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Top Events Taking Place In Tampa Bay March 1-3

Patch logo Patch 2/28/2019 D'Ann Lawrence White
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TAMPA BAY, FL -- Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are some ideas:

Tampa Bay Beer Week

Raise a glass to toast the success of Florida craft beer during Tampa Bay Beer Week.

The festivities will kick off Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E. Harrison St. in downtown Tampa.

Sample more than 300 beers from more than 80 Florida craft breweries while raising money for the Florida Brewers Guild, the nonprofit trade association committed to preserving the rights of craft brewers throughout the state.

Food trucks will be on site as well, including Jimmy's Slider Truck, St Pete Taco Lady, Wing Box and Hott Mess.

You must be 21 or over to attend this event. All attendees will receive unlimited samples and a commemorative tasting glass.

VIP ticket holders will get one-hour early access (1 p.m.). Designated drivers will be admitted free of charge. Parking will be limited; consider a carpool, get an Uber or ride the trolley.

Tickets are $45 general admission or $65 for VIP tickets. Click here.

Brewer's Ball

The Brewer's Ball is an event for Florida craft beer lovers. All of the Best Florida Beer Championships category winning commercial beers made in Florida are showcased during an afternoon of Florida's best beers, music, awards and one of the best beer raffles in Florida. This festival features more than 100 of Florida's Best Beers on tap.

The Brewer's Ball takes place Sunday, March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at Water Works Park, 1710 N. Highland Ave., Tampa.

East Coast Catering will be on site serving food from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each ticket comes with a food ticket. Each food ticket can be exchanged for a food item.

Winners will be given medals and trophies for winning beers and for the best of show for the professional competition.

The event is rain or shine. Lawn chairs are allowed.

For information, click here.

For tickets, click here.

9th Annual Craft Brew Fest

Dunedin House of Beer will host the ninth annual Craft Beer Fest March 2-3 at Edgewater Park, 51 Main St., Dunedin.

There will be more than 50 Florida breweries, live music, local food vendors and arts and crafts.

Hours Saturday are noon to 10 p.m. Performing Saturday will be Jeriko Turnpike, Crackerbilly Band and Sunset Bridge Band.

Hours Sunday are noon to 8 p.m. Performing Sunday will be The Bearded Brothers Band, The Hot Rod Hornets and Wendy Barmore.

Admission is free. Click here.

Tampa Bay Boat Show

The Tampa Bay Boat Show takes place March 1-3 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa.

This event showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, and the latest in boating and fishing supplies.

Admission is free. Seminars will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Seafood Fest & Crawfish Boil

Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, will host a Seafood Fest & Crawfish Boil Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include a seafood boil of shrimp, jambalaya and the fixings, a wine tasting, cigar rolling, a race program, admission to the races and a prize wheel.

Click here for tickets.

Archaeology Academy

Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, will host an Archaeology Academy Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Start in the Weedon Room at 10 a.m. with archaeologists from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of South Florida, and hear two short presentations on exciting new archaeological research going on now at Weedon Island.

After the presentations, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, participants will get their hands dirty at the open archaeology lab going on in the classroom area and help sort and wash real artifacts the native people of Weedon Island left behind. Participants can also walk over to the AWIARE research station and get a behind-the-scenes look at the lab and research facility within the preserve.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Weedon Room, participants can check out a new pop-up exhibit highlighting some of the most recent archaeological finds from Weedon Island.

Then hike with archaeologists from AWIARE to part of the Weeden Island archaeology site to see an excavation and learn all about the site and the people that lived there long ago. Be prepared for a one-hour hike over uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes, hat, bug spray and water are highly recommended. The fee for the guided hike is $20 and registration is required.

To register, click here.

Pride Music And Art Festival

The Tampa Bay Pride Band will present the first Pride Music and Art Festival Sunday, March 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Performing Arts Building, 1411 E.. 11th Ave., Tampa.

The Pride Music and Art Festival combines the visual and musical arts and serves as the kick-off to a month of Tampa Pride events.

It includes a special art gallery showing of John David Hawver’s exhibit, "Sea the Light," and includes works by artists from across Tampa Bay, a performance by the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds, light appetizers and surprise performances.

Tickets are $20 and are available here.

Ironman Gaming Tournament

Compete with the best of the best in a four-genre, one-day gamer triathlon testing your gaming skills in fighting, shooting, sports and racing during the Ironman Gaming Tournament Saturday, March 2 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Microsoft Store at International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa.

Game systems will be provided. You must be 13 years old at the time of the event to compete. All players under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The tournament is free. Register here.

Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Plant City continues this weekend with headline entertainment, livestock shows, food, midway rides and other attractions.

Admission at the gate is $10 for age 13 up, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for age 5 and younger.

Discount gate admission is available at these participating Publix Super Market stores throughout Central Florida

Gates open at 10 a.m. daily and close at 10 p.m.

