This weekend is one many of us look forward to like a kid anticipates Christmas! Kicking off with St, Patrick's Day on Friday, there are St. Paddy's Day events all weekend long as well as plenty of fun other fun Things to Do in Tampa! We are not listing St. Patrick's Weekend events below, see St. Patrick's Tampa Bay 2017 | Official Events, Fun Pubs and More to plan your St. Pat's attack! Below find events not mentioned in the St. Patrick's article from charity to family-friendly and everything in between!

Friday, March 17th Tampa

Tea and Charity! ~  Panera Bread - Westshore 6:00 am to close
Visit Panera Bread  - Westshore Friday and order an iced green tea with your meal.  Sit back and relax knowing 100%  of the proceeds go to support the Children's Cancer Center.

Victoriana in Fashion and Food ~  Henry B Plant Museum Menus: The Epicurean Experience (opening day) 10:00 am
See original menus, interesting utensils and more from the famous Tampa Bay Hotel as a way to explore the Victorian experience. Ever wonder why they chose certain foods, how it was prepared before the invention of the modern conveniences we take for granted today. (namely Publix, lol). Savor opening day of the museum's latest exhibit while enjoying period entertainment and fashion. Museum admission is $10 adult, $7 seniors, and students, $5 kids 4-12, and members are free.

Comedic Relief! Josh Wolf at Tampa Improv Comedy Club multiple shows, early show at 8 pm
Josh Wolf held down a recurring role on the late-night show, Chelsea Lately, and is now hosting The Josh Wolf Show, on CMT.  This is your chance to catch this funny man live! Tickets start at $20.


Help Homeless Vets at Battle of the Bands: Jamfest ~ Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm 
This 2-day event takes place at Williams Park, in Downtown St Petersburg. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend where they can enjoy a Kids Zone, good music, plenty of sunshine and beautiful weather, great food, cold beer and much more in an effort to raise awareness to help homeless Veterans. Friday features a music competition by 25 finalists voted into the lineup via an online competition. Each band/ group performs for a chance to win a slice of the $10,000 offered in cash prizes, a record deal and more. Saturdays lineup includes a music concert and exciting art installations, dancing and more or just kick back and enjoy the scenery and sounds! Tickets vary, click through to the ticket site. Tickets begin at $15 up to $220 VIP. This is a pet-friendly event.

Play Ball! Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Field) 1:05 pm
The Phillies and Jays acknowledge St. Patrick's Day with themed activities and green attire on the field!  Come for the fun, and wear your green! Tickets range from $14-$39.

Food Trucks Unite to Honor The French Fry! St. Pete French Fry Festival at the Port of St. Petersburg 6 pm
Celebrate everything French Fry, with an array of food trucks when for the first time they unite, each serving up yummy potato treats along with frosty cold beers and wine. Enjoy music as you dine along the waterfront and take a tour of the Sir Winston cruise ship this Friday night beginning at 6 pm.  The Festival is free to attend, food and drinks are additional.

Saturday, March 18th Tampa

Ready for some Shenanigans Shamrocks & Shenanigans at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival Festival Grounds at MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry 10:30 am 4:30 pm
Enjoy authentic Highland games, a baby rattle race, Pip and Drum Corp, a men in Kilts contest and more this weekend, click over to the Ren Fest Event Page for details and times.  The shenanigans begin at 10:30. Cost to be thoroughly entertained is $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; and $10 for your pup.

Have a Minecrafter in your home? Minecraft Mania at the MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry 1:00 pm
Minecrafters ages 7 to 12 will learn tricks to becoming a Minecraft designer and master. Pick your sessions and learn to be the best you can be at Minecraft! Price of admission to MOSI is $20, $15 members.

Craft Beer fan who loves Astronomy? Grown-Up Science: Beer and Planet Nine at  MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry 6 pm
Join MOSI's Space Programs Director Professor Antonio Paris to discuss Planet Nine, a HUGE hypothetical planet that may be circling the Sun at the edge of the Solar System. Enjoy telescope viewings and beer samples from the Brew Bus USA,. 21 and older only. Cost. $15, only $10 for MOSI members.

Concert at USF Casting Crowns at the Sun Dome 7 pm
This contemporary Christian rock band brings their "Very Next Thing" tour with American Idol Danny Gokey and Unspoken to the USF Sun Dome.Tickets run between $26-$76.

Got a runner? Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon at Adventure Island 7 am
If your little runner is age 6 to 14  they can compete against other kids running, biking and swimming around Adventure Island in Adventure Island's annual youth triathlon. For details on age groups, requirements and more click on the event!  The cost to play is $45 - $55. Looking for more great places to run in Tampa?  Click HERE>

Food Wine, Rollercoasters, and a Concert. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival presents Young the Giant - Park opens at 9:00 am, the concert is at 7:00 pm. 
Along with the cost of park admission for an extra charge, you can enjoy sample size portions of gourmet food, wine, and cocktails, and attend a free concert by Young the Giant!  You will also find stunning horticultural displays, roller coasters, games, animals, beer and more throughout the park. Tickets for the day $99 10 and up and $79 for ages 3-9.

