It's not quite Gasparilla... but it's getting close. The Marauders are sailing our way soon, but we've got one last weekend before Bayshore Boulevard gets plundered yet again. So be sure to round up 'yer krewe and check out the best events for this weekend in our penultimate Things To Do before Jose Gaspar and his band of merry men (and their friends) come to town.

We are sooooo going to give up the ship again, aren't we?

$5 Thursday Back to School Edition

With school back in session, join the hottest Thursday night party in town! $5 Thursdays let you party like it's Friday night without breaking the bank!

1619 E 7th Ave., Tampa FL, 33605. Phone 813-241-4139

Totally '80s: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Tampa Theatre

"There’s a popular fan theory that, in this crazed and joyful vision of friends taking on Chicago, the character of Ferris is really just a figment of Cameron’s imagination." But if that's the case... how did Ferris end up with Sloane instead of him? Come form your own theory Friday night!

711 N Franklin Street, Tampa FL, 33602. Phone 813-274-8981

Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid opens its two-month run in the Jaeb Theater on Jan. 12th. When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy, 1950’s nostalgia trip.

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa FL, 33602. Phone 813-229-7827

Gibtown Bikefest

A weekend full of great concerts, activities, two full bars, and some fun fair food. An event so exciting that only showman could throw a party like this!

6915 Riverview Dr, Riverview FL, 33578.

Rodgers & Hammerstein

Join Stuart Malina, conductor Lisa Vroman, vocalist Broadway star Lisa Vroman wraps up a few of our favorite things from Rodgers & Hammerstein including songs from The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Oklahoma Friday at 8 p.m.

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa FL, 33602. Phone 813-229-7827

Gnit, by Will Eno

TampaRep presents the Southeastern premiere of Gnit! Will Eno, hailed by the New York Times as “a Samuel Becket for the Jon Stewart generation,” writes plays of depth, filled with off-beat humor and absurd, but real, situations.

Tampa Repertory Theatre, University of South Florida, Tampa FL, 33620.

Nikki Glaser

Nikki Glaser was recently seen as the creator, executive producer, and star of the hit Comedy Central series Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser. Five shows this weekend at the Tampa Improv!

1600 E 8th Ave., Tampa FL, 33605. Phone 813-864-4000

Scandinavian Trade Association VIKING FEST 2018

STA VIKING FEST is the largest Viking related event in Florida. Saturday will be a day of wonder and fun with food, drink, and games for all ages. There will be historical events, timely displays, and vendors, so ppend the day with real-life Vikings! There will also be a recreated Viking Village for you to explore, games for all ages, after 6PM a campfire with Viking tales of old.

13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa FL, 33635. Phone 813-247-1422

Gasparilla Block Party at Hyde Park Village

Arrgghh you ready for Gasparilla?! Head to The Village Saturday, January 13th for our Gasparilla Block Party from 11am-2pm to celebrate Tampa's invasion. Enjoy live music, Gasparilla merchandise, special appearances by the YMKG Pirates and more!

1509 Swann Ave, Tampa FL, 33606. Phone 813-251-3500

USF Women's Basketball vs. UCF

Come out and support the #22 USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in the War on I-4!

4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa FL, 33620. Phone 813-974-3111