When it comes to Things to Do in Tampa we are never at a loss for fun and interesting experiences!  Use this list of Things to Do in Tampa this Weekend March 10-12 to chart your course towards something unique, we encourage you to follow-up on things you love, and to choose one or two things out of what's your normal!  Connect to Tampa in a new way, through 813area.com! 

Friday, March 10th

Forbidden Broadway | Straz Center Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for Performing Arts
Called the "funniest show in New York" by New Yorker magazine enjoy the fun as Forbidden Broadway spoofs theater and Broadway musicals. Click over to The Straz website for times, tickets are $40. To read more about Theater in Tampa see our Spring Playlist of Lively Tampa Bay Theater Productions.

Veterans Art Exhibit: Reintegration and Resilience Friday, March 10th-the 15th FREE
Near the Straz March 6th through the 15th on Tampa's Riverwalk, you can catch an exhibit of art by veterans created in local art centers' and through local VA programs. It's free to view, and you will find great establishments along the way to relax, grab a cold drink and dine to further your experience.

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Friday, March 10th Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers at 3:30 pm for $15-$20. and Elle King at 7:30 pm $20 The festival opens at 10:00 a.m.
Celebrate the end of a bountiful strawberry harvest at The Florida Strawberry Festival with agricultural exhibits, fine art, crafts and award-winning horticultural displays while also enjoying all the games, rides and attractions on the Midway. The Concert Headliner this week is Elle King.  Elle takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.  Also playing is Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin brothers at 3:30 Friday in Plant City. Festival tickets are required in addition to concert tickets, $10 adults, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free.

Our Tampa neighbors the New York Yankees take on 727area Spring baseball rivals the Philadelphia Phillies March 10th at 1:05 pm at Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Field) in Clearwater. Ticket prices are $14-$39.

Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally | The Sail Pavilion Friday, March 10th 6 pm
Head to The Sail Pavilion in Downtown Tampa for Waterfront Dining in Tampa as a fleet of local food trucks and live musicians set up for a beautiful sunset.  The party begins at 6 pm and is FREE to attend, food from the trucks and drinks from the Sail are additional. Tampa's Sail Pavilion is listed in Dog-Friendly Bars in Tampa | Drinking With Man's Best Friend so if you want to take your Furever friend, this is the place!

Aries Spears | Tampa Improv Comedy Club  Friday, March 10th at 8 pm and 10:30 pm and Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 and 11:00 pm in Ybor City.
A member of MAD TV, this longtime stand-up comedian's portrayals of  Bill Cosby and James Brown solidified him as a comedic star. Tickets to see Aries Spears begin at $25 and can be purchased online.
Nick Dipaolo | Side Splitters appears in Carrollwood Friday, March 10th at 8 pm and Saturday, March 11th at 10:30 pm
Seen on Comedy Central he also wrote for The Chris Rock Show and many other know comedians. You can catch Nick's set at 8 or 10:15 pm for $25.

The Attic presents Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra on Friday, March 10th at 7 pm.  
Griffin formed the alt-rock group Better Than Ezra, he will appear at The Attic in Ybor 1510 E Eighth Ave. Tickets to see this famed guitarist are $25-$45. To learn more about the MUSIC scene in Tampa check out our Live Music page.

Pinellas County

2017 Valspar Championship (Pinellas) with Toby Keith on the greens at Innisbrook Saturday - Friday, March 10th at 6 pm, Saturday, March 11th golf at 7 am - Concert at 7 pm  
This annual NBC Sports televised PGA tournament held on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, brings defending champion Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson and more to the 727area. Join country star Toby Keith for a concert at the end of play on Saturday. Parking is available for purchase online. Tournament tickets range from $39-$299

The Firestone Grand Prix (Pinellas) March 10th 7 am
For this annual event in Downtown St. Petersburg streets close from Albert Whitted Airport to First Street SE, as the Verizon IndyCar series races along its twisting, turning 1.8-milelong waterfront course. Other events include Autograph sessions with drivers, Speed Zone, the IndyCar Series Fan Village, Beer Gardens, Games, Exhibits and more. The abundance of hip to luxe places to relax and dine along St. Pete's waterfront is extreme. From a craft beer experience to relaxing on the veranda at the historic Vinoy Renaissance - St. Petersburg, there are plenty of fun things to do, great restaurants to explore and more after the race. Single Day Tickets are priced at $20-$100.

