Guys and gals, the big weekend is here - the weekend when someone named Saint Valentine decided to ruin your life with expensive romantic expectations. But lucky for you, 813Area has your back: Tampa's heart is fluttering with things to do this weekend, so we’re going to help you get that Hollywood-style smooch you deserve. And if you’re one of the few who’s sticking it to the Saint and boycotting his day, there’s plenty of fun to be had that doesn’t involve chocolate fondue fountains and candy hearts (insert eye roll).
My personal favorite go-to for a great time is always the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. If you haven't had one too many cups of mead and irresponsibly purchased a sword, have you really lived? Trust me, it's a must. If you're feeling like a rock star and the turkey leg wasn't enough, keep the party going at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival. Just make sure you stop by the drug store and grab some Excedrin and Gatorade for the next morning.
If you need to drink the unattached blues away, can we suggest the PedalPub in St. Pete? While imbibing in your iteration as an I, you might meet that special someone while staying in shape together... by pedaling en masse from brewery to brewery! It's a great way to transport yourself while galvanting across some of the nation's finest malts. Let the fun begin!
Cover photo courtesy of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival 2019
Get ready to enjoy all the pleasures that true Southerners live by - Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass and Smoked Beasts! It's a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival
at MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry
King Henry and Queen Katherine Parr invite one and all to their 16th Century European village featuring stages with live entertainment. Over 100 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Come celebrate our newest season by visiting the Festival grounds this year. Huzzah!
Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival *Official*
at Carrollwood Cultural Center
Local Gourmet Food Trucks and Vendors will assemble to bring you a chocolate event that will tantalize your inner sweet tooth. Everyone will be cooking both desserts and entrées with beautiful, delicious chocolate! The event is fun for all ages and free to enter.
MILLENNIUM AGE HOSTS: SILENT PARTY TAMPA 'RNB VIBEZ ONLY'
at Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel
Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to party with no speakers or amps. Attendees will don wireless headphones and turn them to various stations, then boogie on the dance floor amidst other revelers dancing to whatever’s in their headphones.
Meals On Wheels 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
at Gadsden Park
The 2nd Annual Meals On Wheels of Tampa 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run is a family-friendly event that benefits one of Tampa's best non-profit organizations. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race starts at 9 a.m.
at Improv Comedy Theater
You may recognize him from White Chicks! Wayans is a hilarious standup comedian who is selling out nationwide and adding shows every weekend. Wayans recently filmed his first-ever stand-up comedy special which aired on Netflix in 2018. Catch him at the Improv for a night of great laughs.
Reggae Rum fest downtown Tampa
at Jamaica Tropicale Grill
Rum Forest Rum! Kick off the weekend in beautiful Downtown Tampa with refreshing rum drinks, amazing caribbean food and cool vibes from Tampa's number one reggae band. $10 gets you in the door. You get: All the delicious food you want to eat plus a ticket to try any of the amazing tropical rum punches.
The Love Show 2019, an Improv Show
at The Box
If you're single and searching, bumbling around, or even with the match for life, come laugh as Dear Aunt Gertrude brings you an Improv Show all about the woes and triumphs of love. Tickets are $10.
Body Shots World Tour
at Tampa Theatre
Bert Kreischer is a stand-up comedian who performs to sellout crowds across the country. Join the hilarity at the Tampa Theatre.
at Franklin Manor
This will be an awesome dance Party with VJ Greg Anderson playing a heavy rotation of Rihanna music videos and live performances. There will be RiRi-inspired cocktails, food, prizes and much more! Make sure to wear pink to fit right in.