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Looking for things to do in Tampa Bay this week? Lucky for you, all the best stuff is right here. This week you can look forward to a food truck rally, live music, some pride events, and more! Check out Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay Team Members Aubrey,  Madison, Stefanie, and Jenna’s top picks for this week too!

For giveaways, restaurant openings, and more things to do across Tampa Bay, follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Now let’s jump into the good stuff! Did y’all know Busch Gardens is open again? 

The last few months have been a rollercoaster but now we’re ready to ride a real one. One of the most thrilling things to do in Tampa is finally open again! And if you need to cool off in this Florida heat, Adventure Island, the water park next door, is open too.

Busch Gardens is taking the necessary precautions against COVID-19. To help maintain physical distancing, reservations are now required. Guests will be asked to wear face masks and have their temperature taken before entering. In addition, rides will be sanitized more frequently. 

A few of our favorite rides that are open are Tigris, Cheetah Hunt, Cobra’s Curse, Montu, and SheiKra. Rides such as Kumba and Gwazi Gliders are currently closed. Visit their website for more details.

Tampa, Florida’s very own theme park is only a 5-minute drive from the University of South Florida and about 15 minutes from Downtown Tampa. For more information take a peek at this: Thrills and Adventure Ahead at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Other Tampa Bay attractions that have reopened:

⭐️ Vintage Roost 3-Day Market | Jenna’s Top Pick
⭐️ Florida Aquarium | Aubrey’s Top Pick
⭐️ Clearwater Marine Aquarium | Stefanie’s Top Pick
⭐️ The Dali Museum | Madison’s Top Pick
Pirate Water Taxi
Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa

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Dunedin Vegan Food Truck Rally

Whether you’re vegan or not, if you’re a foodie then this is one thing to do in Tampa Bay that you need to check out this weekend! Head to HOB Brewing Company for live music and good craft beer paired with yummy vegan treats. You can choose from vegan churros, grilled cheese, crepes, cotton candy, and much more! Admission and parking are free, plus its pet and family-friendly.

If you can’t make it to Dunedin this weekend but vegan/vegetarian food is your jam, we created a list of great local restaurants for you to visit!

Event Details
🗓  SUN | 12PM-6PM
📍 HOB Brewing Company

More places to visit if you're vegan/vegetarian:

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Live Music at Sparkman Wharf

One of the best things to do in Tampa is to hang out at our beloved Sparkman Wharf. Anyone from Tampa, Florida knows that Sparkman is one of the best spots to relax outside while you drink, eat, and listen to live music. Did we mention that it is extremely family-friendly and dog-friendly?

This weekend they are having live music powered by Gasparilla Music Festival every day on the Sparkman Stage. Catch the talented Logan Grant on Friday, Gerry Williams on Saturday, and the Sunsetters on Sunday. 

If you’re in Downtown Tampa for the day, we recommend taking a stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk then ending the night at Sparkman for the live music! Along the riverwalk, you will find a bunch of Tampa museums and attractions like the Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Bay History Center. If you pass Sparkman, there is Florida Aquarium and you can even take the trolly to Ybor City–AKA the cigar city!

Event Details
🗓  FRI & SAT | 4PM-8PM
🗓  SUN | 12PM-4PM
📍 Sparkman Wharf

Awesome spots with live music in Tampa Bay:

⭐️ Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe | Jenna’s Top Pick
⭐️ Frenchy’s | Stefanie’s Top Pick
⭐️ Green Iguana Bar & Grill | Aubrey’s Top Pick
⭐️ Forbici | Madison’s Top Pick
Living Room on Main
Coco’s Crush Bar and Grill

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Musical Bingo Nation at 3 Daughters Brewing

A lot of the best things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend are happening in St. Petersburg, Florida! We suggest spending a good chunk of your weekend in the city of St. Pete. Close to downtown St. Petersburg you will find a bunch of breweries and one of our favorites is 3 Daughters!

The dog friendly brewery is hosting musical bingo, which is free to play and has over 30 music rounds for you to enjoy! You can WIN prizes like brewery bucks and promotional items such as drink koozies, magnets, and stickers.

Event Details
🗓  THURS | 7PM-10PM
📍 3 Daughters Brewing

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Pride Central

It’s PRIDE Month Y’all! Wear your rainbow colors and safely show your Pride up and down Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Shop and support local brick and mortar shops, visit some fun pop-ups, and enjoy deals, discounts, and drink specials at participating locations.

They will also be raising money for local organizations including Pinellas County Urban League and Metro Inclusive Health. Local business will be practicing proper social distancing guidelines for everyone’s safety.

Some boutiques, bars, and shops participating include Brutique, Zazoo’d, Plant Love Ice Cream, Blo Blow Dry Bar, Ashe Couture Boutique, Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, Pizza Box and many more!

Event Details
🗓  SAT | 12PM-5PM
📍 Central Ave St. Pete

More Things to Do in Tampa Bay for Pride:

⭐️ St. Pete Pride Art Market | The Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay Team’s Top Pick
Bay Area Pride Weekend
Cabana Fever TGIT: Pride Edition with Deanne
Spintensity’s Ride for Pride
Light UP Punky’s for Pride

Upcoming things to do in Tampa Bay to look forward to!

If you’re looking for more events or strictly virtual things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend, check the UNATION app! For example, Social Media Day is happening digitally until the end of June.

We are definitely looking forward to July with events such as Tampa Bay Comic Con and Parking Lot Social at Raymond James Stadium.

For more things to do in Tampa Bay, give us a follow on @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Facebook and Instagram!

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Jenna Podesla

Jenna Podesla

Jenna is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!