Has your clock been set to 'Survival' all week? Have you been starving for a little fun? Hump Day is a reminder, the weekend is nearly here and good news, this one is brimming with plenty of fun things to do in Tampa Bay. Having fun is an essential part of being. Fun = Desireable, Regret = No Fun. Don't wake up next Monday regretting not choosing something fun to do from this enticing list.
Friday, April 21st Things to Do
Pretty much everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another whether directly or through a friend or family member. Relays are a fun way to give. Like a mini-circus, there is an air of excitement and expectation. Moments to reflect and remember those lost and to celebrate survivors and fighters. If you've never been to a Relay they are fun to attend! You can participate as a guest, you do not need to form a team or raise funds to play! Stop by and celebrate life at Sickles High School this weekend in Tampa Bay!
Come enjoy the evening with delicious food provided by La Septima Cafe, drinks will be served by The Dog Saloon and music provided by Tamik Entertainment. This fundraiser brings awareness and raises funds for Autism research and support. They certainly picked a great venue! Head to the Ybor City State Museum for this family-friendly event incorporating fun surprises from Great Explorations Children's Museum. Tickets are $25 in advance/ $10 students/ Children 5 and under are free.
Friday Concerts in the Park featuring the Greg White Band Tampa Heights 7:00 pm
The return of spring means the return of Tampa's longest running and most beloved concert series, with a new venue, Water Works Park, the concerts are bigger and better, this week featuring country crooner Greg White, Jr. Grab blankets and lawn chairs, concessions are available so join us on the waterfront. Picnics and leashed dogs are allowed. This event is FREE to attend. Phone 813-274-8615
Alton Brown's follow-up to his smash Edible Inevitable tour is coming to the Straz in Tampa this Friday! Fans can expect all new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics and more. Enjoy two hours of pure entertainment with Brown as he promises “plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows … just in case things get messy … again. Available tickets range from $60 - $90 each. Phone 813-229-7827
Battleground MMA Live / Downtown Tampa 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Battleground invades downtown Tampa for an action packed night of professional mixed martial arts. You will witness ten big cage fights and experience the return of Yosmany Cabezas as he takes on Avery McPhatter in the main event. It's fight week! Enjoy the ring girls and fan areas at the Tampa Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, battles begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets run from $45 to $150. Click the link in the title to navigate to TICKETS. Phone 813-274-8511
Singin’ and Swingin’: A Century of Ella - The Florida Orchestra / Downtown Tampa 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The Florida Orchestra celebrates a century of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford and conductor Jeff Tyzik at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start a low as $17.75. Call 813-229-7827 for additional information.
Guy featuring Teddy Riley, Dru Hill, 112, Tony Toni Tone, Silk & Doug E Fresh. Don't miss this concert, it's a party that will have you dancing all night long! Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $45 to $250 and available online. Click the link above and then the tickets button, prices vary by the seat.
Tommy Davidson appears at Improv Comedy Club / Ybor City Times vary Thurs-Sun
Tommy Davidson’s brilliant stand-up comedy sets and acting abilities earned him the reputation "extraordinary". Opening for A-list tours including Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross it wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining at a number of clubs, including the Comedy Act Theatre. He went on to a starring role in Partners in Crime and then In Living Color where he, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier made TV history. Davidson’s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other icons of the business have become infamous in comic circles. See Tommy Thurs thru Sunday, must be 21 & up to enter; except on Friday's at 10:30 pm which is 18 and up to enter. Tickets start at $20.
Enjoy a first-class dinner and crafty drinks hob-nobbing with the stars before the opening night performance of American Stage in the Park's production of Hairspray this Friday night. Tickets are $200 and benefit artistic, educational and outreach programs in Tampa Bay. The production runs through May 14th.
Food Trucks Rally Around Town / Downtown St. Pete 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Run, walk, drive or bike out to the pier for a fun night of music and unique food provided by a dozen of your favorite Food Trucks. This event is free to attend, food and drinks are extra! Siri your way to 250 8th Ave SE, St Petersburg for this fun thing to do in Tampa Bay!
