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Things to Do Community Events


HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG (727) 898-INDY www.gpstpete.com March 25 - 27, 2011


Street racing is legal when the 6th annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg returns March 25-27, 2010. Join stars like Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and more on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg for three days of IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series and Indy Pro Series racing, as well as XM Radio concerts, Drifting Exhibitions, Air Shows, celebrities and a variety of family entertainment! To purchase tickets, call (727) 898-INDY, visit www.gpstpete. com or any Ticketmaster location.


APRIL 2011


MACDILL AIR FEST (813) 828-2215 www.macdill-airfest.com April 2011


Tampa Bay’s MacDill Air Force Base buzzes with excitement when Air Fest, one of the largest air shows in the Department of Defense, comes to town. The two-day event features the U.S. Special Operations Command Jump Team; and the U.S. Navy’s Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, performing aerial maneuvers.


TAMPA BAY BLUES FESTIVAL www.tampabaybluesfest.com April 8-10, 2011


Each year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront. With acres of plush grass and palm trees, Vinoy Park is the perfect tropical set- ting for one of the world’s biggest and best blues concerts.


BERN’S WINEFEST


(813) 253-0358 www.bernssteakhouse.com April 9-11, 2011


Bern’s Winefest is a four-day event where guests have the opportunity to experience extraordinary food and wine tastings. Guests can attend winemaker dinners and educational seminars with special guests. The event is sponsored by Tampa’s legendary Bern’s Steak House, along with sister companies Sidebern’s and Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits’.


OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE PRO-AM


(813) 265-4653 www.outbackproam.com April 11-17, 2011


The Champions Tour’s top money-winners compete at the Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay. Celebrities and amateurs will play alongside Champions Tour players in the first and second rounds, with a select number competing again in Sunday’s final round. 2010 Champion – Bernhard Langer. Call (813) 265-4653 for more information.


TASTE THE BEST OF TAMPA BAY


(813) 229-STAR www.strazcenter.org April 30, 2011


The “Best of Tampa Bay” is the Bay area’s premier food event. Over fifty of Tampa Bay’s best restaurants, caterers and vendors will serve Tampa Bay’s finest in food and entertainment. From haute cuisine to sizzling steaks, this event will tantalize taste buds with various entrée samplings, luscious desserts, specialty coffees, find wines and imported beers.


TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES


(813) 471-1548 www.tampabaydragonboats.com


April 30, 2011


The 8th annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races are scheduled to hit Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park and waters of Garrison Channel on April 30, 2011! Several teams from local corporate and community groups as well as paddlers from across the U.S. and Canada will compete to be Tampa’s #1 Dragon Boat Team!


MAY 2011


ASIA FEST www.asiafest-tampabay.com May 2011


AsiaFest presents a colorful, festive celebration that features cultural entertainment and Asian ethnic food representing China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Several key local Asian Pacific restaurants are on board as food vendors. In partnership with the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races, Asia Fest attendance is expected to grow annually.


FELD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. DISNEY ON ICE / PIXAR’S TOY STORY 3


(813) 623-6773 www.feldentertainment.com


May 19-22, 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.


NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK


(800) 44-TAMPA www.visittampabay.com May 2011


Celebrate with special travel deals and discounts from airlines, hotels, attractions, restaurants and businesses.


MEMORIAL DAY FIREWORKS


(813) 223-4250 www.channelsidebayplaza.com May 2011


Fun for the whole family on the waterfront with holiday fireworks at 9pm.


JULY 2011


JULY 4TH FIREWORKS (813) 223-4250 www.channelsidebayplaza.com July 4, 2011


Fun for the whole family on the waterfront with holiday fireworks at 9pm.


AUGUST 2011 10TH IDBF WORLD DRAGON BOAT RACING CHAMPIONSHIP


(813) 471-1548 www.tampabaydragonboats.com


August 1-7, 2011


The 2011 World Championship is scheduled for August 1-7, 2011 on the Seddon Channel in Downtown Tampa. The Seddon Channel has been used for many rowing regattas in the years past, including the prestigious University of Tampa President’s Cup.


SEPTEMBER 2011


LABOR DAY FIREWORKS (813) 223-4250 www.channelsidebayplaza.com


September 2011


Fun for the whole family on the waterfront with holiday fireworks at 9pm.


TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK (813) 675-9274 www.fashionweektampabay.com


Tampa Bay Fashion Week is an annual event that epitomizes the fashion scene in the Bay area celebrat- ing our own unique style. It brings together talented fashion and accessories designers showcasing their work and providing a week of positive, high fashion and artistic energy.


OCTOBER 2011


THE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL


(813) 879-4220 www.tiglff.com October 2011


The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is one of west central Florida’s premier cultural events, drawing approximately 20,000 attendees from all over the region and state.


NSRA SOUTHEAST STREET ROD NATIONALS


(901) 452-4030 www.nsra-usa.com October 14-16, 2011


Vintage automobile collectors from around the country gather at the Florida State Fairgrounds for what is known as the “largest street rod show in the southeast,” attracting more than 1,400 pre-1949 street rods.


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