree lighting.  Did we mention this is the largest tree yet, measuring 34ft this is a moment you don’t want to miss? Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. Centro Ybor.