How are we doing, Tampa Bay?
We have some good news for y’all–there are lots of events to look forward to this weekend! We discovered the best stuff to do this week so you don’t have to worry about it. No matter if you’re a foodie, dog-lover, sports fan, or just someone who wants to have fun, there are tons of things to choose from! What are you waiting for?
A coastal-themed shabby chic market? Shell yeah! Start your spring cleaning a little early this year to make room for all the vintage treasures you find. Over 100 artisans, crafters, and woodworkers come together to display and sell their incredible masterpieces!
Although there is a wide range of decor styles, this market has a distinct nautical and coastal-glam feel. So if you’re into mermaids, seashells, starfish and all things under the sea, get ready to be in a beachy kind of heaven. Whatever you want will be there–home decor, art, food items, jewelry, clothes, garden decorations, trinkets, and more. Even get hands-on at the unique decor DIY workshops! It won’t be too shabby!
No matter how Florida’s unpredictable weather turns out, this market is in inside, so come by rain or shine. By the way, it’s FREE to attend and FREE parking too!
🗓 MAR 24 | 10AM–4PM
📍Bradenton Area Convention Center
South Tampa has some great taste! Bring an empty stomach to one of the ultimate foodie gatherings in Tampa Bay. There will be unlimited food and beverage samples from local favorites. We can’t wait to try samples from Boca Kitchen Bar and Market, Metro Dinner, and Zoes Kitchen. Craving something sweeter? Bite into a mini doughnut from Little Donut House or the most delicious little cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes!
If there’s been a restaurant you’ve wanted to go to, might as well try it here first. This event is the perfect place to try the best cuisine from all over Tampa. Did we mention there will be giveaways and plenty of prize-winning opportunities? Upgrade to a VIP ticket to try even more options as well as enjoy an indoor air-conditioned space, swag bags, and more!
For more on the event, check out our exclusive Taste of South Tampa Blog.
🗓 MAR 24 | 1PM–4PM
📍Tampa Garden Club
🎟 GA $50 | VIP $90 | Military $40 | 18+
Roll out the red carpet and grab the popcorn! The Gasparilla International Film Festival is on it’s way to Ybor for its 13th year. GIFF is a phenomenal festival that celebrates independent and international filmmakers and gives them the opportunity to showcase their works. A variety of shorts, narratives, documentaries, and feature-length films from a variety of genres will play.
Take a peek at our Gasparilla International Film Festival Blog for a more in-depth look at the films that are featured this week. We, ourselves, are itching to see Teen Spirit! Elle Fanning (aka Dakota Fanning’s little sister) plays the main character in this up and coming musical drama.
Since lots of screenings take place in Ybor, we suggest you get there early to grab a beer from Zydeco Brew Works or even a sushi roll at Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar.
Immerse yourself in the film community by not only viewing the screenings but by attending the opening night reception, the Suncoast Credit Union GIFF Family Fun Day, or the Closing Night party! There’s lots to do and even more to see. We heard there are a few special guests coming that you won’t want to miss out on! We’ll give you a hint: “I don’t know what I did to you…but I’ll take a pinot grigio!”
🗓 MAR 19–24 | Times Vary
📍Main Venue: AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10
🎟Single Screening Tickets starting at $12 | Festival Ticket Packages starting at $75
📷 Gasparilla International Film Festival
Grab a leash and take your four-legged out to the 32nd Annual Bark in the Park! The pawty kicks off with a fundraiser! If you want to be a part of it, round up your pack, register, and then walk for an amazing cause. All donations go towards the Humane Society of Tampa in order to provide shelter, medical care, food, and more to the animals that come in.
If you want to skip the mile walk, there’s plenty of other things to get into. Bring your fur baby to the park and eat some grub from the food truck of your choice and even drink a little wine or craft beer. Music will be blasting, while vendors offer the best of the best stuff for your furry best friend! Get your pup into a costume contest, the agility zone, or let them roam in the pop-up dog park! There are amazing prizes, including over $1,000 in gift certificates. If you don’t have a companion, there are plenty to choose from that are adoptable on site.
We’re pretty lucky that Tampa is so dog-friendly! A bunch of restaurants in downtown will fill up a water bowl for your dog as you sit and enjoy a delicious meal. Check out restaurants with killer outdoor (pet-friendly) seating; we recommend: Franklin Manor, Dio Modern Mediterranean, and The Sail!
Let’s get the PAR-TEE started! The professional golf tournament returns to Tampa Bay. Some of the biggest names in golf are in attendance such as Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, and the current #1 golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson!
To be honest, whether you’re an avid or amateur fan of the sport, this is an experience you won’t want to miss! We’re stoked for the Publix Chillounge that opens during all four rounds and is well equipped with a variety of food and drinks. You definitely want to stop in there after hours on Thursday and Friday night for the silent disco party!
Did we mention the Valspar Championship is a great thing to do for the entire family? Run over to the Family Fun Zone to go rock climbing then to Sensible Micro Zone to play Fortnite! Don’t forget to catch all your favorite PGA TOUR pros at Autograph Alley.
One of the best parts of the championship is the Valspar LIVE presented by Chick-Fil-A. This year Brad Paisley is playing and you get in FREE if you have a Saturday tournament ticket!
Helpful Tip: Tickets for every round are available online or at your local Publix Super Market! We also suggest riding in an UBER to the tournament or purchasing prepaid parking as space is limited!
🗓 MAR 21–24 | 3PM–7PM
📍Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
🎟 THUR FRI SUN $39 | SAT $49 | Kids 15 & under: FREE
Some more stuff to do in Tampa Bay this weekend:
Other Things We’re Excited About:
- Take a little pizza our hearts now baby because Tampa Bay Pizza Week 2019 starts Thursday! For ten full days, the best pizza joints in the Bay will feature their own signature pie for $10 and under. Treat yo’self and slice it up. We can’t wait to try ‘za at Bella’s Italian Cafe and the sushi pizza from Zukku’s. Where will you go?
- What in carnation? Art in Bloom is back at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete! Blossom into Spring with this stunning exhibit that features dozens of floral designs and interpretations. Check it out starting next week!
- Wanna get bad and boozy? Well at the end of the month there will be all you can drink champagne and unlimited food at the Champagne and Chicken Wings Soiree. But we’ll get more into that in next week’s blog…you won’t want to miss it!