Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (04.22-24.16)


Tampa Bay Rowdies Gameday Giveaway

#GetROWDY, Tampa Bay! The Rowdies take on the first-place Carolina Railhawks on Sat, April 23rd @ 7:30pm! Don your Green & Gold, and come cheer the home team in this battle of unbeatens! Click HERE to purchase tickets. Each home game, enter to WIN our Gameday Giveaway, and they'll randomly select a lucky winner to receive a Rowdies jersey, a VIP Meet & Greet with the Rowdies, and a pair of Premium Midfielder's Club tickets to an upcoming home game! Click HERE for more details

 

 

Friday, April 22

Tampa Downtown Partnership Presents Fourth Fridays
After a successful launch in March, the Tampa Downtown Partnership's Fourth Friday program returns this Friday, April 22, to showcase Downtown Tampa's rich arts, culture, and entertainment scene. This month, Tampa Theatre and 11 other  cultural venues, 23 restaurants and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be participating with extended hours, special admission, food and drink deals, and shuttle service between venues with up to two complimentary trips on the Pirate Water Taxi. Click HERE for details. 

David Sedaris at Carol Morsani Hall
Ever since his “SantaLand Diaries” appeared on National Public Radio in the 90’s, humorist and essayist David Sedaris has been long regarded as a leading voice of sardonic, self-effacing wit. His social critiques and family vignettes won him international fans who appreciate Sedaris’s unique ability to expose the obvious foibles of life hidden right before our eyes. Begins at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Enterprise Earth at Skatepark of Tampa
The six piece deathcore band performs at the Skatepark of Tampa on Friday. 7pm. $10. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 East Columbus Drive. 

Applebutter Express at Skipper's Smokehouse
The popular band Applebutter Express will groove with the city this Friday at Skipper's Smokehouse. Begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. 

Fourth Friday at Tampa Theatre
Tampa Theatre will offer a FREE half-hour walking tour of the historic theater at 6:30pm before doors open for the 7:30pm screening of MARGUERITE. The lobby and bar will be open from 6:00-9:00pm, and the concession stand will be offering BOGO large draft beers. Tickets to stay for the film are only $11. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

The Big Tampa BeerFest
The Big Tampa Beerfest will have over 200 craft beers from down the street and around the country. Your ticket will provide you with unlimited beer tastings. Early ticket holders get one hour advanced entry. Regular admission ticket holders can enter at 7:00pm – Friday or 2:00pm Saturday. Both are going to enjoy tasting hundreds of delicious beers, food and music on the river at Curtis Hixon Park. Click HERE for event info and tickets. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 North Ashley Drive. 

 

Saturday, April 23

EcoFest at Lowry Park
EcoFest 2016 is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy. There will be live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance. Event runs from 10am-3pm. Lowry Park bandshell area, 7525 North Boulevard, Tampa. Click HERE for more details.

Screen on the Green Presents: Dolphin Tale 2 at Water Works Park
Food trucks and concessions will be available on site. Grab your family and a blanket and head to Water Works Park for a fun night out. Dolphin Tale 2: A group of sympathetic humans help a dolphin with a damaged tail in this heartwarming sequel to the surprise 2011 hit. Inspired by actual events. 8-10pm. Water Works Park, 1710 North Highland Avenue. 

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School at Straz Center
Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on everything you need to know? With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book. Tickets: $12.50. 2pm. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Legends of Southern Hip Hop at USF Sun Dome
Juvenile, 8 Ball, Too Short, Trick Daddy and more arrive at the Sun Dome on Saturday for a buzzed about show. 8pm. Tickets: $50.75-$78.75. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue. 

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Carolina Railhawks at Al Lang Stadium
Tampa Bay faces off against the Carolina Railhawks this Saturday at 7:30pm! Don't miss all the pre-game festivities at Rowdies Den before the match and join the march to Al Lang Stadium at 7pm. CLICK HERE for tickets. Call (727) 222-2000 for $10 kids tickets. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street South.

 

 

Sunday, April 24

Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival
The Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival is a themed festival from Generation Entertainment-Generation Food Truck hosted by Centro Asturiano de Tampa, and sponsored by Burger Culture Tampa. Free parking all around the event off-site. VIP parking is available on site for $5. 11am-6pm. Event is FREE to attend and open to the public. Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 North Nebraska Avenue. 

Bloody Mary Festival at Channelside Bay Plaza
The 21-and-up festival will feature Tampa Bay area restaurants serving their signature versions of the most beloved of brunch drinks (sorry, mimosas). Headlining this year’s live entertainment will be Tampa-based acoustic group Busted Blues, which plays soul, pop and blues songs from Louis Armstrong to John Mayer and Outkast. 10am-3pm. Tickets are $30-$45. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive. 

Breakin' Out at Straz Center
The spring recital features students in Preparatory tap, Level 1A jazz and tap, Level 1B jazz, Young Children’s Tap Gr. K, Young Children’s Tap Gr. 1-2, Young Children’s Tap Gr. 3-5, Intermediate Just for Kicks and Hip-Hop Gr. 3-5. 4pm. Tickets: $15-$25. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

Family Favorite Classics Series: Labyrinth at Tampa Theatre
Teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is left home alone by her parents to babysit her brother, Toby. While telling the fussy baby a story to get him to sleep, Sarah opens a portal to a fantasy world and conjures the Goblin King (David Bowie), who steals the child and hides him in a castle in the middle of a labyrinth. To rescue him, Sarah must find her way through the treacherous and ever-changing maze before midnight, or Toby will forever be the Goblin King's possession. This very special screening of Jim Henson's 1986 classic features subtitles on the screen so the crowd can yell out their favorite lines in unison and sing along with every song. There will also be an assortment of goodies in the prop bag provided upon entry, including bubbles to fill the magical land of Sarah’s dreamy ball, balloons to bounce around the theater during the fireys’ song, and – best of all – Whoopee Cushions to fart along with the Bog of Eternal Stench. Begins at 3pm. Tickets are $12. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street. 

Garrison Keillor with special guest Rich Dworsky at Straz Center
Radio personality Garrison Keillor continues to enlighten, entertain and engage audiences with his enchanting brand of political savvy and prairie mysticism that has kept him in the hearts of adoring fans for more than 40 years. One of thinking America’s favorite humorists, Keillor’s live engagements never disappoint audiences eager for a personal dose of his careful wit, well-chosen words and Midwestern honesty. Rich Dworsky is one of those rare musicians who is so well rounded he can't easily be categorized. For the last 23 years, he's been the pianist /music director for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Tickets: $33.50-$55.50. 7:30pm. Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place. 

 

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Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. He is also a Realtor® 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.