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Things to Do Community Events JANUARY 2011


OUTBACK BOWL (813) 874-2695 www.outbackbowl.com January 1, 2011


OUTBACK BOWL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN TAMPA BAY. The Outback Bowl is a New Year’s college football game featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten Conference in a match-up at Raymond James Stadium. The game is the culmination of a week of fun events including a New Year’s Eve Parade.


FELD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS


(813) 623-6773 www.feldentertainment.com


January 5-9, 2011


Feld Entertainment is the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Disney Live, Doodlebops and the Center for Elephant Conservation.


26TH ANNUAL FLORIDA RV SUPERSHOW


(813) 741-0488 www.frvta.org/supershow.asp January 12-16, 2011


The Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds is the largest major consumer RV show in the country. Seminars for both experienced RV’ers and “first timers” make this the perfect show to find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you.


TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL


(888) 224-1733 www.tampablackheritage.org January 13-22, 2011


Cultural, educational, entertaining and historical, these are the four words that describe the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. A 10 day cultural event that features cultural enrichment activities, a 2 day street festival, speakers, musicians, artists, and poets. The assortment of experiences is an opportunity to increase awareness of African and African American culture and history.


THE FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE www.festivalofchocolate.com January 15-17, 2011


The region’s premier chocolate shopping, tasting, educational and interactive event held at MOSI – Museum of Science & Industry.


GASPARILLA “PIRATECHNIC” EXTRAVAGANZA & GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA PRESENTED BY MCDONALD’S


(813) 353-8108 www.gasparillaextravaganza.com


January 22, 2011


This alcohol-free, family event is held annually before the Invasion and Parade, and features the Children’s Gasparilla Parade and one of the largest fireworks presentations in the country.


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(813) 251-4500 www.gasparillapiratefest.com


January 29, 2011


Annual event since 1904, where 750 costumed pirates ‘invade’ Tampa aboard the majestic pirate ship, ‘Jose Gasparilla,’ and parade through the streets of Tampa in a spectacular parade downtown street festival.


FEBRUARY 2011


LIGHTS ON TAMPA (813) 274-8531 www.lightsontampa.org


February 19, 2011 (Opening Night)


“Lights on Tampa” connects Tampa’s citizens and visitors with a unique experience of light-based art and technol- ogy. It offers access to artistic excellence by bringing the work of major and emerging contemporary artists to downtown Tampa.


FLORIDA STATE FAIR


(813) 621-7821 • (800) 345-FAIR www.floridastatefair.com February 10-21, 2011


Annual State Fair featuring free entertainment, educational and agriculture exhibits, a historical village, crafts, food and an exciting midway. 355 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, 200,000 square feet of air conditioned trade shot exhibit space, seating for over 11,000 and 500 horse stall equestrian center.


SANT’YAGO KNIGHT PARADE


(813) 248-3088 www.knightparade.com February 12, 2011


The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’Yago Knight Parade is a favorite family event. The streets of Channel District and Ybor City come ablaze when hundreds of floats masked with lights and loaded with bands of Krewes fill the streets.


FIESTA DAY


(813) 248-0721 www.cc-events.org/fiestaday February 26, 2011


This free multicultural street festival, features arts and crafts, concerts, Spanish-style cuisine, exhibits, and children’s activities. Fiesta Day takes place in historic Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter.


GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC ASSOCIATION, INC.


(813) 254-7866 www.tampabayrun.com


February 26-27, 2011


Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend in February that includes a 15k, 5k, Marathon and Half Marathon Relay. Charitable contribution to date is $2.9 million raised since 1978.


SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST / YE MYSTIC KREWE OF GASPARILLA


MARCH 2011


FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL (813) 752-9194 www.flstrawberryfestival.com March 3-13, 2011


A Plant City tradition since 1930. A family oriented event with strawberries any way you can imagine. Daily attractions, parades, an array of activities and a fun-filled midway for the entire family.


THE RAYMOND JAMES GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


(813) 876-1747 www.gasparilla-arts.com


March 5-6, 2011


Hundreds of painters, photographers, sculptors and jewelers from around the world display their works along the streets of downtown Tampa and waterfront Curtis Hixon Park.


APOLLO BEACH MANATEE ARTS FESTIVAL


(813) 645-1366 www.apollobeachchamber.com


March 12-13, 2011


Enjoy this arts and crafts show that promotes visual and performing arts as well as awareness and preservation of the endangered West Indian Manatee.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE www.tampa-roughriders.org March 2011


The streets of Ybor City come ablaze with hundreds of floats masked with lights and loaded with leprechauns. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ybor City, presented by the Tampa Rough Riders, will fill the streets with crowds dressed in green and clovers. Beads, beads, and more beads hang around the thousands of children and adults attending the parade.


SORRENTO CHEESE – FESTA ITALIANA


(813) 342-3630 www.festaitalianatampa.com March 16-17, 2011


Come experience Italian cuisine, culture, and fun for every generation at the 13th Annual Sorrento Cheese Festa Italiana, hosted by the Italian Club of Tampa. The Festa is the largest Italian festival in the Tampa Bay area and showcases live entertainment. More than 35 area restaurants and caterers will participate.


GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


(813) 514-9962 www.gasparillafilmfestival.com


March 24-27, 2011


The Gasparilla Film Festival is Tampa’s annual celebration of independent film. The competitive festival celebrates and showcases more than 60 films of all types and genres. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of independent film with industry panels and discussions, glam dinners, hip parties at trendy locations, plus the best vacation spot under the sun!


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