Hey everyone!  Travis back with another update about some great things to do in Tampa Bay.  Of course I love the entire area, but one of our most unique areas is historic Ybor City.  And they are kicking the New Year off the right way...with a ton of Tampa Bay area events! 

So, we wanted to bring the highlights of what's happening in Ybor City in January.  Here you go:

ybor cityJanuary 5 - 26, 2012
Gil DeMeza Exhibition
Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor Campus Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Professor Emeritus of the University of Tampa, Gil DeMeza. The gallery and exhibition are free and open to the public.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. most weekdays | HCC Ybor City, Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave & 15th Street, www.hccfl.edu/yc/art-gallery.aspx

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Community Redevelopment Agency Board Meeting
Members of the Tampa City Council sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will hold a special meeting in Ybor City this month to hear community comments about development service and issues affecting Ybor City.
6 p.m. | HCC Ybor City Campus, Ybor Building, Ybor Room, 2001 N. 14th Street, Tampa

Saturday, January 14
Ybor Art Association Open House
Meet member artists at the Ybor Art Association open house.
6 - 9 p.m. | Ybor Art Colony, 1523 ½ E. 7th Ave, Tampa | www.yborart.org

Wednesday, January 17, 2012
MLK: A Dream Set in Stone
Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with words of inspiration from Dr. Shawn Robinson, and keynote speaker LTC Craig Myatt. The event will also include staff, faculty and student performances.
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | HCC Ybor City Campus, Ybor Building, Ybor Room, 2001 N. 14th Street, Tampa

Artist Reception: Gil DeMeza
Gil DeMeza, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tampa, is featured in a solo exhibition at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor Campus Art Gallery throughout January. Join DeMeza for a reception and gallery talk. The gallery and exhibition are free and open to the public.
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. | HCC Ybor City, Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave & 15th Street, Tampa www.hccfl.edu/yc/art-gallery.aspx

Thursday, January 19
Bay Area Concierge Association Meeting
Members of Bay Area Concierge Association (BACA) are invited to experience Ybor City at their January meeting.
6 - 8:30 p.m. | Don Vicente de Ybor Inn, 1915 Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa | www.bayareaconcierge.com

Friday, January 20
Emerge Tampa Bay’s Invasion 2012
Celebrate "A Night At The Oscars" with Tampa Bay's rising. Professionals of all ages are invited to network with Tampa Bay's premier young professionals and enjoy entertainment, drinks, delectable food, a photo booth, dancing, and more. 
7:30 - 10 p.m. | The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. 7th Ave, Tampa | www.EmergeTampa.org/invasion

Saturday, January 21
Gasparilla Children’s Parade
The annual Tampa event features a pre-schoolers stroll, parade, fireworks and precision parachute jump from the United States Special Operations Command Jump Team.
11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. |  along Bayshore Boulevard | www.gasparillaextravaganza.com  

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Chamber Music Series with Bryce Westervelt
HCC Visual and Performing Arts presents Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin: The Complete song cycle by Franz Schubert to Poems by Wilhelm Muller with Bryce Westervelt, tenor and Timothy McReynolds, piano.
3:00 p.m. | HCC Ybor City, Performing Arts Building, Main Stage Theater (second floor), Palm Ave and 15th Street, Tampa
http://www.hccfl.edu/YC.aspx

January 27-29
Gancho Tampa
Proceeds from the multi-day festival benefit Metro Wellness & Community Centers, St. Pete Pride and GaYBOR District Coalition.
various venues, including The Ritz YBOR and Ampitheatre
www.ganchotampa.com

Saturday, January 28
Mafia Tour by Cigar City Magazine
Scott M. Deitche, author of Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr., will take an intimate group on a two hour stroll to old gambling palaces, street corners where some mobsters met their demise, and restaurants where wise guys like famed boss Santo Trafficante Jr. held court. Tickets must be purchased by January 26.
5:30 p.m. | King Corona Cigars, 1523 East 7th Avenue, Tampa
www.CigarCityMagazine.com/shop

Gasparilla Invasion and Pirate Fest
An annual Tampa tradition, the 2012 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest features the historic Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. | along Bayshore Boulevard, Davis Island, downtown Tampa, Harbour Island
www.Gasparillapiratefest.com

As you can see, the fun starts today, so make sure you mark your calendars and get out to experience historic Ybor City.  Have a great time and we'll see you back here for more Tampa Bay Entertainment options.