Hi everyone! Travis back with some great Tampa Bay area events for the rest of March, all happening in historic Ybor City. In case you haven't read before, Ybor City is one of my favorite places in the Tampa Bay area, so make sure you put these on your calendar:
Saturday, March 17
Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Rough Riders hosts an annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ybor City. Thousands turn out to celebrate, watch the parade along 7th Avenue and catch lots and lots of beads!
8 - 9:30 p.m. | Along 7th Avenue
Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25
American Pinup Burlesque Fest
American Pinup Burlesque Fest connects pinup, burlesque, and rockabilly artists and enthusiasts. The festival activities include Miss Pin Up America Pageant, the Burlesque America Competition, hot rod and motorcycle shows, special guest burlesque performances, workshops on pinup, burlesque, hair, make-up and photography, live bands, and a tattoo competition. On Saturday night, Animal Planet's Pit Boss Shorty Rossi joins the fun for Party Live a Pinup benefit for Pinups for Pitbulls.
The Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba
Thursday, March 29
Festa Italiana presents Wines of Italy
The Wines of Italy tasting experience will include samples of more than 70 wines from Italy while enjoying Italian cuisine from Carraba's, desserts and live entertainment. The event benefits the Italian Club Restoration Fund.
6 - 9 p.m. | The Italian Club of Tampa, 1731 E 7th Avenue
Thursday, March 29
Chamber Music Ybor with Julian Toha
HCC Visual and Performing Arts presents Julian Toha in Piano in 3D.
7:30 p.m. | HCC Ybor City, Mainstage Theatre, Performing Arts Building, 2204 N. 15th Street
Friday, March 30
Festa Italiana presents Cinema Italiano: The Mid-August Lunch
Experience award winning Italian films at Festa Italiana's Cinema Italiano while enjoying espresso and dolci. On Friday, Cinema Italiano presents The Mid-August Lunch. Donations accepted at the door to benefit The Italian Club.
7 p.m. | The Italian Club of Tampa, 1731 E 7th Avenue
Saturday, March 31
Festa Italiana presents Festa Saturday
A full day of free, family-friendly activities on Festa Saturday includes the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, Italian Idol competition, homemade vino competition and tasting, and an assortment of Italian food alongside the Ybor City Saturday Market.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Centennial Park, 1600 E. 8th Avenue
Festa Italiana presents Cinema Italiano: Christ in Concrete
Experience award winning Italian films at Festa Italiana's Cinema Italiano while enjoying espresso and dolci. On Saturday, Cinema Italiano presents Christ in Concrete. Donations accepted at the door to benefit The Italian Club.
6 p.m. | The Italian Club of Tampa, 1731 E 7th Avenue
Sunday, April 1
A true taste of Italy in historic Ybor City. Festa Italiana includes 30+ restaurants and caterers, entertainment, Grape Stomping presentation, cooking demonstrations and contests. Entertainment will include singer Matt Morgan, The Russo Brothers, The Fabulous Rockers and Bella Danza Dance Collective. The celebration kicks off with Sunday Morning Catholic Mass at The Italian Club followed by a Procession and Walking Parade to Centennial Park.
11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Centennial Park, 1600 E. 8th Avenue
And here are some recurring events that you need to stop off and experience:
Now - March 29
Visions and Journeys Exhibition
Judith Salmon uses wax to express the changeable and fleeting nature of things. Renowned Aripeka artist Leslie Neumann layers pigment, melted beeswax and oil paint to create paintings with a haunting luminosity.
Most days 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | HCC Ybor City Art Gallery, Performing Arts Building, 2204 N. 15th Street
Now - September 15
Ybor City Architecture: Our Stories
The Ybor City Museum Society's featured exhibit, Ybor City Architecture: Our Stories, celebrates the dynamic stories and transformation of Ybor City's iconic buildings, unique casitas and signature architectural elements.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Ybor City Museum Society, 1818 E. 9th Avenue
Every Wednesday - Movie Night at Tre Amici at the Bunker from 7 - 9 p.m. at 1907 N. 19th Street
Every Friday - Italian Happy Hour at The Italian Club from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at 1731 E. 7th Avenue
Ybor City Saturday Market from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1600 E. 8th Avenue
Pets on the Patio from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E. 7th Avenue
Second Saturday of the Month - Ybor Art Series showcases a combination of YAA studio artists and outside artist members at the member gallery from 6 - 9 p.m. at 1521 1/2 7th Avenue
Now, there seems to be something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for, so stop by and see what these events are all about. Plus, there's so much more. If you're looking for more information, just visit www.YborCityOnline.com. The site also has a directory of restaurants and shops.
And we'll see you back here for more Tampa Bay area events.