Hey Tampa peeps: hope you've got an open schedule this weekend! If not, you'll definitely be dealing with a serious case of F.O.M.O. as our city is bursting with fun including a booming Broadway play, and a gala where penguins will be in attendance. Yes, penguins. Imagine a party where everyone is dressed to the nines and penguins are stealing the spotlight as best-dressed in their fanciest tuxedos. Sign me up, please!

For you foodies out there, you might want to start fasting now. This weekend is sure to fill your plate with tasty temptations. For all you carnivores, take a trip down the road to Wimauma and get your fingers dirty with some bangin' BBQ that will help ring in cookout season. Ybor City is bringing a little history to the weekend's food excursions, with tons of insanely delicious ethnic options that you're sure to have a hard time choosing between. Whatever your palate may be craving, we've got you covered. And if glamour is what you're craving, check out Tampa Theatre's glitz and glam evening where you can get as close to the red carpet as you ever will. Now, get out there and have some Tampa fun! 

Date Night

These to-dos will have your honey swooning. Grab a hand and get ready for a good night. Oh yea, and make sure you brush your teeth, because you'll get a smooch for these night-outs. 

Fiesta Day 2019

This family-friendly, free street festival celebration commemorates the Cuban, Italian, Spanish, Jewish and German immigrants that settled in Ybor City in the late 1800's as the cigar factories thrived. 

1800 East 9th Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33605. Phone 813-241-8838

Art Talk at Pelagia Trattoria

An artist discussion will cover a variety of topics and include demonstrations of coffee roasting, painting and cigar rolling. Come meet the artists as they share their stories and how they joined the Renaissance family.

4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL, 33607. Phone 813-313-3245


This Broadway hit is the star of the Straz right now! Tickets are sold out (though your favorite ticket website can still get you a pair), but don't miss out on an opportunity to try your luck in the digital lottery for a chance to win $10 tickets!

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

WineFest 2019: Vino Royale, Wine Tasting

The name is Fest… WineFest. This Bond-themed fundraiser is Tampa Theatre's biggest, featuring dozens of boutique wines, small plates from Tampa’s top independent restaurants, and premium silent auction items representing bay area retailers, restaurants, services and attractions. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character, or come in Bond-inspired costumes.

Green and Gold Gala

The social event of the Bulls season! An evening of live music, food and beverages including signature cocktails, an auction of must-have and one-of-a-kind items, and even penguins! All to benefit higher education via the USF Alumni Association. Wear your fanciest cocktail attire... you know, to match the penguins! You can even pick up an official Bulls bow tie (also benefitting the USFAA) from Ella Bing here!

Hollywood Awards Night 2019

Join Tampa Theatre on Sunday, February 24th to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP-worthy watch party for the live telecast of the 91st annual Academy Awards on the big screen. Along with glamour there will be games, prizes, free popcorn and soda, hair and makeup touch-ups with professional stylists, the OSCAR red carpet pre-show, and more!

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

Take the Kids 

Who doesn't love a good festival? No matter the age, these events are fun for the whole bunch. Don't forget to stay hydrated out there, having fun in the Florida sun is hard work! 

Southern Rock and Bar-B-Q

Head out to this 200+ acre nature park for a day full of rockin' music and awesome outdoor activities for the whole family. The concert will be the centerpiece of the event but there will also be boating, canoeing, zip lining, hiking, horseback riding and arts and crafts vendors. 

18050 US 301, Wimauma, FL, 33598. Phone 813.634.1220

2019 Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival

The second annual Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival is a partnership between the South Seminole Heights Civic Association & Brew Bus Brewing to raise money for neighborhood improvement projects in Seminole Heights and to help endow a scholarship for a local Hillsborough High School graduate to attend USF. There will be awesome local music, art and a limited edition craft beer created just for this event. Come have fun and support a great cause!

2019 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic

Since 1978, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has challenged athletes, brought people together for a fun, exciting weekend, and raised funds for charitable youth organizations and running programs in the Tampa Bay area. Get signed up and start training now so you can go the Gasparilla distance!

Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL, 33606.
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