Play Ball! New York Yankees Spring Training  vs Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field
Price: Ticket prices vary by game. This weekend will be perfect to catch a game, and maybe a ball or an autograph or two at the newly renovated field! 

Like to shred the guitar? FREE Guitar Clinic at Replay Guitar Exchange in Britton Plaza South Tampa 5:00 pm
Take part in this free clinic by Cry Venom guitarist Jacky Vincent, the event is free to attend.  Learn to shred from one of the best!


FREE Airplane rides for Kids! Young Eagles Flight Rally at the Clearwater Airpark 8 am
Kids ages 8 to 17 can fly and explore Clearwater for free this Saturday beginning at 9 am.  Flights are 15-minutes and piloted by volunteer pilots. Let your little adventurer have one-on-one time with an expert as they experience flight, learn how airplanes work and flight safety. They earn a certificate to remember the experience.  Find out if piloting is in your child's future! This is an amazing opportunity!

Like art and exploring new places? Chalk ART and Fresh Air in quaint Safety Harbor Main Street 10:00 am
Enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air as you stroll Main Street as artists from around the world create masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalk.  You vote for the people's choice award. Look for live entertainment, food, and vendors or check out popular places to dine.  Be sure to explore the Safety Harbor Spa, their menu is perfection!  Then take a ride over to Phillipe Park to relax on the water under moss-laden oaks of old.  This event is FREE, food and drinks are additional.

Play Ball!  Philadelphia Phillies Spring Ball vs. Pittsburgh at Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Field) 1:05 pm
Enjoy peanuts, popcorn and the crack of the bat as the Phillies take on in-state rivals, the Pirates. Tickets range from $14-$39.

Blue Jays Tampa Bay Rays Ball  Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training: Vs Tampa Bay Rays at  Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin at 1:05 pm
The cost to see the Jays and Rays runs you $28-$123.

Creative Masquerader or Mad Hatter? Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball and Costume Party at the ARTpool Gallery in the Grand Central District  2030 Central Ave., St. Pete 8 pm
You need to be costumed with a unique hat or creative mask to attend this eclectic ball with an Avante Garde fashion show and body art runway! Much is planned, it's a surprise you don't want to miss! Tickets are affordable at only  $15 GA $25 VIP.

Sunday, March 19th Tampa

Lightning Fan? Bolts Family Carnival at Amalie Arena 1:00 pm
Amalie Arena opens their doors Sunday for their third annual carnival themed event complete with meet and greets with Lightning players, carnival games, challenges with players, mystery bags, Lightning alumni, behind the scenes Amalie tours, skills contests and more!  Price is $40 adults, $20 children. Proceeds benefit The Lightning Foundation.

Kid-Fest! Paddyfest Family Fun Day at Ferg's Live Downtown Tampa Noon
Grab the kiddos and head out for a memorable kids carnival with inflatables, games, prizes and live music at one of Tampa's favorite sports bars, Fergs Live!
Price: Free.


Ride the Ferry FREE! Ride the Cross Bay Ferry Free from the St. Petersburg Museum of History to Tampa 7 am to evening
 “Test the Waters” with a FREE 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown. St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center on the popular Cross Bay Ferry The free rides are first come, first served and cannot be reserved in advance. Explore St. Pete's waterfront shops and restaurants, then head over to Tampa's famed Riverwalk for a stroll. Stop into Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina for a cocktail or cold beer and a delicious bite on the patio before heading back. Departure times very, click over to their website to see times. This is a FREE event with restrictions: Powered by Frontier Communications; Free round trip passes are available to walk-up customers only, free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets CANNOT be reserved online or obtained in advance. Passes for Sunday's trips will be available starting at 10 AM in both St. Petersburg & Tampa ticketing offices. (St. Pete 5:30 PM departure passes will be available at 11 AM.) Free passes are in limited quantities and limited trip availabilities. Limit two (2) passes per person. There will be no stand-by ferry seating. Once all passes are allocated, no additional passes will be made available. Passengers may not board without the correct pass for the assigned sailing.

EDM Oceanfront Show! House of Borgeous Tour at Shephard's Beach Resort Clearwater Beach 3:00 pm
Enjoy this beloved EDM DJ perform an ocean front show with Morten, Riggi & Piros and Lodato. Tickets are $17

This weekend's weather is going to be perfect, lots of sun and cool temperatures,  We hope this guide to fun things to do in Tampa this weekend inspired you, we encourage you to try something new, have fun and be safe! Let us know what you are interested in ttending in comments below.

If you enjoy theater be sure to click over to our Spring Playlist of Lively Tampa Bay Theater Productions and don't forget our guide to St. Patrick's Tampa Bay 2017 | Official Events, Fun Pubs and More and Best Irish Pubs and More to Drink it up St. Patrick's Day in Tampa. Our EVENTS page is a source of more ideas, click over to Live Music and Nightlife to learn who is playing this weekend in Tampa!

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