Weekend Things To Do In Tampa
Pirate season has officially started to make it’s way into the Bay Area, but don’t worry there are plenty of things to do this weekend with and without Gasparilla.
Gasparilla Children’s Parade. This alcohol-free event takes place on Saturday for the little ones to get their chance to enjoy Gasparilla. Pirates five and younger can join the Preschooler’s Stroll from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to see decorated wagons on the half-mile strut. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a bicycle safety rodeo and at 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. three will be an air invasion with the U.S. Special Operations Command team parachuting onto Bayshore Boulevard near Howard Avenue. The parade consisting of more than 100 units, krewes and dance groups will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The day will end with a huge pyrotechnic show at 7 p.m. with music. The parade is free, but bleacher seats can be purchased online for $35. gasparillapiratefest.com.
Come out for the St. Pete Beer and Bacon Festival on Saturday in Vinoy Park. Enjoy some of local chefs and restaurants cooks best bacon creations and more than 80 beers from local and regional breweries. Some breweries include Rapp Brewing, 3 Daughters, Hidden Springs Ale Works and more. Enjoy music by Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, Damon Fowler and the Greg Billings Band. The festival has something for all ages with bounce houses, kids zone and leashed pets are welcome. General admission prices: $15 advance, $20 day of (food/drink additional); beer tasting admission: $35 advance, $40 day of (includes beer only); VIP $75 (food extra); 10 and younger free. Noon to 6 p.m. at 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. stpetebeerandbacon.com.
The Comedy Get Down comes to Amalie Arena on Friday. Comics such as George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy will be at the show. Comedy Get Down starts at 8 p.m. at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets range from $46.50-$86.50. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.