Plan a fun-filled weekend with a few of our top weekend picks.  Adventure awaits!

Thursday, July 17

Extended Fun Thursdays, Florida Aquarium
The fun lasts even longer on select Thursdays this summer.  Aquarium hours are extended until 7 p.m. with a discounted admission of only $15 after 4 p.m.  Explore the newest exhibition, Journey to Madagascar and visit the lemurs and hissing cockroaches or hang with 20,000 sea creatures.  For more information visit: http://www.flaquarium.org/

Friday, July 18

Showstoppers-Film to Footlights, Patel Conservatory (Friday and Saturday)
Youngsters from 27 schools will perform songs from popular movies and Broadway musicals.  Written and directed by Scott Daniel, this year’s show will take audience members on a journey from film to footlights. FRI, July 18- 7 p.m. and SAT, July 19- 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.strazcenter.org/  

Saturday, July 19

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds Pub Crawl, Centro Ybor
Join the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce for its inaugural Sun, Swimsuits and Suds Pub Crawl this Saturday. Visit more than 20 Ybor City spots and enjoy beer samples and games along the way. The crawl starts in the Centro Ybor courtyard at 3 p.m. Visit www.ybor.org for more information.

Martinis for Moffitt Benefit, Tampa Museum of Art
Unlimited Tito’s martinis, exquisite food from Mise En Place, live music, entertainment, raffle, silent auction and selfie section this cocktail style gala is one you don’t want to miss! Everything benefits cancer research at Moffitt, which is awesome.  Cost is $125 and event runs from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. for more information visit:  http://martinis.brownpapertickets.com/

Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks Series, Channelside District
The Fourth of July celebrations continue with the Saturday night Summer Fireworks Series presented by the Tampa Attractions Association every Saturday throughout the summer in Channelside. Enjoy food trucks, live music and a fireworks finale at 9 p.m. The event is FREE! 
For more information visit: www.funintampabay.com

Sunday, July 20

WWE Battleground, Tampa Bay Times Forum
For the first time ever, Tampa hosts one of wrestling fan’s most buzzed about event, the WWE Battleground.  Chris Jericho goes face-to-face with Bray Wyatt at the pay-per-view event.  Tickets range from $25-$400 and event starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.tampabaytimesforum.com/

Splash Sundays, Epicurean Hotel
Sunshine and champagne!!! Sip on handcrafted cocktails and champagne at Tampa's hottest upscale pool party presented by Moet Ice at the new Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa.  Admission is $15 (in advance) or $20 (at the door) and you must be 21+ to attend.  For more information visit: http://epicureanhotel.com/

Yoga in the Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
FREE (donation suggested) yoga class in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  The yoga class is open to all level, but it is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). Yoga begins at 6 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.yogadowntowntampa.com/yogainthepark/

 

Coming Up:

Kiss and Def Leppard | MidFlorida Credit Union | Wed, July 23 | 7 p.m.
This American hard rock band that formed in Ney York City back in 1973 is well known for their crazy black and white face paint and flamboyant stage outfits are headed to Tampa to rock out along with Def Leppard. For more information visit: http://www.midfloridacreditunionamphitheatre.org/

Tampa Bay Comic Con| Tampa Convention Center | Fri, Sat & Sun, Aug 1-3
Florida’s premier family-friendly and fan owned comic book convention returns to Tampa with nearly 40,000 square feet of comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, trading cards and even celebrity guest appearances.  Celebrity appearances include: Richard Madden and Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones, Evan Peters from American Horror Story, Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kenedy from The Walking Dead and many more…. For more information visit: http://www.tampabaycomiccon.com/

WaZoo | Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo | Sat, Aug. 2| 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Named “One of the country’s 10 greatest beer fests” by USA Today, WaZoo features over 275 beers, local cuisine and live music. For more information visit: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/wazoo/
Insiders Tip: Get your tickets early, this event sells out FAST!

Tampa Palooza |Florida State Fairgrounds | Sat & Sun, Aug. 2 and 3
Come celebrate everything local at the 1st Annual Tampapalooza! This two-day fun, family festival will have local music, local performers, local food, and 100s of local vendors. FREE children's activities, free face painting, and local craft beer. This is a rain or shine event. FREE parking and FREE admission. Bring the whole family and join us for a fun filled time before school starts. For more information visit: http://www.tampapalooza.com

Summer of Rum | The Cuban Club, Ybor City | Sat, Aug. 16 | 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
What better way to celebrate National Rum Day (and summer) on August 16th than with the 2014 Summer of Rum Festival! Enjoy refreshing Rum drinks like Frozen Daiquiris, Pina coladas, Rum Runners, Cuba Libre, Black & Stormy, or a Rum-a-Rita.  For more information visit: http://www.summerofrumfest.com/