Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (01.29-31.16)


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#SOtampa Weekend Spotlight: Mini Doughnut Factory

Visit the Mini Doughnut Factory this weekend and treat your friends and family to a delicious morning! M and Ms, Bacon, Cookies and Cream, Vanilla Cake, Bavarian Cream, you name it they make it! Visit the Mini Doughnut Factory this weekend and indulge in their lineup of sensational treats. Mini Doughnut Factory, 2109 South Dale Mabry Highway. 

 

 

Friday, 1/29

2016 FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships
The 2016 Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Championships will take place January 29-30, 2016 at the USF Sun Dome. Click here for tickets and information. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.

Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Celebration at Curtis Hixon Park
Pre-Gasparilla celebration. Featuring live music from The Swon Brothers, Howie Day, and The Hip Abduction! Begins at 6pm. Click here for tickets. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 North Ashley Drive. 

JOHNNYSWIM at Straz Center
The husband-and-wife musical duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano will put on a show like no other. Show runs from 7:30-10pm. Click here for ticket information. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

AEG Live Presents: Jim Jeffries at Tampa Theatre
Regarded as one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has made a cottage industry out of bad behavior. Never one to shy away from a drink, a smoke or a fight, Jefferies knows just how to push his audiences’ buttons with his brutal, unflinching honesty. He performs at the Tampa Theatre Friday night at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

 

Saturday, 1/30

Gasparilla Invasion Brunch with Yacht Starship
Plunder the seas alongside the "Jose Gaspar" pirate ship and the flotilla on the biggest yacht in the invasion! Get the best view of the Gasparilla Invasion from Yacht StarShip on the busiest day on the water all year! 10am-1pm. Click here for reservations. Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Drive.  

Jackson's Bistro's Gasparilla Celebration
Enjoy Tampa’s biggest party from the best waterfront location. The spacious area outside of Jackson’s Bistro will be transformed into a party deck for the event. DJ’s will be playing all day. Food and drinks (Burgers, hot dogs, beer, water) will be available, and guests can order from Jackson’s if they prefer. Easy access to bathrooms. Cabanas and special reserved viewing areas featuring VIP bottle service are available as well. 10am-10pm. Jackson's Bistro, 601 South Harbour Island Boulevard. 

The Deck – A Gasparilla Event by Sheraton Riverwalk
Guests can access the deck through Tampa’s Riverwalk or from the parade route off Ashley Drive. Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, Cuban sandwiches, and more will be available. Drink specials featuring Captain Morgan, Bud, Bud Light, and Pirate Punch served plus DJ Felix Indahouse playing all day. 11am-6pm. Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 North Ashley Drive. 

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest
To celebrate their capture of the City of Tampa, the Captain and his Krewe share their wealth with a lively, enthusiastic crowd all along the 3.8-mile parade route. The fest runs from 11:30am-6pm. For more information about the parade route click here.

Gasparilla Outbound Voyage
Join the Channelside community for Tampa Bay’s Biggest Pirate Party! The event features live Music by the Glenn Cummings Band. Begins at noon. Channelside Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. 

Oscar Nominated Shorts at Tampa Theatre
See Academy Award nominated shorts at the Tampa Theatre. Screenings include: Sanjay's Super Team, World of Tomorrow, Bear Story, We Can't Live Without Cosmos, If I Was God, The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, The Loneliest Spotlight, Catch It and Prologue. Begins at 7:30pm. Click here to reserve tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

Throwdown by the Bay at Amalie Arena
Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, and Maddie & Tae will perform live at Amalie Arena Saturday night! 8-11pm. Click here for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. 

 

Sunday, 1/31

Men's Basketball: USF vs. Temple
The Bulls take on the Owls at the Sun Dome on Sunday. 2pm. Tickets from $10-$50. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue. 

Best Picture Classics Series at Tampa Theatre: The Artist
Silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion in late-1920s Hollywood, makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, and The Artist tells the engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance, and – most importantly – silence. Screening begins at 3pm. click here to reserve your tickets. Tampa Theatre, 411 North Franklin Street. 

Opera 101 at Straz Center
An interactive forum designed to enrich grand opera experiences. Maestro Lipton will provide insights about each of this season’s Florida Opera Festival productions and share anecdotes that will delight those who embrace the art form. Learn more about the driving dynamics behind the evolution of opera over the ages, the impact of major composers, and the importance of voice types during casting. 3pm. FREE and open to the public. Jaeb Theater at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Christi Lenee – Live and Local at Straz Center
Lenee's eclectic guitar skills have not only accompanied other great artists, but she has also played a multitude of instruments on her own records. 4:15pm. FREE. Jaeb Courtyard at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts at Tampa Theatre
See the Live Action Shorts that enthralled the film Academy. Screening: Ave Maria, Shok, Everything Will Be OK, Stutterer, Day One. Screenings begin at 6:15pm. Click here to reserve tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

 

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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a RealtorĀ® at Smith and Associates Real Estate. A marketing expert by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation.