TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (February 28 - March 1), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, February 28
When: Feb. 27 - March 8
Where: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City
Cost: Adults $10 | Children (6-12) $5
Info: The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake.
Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: Feb. 28 - March 1
Where: Sun n' Fun Expo Campus, Lakeland
Info: Central Florida's premier hot air balloon festival is making its way to Lakeland this month! Watch the skyline transform into a mix of bright, brilliant colors as hot air balloons launch from the Sun n’ Fun Expo Campus on February 28, 29 and March 1.
When: Feb. 28-29
Where: Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
Info: Singing, Dancing, Paper! The Office - A Musical Parody comes direct from Scranton to Clearwater for its Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre debut! It's a typical morning at Scranton's third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don't miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody that lovingly pokes fun at the hit TV show The Office.
Saturday, February 29
50th Anniversary Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
When: February 29 - March 1
Where: Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Tampa
Cost: Free Admission
Info: It’s a weekend packed full of the arts and it’s free to the public! More than 250 visual artists will showcase their work alongside performing artists at the new location in Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in downtown Tampa. Please join the fun in our 50th year of celebrating art and the artists who create it.
When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Al Lopez Park, Tampa
Cost: $5 in advance | $10 at the door
Info: You're invited to the 2nd annual Tampa Taco Fest! Enjoy all kinds of tasty tacos and delicious margaritas at Al Lopez Park on Saturday. Admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
Info: GO BOLTS! The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Calgary Flames on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 1
New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers
When: 1:05 p.m.
Where: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
Info: The Detroit Tigers will face off against the New York Yankees in Spring Training action this weekend. The first pitch is Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
When: Weekends: Now - March 29
Where: Bay Area Renaissance Festival, Tampa
Info: Enjoy strolling the paths of an authentically recreated 16th-century village, visiting more than 80 shops featuring unique arts and crafts as well as unique food options, games, programs, activities and so much more. In addition, hundreds of costumed characters are there to entertain your party with several performances daily.
Tampa Bay Daylife Pool Party with Cheat Codes
When: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Info: Join us at the Tampa Bay Daylife pool party with electronic DJ trio Cheat Codes and supporting act Danny Quest on Sunday, March 1 from Noon to 6 p.m (rain or shine). All guests must be 21 or older to attend this event.