Five Don’t-Miss Events in Tampa this Spring

Tampa is an exciting place to live and has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for exciting sporting events, a look at the local arts scene, or fun for family members of all ages, Tampa has a vast selection of wonderful events. While planning your visit, keep these must-see events in mind when making your travel arrangements.

Harbor Island Art Walk
The Tampa waterfront is home to a vast array of multicultural experiences and unique sights, and the Harbor Island Art Walk is particularly fascinating. Home to the tropical flavors and sights of the Riverwalk Waterfront, the Harbor Island Art Walk is not to be missed during your stay in Tampa.

If you want to stroll through the Harbor Island Art Walk, stop by on March 20, April 24, or May 22. You can have a true taste of the South with delicious specialty cuisine, live music performances, and stunning works of art. The street festival-themed event is packed with performances and unique displays you won’t find anywhere else. After you’ve seen the shows and exhibits, take home a piece of handcrafted jewelry or other crafts and collectibles from local artists.

The Tampa Bay Rays
Since their inception in 1995, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been keeping America’s favorite pastime alive. After their historic World-Series winning comeback in 2008, the Rays have continued to delight sports fans and their families for years.

What would the spring be without opening day? The Tampa Bay Rays start their 2016 at-home with a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays starting April 2. If you miss the opening series, there are home games at the beautiful Tropicana Field almost every week throughout the season.

Tampa Bay Beer Week
Tampa has a reputation for being one of the best beer towns in the country. The craft beer craze is making huge waves in the South, and the Pour Fool recently named Tampa one of “America’s Top 10 Emerging Beer Towns.” Established in 2012, the Tampa Bay Beer Week has hosted more than 750 events.

Tampa Bay Beer Week kicks off on March 4 for eight days of celebrating all things beer, and is home to huge beer tastings, fine beer-paired dinners, and the tastes of incredible local microbreweries. You’ll also find a lot of local creations at the many lively pubs in Tampa. If you’re a diehard beer aficionado or want to sample some of the finest beer creations the South has to offer, then Tampa Bay Beer Week is not to be missed.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
What family outing would be complete without a little touch of Disney magic? Disney has been delighting families for nearly a century, and you and your family can experience 30 live performances of classic Disney songs on ice at the Amalie Arena from May 12 –15.

Featuring characters from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to more recent favorites Buzz Lightyear and Elsa, Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic will delight and entertain the whole family. Take a break from the Tampa sun with a bit of Disney magic on ice!

Channelside Bay Plaza Artisan Market
Whether you’re planning a long-term stay in Tampa or cooking a weekend meal while you visit, the Channelside Bay Plaza Artisan Market is open every third Sunday. This farmers’ market features locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs and poultry, and artisan breads and specialties.

Any great farmers’ market has locally sourced gifts and crafts, and you can take in live music while you enjoy the offerings of the local food vendors. Aside from the delicious local produce and meats, you’ll also find a variety of handmade preserves, jams, spices, gourmet cheeses, and other artisan food offerings you won’t come across elsewhere. If you’re looking for a great spot for local food, the Channelside Bay Plaza Artisan Market is a must-see.

Tampa is an exciting city, and everyone can find something wonderful during a visit. You’ll taste some of the best food in the South, enjoy gorgeous weather, and experience a vibrant cultural scene with a wealth of influences from around the world. These have been just a few examples of the fun you can have in Tampa, so check out these events while you’re in town!


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