Weekend Things To Do: Tampa

Weekend Things To Do In Tampa

It’s been a busy few weeks for Raymond James Stadium and the city of Tampa with events like the National Championship being in town. This weekend is no different, there are plenty of things to do with the whole family.

Monster Jam returns this weekend with custom-designed beasts that are 12 feet wide and tires so large a person could stand in them. The professionals, Grave Digger, El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt give fans a fright in their monster trucks. The 10,000 pound trucks leap into the air 100 feet and perform other crazy tricks. The event is great for families and most fans come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$185. Toll- free 1-800-745-3000. monsterjam.com.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger comes to the Mahaffy Theater on Sunday, eight years after the “Miracle on the Hudson.” He will share what went through his mind during the emergency landing and the aftermath. In last year’s biopic Tom Hanks played Sully, the heralded pilot. Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River after its engines lost power, which saved all 155 people on board. Since then he has been an international speaker on airline safety and helps advise airlines on new safety protocols. He will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey, 400 First St. St. Petersburg. $45.50-$75. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.

Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Deep Jam: Sunshine Music Festival returns for its fifth year. The festival is co-masterminded by Live Nation and headliners Tedeschi Trucks Band is thriving in its uniqueness. Mavis Staples, winner of a Kennedy Center Honor, is billed fourth alongside Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Dave Mason. Younger jam-bander disciplines, Grateful Dead tribute Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth and Southern rock favorites, North Mississippi Allstars and the Greyhounds all are included in this festival. This rare festival will take place at Vinoy Park on Saturday. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. sunshinemusicfestival.com.



MLK Parades. Tampa’s Allen Temple AME Church will host a Bay Black Heritage Festival Gospel Night on Sunday at 6 p.m. at 2102 Lowe St., Tampa. On Monday, Tampa’s 28th annual community parade that includes floats, cars, trucks, walking units and bands will began at Cuscaden Park, 2900 N 15th St., Tampa, at noon.


Photo: Karen Tam.