Third Friday Music Series / Safety Harbor 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
A long time favorite street festival for residents across Tampa Bay this weekend you can enjoy historic Safety Harbor as Main Street closes so you can shop, dine and be entertained by live music. The district offers everything from ice cream to jewels, craft beer, art and more, it's all here, and it's time to relax so why not explore Safety Harbor this weekend? This is one of the free things to do on our list, shopping, food and drinks are extra.
This year's theme for MOFA's black tie optional gala with cocktails, appetizers, gourmet dinner, wine and champagne is, "Flying Down to Rio". Sure to inspire interesting attire you will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet seated dinner, select wines, champagne, and more as MFA Director Kent Lydecker and Hazel and Chief Curator Jennifer Hardin present three artworks for possible Museum acquisition. Tickets are $250 per person and all proceeds support the Collectors Circle Acquisitions Fund to purchase works for the collection. Contact the museum if you have questions, 727-896-2667
Part of PARC"s Golf Tournament Weekend The Friday Night Party is revealing a new theme at a new venue this year: “Viva Las Vegas” at NOVA 535! Enjoy casino games with raffle prizes, delicious food, live and silent auctions, and a two-hour open bar. Dress to impress in casino glam attire. The Golf tournament weekend is made up of two events, this Friday Night Party and a Golf Tournament the following day. You can support either or both! Questions? Contact Brittney Sherley, Events Manager, 727.341.6962, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for Friday night are $100 per person. Follow the link above for additional tournament information and ticketing.
Great Britain's Gary Mullen and the Works recreate a complete Queen show at one of the greatest venues in Tampa Bay, The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South in St. Pete. Nearly sold out only single tickets remain, the cost is $39. Call 727-892-5798
GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G and his very special guest ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro will play under the stars at Coachman Park on the bay in Clearwater. This event is expected to sell out so be sure to buy your tickets today! Contact 727-562-4800 for information or click the link above then 'Tickets' to secure your tickets.
2017 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival / Clearwater Beach (continues)
A 10-day Festival celebrating Clearwater’s Sugar Sand Beaches with a 2017 Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit. The theme this year ~ Sugar Sand FantaSEA, a magical adventure above and below the sea! Head to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach to witness the artistry first hand.
Saturday, April 22nd Things to Do
Best Buddies Friendship Walk Downtown Tampa 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Are you familiar with Best Buddies? This wonderful organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) The annual Friendship walk is one of many ways they raise funds to support the individuals they serve. At the event, you can run or walk alongside Best Buddies participants, meet the kids and feel the impact of your support immediately. Time to lace up those sneaks Tampa Bay and turn up for a great cause! Meet at 601 Old Water St., Tampa or call 813-274-8615 for more info. It is free to register and walk, you can make a direct donation or put together a team.
Marriott Waterside and Urban Kai Surfrider Earth Day Clean Up /Downtown Tampa 8:30 am to 5:15 pm
Join Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina and Urban Kai for a Surfrider Earth Day Clean Up and celebrate the grand opening of Urban Kai's new garage at Waterside. The day is filled with SUP events! Click over to their #my813 event page to see the calendar! The clean up is free to participate, you can bring your own paddleboard or rent one for a small fee. Ready to give it a try, now is the time!
Piratical spirit returns to Raymond James Stadium for the annual Autism Speaks Walk. Join KBR Kids in raising funds to have a voice with legislators, access to the information and resources they need, to support research and medical discovery, and to help fund local services through the mission of Autism Speaks. Together, we can accomplish amazing things for people living with autism. Official Team Shirts are now available, start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. 9 AM Registration, 10:30 AM Start...The Goal is $362,286 so far $207,531 has been raised. So close, can you help?
Record Store Day at Sound Exchange / East Tampa 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
2017 marks both the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day (RSD) AND the 30th anniversary of Tampa Bay's Sound Exchange! Is it possible you've never been to Sound Exchange? This is the perfect time to discover one of the best, if not THE best places in Tampa Bay to find just what you are looking for in vinyl! Located at 14246 N Nebraska Ave, in Tampa they can be reached at (813) 978-9316. They have ordered hundreds of special release titles, and their selection across three stores includes thousands of RSD records! This weekend enjoy giveaways (posters, pins, and samplers) and drawings for special prize packages. The event is FREE to attend, records and memorabilia purchases are extra.
Explore interesting facts about planet Earth as you enjoy eating dirt cups while learning why Florida's wetlands are crucial to our ecology! Price: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Phone: (813) 443-3861 for more.
EcoFest 2017 / West Tampa 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
This, the 8th Annual EcoFest will be held at the Lowry Park bandshell, 7525 N. Boulevard and is open to the public for free. Organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability there will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Also, local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be available with items for purchase. Vendors and sponsors may apply at www.learninggate.org/ecofest. If you have questions email: email@example.com or call 813-948-4190.
Brew Bus Terminal: 1-Year Anniversary / Seminole Heights 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Break away to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Brew Bus' brick & mortar brewery for a massive bottle release party for Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check Imperial Porter and two variants; Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check w/ Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Cacao Nibs and Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check w/ roasted Brazillian coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee (for purchase). Chef Max will be rolling out the smoker for authentic southern-style BBQ. BBQ plates and draft beer can be purchased at the bar. Click over to their #My813 event posting using the link above to see the tap list! This event is free to attend, $5 tokens can be purchased to buy beer and BBQ.
Sandi Sylver Puppeteer at The Straz / Downtown Tampa 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sandi Sylver’s delightful soft, fabric puppets entertain wee audiences and their adult friends with masterful storytelling and singing that enchants audiences of all ages. Buy your tickets today to see Sandi perform her special brand of magic! Tickets start at $7.50
“Those who dwell in the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson. Join Melissa Carroll for a soulful flow and meditation. Feel uplifted yet grounded as you explore pranayama (breathing techniques), build heat with asana (flowing postures), and close with a guided meditation. Plant flowers and win giveaways. This practice is open to all, with intermediate options offered. $15 advance/20 day of the event with a portion of all proceeds donated to Eco Charities.
Caribbean Festival 12th Annual / East Tampa 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The 12th annual Tampa Caribbean Festival comes to the Florida State Fairgrounds with music, fun games, tasty food, and more! Performing live: Lyrikal from Trinidad, Rayzor from NYC, and J'Nelle from Tampa! Also see steel pan performers, junkanoo drummers, and a mas band parade! Tickets are $7.50 to $17.00. Follow the link to buy. or call 813-621-7821.
Join Pro Staff Team Member, Captain Dylan Hubbard, of Hubbard's Marina for this Bass Pro Shops seminar. He'll focus on what fish he's catching this time of the year, and what tackle and techniques catch him the most fish! This event is free to attend!
The 10th annual Aficionado Taste of Ybor: A craft beer, cocktail & tapas trail discovery as you walk the historical streets of Ybor while popping into multiple venues for a taste of their menu. Ten participating bars, an after party, cigars and more! The cost to attend begins at $25, sponsorships are available for more.
Proceeds from the 6th Annual Bubbles and Butterflies Gala impact children who have been victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking through Redefining Refuge's Safe House Residential Program. Black Tie Optional, Open Bar, Complimentary Hors d' oeuvres and Desserts, Live Performances and Presentations, Silent Auction Items, Red Carpet Photography, Photo Booth, Photo Backdrop and More!!! "Be the Beginning of an End" this year at the Glazer Museum for Children. Tickets start at $100.
