Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (8.9-11.19)

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Upcoming Events

8/31 – The 7th Annual Summer of Rum Festival – EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT
Get ready to spend August 31 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, sipping on rum and enjoying some fun under the sun. This 1-day event includes live music, featuring Sublime with Rome; over 40 rum drinks, a curated Caribbean Food Market, a vendor marketplace, and fireworks show. We have a special 2-Pack General Admission Ticket Deal for our That’s So Tampa followers. Save over 30% on a 2-Pack GA of Summer of Rum Festival Tickets while supplies last. 21+ only. Click here to buy tickets. While supplies last.
August 31, 12pm–11pm
Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr


This Weekend

Image of school supplies including books, pencils and chalkboard promoting 3 day vintage market on August 9 to 11

Vintage Roost (All Weekend)
Search through a plethora of fun and interesting finds at Vintage Roost in Ybor City! Located on 7th Ave the heart of this historic community at 2326 E 7th Avenue. With 18 vendors each offering their own unique distinctive vintage flair the 5,000 sq. feet of Vintage Roost will be brimming with fantastic pieces for you to discover. Click here.
August 9 to 11
Vintage Roost, 2326 E 7th Avenue, Ybor City

Friday, August 9

Patel Conservatory presents Showstoppers: Hooray for Hollywood!
Featuring favorite moments from nostalgic to modern-day Hollywood, this professionally produced showcase features performances by the finest students of musical theater ages 13 through college. This culmination of fourteen intensive days of dance, music and acting training highlights these Broadway hopefuls in a celebration of popular solo and ensemble selections. 
Friday and Saturday
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Pl

Opening of Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix-16            
The Tampa Museum of Art is delighted to present the opening of an exhibition by one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), who defined his oeuvre by using ordinary, non-traditional materials to create distinct works of art. Rarely exhibited from the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection, the entirety of this portfolio will be on view. 
Begins 10am
Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza

Live Music at Sparkman Wharf (All Weekend)
Grab a drink and find a nice place to sit as the live music lays down a soundtrack for your weekend. If you have not visited Sparkman Wharf yet, this is a great excuse to make the trip! Powered by Gasparilla Music Festival, this show not only has a great view it’s FREE.
Begins 6pm
Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr

Innovocative Theatre’s production of The Hundred Dresses      
Innovocative Theatre continues its devotion to examining violence and bullying among American children and adolescents with The Hundred Dresses. The time is September 1938, and ten-year-old Wanda Petronski is trying to fit in among the other students in her small Connecticut town, but her poor reading skills, shy nature, and social status make it difficult. The added stigma Wanda faces as a member of a Polish immigrant family comes to a head when she claims she has one hundred beautiful dresses; though she’s only ever been seen in one. In this unique stage adaptation, Wanda’s story unfolds through the eyes of another student: Maddie, the best friend of Peggy, the most popular girl in school. When Peggy and other students start to make fun of Wanda, Maddie is confronted with an uncomfortable choice.
All Weekend
Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd  


Saturday, August
10

Summer is King
Follow the herd to ZooTampa at Lowry Park where Summer is King! Each week starting Friday, July 12th until August 8th, your Zoo visit will be filled with themed animal chats & enrichments, fun activities for the kids, and specialty food items all in celebration of Africa. Summer is King is included with ZooTampa General Admission. Click here for tickets.
9:30am to 5pm
ZooTampa, 1101 W. Sligh Ave.

Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story
Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Center-trained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century. Click here for tickets
10am to 11:30am
The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba

Florida Man Day Tour
Join Bryce Everglade, Tampa’s most infamous Florida Man, for a character-lead walking tour of downtown sights! We’ll talk about the history of Tampa, look at our most distinguished buildings, and of course, learn all about being a top-ranked “Florida Man,” just like in the evening tour. This is a two-hour experience that covers just under a mile in walking distance. Click here for tickets.
10am to noon
Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd

Beekeeping 101
Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping!? Join Josh Harris of Queen and Colony Bee Company on August 10th from 12-2 at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm as he shares the ins and outs of beekeeping. Click here for tickets.
Noon to 2pm
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave

Because of Sam Community Screening (2019)  
Tampa native Sam Piazza was born with Down syndrome. The love and support of his family, church and an inclusive school culture, as well as Sam’s courage, have helped him accomplish extraordinary things. This new documentary by Tampa native and University of South Florida Alumna Renee Warmack, takes you along an up-close journey with Sam Piazza and his family, from his birth, to winning Homecoming King at Gaither High School, to his rock star status as a team member at PDQ. The movie shows the world that being different can be difficult, but it also depicts how the conflicts and triumphs that occur in the life of a person with disabilities can serve as catalysts for positive change in the lives of those who cross his path. 
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St

Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour          
After months of overwhelming anticipation, the GRAMMY® nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio is finally coming to Downtown Tampa with Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw! The show follows the launch of the band’s highly anticipated comeback album, Happiness Begins. This show is part of the band’s first headline tour in almost a decade. 
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr

Pole for a Purpose™         
The annual Pole for a Purpose pole dance and aerial arts showcase features performers from around the United States in this spectacular demonstration of alluring athleticism. Prepare for an evening of sultry thrills and intoxicating acrobatics on fourteen feet of chrome. The best part? All the fun is for a great cause. This annual event has raised over $32,000 for charitable organizations. 
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Pl


Sunday, August
11

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!          
As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens during Summer Nights! Ride the ALL-NEW Tigris at night, then enjoy a fireworks finale every weekend!
10am to 10pm
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 McKinley Dr

Henry Fong at Pool Party Sundays     
When he isn’t igniting dancefloors around the world with his flying dreadlocks, signature groovy electro tracks, and expertly-crafted sets, Henry Fong can either be found in his studio or at the beach, likely surfing. But this Sunday he’ll be providing the soundtrack to your Sunday!
Begins 1pm
wtr Tampa, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway

Yoga in the Park
In operation since 2010, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to continue it’s Sunday Yoga in the Park tradition with our newest addition, seasoned yoga instructors from Lucky Cat Yoga.
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Dr

Join 93.3 FLZ at Salt Shack On the Bay!
Experience something Pure with 93.3 FLZ’s Katie Sommers and cheers to a beautiful sunset after a long week at the Pure Golden Happy Hour at Salt Shack On the Bay from 7pm – 9pm. Enjoy live music, delicious food and views of the sunset with new friends & organic beer!
Begins 7pm
Salt Shack on the Bay, 5415 W Tyson

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Brien Neal

Brien Neal is the Manager of Digital Strategy for RKC.me and a contributor for That's So Tampa and I Love the Burg. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a B.S. in Advertising.