Tampa Margarita Festival – May 28
The 2016 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival returns to Downtown Tampa! Bigger, Better, and More Margaritas than Ever! Blues Traveler will perform LIVE. The festivities will end with a huge fireworks display. The event runs from noon-11pm. Click HERE to get your advanced tickets. Takes place at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 North Ashley Drive.
Friday, May 6
The Maids at Shimberg Playhouse (All Weekend)
Based on a true story: two sisters ritualistically act out fantasies of committing a murder. Suspenseful, strange, and sexy, this potent and poetic psychodrama will keep you guessing until the lights go black! The Maids was French poet, novelist, art critic, essayist, and film-maker Jean Genet’s first play to be produced, coming hot on the heels of the publication of his most famous book, “Our Lady of Flowers.” It is inspired by the famous 1933 French murder trial of Christine and Lea Papin, two sisters employed as maids, who gruesomely killed their employer and her adult daughter. Performances run through May 22. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Shimberg Playhouse at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Soul Crooners 2 at Jaeb Theatre (All Weekend)
Last year’s held-over hit Soul Crooners returns for another fun-filled blast of some of the greatest soul music ever made. Soul Crooners 2 celebrates the sounds of the 70s, featuring the guys dancing, singing, swinging and mixing up heavenly harmonies from the O’Jays, Earth Wind and Fire, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Donny Hathaway, Jackson Five and many more. Whatever happens to you during this hip-shaking, earth-quaking show … blame it on the boogie. Performances run through May 15. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Jaeb Theatre at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Andy Woodhull at Side Splitters Comedy Club (All Weekend)
Andy was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the Tonight Show: Starring Jimmy Fallon. He has also recently appeared on Conan, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Gotham Comedy Live on AXS. He''l be performing sets Friday through Sunday. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 North Dale Mabry Highway
Next Generation's Ballet Giselle at Ferguson Hall
As George Balanchine said, “Like Hamlet, Giselle is a classic …people go to see Giselle and to see ballerinas dance it for the same reason we go to see new interpretations of Hamlet … we always discover something in it we hadn’t seen before.” The award-winning dancers of the Straz Center’s Next Generation Ballet bring to life this romantic tale of passion, betrayal and a love that survives even death. Performances on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Ferguson Hall at Straz Center, 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
Cars and Coffee at Motorsports by Reeves
Join Reeves for their monthly Motorsports Gathering on Saturday, May 7. The Gathering is an exceptional opportunity for car owners and enthusiasts to showcase classic, exotic, luxury and super cars. This exclusive event is hosted at Reeves Import Motorcars the first Saturday of every month. Bring a friend and join us for complimentary beignets, coffee and esprit de corps! 7-9am. Motorsports by Reeves, 11333 North Florida Avenue.
History Bike Tampa at Kahwa Coffee
On the first Saturday of each month History Bike Tampa offers a free tour of the Tampa area. Their goal is to bring a little more knowledge to the residents of Tampa by taking them on a free tour! Each of their tours is approximately 2 hours in length, and the destinations change every month. Tours begins at 10am. They do ask a for a small donation of $5 for the tour, but participants are free to tip/donate/etc as they please. Departs from the Kahwa Coffee at 400 North Ashley Drive.
2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis at Al Lopez Park
Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event, supporting our mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. 8am on-site registration. 9am 5k starts. Al Lopez Park, 4810 North Himes Avenue.
WaZoo BeerFest at Lowry Park Zoo
The 21st annual WaZoo BeerFest is springing forward to May! This all-inclusive tasting event features samples of 250 beers from 70 breweries, a variety of savory pub fare, live entertainment, and free daytime admission to come back in May and enjoy other great adventures at the zoo. ALL included with admission. The VIP Beastly Beer Club offers a more exclusive experience than ever before, including beer and food parings, combined with early event entry. Runs from 8-11:30pm. GA tickets are $75, VIP is $145. Click HERE to purchase. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 West Sligh Avenue.
Novel Effect is a new, screen-free entertainment experience and educational tool, enjoyed simply and intuitively. As you read a book aloud the proprietary technology uses voice recognition to follow along in the background on a smartphone or tablet. Watch as story time at the Museum unfolds into a sensory immersive experience. The corresponding theme music, sound effects, and more subtle elements of a story will come to life. Call the museum for more information: (813) 443-3861. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza.
Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival is a monthly concert series on board the historic TECO Line Streetcar System. Taking advantage of the intimate and unique setting of The Streetcar, music acts will board The Streetcar at Centennial Park Station leaving at 4:40 p.m., with music from 5-7pm. Centennial Park Station, East 8th Avenue.
Rick Ross performs live at Whiskey North Saturday night. 9pm. $40 per person. Whiskey North, 11921 North Dale Mabry Highway.
Cheer on contestants Casey Turner, Corina, Danielle 97X, Forbes Riley, Holly O'Connor, Niely, Patricia Alcaide Preschool Sweethearts, Rich Ortiz & Rickie Burney as they Lip Sync Battle it out for the $500.00 Cash Prize. 7-11pm. $11.54-$27.37. Get your tickets online. The Ritz, 1503 East 7th Avenue.
COSTUME CONTEST Hosted by BillY of Hell On Earth "gooodah…" Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars Saga character or anything Sci-Fi related and celebrate the international phenomena of "May the 4th be with you." 10:30pm. $9 cover for 18-20, $7 for 21+. The Castle, 2004 North 16th Street.
The Great Mother’s Day Race is a 5K run/walk that the whole family can do together to create a unique, and lasting, family memory. The event is family-friendly and focuses on health and wellness, plus competition. We want families and friends to get off the couch, get moving, and create exciting memories of fun and adventure! Begins at 8am. Al Lopez Park, 4810 North Himes Avenue.
Soul Yoga, Yogance, and Power Yoga! Every week we'll be switching up the flow to give you variety for your mind and body to connect. 11am-noon. Donations appreciated. Water Works Park, 1710 North Highland Avenue.
The Lightning face the Islanders in Game 5 in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The puck drops at 3:03pm. Click HERE for tickets. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive.
It’s Mother’s Day! Show mom some love with an elaborate picnic and great symphonic music in a lovely waterfront park, ending in a fireworks finale. Bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive, too. 7:30pm. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 North Ashley Drive.
Carolos Vives brings life and energy to the USF Sun Dome on Saturday. With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, Carlos Vives is considered to be a pioneer of Colombian pop music. He is the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy Award, which he won for Best Tropical Album in 2002 for Déjame Entrar, and to date has won 2 Grammy Awards and 9 Latin Grammy Awards. Show begins at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.