Chase Club (4th and 5th Floor - Sections CLUB1 to CLUB18): Includes complimentary tailgate-style buffet, beer, wine and soda. Endzone Party Area: Includes complimentary food and beverages. General Admission ticket includes a complimentary gourmet buffet, beer, wine and soda. For more information call the Storm ticket office at 813-301-6600. For information about Storm Suites please call 813-301-2505. GA tickets start at $9.95
Make it to Tampa's best bars in one night and get hooked up with an official Bar Crawl Nation T-shirt! Registration area opens at 8 pm at MacDinton's, the party is limited to 1000 crawlers. Revel in exclusive drink specials at every venue from 8 pm - 2 am with FREE cover and a souvenir mug. Tickets are $14.99 increasing to $30 at the event. Bars include:
Joe Machi at Side Splitters / Carrollwood 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Last Comic Standing finalist Joe Machi is coming to Tampa Bay. Ticket Prices for this comedy 'thing to do' are only $18.00 - $20.00 18 and over only, two drink item order required. Phone 813-960-1197 for more.
Sunset Events and Disco Donnie Presents in Association with Tampa EDM present: ANDREW RAYEL at The Ritz Ybor for AMP!D Saturdays. Tickets start at $10. Phone 813-390-0397 to reserve.
Spring Steampunk Ball | The Castle / Ybor City 10:00 pm to 3:00 am
The spring Steampunk Ball is upon us! Hustle out to The Castle in Ybor City this Saturday night in your best Steampunk gear, or not if you just like to watch! Ticket are $16 - $25
2017 Mainsail Art Festival / St Pete Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
One of my personal favorites, this is a great show! Start holiday shopping now at art and crafts show filled with fun, and unique works of art from jewelry, to pottery, to oils and watercolor. Find unusual one of a kind items for your home and more on the waterfront in Downtown St. Pete! Free to attend, artwork is extra!
Join Anna Kate Mackle on harp and John Shaw on percussion for a concert exploring rhythm and melody geared towards children ages preschool through second grade. This is the perfect opportunity to expose your children to classical music and instruments. Come early for art activities and the Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can try out a variety of musical instruments. Concerts begin at 10 am and 11:30 am. Admission is the honor system, simply pay what you can.
Seminole Art in the Park / Seminole 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Area artists and crafters sell their creations at this festival with food and drink available for purchase. The festival is free to attend, artwork is extra. Location: 7464 Ridge Rd, Seminole FL ~ Phone (727) 398-5599
Indian Rocks Beach Fest / Indian Rocks Beach 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
The City of Indian Rocks Beach and the IRB Homeowners Association present its 2nd Annual IRB Beach Fest. As a family, we attended the first Fest and it was a blast! My kids enjoyed it as much as we did, I mean, come on, who does not like the beach. Add to that tons of beach-minded people to meet, food, drinks and activities and it's awesome! Come out to play at IRB this Saturday and fest with the rest of us!
Celebrate the Earth and our tropical environment at this annual event with live music, children's activities, nature walks, live animals and environmental displays at one of the best parks in Tampa Bay! An $8.00 donation per vehicle at the gate includes free parking for up to 8 people per vehicle. Pets permitted on 6' hand-held leash. Enjoy live music both days. Also, kids crafts and activities with new seine netting, live animals, birds of prey presentation, nature education and history displays, food and beverages, including beer and wine. Find the party in the shady picnic area next to the beach and the wooded hiking trails. Phone 727-469-5942 if needed.
The Beer and Burger Throw Down returns to Safety Harbor! This year plans guarantee the biggest Beer and Burger event yet! Expect the best burger restaurants and food trucks featuring $3 samples. There will also be several beer stations pouring local beers and FREE home brew samples while supplies last. The cost to enter the throwdown is $5 - Proceeds benefit Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Location of the park is 940 7th Street South, Safety Harbor.
Sunday, April 23rd Things to Do
Run For Purpose Let's Beat Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk/Run - 1M Walk at Al Lopez Park 8:30 am to 11:00 am
A running/walking event to spread the message of ovarian cancer awareness and how to diagnose symptoms. Let's focus on prevention of a disease who's cure is nearly as bad as this silent killer itself! Portions of the proceeds will go to the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation of St. Petersburg, FL. There is a Virtual 5K for runners/walkers who can't make the Tampa event. Registered participants have the luxury of running and walking the 5K wherever they are located. Participants will receive a performance t-shirt and a medal. This event is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives to this disease, and to the survivors of ovarian cancer.
