Friday, August 19
The Beach Tampa at Amalie Arena (All Weekend)
Prepare to splash in a sea of imagination. The Beach Tampa is a 15,000 square foot immersive installation that brings the cool vibes of the beach to Tampa’s downtown. Click HERE to plan your visit. The event is free to attend and parking vouchers for the South Regional Garage next to Amalie will be provided for attendees. Amalie Arena, 400 Channelside Drive.
Dixie Chicks at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
The iconic trio the Dixie Chicks will perform live at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. Gates open at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4802 US Highway 301 North.
Betty Fox Band at Skipper’s Smokehouse
With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. Betty Fox Band will be joined by Koko Ray and The Keepers at Skipper’s Friday night. Begins at 8pm. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road.
Rewind Cinema: Friday at Tampa Theatre
This Friday, Tampa Theatre turns back the cinematic clocks and will show the cult hit Friday. The film can be understood as a reaction to popular (white) culture’s embrace of the new urban coming-of-age story. It’s a way of saying that not all these lived experiences are scary or harrowing; sometimes they’re funny. Not all the people these movies show are in the middle of a crisis or at a tipping point of violence; some of them are just relaxing on their day off. It’s a means of making familiar, of un-othering. And to do that it borrows the tropes of a subgenre that’s always been on the fringe of popular culture: wacky character comedy. Friday is also heir to the legacy of Cheech & Chong and Abbott & Costello. The screening begins at 10:30pm. Click HERE to reserve your tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
Saturday, August 20
Ash Bash at Channelside Bay Plaza
This town is the original “Cigar City” making it a perfect city to introduce this premiere revolutionary cigar event. On Saturday, August 20th, Ash Bash® will incorporate the new technology and experiential elements of a big name event with the old school process and needs of a well known cigar event, making it the largest Cigar event to ever hit Tampa Bay. The event will feature over 4 acres of cigar smoking, elixir drinking and great party fixing food. There will be an 8,000 square foot VIP lounge and live music. Runs from 6pm to midnight. Click HERE for details. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
Creative Loafing Presents Beer Fest at Glazer Children’s Museum
Join Creative Loafing in celebrating the best brews in Tampa Bay this Saturday at Glazer Children’s Museum. There will be more than 90 craft beer varieties available from over 40 local and national breweries. Saltblock Catering Co will have food available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to Humane Society of Tampa Bay. VIP entry begins at 7:30pm, General admission entry begins at 8:30pm. The event runs until 11:30pm. Click HERE to purchase your tickets. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza.
Rock the Yacht: Mardi Gras Party featuring Brown Bag Brass Band
This season, say “Bon Voyage” to a mundane evening out and hop on board the hottest live music venue on the Bay! Rock the Yacht is BACK aboard Yacht StarShip with special musical theme nights to stretch your sea legs and get you moving! Choose from themes like Island Fever, Latin Salsa, Motown, or all of the above! Pick your pleasure cruise and have a rocking good time on the high seas. Yacht Cafe and Drink Specials are available on each cruise so you can Party like a Yacht Star. The new VIP ticket option includes red carpet boarding. The fun goes from 10pm to 12:30am. Click HERE for ticket information. Board at Yacht Starship dock, 603 Channelside Drive.
Sunday, August 21
Channelside Bay Paza Local Market
The Channelside Market is a monthly display of local vendors. Visitors can enjoy food while shopping around for interesting crafts, clothes and more. The market runs from 2pm to 7pm. Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
Tampa Indie Flea at Rialto Theatre
The third Sunday of each month local market vendors gather at the Rialto Theatre for the Tampa Indie Flea. This art/food market features the very best that Tampa Bay has to offer in the historic Rialto Theatre. The market runs from 11am-4pm. Click HERE to purchase VIP tickets which grant you access to the market an hour before it opens to the public. Rialto Theatre, 1617 North Franklin Street.
Summer Movie Classics: A Raisin in the Sun at Tampa Theatre
The great Sidney Poitier plays Walter Younger, head of a family in desperate straits. He and his wife, his sister, his mother and his son all live together in a tiny apartment, and their stress has them sometimes at each other’s throats. A substantial windfall means they may soon be able to improve their situation, but what will they do with it? And what doors will society even allow to open for a black family striving for more? Adapted from the acclaimed play, A Raisin in the Sun is an unblinking, stark examination of the midcentury African-American experience. Screening begins at 3pm. Click HERE for tickets. Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
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