From Strawberries To Beer, Festivals Dominate Tampa Bay Weekend Festivities

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY

The events and descriptions below were compiled by Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events reporter Sharon Wynne. Click Here to check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.

P!nk: You know who’s great? Pink. No, really! We take her for granted, too often leaving her out of the discussion when it comes to pop icons under 40 (which, amazingly, she still is). Taylor, Beyonce, Gaga, Adele, Katy. We should stand and salute her while she twirls Cirque du Soleil-style above our heads. Julia Michaels opens. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $43.75 and up.

Florida Strawberry Fest: Celebrate your favorite fruit but they also have an awesome music lineup of country, rock, pop and R&B acts. Theres more to come, but here’s this weekend:

  • Thursday: Elvira quartet the Oak Ridge Boys at (3:30 p.m., $20) and Country legends Alabama (7:30 p.m., $45).
  • Friday: Willie Nelson and Family 3:30 p.m. and Brothers Osborne at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Nashville's answer to Pentatonix, vocal sensations Home Free (3:30) kick it off, with Jungle Boogie funksters Kool and the Gang (7:30 p.m)

COMEDY

Trae Crowder: It’s kind of a genius gimmick: The Liberal Redneck. It’s not just a character for Tennessee native Trae Crowder, who put the blue in blue-collar comedy with his viral (and liberal) takes on guns, LGBTQ issues and Black Lives Matter. His point of view — inspired in part by growing up with a gay uncle — has led to a hit book and sitcom development deal with ABC. He’s setting out to squash stereotypes on the road alongside like-minded stand-ups Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org

MUSIC

Florida Orchestra: Women Rock

Women take center stage at the Florida Orchestra this weekend. Singers Shayna Steele, Cassidy Catanzaro and Katrina Rose join conductor Bob Bernhardt for a pops performance dubbed Women Rock, featuring the music of Carole King (I Feel The Earth Move), Tina Turner (What’s Love Got to Do With It), Joan Jett (I Love Rock n’ Roll), Pat Benatar (Hit Me With Your Best Shot) and more. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $18 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org

ART

Gasparilla Festival of the Art: This Gasparilla festival returns to Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden this weekend with a mix of 235 local, national and international award-winning artists. Shop and also see artists transform pavement into works of art at the Chalk Walk.  9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

RUN

Skyway 10K: This race sold out within the first few weeks...and we think it's because people love the idea of running over the Skyway Bridge. Whether you’re picking up your race-day packet for the opportunity to run across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or not, you’ll want to check out the expo inside Tropicana Field that includes vendors and a free concert by the Billboard-charting country music duo Love and Theft. Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, which is race day, runners board buses at the Trop for transportation to the start point just south of the Skyway.

BEER WEEK

The eighth annual Tampa Bay Beer Week kicks off Saturday, ushering in a week (and two bonus days) of the year’s best beer-soaked events. Check tampabaybeerweek.com for the latest schedule. Here’s some highlights:

  • Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival: The de facto kickoff each year features more than 80 breweries. $45. 2–5 p.m. Saturday. Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, 1000 E Harrison St., Tampa.
  • Best Florida Beer Brewer’s Ball: The top three beers, ciders and meads in each judged category of the 2019 Best Florida Beer competition will be on tap. $75. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa.
  • Hunahpu’s Day: Cigar City Brewing Co is one of the most sought-after beers from all across the country. This is the biggest fest of the year — a fitting end to another Beer Week. The base ticket option includes four bottles of Hunahpu’s to take home. $210. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. March 9. Raymond James Stadium, Lots 5 and 7, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
  • History by the Pint - Beer and Brewing in Tampa Bay: This new exhibit at Tampa Bay History Center traces beer and brewing in the Bay from it’s 19th century Ybor City roots to today, where it’s recognized as one of the nation’s top beer scenes. Prohibition, homebrewing and the rise of modern breweries in the area are all on tap Saturday through Aug. 11. Artifacts and photos from Florida’s brewing history will be on display, and guests will receive a free pint of beer with admission on opening weekend. $15. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 801 Old Water St., Tampa.