- 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM - Packet Pick-up
- 8:30 AM - 5K/1M Begins (Runners First, Walkers Second)
- 10:00 AM - Awards Ceremony and Announcements
- 10:30 AM - Closing w/Cupid Shuffle Line Dance
Strollers are welcome and race will be chip-timed. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers including a $25 Fit2Run Gift Certificate. Everyone will receive a finisher's medal!!! Ovarian Cancer Survivors receive a Special Gift (FREE)...after all, this event is dedicated to you. No Registration or Purchase required...just sign-up. Must be at the park to get your free gift. The cost for non-survivors is $20 - $35 to register.
The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place through Sunday, April 30. This week's concert includes legendary band, Lynyrd Skynyrd! The cost to enter the park, (open at 9 am) is $99, the concert is Free inside the park at 7:00 pm.
Don't be Late For This Very Important Date! You must have an advanced ticket to attend the Mad Hatter's Tea & Brunch this Sunday, as Frankie’s Friends invite you to wear your best over-the-top hat while you enjoy a delectable brunch and help save the lives of pets in Tampa Bay. During the event, hats will be judged in a variety of different categories. The event includes a bubbly reception, a brunch buffet and of course tea! Tables are selling out fast! Guests will bid on a variety of unique silent auction items while sipping on bubbly, Blood Mary’s and tea. Tables range in cost by size, several have sold out, make your reservations today!
Tchami at Beach Bar / Courtney Campbell 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tampa's Hottest Beach Parties Are Back EVERY SUNDAY 2 pm to 9 pm! This Sunday Tchami is coming to Tampa! Known as a pioneer of the future house genre, to see Tchami make your reservation today. Contact Jeffrey.Elefano@BeachTampa.com for bottle service reservations or call 813.444.9338.
It's Part Deux, planning to attend this weekend's Aloft pool party, one of the best places in Tampa Bay to catch the weekend vibe! Definitely, a dress to impress pool party we are happy to see the Aloft parties return. Always a spectacularly great time! Follow the vibe at 100 West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa. Call Aloft for bottle service and bring your sunscreen to this epic spring and summer event!
The Annual Crawfish Boil at WOB is one of our favorite days of the year... great cajun food, amazing beer, and awesome friends. Doesn't get much better than that!!! Find your way to 9524 West Linebaugh Avenue and get ready to suck some heads!
Join us for an evening of fashion, fizz, food, and funk! The annual Modage Vintage fashion event will be held on Sunday above the Salt Cafe at 428 W. Waters Avenue in Tampa. Phone 813-304-1860 for additional details.
See Neil Diamond on his 50th Anniversary Tour and celebrate with memorable music that's been part of everyone's life, no matter their age for 50 years! Neil Diamond today is relevant to kids and adults alike and one of a few performers, like Jimmy Buffet, who manage to cross generational gaps. Neil will be making one stop in Tampa during his world tour. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss no matter your age. Tickets start at $66 and go to $2300 for front row seats. Experience a legendary singer this weekend at Amalie!
CL's Veg Out! Bloody Mary Competition at St. Pete Earth Day 2017 / St. Pete 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
How lucky are we that a Bloody Mary Contest is part of Veg Out! Taste your way around vegetarian-friendly Bloody Marys at Creative Loafing's Veg Out! Who will win the title of "Best Vegetarian Bloody Mary" at St. Pete Earth Day? Find these CL festivities in Williams Park in St. Pete (330 2nd Avenue North). Shop the best Tampa Bay area vendors, explore healthy living and how it contributes to the planet, and sample Bloody Marys! Tickets are $25 Advance | $30 Door
Well Tampa Bay, that's a lot of things to do this weekend! We look forward to seeing you in the crowd, look for our #my813 area ambassadors and photographers! Tell us what you think as you attend these events, and let us know if we need to add yours! Be sure to visit our Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day things to do pages as we fill them full of great events and fun things to do 2017 in Tampa!