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WMNF Presents: Tropical Heatwave 2015
Tropical Heatwave returns to the streets of Tampa this weekend! UNRB, Bath Salt Zombies Band, Sarah Borges, Funny Bunny, Row Jomah, The Real Clash, Have Gun Will Travel, Mojo Gurus, Zulu Wave, La Lucha, Lions After Dark and more will perform all weekend at a variety of venues. Stages at The Ritz Ybor, Crowbar, Cuban Club Cantina/Ballroom/Theater and New World Brewery. For a full list of bands, showtimes and where they're playing just follow this link. For a list of places to purchase tickets follow this link. For information about vendors, parking and what Tropical Heatwave is all about follow this link.
Next Generation Balet's Coppelia at Straz Center
Ballet’s greatest comedy comes alive when Next Generation Ballet performs Coppelia, with music by Leo Delibes and choreography staged by Ivonne Lemus and NGB's Artistic Director Peter Stark. Funny and romantic, Coppelia tells the story of Swanhilde and her fiancé Franz, whom she catches flirting with a beautiful woman who sits on a balcony all day and reads. When Swanhilde discovers the woman is only a doll — the invention of mad scientist Dr. Coppelius — she trades places with the fake and convinces the Doctor and her beloved that the beautiful invention has come to life. Her trickery triggers a madcap domino effect of mistaken desires and identity, all played out in delightful dances, beautiful pas de deux and stunning solos for the principal dancers. Three performance: 7pm on Friday, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday. Tickets from $15-$40. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place
TFO: The Planets at Straz Center
The concert opens with Barber’s The School for Scandal Overture, full of wit, spirit, brilliance and bravura. Mozart showcases the bassoon’s lyrical and playful qualities in his Bassoon Concerto, awash with sunny melodies. Holst’s popular The Planets is a powerful cosmic kaleidoscope of symphonic sounds portraying the many “moods” of the planets. Marcelo Lehninger conducts. This performance is part of Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series. Performance begins at 8pm. Tickets from $17.50-$47.50. Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place
RiverFest on the Tampa Riverwalk
This weekend the Tampa Riverwalk hosts one of the biggest celebrations the city has ever seen. Riverfest includes an urban carnival, the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown, a Jazz Festival and FREE admission to the Straz Center and several museum in Tampa! The event will also feature the return of the popular Plank Pop-Up bar. For a full list of events follow this link. Riverfest will take over Tampa May 2 and 3 this weekend!
Tampa Downtown Carnival at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Tampa Downtown Carnival is the first ever carnival in Downtown Tampa’s Waterfront. Bring the whole family for rides, games and prizes, bands, and for the parents, a Beer Garden. Besides the rides and all the games, the Tampa Downtown Carnival will have programmed activities throughout the entire 2 days to keep you and your family entertained: Storytellers; Magic shows; Face painters; Balloon artists and more! 10am-10pm on Saturday, 10am-6pm on Sunday. Weekend passes are $20 online, $25 at Carnival for adults, $15 online and $20 at Carnival for kids. Saturday passes are $15 online and $20 at Carnival for adults, $10 online and $15 at carnival for kids. Sunday passes are $10 online and $15 at Carnival for adults, $10 online and $15 at Carnival for kids. Cotanchobee Park, 601 Old Water Street.
Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown
Mayor Bob Buckhorn in conjunction with the Friends of the Riverwalk will host the 2nd Annua Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown! The event will feature some of the most insane Mac & Cheese creations you've ever seen. Don't sleep on last year's winner Holy Hog BBQ or runners up Ulele and Mott and Hester Deli. Mac and Cheese tastings go from 4-7pm. RiverFest concert will begin immediatly after from 7-11pm. Fireworks display will cap off the evening. The event is FREE and open to the public. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive.
Sing-Along FROZEN at Tampa Theatre
After the kingdom of Arendelle is accidentally cast into eternal winter by the newly crowned Snow Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), her energetic sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with the rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his trusty reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad) to break the icy spell. Prepare to let it go and enjoy Disney's smash hit film. Perfect for the whole family. Screening begins at 3pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids and includes a bag of interactive props to use during the movie.
Children's Gala at MOSI – S O L D O U T
This special evening, encourages kids to give change to make change. The evening will take place inside MOSI's Kids In Charge! beginning with a root beer happy hour and fun-filled science for the whole family. Dinner will be served with dessert first, including a build-your-own sundae bar and a variety of kid-perfect dinner options will follow. Admission to the Children’s Gala is your MOSI piggy bank filled with change and includes one parent chaperone (tickets for additional parents or siblings without piggy banks are $10 per person). Piggy banks are free and available at MOSI’s ticket office. The money they raise will help send another child, who otherwise could not afford it, to Summer Science Camp at MOSI. The change campaign culminates at the Children’s Gala on May 2. Gala goes from 4-7pm. Free with price of admission. Can't make it? Follow this link to donate. MOSI, 4801 East Fowler Avenue.
Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival
Join Tampa in celebrating the most beloved brunch cocktail in the world: The Bloody Mary. Enjoy unlimited samples of the best bloody mary concoctions from Tampa Bay's best restaurants and vote for the best to win the Audience Choice Awards! Mimosa's and brunch food are also available for purchase! The event begins at 11am and goes until 3pm. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. VIP tickets are $80 in advance, $90 at the door. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive.
4th Annual Strike Out Ataxia Charity Bowling Event
This Sunday bowl for a cause. Midtown Pinchasers hosts the 4th Annual Strike Out Ataxia event. Ataxia is a neurological sign consisting of lack of volntary coordination of muscle movements that includes gait abnormality. Ataxia is a non-specific clinical manifestation implying dysfunction of the parts of the nervous system. Event goes from 4:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and include unlimited bowling + food and drinks. To purchase tickets follow this link. Midtown Pin Pushers,
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