Well, I guess it is time to say goodbye to January… and Hellooooo to February! Was it just me or did January go too quick? Anyways, it looks like it is going to warm up a bit this weekend and there is plenty to do in Tampa Bay indoors and out. Time to put away those jackets and scarves and continue to brag on social media about how warm it is all weekend to all your cold-weather friends.
Barry Manilow, Tampa Bay Times Forum
Best known for Mandy and Copacabana Barry Manilow will have the ladies swooning (and crying) Friday at his Tampa concert. Tickets still available and range from $9.99 to $159.99. For more information visit: http://www.tampabaytimesforum.com/
Lebowski Fest Tampa, Orpheum Theatre in Ybor City
Ok, don’t judge me…. but, I am pretty sure I am the only person in the universe that hasn’t seen The Big Lebowski. From what I hear, this event is one of the hottest events in Tampa this weekend! Starting Friday at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum and ending on Saturday at University Lanes, these costume-encouraged events feature live music, a screening of The Big Lebowski, trivia and bowling. Dude… from what I hear you don’t want to miss this! For more information visit: https://lebowskifest.com/
Einstein on Food and Wine, MOSI
Celebrate your senses and experience some of the most delicious and diverse cuisine and wine around the world at this annual food and wine festival that will be sure to tempt your taste buds. Saturday (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Tickets $75, VIP $125 visit http://www.mosi.org/ for more information.
Suited for Space, Tampa Bay History Center
Starting Saturday and running through April 27, the Tampa Bay History Center opens a new exhibit that is literally out of this world! Suited for Space, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution will feature some of the first spacesuits (replicas only… who knew spacesuits didn’t travel well) used by astronauts to walk on the moon as well as different gadgets and space gear. Tickets included in daily admission: $12.95 adults, $10.95 Seniors/Students with ID, $7.95 kids 4 to 12, FREE kids under 3.
For more information visit: http://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/
Disenchanted, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
This is totally up my alley! Snow White and her fellow princesses unite and storm the castle in order to take their lives back in this new musical comedy satire proving that even Happily Ever After can be a royal pain. Recommended for mature audiences (16+) Tickets $40 and show runs through April 13. Check website for weekly and weekend show times: http://www.strazcenter.org/
Monster Jam, Raymond James Stadium
It’s baaaaaack! Rev up your engines boys and get it in gear! For those who missed Monster Jam a few weeks ago, Saturday (7 p.m.) is your last chance to watch monster trucks crush and leap over cars and even school buses (on top of nearly 4,300 tons of dirt dumped on Raymond James Stadium… that’s 300 truckloads, woah!). Tickets range from $15 to $100 and can be purchased on ticketmaster.com
For more information visit: http://www.monsterjam.com/
Military Appreciation Day, Tampa Museum of Art
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all active-duty military reservists, veterans and their families (with I.D.) will receive FREE admission to the Tampa Museum of Art. For more information visit: http://tampamuseum.org/
FREE admission, Bok Tower Gardens
To celebrate the 85th anniversary of Bok Towers Gardens admission is FREE Saturday. Inside this National Historic Landmark guests will experience one of America’s finest gardens and nature preserve surrounding a 205-foot sculpted marble carillon tower along with a Mediterranean-style mansion. For more information visit: http://boktowergardens.org/