ZooBrews: Surrounded by wildlife at night, the ZooBrews party for foodies at ZooTampa at Lowry Park returns for a second year. The zoo did a complete makeover of its popular WaZoo party, where the food was average and the party goers spent the night chasing down as many small samples of beer as possible. ZooBrews, for 21 and older only, is an all-inclusive ticket with full glasses of beer, wine and cocktails that are paired with tapas-style food such as bacon steak sliders, mini crudité platters, fish tacos, short rib fontina and a dessert room filled with decadent treats like champagne mousse and grilled strawberry shortcake. Tickets are $85; $40 designated drivers. 7 p.m. Saturday. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org

FESTIVALS

  • St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival: Three days of mixed music and food, especially seafood, by area restaurants. 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $5, 11 and younger free. (941) 320-9192. seafoodfestivals.com
  • Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: Swamp creatures roam the annual swamp celebration with more than 140 artists and crafters, food, live music, dancing, prize drawings and a swamp monster costume contest. 9 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $5, $3 for ages 6-12, ages 5 and younger free. (352) 597-4424. Swampfestweekiwachee.com

EXTRA

  • World War II Weekend: Uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces recreate battles (2 p.m.). Also, weapons demonstrations, military vehicle displays, wartime encampments, period vendors, food and music. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $4, 6 and younger free. (352) 793-4781. dadebattlefield.com
  • Tampa Pro: It’s considered one of the sport’s top events, with a weekend that attracts top pros and celebrity fans like Lil Wayne. In addition to the action, the weekend includes tricks and a Saturday after-party with an open bar and concrete jams. Some days sell out, so check skateparkoftampa.com for tickets. 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10 Friday; $15 Saturday-Sunday. (813) 621-6793.
  • Dinovations Lab at MOSI: Saturday is opening day for the Dinovations Lab, a new exhibit at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. This exhibit allows families to look at fossils under a microscope, learn about how volcanoes impacted our Jurassic friends and touch an actual meteorite. A 31-foot-tall Diplodocus skeleton towers over the exhibit and there are themed crawl tubes so kids can feel like they are crawling up the trunk of a fallen tree with its roots exposed. It opens at 10 a.m. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Included with admission $12.95; $10.95 seniors; $7.95 children 3-12. (813) 987-6000.

THIS WEEK IN DRESS-UP

FAT TUESDAY

Mardi Gras Parade and Festival: More than 30,000 people are expected to head to Dunedin on Tuesday to attend the 28th annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival, the largest Fat Tuesday event in the area. The party starts at 4 p.m., and at 7 the procession of floats begins in front of the Dunedin Stadium and runs along Douglas Avenue to shower paradegoers with beads. Food trucks and other vendors will line Main Street. It’s free for spectators, and there are VIP tickets of $107 for unlimited beer, wine, appetizers, viewing area and swag at liveeventsaccess.com. 420 Main St., Dunedin. (813) 922-1264.

Over in Ybor City, the Fat Tuesday Bar Crawl will be a New Orleans-style jazz memorial procession they are calling the James E. Rooster Parade. The colorful procession of “mourners” will begin with a funeral wake at 5:30 p.m. at the Dirty Shame to honor the celebrated Ybor rooster who met an untimely demise in the jaws of a dog in 1997. The quirky event has popped up with regularity since the rooster died, because who can resist a noisy parade with revelers decked out in boas, sparkly dresses, umbrellas and hats festooned with plastic beaks and wattles? A marching band and guests will commence the Chicken Parade along Seventh Avenue at 6 and the bar crawl from 7-10 p.m. will have stops at Zydec, The Big Easy and Bad Monkey. Costumes with a Mardi Gras or chicken theme are highly encouraged as well as an abundance of beads, flowers, and cowbells. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Register for a free ticket at ybor-now.eventbrite.com

 
 
PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman

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