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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 23, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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It’s almost the weekend and there are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  Chose from music to baseball and some planes in between.  The weather should be fairly pleasant this weekend, but don’t forgot the sunscreen. Maybe just a quiet weekend at the beach is in store for you!

  • On Friday, it’s Blast Friday in downtown Clearwater as the city celebrates its Centennial. Starting at 5:30pm, there will be food venders, arts & crafts, and of course the downtown stores will be open. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will be playing a free concert.
  • The Friday Extra Concert Series will be at Waterworks Park on Friday from 7pm to 9pm. Save the Radio with opening act Morgan Bernard will be playing. This free event also includes a few trucks or you can bring your own picnic basket!
  • All weekend long in Lakeland is the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In. The US Air Force Thuderbirds will be there this weekend. This is a perfect place for airplane enthusiasts.
  • On Saturday starting at 8am is the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races! This free event will take place in Garrison Channel off of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena in Channelside.
  • At the same time as the Dragon Boat Races, Asia Fest takes place Cotanchobee Park starting at 11am. There will be dancing, arts & crafts, cultural displays and food!
  • It’s not too late to sign up for the Tampa Bay International 5K and run on the airport runways at Tampa International Airport on Saturday.
  • The Sugar Sand Festival takes place on the beaches of Clearwater Beach. Watch as the sand is turned into sculptured displays.
  • “E.T.” will be on the big screen at historic Tampa Theatre on Sunday at 3pm.
  • You can take in a ballgame on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10pm at the Trop.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 16, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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There are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area for this weekend. The great thing about living in the Tampa Bay area is that there is such a large variety of things to do. From sports to arts to amusement parks to beaches, there is something for everyone in the family.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees at the Trop on Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm.
  • On Friday at Water Works Park located on the Hillsborough River it’s the Friday Extra Concert Series at 7pm. Shane Meade will start out the night followed by the Betty Fox Band. There will food trucks and limited parking so be there early.
  • The Craft Beer & Barbeque Festival in Tarpon Springs on Friday evening is the place to be at to enjoy the outside and then maybe head over to the sponge docks. Enjoy the drink and food with some great free live music. The fun starts at 5pm.
  • The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will present Fiddler on the Roof on Friday evening at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to not only see some great performances, but also an opportunity to see if the Patel Conservatory is right for your children.
  • FishHawk Ranch in Lithia will have a community wide garage sale on Saturday from 8am to noon.
  • This weekend is the popular Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park on the St. Pete waterfront. Besides the art, there will be free concerts and food for purchase!
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 3pm at Amalie Arena during the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • The Tampa Theatre will show the family comedy “Hook” on Sunday at 3pm. This historic theatre built in 1926 offers a great way to enjoy a movie in a classic movie house from the golden age of movie theaters.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 09, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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Looks like the weather will cooperate this weekend with sun and no rain in the current forecast!  Looks like a great opportunity to get out and enjoy all the things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

  • The Tampa Bay Blues Festival runs from Friday to Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Pete.  Tower of Power, Boz Scraggs and Southern Hospitality will be there. Tickets run from $35 to $90.
  • On Friday at 7pm, Water Works Park on the Hillsborough River will host the free Friday Concert Series featuring the Roberto Debourg Band.
  • This weekend is PhilFest which is  the biggest Filipino-American festival in the Tampa Bay Area – non-stop entertainment, food and merchandise, all in a weekend of fun, Filipino style!
  • On Saturday at 7:30om, the Tampa Bay Rowdies open up their soccer season at home at Al Lang Park in St. Pete against Minnesota United FC.
  • On Saturday the 20th Annual Springfest takes place in Gulfport.   Clymer Park will be transformed into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers in costume will also stroll through the event.  This family friendly event will have food, drinks, entertainment and fun.
  • The 1980’s classic “The Goonies” will be playing at the historic Tampa Theatre on Sunday at 3pm.
  • After watching Goonies, head over to Curtis Hixon Park on the river for the free Yoga in the Park at 6pm.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!  Let know if you have idea for good outing this weekend.

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Tampa Bay Rays Home Opener on 6 April!

April 05, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

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The start of Major League Baseball in Tampa is on 6 April with the Tampa Bay Rays home opener at Tropicana Stadium!  They take on the Baltimore Orioles with the first pitch at 3:10pm.  The start of the baseball season brings hope and expectations for every team and fan.  The Rays have had a significant turnover of players and even the departure of their beloved manager Joe Madden who departed for the Chicago Cubs this past Winter.  Some exceptional players have left including former Rookie of the Year, Wil Meyers, who was traded to the San Diego Padres.  Three pitchers of the planned rotation of 5 starting pitchers are currently injured.  Starters Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Matt Moore are injured along reliever Jake McGee.  But the Rays have the depth to have 3 pitchers who will not only hold down the fort, but will be significant contributors throughout the season. Kevin Cash, a son of Tampa, has returned to lead the Rays as their manager.  The offense has been rebuilt with speed and contact hitters.  Chris Archer will start the game for the Rays and if he continues his performance from last year expect nothing but the best from him!  The game is sold out, but there are a few tickets left on StubHub. Get there early for parking at the Trop or near the stadium.  Patrons are allowed to bring food into Tropicana Field. All food items must be wrapped, bagged, or contained within a soft-sided container that shall not exceed 16″x16″x 8″. Patrons are allowed to bring in single-serving juice boxes and sealed plastic water bottles (no larger than one liter). Items not allowed are cans, thermoses, ice chests, bottles, glass containers or any other non-collapsible container or object deemed hazardous.

Enjoy the game and Go Rays!

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 03, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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There are so many things to do in the Tampa Bay area you might have a difficult time making a choice! The weather should be pleasant this weekend, but make sure you have sunscreen available if you are outdoors!

  • It’s First Friday at the Plant Museum. Today from 5 pm to 7 pm, admission is free to the historic Plant Museum. The museum is located at the University of Tampa on the Hillsborough River.
  • Get ready for the Women’s NCAA Final Four at Amalie Arena in the Channelside District at the Sail Pavilion next to the Tampa Convention/Center this evening. Starting at 5:30 pm, there will food trucks, drinks, and live entertainment to enjoy along the riverfront.
  • On Saturday outside of Amalie Arena starting at 8:30 am, you can go to Tourney Town for a free celebration of the Women’s NCAA Final Four taking place this week in the Arena. There will be games, contests and fun for all the fans!
  • On Saturday, the Rays will play their final Spring Training game at the Trop. They take on the Detroit Tigers with the first pitch scheduled for 12:35pm.
  • The Largo Central Railroad will offer free train rides for children this weekend at Central Park in Largo.
  • “Shrek” will be playing at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa on Sunday at 3pm.

Enjoy the weekend and let us know if you have great idea for a weekend outing!

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