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What’s Happening MacDill AFB?

February 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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What’s Happening this weekend in the MacDill AFB area? Well lots of fun events are happening including the Strawberry Festival. This should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy all this area has to offer. If you have an event coming up that you would like to share leave me the information in the comment section below and I will try and share with our readers. So here is What’s happening MacDill AFB:

So which one of these fun events are you going to visit? Do you have an event I should share? If looking for a new home is in your plans this weekend then take a look at these homes for sale or rent.

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The Florida Strawberry Festival

February 23, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Events, Military Spouse, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

The 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival

The 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival

The 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival starts this Thursday February 26th. If you love strawberries, festivals and fun then you will want to visit the festival. The strawberry festival located at 303 N. Lemon Street, Plant City is a great family event. Here is some information you may want to know when visiting the Florida Strawberry Festival:

  • Order your tickets online now until the 25th and receive a discount of about $2.00.
  • Military families may want to plan their visit for March 4th when Friends of Military Families and FOX 13 Care Force will be  sponsoring American Heroes Day. On the 4th all active, reserve and retired military and military veterans along with Law Enforcement first responders get free admission.
  • Check the Special Days page for other great discounts including free kids day on February 28th.
  • The Florida Strawberry festival is a great event to check out a concert some great headliners are scheduled to perform including Kevin Costner & Modern West, Boyz 11 Men and John Legend.
  • The Festival includes some great contest’s such as the Strawberry Spaghetti eating contest!
  • The Neighborhood tent is one of my favorite’s with the quilt and needle point displays.
  • The kids will love all the animal displays and you may even catch one of the judging events.
  • But the one thing you have to do is stop at one of the Strawberry booths and have some Strawberry shortcake or other delicious treat!

If you are looking for something fun to do whether you have lived here in the MacDill AFB area for some or you are new to the area the Florida Strawberry Festival has something for everyone. Share your great Festival pictures on our Facebook page.

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Things to Do in the MacDill AFB Area This Weekend

February 20, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Tampa Nights

It is a little blustery here in the MacDill AFB area today, but the forecast calls for 75 on Saturday and  80 on Sunday! This is the perfect weekend weather to get out and see what there is to do in the area.  There are plenty of things to do in the MacDill AFB area this weekend.

  • Curtis Hixon Park will host Lights on Tampa on Friday evening.
  • If you missed Fat Tuesday, you can head to Dunedin on Friday at 4pm and take part in the Tardy Mardi Party at Pioneer Park.
  • On Saturday, baseball fans can get ready for the upcoming season with the Rays FanFest at the Trop in St. Pete on Saturday!  This free event includes tours of the clubhouse and as well as seeing players and walking on the field!
  • Largo will host the Chinese New Year Celebration Largo Central Park.
  • Bayshore Blvd will be busy this weekend in the morning with the Gasparilla Distance Classic road races.
  • The Clearwater Sea Blues Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Coachman Park.  There is free general admission!
  • Dress in your best attire and walk the red carpet to view the Oscar’s at the Tampa Theatre on Sunday!
  • Take in the weather and art in downtown Tampa on Sunday.  You have two choices, the Harbour Island Art Walk starting at noon and Live Art at the Sail, next to the Convention Center starting at 1:00 pm.

So much fun this weekend around the MacDill AFB area! If you know of a fun event that I did not share please leave it in the comments area of the blog. Also, if you have any great photo’s of any of these events please share on our Facebook page.  Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

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Sant’ Yago Knight Parade Tonight!

February 14, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

Tonight in Ybor City is The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade.  The Knight Parade is part of the Gasparilla celebration which has taken place for more than 50 years and is considered the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States.

The parade will have illuminated floats, costumed participants, and marching bands. Get ready to catch some the beads and other goodies that will be thrown out by the parade participants. This is a free event, but you can purchase tickets to sit in the grandstand. This parade is the family parade and children are welcome to attend. You can bring chairs, but alcohol outside of a bar or restaurant is not allowed and this will be strictly enforced. A portion of the parade proceeds benefit the Krewe of Sant’ Yago Education Foundation.  Over 110,000 spectators and participants enjoyed the 2014 Knight Parade. The official start of the parade is at Nuccio Parkway and 7th Avenue. The parade will proceed east on 7th Avenue. The parade ends at 22nd Avenue but the floats will continue down 7th Avenue as far as 40th Street. The parade starts at 7pm, but get there early to get a good spot to watch the parade.  The district of Ybor City is turned into a giant street party and festival filled with floats, over 100 dazzling lights, pirates, music dancing and more.

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Valentine’s Weekend Events Near MacDill AFB

February 13, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Dining, Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Valentine's Weekend Events Near MacDill AFB

Are you looking for some Valentine’s weekend events near MacDill AFB? Well  you are in luck there are plenty of fun events going on this weekend. Whether you need an idea for family fun or a romantic date you will want to check out these events near MacDill AFB:

  • Tonight at 7:30pm, the Tampa Theatre will show Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts. This could be the perfect pre- Valentine’s day date!!
  • Check out the Stageworks Theatre in the Channelside District. They are presenting the hilarious comedy “Birds of a Feather” this weekend.
  • On Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs Golf Facility hosts Golfest. This is an opportunity to try out all the latest golf equipment! Great idea for your golfing Valentine!! Admission is $10.
  • The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is ongoing at MOSI across the street from the University of South Florida.
  • The USF Engineering Expo takes place on Saturday. Students in grades K through 12 will have hands-on opportunities to experience how math and science combine to create new technologies.
  • It’s “Sweetheart Dino Deal” at Dinosaur World in Plant City. Just mention “sweetheart” when purchasing ticket and your sweetheart gets in for free.
  • What a great way to start your Valentine’s celebration with the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ takes place on Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park. You can check out the more than 60 beers, 40 Bourbons and plenty of barbecue. There is an admission fee.
  • On Sunday it’s Hockey Day at Amalie Arena hosted by the Lightning. All-time Lightning greats and Stanley Cup champions including Dave Andreychuk, Jay Feaster and John Tortorella will be there. There’s also a Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party. The $10 admission fee will benefit Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charites, Inc.
  • Finish off your Valentine’s weekend with a great romantic and action movie!! At 3pm on Sunday, the Tampa Theatre will show the 80’s classic movie “Top Gun”.

Wow with all these great events your Valentine’s weekend near MacDill AFB should not be boring!! If you have a great event you would like to share please post it in the comments section here on the blog.

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