Safety Harbor Seafood Festival at the Safety Harbor City Marina Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th
Taste from premier food vendors from around the country as they serve seafood specialties at this three-day festival complete with arts, crafts, live entertainment, and plenty for the kiddos to do! The event is FREE to attend, food and drinks are additional, priced per vendor.

Saturday, March 11th (not mentioned above)

Bay Area Renaissance Festival Time Travelers Weekend in the University Area of Tampa. 
The Bay Area Renaissance Festival runs weekends Saturday, March 11th through April 2, with each weekend supporting a fun theme.  This weekend it is time-travel! Visit the village, see jousting, jugglers, mimes, and madrigals. Play human chess and so much more! Enter the Dr. Who costume contest or a steampunk costume contest. Enjoy the belly dancing contest, great food, cold brews and plenty of photo opps so be sure to take your camera!  Price is $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of for adults, $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of for ages 5-12 and it's $16.95 seniors and students. Want to take your pup, you can, entry is $10 for dogs.

Gasparilla Music Festival 2017 runs Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th. Gates open Saturday at 11:30 am in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa
Grammy-nominated band Cage the Elephant headlines this year's event with sets by Moon Taxi, the New Mastersounds, Ryan Adams, Chronixx, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs and so many more great local bands!  Local restaurants cater the event on the veranda, the cost of food is in addition to the cost to attend the festival. Tickets are $40-$100 early bird!  Get yours before they are gone, it is going to be an epic weekend for Live Music in Tampa as one of our favorite LIVE MUSIC EVENTS rolls around again as part of Tampa's Gasparilla Season. 

Puddle of Mudd | Cuban Club  Saturday, March 11th in Ybor City at 8 pm.
Known for their song, 'She Hates Me' enjoy this grunge band as they visit Tampa for one performance!  Tickets are only $15.

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts headlines Patti LaBelle Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 pm, Festival gates open at 10:00 am 
Tickets to see this iconic music star are $40 in addition to the price to enter the festival ($10adults,  $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 years and younger free).

Hunahpu's Day 2017 at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park Saturday at 11:00 am is an exclusive event and always sells out. 
In Downtown Tampa along the Riverwalk next to Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina Cigar City Brewing introduces their new  Imperial stout. Food trucks will be on hand, no kids, but you can bring your pets! Tickets to this exclusive Tampa Bay Beer Week event are $200-$300.  Read about more things to do in Tampa during Beer Week in Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017 | Your Guide to Events, Tastings and More.

2017 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival presents the Goo Goo Dolls Saturday, March 11th at 7 pm.
Gates to the park open at noon to 9 p.m., the Goo Goo Dolls come to the stage at 7 p.m. At the Food and Wine Festival, in addition to your entry ticket, you can purchase sample size portions of gourmet food, wine and cocktails, and enjoy the concert which does not carry an additional fee. Look for amazing topiary and other Festival specific horticultural masterpieces with fun festival related games throughout the park. The Festival runs weekends through April 2nd.  Price are $99 for adult ticketing, $79 for ages 3-9
Rough Riders 2017 St Patricks World Record Attempt Pub Crawl  Saturday, March 1tth beginning at 3 pm at Ferg's Live in beautiful Downtown Tampa
Help the Rough Riders set a new world's record for the largest pub crawl. Let's put Tampa on the map for fun things to do by joining the crawl as we hop 30 restaurants and bars from he Channelside District to Ybor City. The price to crawl, $15! Must be 21 years and up.

Fight For Air Climb Tampa 2017 Saturday, March 11th at 8 am. Bank of America Plaza Downtown Tampa
This unique fundraiser has racers cling the stairs from ground level to the 42nd floor of Tampa’s tallest building. Actor Tim Daly takes part in this years climb as part of his work with the American Lung Association. All entrants raise a minimum of $100 to climb.

