TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (February 15-17), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, February 15
When: Now - Monday, Feb. 18
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds
Cost: $13 Adults | $7 Children on the weekend
Info: The 2019 Florida State Fair will open February 7-18 with plenty of new rides, exhibits and, of course, fair food! The Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa will feature all the tasty fried food, over 100 midway rides and games, live entertainment, equestrian shows and animal displays.
When: Now - March 10
Where: The Straz Center
Cost: Click here for more information
Info: "Hamilton" fans rejoice because the famous show is coming to Tampa. "Hamilton" is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
When: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: North Straub Park at 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg
Cost: Free Admission
Info: More than 30 food trucks will be offering up their french fry-inspired dishes on Friday night! Enjoy the tasty food, local craft beer and live music at the third annual St. Pete French Fry Festival.
Saturday, February 16
When: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 600 N Ashley DR, Tampa
Info: Get ready for some beer, bourbon and BBQ! It's a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar-smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon.
When: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Carrollwood Cultural Center 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa
Cost: Free Admission & Parking
Info: The Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival is back! Local gourmet food trucks and vendors will be showcasing desserts and entrées with delicious chocolate. This event is perfect for your sweet tooth!
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Info: The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Amalie Arena! Puck drops at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 17
When: 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kraken CycleBoats at 333 South Franklin Street, Tampa
Info: Kraken CycleBoats are the first ever Pedal-Powered Party Boats in Florida! Launching in Downtown Tampa, these easy to pedal boats provide the perfect venue for birthday parties, bachelor(ette) parties, team building/work events, and weekend get-togethers with friends and family.
When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Bay Area Renaissance Festival at 11315 North 46th Street, Tampa
Info: King Henry and Queen Katherine Parr invite one and all to their 16th Century European village featuring stages with live entertainment. Over 100 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day. Come celebrate our newest season by visiting the Festival grounds this year. Huzzah!