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Hellooo March! For only being 3 months into 2020, this year has already been filled with a ton of great things to do in Tampa Bay.

March is taking the word “eventful” to a whole new level. This week alone we have Gasparilla Music Festival, Taste of Carrollwood, The Cupcake Festival, and much much more!

Before we get into it, follow us on Instagramโ€“let’s just say we are having lots of giveaways coming up that you don’t want to miss.

Now first up on the weekend itinerary, one of our favorite local music fests!

One of our favorite events of the Gasparilla season is back again! Gasparilla Music Festival returns for two days with killer local, regional, and national artists! Headliners include Brandi Carlile, Portugal. The Man, De La Soul, and more.

Besides the music, there is delicious food and drinks that can be found along Calle Cocina. The festival welcomes all ages, making it a completely family-friendly thing to do in Tampa this weekend. Kids 12 and under gain free admission and can enjoy GMF Kids Fest 2020!

Click here to see this year’s festival map.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ MAR 7 & 8 | 11AMโ€“11PM
๐Ÿ“ Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

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2. Taste of Carrollwood

Where are our foodies at? Eat your way through Raymond James Stadium at this remarkable foodie event.

Taste of Carrollwood is the perfect food-filled thing to do in Tampa this weekend. There will be plenty of giveaways with 100 vendors in attendance, including 20+ Tampa area restaurants.

Have an opportunity to climb aboard the Raymond James Pirate Ship or experience the luxury sports bar in the East Stadium Club, Bar 76. Throughout the event, there will be interactive activities including a scavenger hunt, where completed entries give adult attendees the chance to win a free SMART TV.

The event is perfect for kids too! Everyone can enjoy inโ€“crowd entertainers, Star Wars characters, the USF Herd of Thunder Performance Band, and lots of good food.

Tickets are only $5 and include free parking and entry to Bar 76.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ MAR 8 | 12PMโ€“4PM
๐Ÿ“ Raymond James Stadium

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3. The Cupcake Festival

We found just the event that will bake you very happy this weekend. Ybor City Saturday Market will host the Cupcake Festival, AKA the sweetest thing to do in Tampa Bay! One of our favorite things about it is that it’s free to attend!

Try and buy top-notch cupcakes made by local bakers as they are judged on taste and presentation. The winner will earn the title of the “Best Cupcake in Tampa 2020.”

Every year the cupcakes sell out fast! This year they are prepared to have a 2nd round of selling beginning at 12PM, but we recommend showing up early to get the best picks!

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ MAR 7 | 9AMโ€“3PM
๐Ÿ“ Ybor City’s Saturday Market

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4. ZooBrews | 21+

Are you an animal lover as well as a beer drinker? If you said yes, then ZooBrews is just the thing to do in Tampa Bay this weekend for you.ย 

Join ZooTampa for an all-inclusive night filled with up-close wildlife, endless food, unlimited drinks, live music, games, and more! The best part: the proceeds of this event support the zoo’s conservation, animal care, and community educational programs. Plus, you’ll get access to DINOS ALIVE! included with your ticket.

Upgrade to a VIP ticket to gain entry to the event an hour early, an exclusive sneakโ€“peek at Dinos Alive!, a special pre-party at Roaring Springs, and access to the VIP lounge all night.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ MAR 7 | 7PMโ€“11PM
๐Ÿ“ ZooTampa

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5. Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival | 21+

The Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival is back this weekend and you are going to want to be beerโ€“we mean there!ย 

Help kick-off Tampa Bay Beer Week while raising money for the Florida Brewers Guild, the nonprofit trade association committed to preserving the rights of craft brewers throughout the state. There will be breweries including 3 Daughters, Bay Cannon, Dunedin Brewery, Zydeco, and over 50 more!

All attendees will receive unlimited samples of Florida’s best craft beer and a commemorative tasting glass.

Event Details
๐Ÿ—“ MAR 7 | 2PMโ€“5:30PM
๐Ÿ“ Perry Harvey Sr. Park

But wait, there's more! Check out these 5 other things to do in Tampa Bay:

Upcoming Things to Do in Tampa Bay:

Lights! Camera! Action! Gasparilla International Film Festival is coming to town this month.

This spectacular thing to do in Tampa Bay runs for 5 days and shows over 120 films. Follow us on Instagram, where we will be giving away a pair of screening passes!

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!
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