Friday, August 15
Brad Paisley | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre | 7 p.m.
Back to make the final splash of summer, country megastar Brad Paisley is taking over Tampa in time to launch his 11th album Moonshine in the Trunk. Well, he basically already leaked it through twitter, but it’s cool we totally dig him for standing up against the “suits” as he calls them! He will join Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham as part of the Country Megaticket. Tickets range: $30-$65.
For more information visit: http://www.ticketmaster.com/MIDFLORIDA-Credit-Union-Amphitheatre-at-the-tickets-Tampa/venue/107257
Saturday, August 16
Summer of Rum Festival | Cuban Club in Ybor City | 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Yooo ho- yo ho a pirates life for me! If there’s one thing we Tampanians know it’s that our pirate-like culture happens to mesh perfectly with uh, rum. The Summer of Rum Festival will take over Ybor City’s historic Cuban Club for an island-themed rum party including three floors of rum zones you don’t want to miss. VIP is sold out, but general admission is still available for $20. For more details visit: http://www.summerofrumfest.com/
Water Works Park Grand Opening Celebration | Tampa Heights | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The highly anticipated grand opening celebration of the new Water Works Park located in historic Tampa Heights will have a grand opening celebration this Saturday featuring food trucks, live entertainment, activities for the kiddos and a fireworks finale (9 p.m.). The waterfront park features an 8,500-square-foot dog park, an urban freshwater spring and a splash playground with a giant water bucket to drench the kids. This event is FREE! For more information visit: http://www.tampagov.net/parks_search_webapp/ParkDetail.aspx?nbr=148
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins | Raymond James Stadium | 7:30 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Miami Dolphins for their second preseason game. The Bucs are heated up and ready to take on the Dolphins after a tough loss against the Jaguars last week. Tickets are still available. For more information visit: http://www.buccaneers.com/
Sunday, August 17
Summer Splash Pool Party | Epicurean Hotel | 12 Noon to 5 p.m.
Just a few weekends left to check out Tampa’s most talked about Sunday funday pool party at the new Epicurean Hotel. Sip on hand-crafted cocktails and champagne and jam to swanky tunes from a DJ. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information visit: http://epicureanhotel.com/
Yoga in the Park | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | 6 p.m.
Namaste Tampa Bay! Tampa’s largest FREE (donation suggested)Yoga class happens every Sunday in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Open to all Yogi levels. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). Yoga begins right at 6 p.m. for more information visit: http://www.yogadowntowntampa.com/yogainthepark/
Tailgate Taste Fest | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | Saturday, Aug. 23 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Top restaurant vendors from Tampa Bay will showcase their best tailgate dishes at the inaugural Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest hosted by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Serving as the unofficial kickoff to the 2014 football season (including the showing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pre-season game vs. the Buffalo Bills on a 40 ft. LCD screen), this event will entertain attendees with tastings of Tampa Bay’s most exceptional tailgate foods ranging from chicken, ribs, sliders, Cuban sandwiches and unique side dishes. The Fest will also feature family-friendly games and live entertainment throughout the day. For more info visit: http://tailgatetastefest.com/landing/index