The SunnyBell Kiddie Korral is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Belle City Midway is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 11 p.m.

Weekends and Monday, the midway is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Day Of Play

Bring your family out for a day of play and learn how the act of playing can help your child grow and learn on Sunday, March 3 from 11 a..m.. to 3 p.m at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa.

Families with children ages birth to 12 will enjoy a day of live entertainment, prizes, drawings and outdoor games.

This event is free and there is no preregistration or tickets needed to attend.

Food trucks will be available to purchase food.

It is hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, a nonprofit that specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care, education, after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.

Orchids 'Round The World

The Tampa Bay Orchid Society will host Orchids 'Round the World March 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tampa Scottish Rite Center, 5500 Memorial Highway, Tampa.

There will be more than 6,000 square feet of live orchid displays.

Along with the general public, an invited group of well-known orchid growers and local orchid societies will compete for awards.

There will be orchid sales and orchid supplies available. Potting and re-potting services will be offered.

The general admission of $5 includes a chance at a door prize and a grand prize. Seniors over 80 and children under 12 will be admitted for free.

For information, click here.

Downtown Reggae Rum Fest

Jamaican Tropicale by Jerk Hut will host a Downtown Reggae Rum Fest Friday, March 1, starting at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, starting at noon at Jerk Hut, 513 N. Franklin St., Tampa.

Attendees are invited to enjoy live Reggae music, refreshing rum drinks and all the Caribbean food you can eat.

Tickets are $10. Click here.

Spring Market

The Temple Terrace Garden Club will host a free Spring Market Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Ave., Temple Terrace.

For 16 years, the Temple Terrace Garden Club has been putting vendors and people together at Woodmont Park for a day of garden shopping. Plant vendors and garden items will be available. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. A flower and horticulture display will be available inside the clubhouse. There will also be live entertainment, food and hands-on activities for kids. festival without entertainment, food and hands-on activities for the kids.

St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival

The third annual St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festivalwill take place March 1-3 in Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast in St. Pete. It will run Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Select from foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors. A variety of seafood entrees and vegetarian dishes will be available, along with side dishes and desserts, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

While enjoying the food, sit back and relax to musical entertainment consisting of live on-stage performances.

On Friday evening enjoy the sounds of Mike Tozier (blues, rock, variety), Nuthin’ Fancy (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) and The Black Honkeys (rock, soul).

On Saturday groove to the sounds of: Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae) CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion (blues, soul, roots), Unlimited Devotion (Grateful Dead-inspired), the Billy Rice Band (country rock) and the U.S. Stones (Rolling Stones tribute band).

Finish the weekend with the sounds of Ship of Fools (classic rock), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul), Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul (funk, soul) and the Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet tribute band).

General admission to the event is $5 with children under the age of 12 admitted free. Tickets for the VIP Tent with an open bar are $75.

For tickets, click here.

Bert's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Bert's Barracuda Harley-Davidson, 2805 54th Ave.. N., St. Petersburg, will host Bert's third annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Judging will take place at noon and the winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

There is a $10 entry fee for chili masters who must make enough to feed 100 to 150 people. Set up begins at 8 a.m. and chefs must be ready to serve by 10 a.m. Prizes will be given for Judges Choice ($200), Hottest ($150) and Best-Decorated Booth ($100).

There is a $5 sampling fee.

Free beers and Tums are included.

All procceds will go to the Lealman Fire Department.

Click here to register.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Step back 400 years in the past and explore the world of knights, minstrels and damsels in distress at the annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa.

Running each weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through March 29, the event features themed weekends, a recreated 16th-century marketplace with more than 100 artisans, 12 stages of minstrel, marionette, magic, court jester and dance shows as well as full armor jousting competitions, a live mermaid cove, roaming musicians and traditional and modern-day treats and savory eats.

Advance tickets are $18.95 for adults and children over 13 and $10.95 for children age 5 to 12. Click here.

Tickets at the gate are $21.95 and $13.95. Students and seniors pay $17.95 at the gate.

For more information, click here.

Bands Of The Bay

The fourth annual Bands on the Bay benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor Foundation and Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center will take place March 2 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor.

The event will feature four bands, six food trucks and craft beer from Big Storm Brewing Co.

The lineup includes:

3-4 p.m.: Jeff Vitolo & The Quarter Mile Rebels

4:30-6 p.m.: Shevonne & The Force (back by crowd request)

6:30-8 p.m.: Soul Circus Cowboys

8:30-10 p.m.: The Black Honkeys

Food trucks will include: Sarge's Smokehouse BBQ, The Fishin Chicken Food Truck, The Dude and His Food, The Kings Bistro, Flip'n Tasty Filipino Food Truck and The Best Thai.

Tickets and discount beer/wine passes are on sale now. General admission is $5. A beer and wine pass good for four drinks is $17. VIP passes for $50 include shaded seating, an air-conditioned private bathroom, food and two drinks.

Click here for tickets.

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