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What's happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? | April 6-8

Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 12:05:43-04

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (April 6-8), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, April 6

Tampa Bay Blues Festival

When: April 6-8
Where: Vinoy Park at 701 Bay Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg
Cost: Click here for more information
Info: Get ready for three days of blues on the Bay! The Tampa Bay Blues Festival will run the entire weekend at Vinoy Park in St. Pete. The festival will feature great music, tasty food and cold drinks. Tampa Bay Blues Festival has established itself as one of the world's preeminent blues concerts and was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2011 “Keepin’ the Blues Alive” award for Best U.S. Blues Festival.

PhilFest 2018

When: April 6-8
Where: Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa
Cost: $7
Info: Visit the biggest Philippine festival in Florida this weekend! PhilFest 2018 will feature non-stop entertainment, Philippine art and cuisine, competitions, cultural exhibits and much more! The event will kick off at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex and run April 6-8. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres

When: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: Watch the Lightning finish off their last regular season home game against the Buffalo Sabres Friday night! The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. 

The Florida Orchestra with Michael Lynche

When: 8 p.m.
Where: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts at 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa
Cost: $17.75
Info: American Idol star and St. Petersburg native Michael Lynche fuses classic R&B and vintage soul into a fresh sound. He joins forces with top pops arranger Jeff Tyzik for the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye.

Saturday, April 7

St. Pete Tiny Home Festival

When: April 7-8
Where: St. Pete College Allstate Campus at 3200 34th Street South, St. Petersburg
Cost: $15 advanced registration | $20 at the door
Info: Come see the latest and greatest in tiny home living trends! Learn about simplifying your life and living greener at LocalShops1's St Pete Tiny Home Festival & Live Local Expo. 

Festa Italiana: Italian Food & Culture Festival

When: April 7-8
Where: Centennial Park at 1800 East 8th Avenue, Ybor City
Cost: $10
Info: Festa Italiana features two full days of live entertainment, Italian food, culture and heritage at Centennial Park in historic Ybor City! Check out the Bocce Ball Invitational in Centennial Park, and the Italian Idol singing competition and Homemade Vino Competition both taking place at The Italian Club of Tampa. Also, take a look at the weekly Ybor City Saturday Market in Centennial Park that offers the finest in local produce, arts and crafts, prepared food and unique items. Parking available at the Centro Ybor parking garage for $5.00. The Centro Ybor parking garage is located on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th streets.

Dunedin Highland Games & Festival

When: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Highlander Park at 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin
Cost: $15   
Info: Celebrate the heritage and culture of Scotland with lots of Celtic music, dancing, athletics, food, drinks and great friends! Enjoy musical performances, bagpipes, Scottish clans, heritage and culture booths and much more. The flags are flying and the Celts are gathering! Everyone is a Celt for the weekend. 

Day of Discovery at The Florida Aquarium

When: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Where: The Florida Aquarium at701 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $5
Info: The Aquarium’s Day of Discovery is an opportunity for individuals with sensory differences and their families to experience the Aquarium in a way that is just for them. The Aquarium is opening the doors early for Day of Discovery participants only. Special effects, lights and music will be adapted for those with sensory differences. There will be engaging aquatic-themed activities and surprise animal encounters throughout the morning that offer guests an up close opportunity with an animal that can provide a good interactive, tactile experience for those with sensory differences. Plus, the 501st Legion and Rebel Forces and a surprise Tampa Bay Buccaneers player will join guests for photo opportunities and fun.

Tampa All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience

When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Where: Raymond James Stadium at 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Cost: $25
Info: It's a morning you'll never forget! It starts when you and your child experience the thrill of stepping onto the grass at Raymond James Stadium where your Tampa Bay Buccanneers play! You’ll spend the next few hours connecting with your kids – with plenty of fun and games plus some practical fatherhood tips you can take home and put into practice. You won’t want to miss this memorable experience, created just for you and your kids!

South of Southern Festival

When: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa
Cost: $10
Info: Join the first annual South Of Southern at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. An annual showcase of the areas most influential music, art, and culture. A celebration of the South of Southern spirit. We'll be celebrating life in the tropics and shining a spotlight on some of the Bay area's talented artists. There will be live music all day, visual art installations and culinary expressions that are inspired and created right here in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Al Lang Stadium at 150 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Cost: $25.85
Info: Come watch your local Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off the 2018 season against the Ottawa Fury FC! The game starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Movies in the Park: Lego Batman

When: 8 p.m. 
Where: Water Works Park Tampa at 1710 North Highland Avenue, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: Lay out the blanket and set up your low back chairs for a free showing of Lego Batman at Water Works Park! Coolers and leashed dogs will be allowed. 

Sunday, April 8

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

When: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 
Where: Busch Gardens at 10165 N McKinley Drive Terrace Park, Tampa
Cost: $89.99
Info: The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Eighteen of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Gwazi Field.

Tampa Pizza 5K Run

When: 6 p.m.
Where: Run 3.1 miles at Al Lopez Park while eating some incredible local pizza! 
Cost: $30
Info: Get ready for Tampa’s first 5K Pizza Run! The entire family can enjoy this event with music, free pizza with your registration, a performance shirt, and so much more. All proceeds will benefit USF Bulls for Kids, a local non-profit organization that donates to the Shriners Hospital for Children - Tampa.