7th Annual Family Fun Day at Rowlett Park begins at 10 am Saturday, March 11th. 
Join the City of Tampa Parks ^ Rc departments as Tampa's beloved first responders pair up with Tampa area teens representing the Teens Leading Change program for a culinary cook-off! Kids can expect bounce houses, crafts, free food, games, a bike rodeo, giveaways and 40 great vendors. The event is free to attend, the auction is extra.

Tampa Fossil Fest at the Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center takes place Saturday, March 11th beginning at 9 am.
This is Florida's largest prehistoric fossil show where you can see fossils recovered in Florida along with amazing artifacts used by the first people to inhabit our state. There will be games, raffles, interesting exhibitions, workshops and more fun if exploration and uncovering history is what you crave! Tickets are $8 adults, kids 12 and younger are FREE.

The Fresh Market thanks North Tampa with “Guest Appreciation Days” in March at the Carrollwood Fresh Market this Saturday, March 11th from 1:00 - 5 pm.
Receive a free reusable shopping bag for the first 300 guests, special giveaways, demonstrations and live music from the RythmTrail Steel Drum Band at this fun market event laden with the freshest fruits, natural goodies and handmade crafts. The event is FREE to attend. If you love local and fresh you will enjoy reading Veg Out at the Best Fresh Markets and U-Pick Farms in Tampa Bay.


Palm Harbor Craft Festival in Historic Downtown Palm Harbor Saturday, March 11th and 12th, gates open Saturday at 10:00 am. 
If you enjoy fine arts and crafts this show is a big one! Bringing in expert crafters from across the country this is the show to attend if you love handmade works presented outdoors gallery-style. Before and after exploring the show we invite you to investigate the restaurants and shops that make up Palm Harbor or head north on ALT 19 to the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs for authentic Greek food, desserts, sponges, tchotchkes and more. Price to attend is FREE.

St. Practice Day Pub Crawl Saturday, March 11th at 5 pm beginning at Caddy's on Central, 217 Central Ave., Downtown St. Petersburg
This five-stop pub crawl with a free drink at each stop is designed to get you in practice for the BIG Event, St. Petrick's Day in Tampa Bay. For all your St. Patricks Day Things to Do this year bookmark______________ The crawl includes Caddy's, Thirsty First, Playerz Tap House, The One Night Stand and Five Bucks Drinkery.
Price: $15-$25.

Sunday, March 12th (if not mentioned above)

Sunday Bicycle Rides | The Independent Seminole Heights Sunday, March 12th at 8:30 am
Bring your bike to The Independent Bar and Cafe for a  26-mile bike ride to MacDill Air Force Base via the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Boulevard and the Gadsden Park Trail. Helmets are required for this ride and riders are expected to maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. Call (727) 415-8993 for additional information about their Sunday rides. 

Irish 31 Westshore Mall's Paddyfest Shamrock Shuffle Sunday, March 12th at 8:30 am.
This family-friendly thing to do in Tampa is a fun family 3K run inside the mall with stops to collect bracelets good for giveaways. The run ends Ends with games, a face painter, music, and hello moms....one free mimosa for adults in attendance! There is no cost to run this 3K.

2017 Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts headlines Rascal Flatts
Tickets to Rascal Flatts "Rhythm & Roots Tour" are $50 in addition to parking and entrance fees ($10 adult, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 years and younger free.) This popular Country crossover band takes the stage at 7:30 pm, the Strawberry fest gates open at 10:00 am.

Once again there are plenty of Things to Do in Tampa and Pinellas this weekend! Spring Break is always fun in the best city in Florida, affording us plenty of fun as our weather warms and breezes are cool. We look forward to hearing in comments below what you chose and what you liked or disliked.  We invite you to connect to hundreds of thousands of local businesses and people already connected. Register above and begin sharing your thoughts, reviewing your favorite businesses today.

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