Tampa Bay arts and entertainment stories to...

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 10:14:08-05

You know you can always count on ABC Action News to keep you in the loop on what is new, hot or trendy in Tampa Bay.

We have posted hundreds of stories about everything from hip bars, to farm to table restaurants for "foodies," even new music.

Tampa Bay Times arts and entertainment editor, Stephanie Hayes, brought her expert-knowledge of the bay-area scene, in our studio to help break down some of the biggest bay-area stories to look for in 2016.

First, there will be some big restaurant openings in 2016. The historic "Goody Good" will get a new life in Hyde Park Village. "On Swann" will also debut in February, located at the old Wells Fargo space off West Swann.

Ybor City is not to be left out. The former hardware store that's been standing for 120 years will be transformed into "Rock Brothers Brewing." Called "the Attic," it aims to combine craft beers with making music. No doubt, it will be a very unique place for entertainment and brews.

About 2.5 hours southeast of Tampa Bay, the "Ockeechobee Music and Arts Festival" will bring a Bonnaroo-style music event to Florida. It's happening March 4-5. Click here for more information and tickets.

There are also a ton of new attractions at theme parks in Tampa Bay and Central Florida. Rides include "Cobra's Curse" at Busch Gardens, "Frozen Ever After" at Epcot and a half-dozen others. You can see the full list here.

Finally, St. Pete will add a big museum to its already packed list of venues. "The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement" will likely begin construction soon. The $70 million project is located off Fourth Avenue N.

Our time with Stephanie Hayes only scratched the surface of all the big stories happening in Tampa Bay in 2016. Check out the Tampa Bay Times for a complete list of what to expect.