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MONTHLY ROUND-UP

THINGS TO DO

One month down, 11 to go! They say, “time flies when you’re having fun,” and in Tampa Bay, there’s plenty of fun to be had each February. From fairs and festivals to Black History Month celebrations, we’ve rounded up some of the top things to look forward to this February.

 

 

Feb. 1 – Feb. 28

Celebrate Black History Month

Tampa Bay’s diverse blend of people and cultures is the foundation of its success as a welcoming community open to new ideas and new visitors. This Black History Month, we invite you to discover for yourself the many facets of Florida’s most diverse destination. Our diversity has come with struggle, but through the struggle we have grown stronger as a community.

 

Perry Harvey Sr. Park

Black History Walking Tour

Central Ave Black History Walking Tours

February 4

Led by noted local historian Fred Hearns, you’ll tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community, from the 1890s through the late 1960s.

 

Perry Harvey Sr. Park

Perry Harvey Sr. Park

TBHC Black History Month Walk

February 11

Come and join the walk into history at the Black History Month Walk for Education. Enjoy a fun event for you, your family, and your friends. Entertainment, kids’ zone, vendors, food, music, and much more.

 

Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre

Black Love Classic Movie Series

Throughout February

The Tampa Theatre announced the return of its Black Love Classic Movie Series! Back for its second season, the series will center around the theme “Home is Where the Heart Is.” The theatre will show four films – chosen in collaboration with the City of Tampa’s Community Engagement & Partnerships Department – that explore journeys of discovery and the roads that lead back, as told by Black filmmakers and diverse casts.

The Wiz (1978)
3:00pm Sunday, Feb. 5

To Sleep With Anger (1990)
3:00pm Sunday, Feb. 12

Coming to America (1988)
3:00pm Sunday, Feb. 19

Cabin in the Sky (1943)
3:00pm Sunday, Feb. 26

 

Tampa Bay History Center

History Center

TBHC Black History Month Reception

February 24

Join keynote speaker and Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend, Derrick Brooks, for the Black History Month Reception and preview of a new local Black History exhibit opening this summer at the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

State Fairgrounds

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

February 9 - 20

Nothing brings a community together like a good time! That’s been the core mission of the Florida State Fair ever since the first fair was held in downtown Tampa at Henry B. Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel. Today, the fair welcomes over 500M visitors annually to experience all food, fun, and the largest carnival midway in North America! Held each year for two-weeks in February, the Florida State Fair is the country’s FIRST State Fair each year.

 

Ybor City

SANT' YAGO KNIGHT PARADE

Sant' Yago Knight Parade

February 11

Founded in 1972, the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago is currently celebrating its 50-year anniversary! Since 1974, the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago has organized and hosted the Knight Parade, an annual celebration of Tampa civic pride. The largest illuminated night parade in the South draws nearly 100,000 spectators to watch as a fleet of floats rolls down 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City along with dozens of marching bands and over 100 participating organizations.

 

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

Julian B. Lane River Center

Brunched at the Tampa River Center

February 18

Each year, local bars and restaurants come together to provide guests with some of the best brunch samples and daytime cocktails in the Tampa Bay area. 2023’s Brunched will take over the Tampa River Center at the beautiful Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. In addition to unlimited brunch samples, this exciting event also features a Bloody Mary competition, a variety of boozy beverages, photo opportunities and incredible views of Tampa’s downtown waterfront.

 

Ybor City

Ybor Market

Fiesta Day

February 25

Fiesta Day celebrates the ethnic diversity of Ybor City and the rich immigrant culture that made Ybor City what it is today. The first Fiesta Day was held in the late 1800s and was seen as a day of rest for the cigar workers. Fiesta Day was not only seen as an event to bring cultures together, but was also designed to be Ybor City’s alternative to Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival. Historic 7th Avenue will shut down to host a variety of local vendors, businesses, and local food options.

 

Bayshore Blvd

Gasparilla Distance Classic

Gasparilla Distance Classic

February 25 - 26

Come out to Tampa Bay and test your endurance at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Surrounded by the area’s beautiful weather (yep, it’s paradise), every stride you make at the race benefits charitable youth organizations across the Tampa Bay area. Athletes of all levels can take on the 15k, 5k, half marathon, 8k, 5k walk, 5k stroller races, and more! 

 

Plant City

Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival

March 2 -12 (close enough, right?)

Did you know that Tampa Bay is home to the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World?! That’s why each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and around the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock, fine arts, crafts, musical performances, rides and entertainment, and of course, world-famous Strawberry Shortcake (The official dessert of Florida!).