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What's happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? | March 23-25

Posted at 1:33 PM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 02:50:28-04

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (March 23-25), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, March 23

Disney on Ice

When: March 22-25
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $18
Info: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars in downtown Tampa! This unforgettable family experience runs March 22-25 at Amalie Arena. Tickets start at $18. 


Star Wars and the Power of Costume

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Where: Museum of Fine Arts - St. Petersburg at  255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Cost: Click here for ticket information -
Info: The force is strong at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete! Star Wars and the Power of Costume gives you a chance to see over 60 original costumes used during the first seven films of the saga. The exhibition features some of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Darth Vader, Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots, and Droids, like C-3PO and R2-D2. Check out this amazing showcase of cinematic history from now until April 1. 


Gasparilla International Film Festival

When: March 20-15
Where: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Cost: $30 Day Passes
Info: The Gasparilla International Film Festival showcases over 160 independent films from March 20th to 25th at venues throughout Tampa Bay. This event is more than just movies, you can also meet and talk with filmmakers, producers and actors. You just never know who's sitting next to you. Click here for the movie schedule. 

Shen Yu at Mahaffey Theater

When: 2 p.m. 
Where: Mahaffey Theater at 400 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg
Cost: $80
Info: Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts, melding timeless artistry with cutting-edge innovation—transporting you to a world where legends come to life. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun’s unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other.

Saturday, March 24

Dunedin Seafood Festival

When: March 24-25
Where: Edgewater Park at 51 Main Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free
Info: Dunedin's 8th Annual Seafood Festival returns to Edgewater Park! Enjoy all kinds of tasty seafood and drinks at this family-friendly event.

Bark in the Park

When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Info: The 31st Annual Bark in the Park is a family and dog friendly walk and pet festival featuring music, food trucks, beer, adoptables, vendors, doggie costume contests and a 1-mile stroll along the river. 

Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival

When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Sickles High School at 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The Tampa Bay Chocolate Fest will feature food trucks, trailers, tents and vendors showing off their savory and sweet chocolate creations. 

Tampa Beer & Brunch Festival 2018

When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where: Cotanchobee Park 601 Old Water Street Downtown, Tampa
Cost: $15
Info: The Tampa Beer & Brunch Festival at Cotanchobee Park showcases tons of brunch dishes, more than 60 craft beers and cocktails to sample, games, live music and prizes. 

Tampa’s Pride Parade and Festival

When: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
Where: Ybor City, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: The 4th annual Tampa Pride Diversity Parade kicks off Saturday, March 24 in Ybor City! Tampa’s Pride celebration will be one of the first in the U.S. this year. The street festival and entertainment will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a special community tribute at 12 p.m. in front of Centro Ybor. Join the crowd along historic Ybor to cheer the floats and marching bands as the parade steps off at 1 p.m. along 7th Avenue and Nuccio Parkway. 


The Bay Area Gospel Music Festival

When: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park at 1000 East Harrison Street, Tampa
Cost: $24.99
Info: The Bay Area Gospel Music Festival featuring gospel royalty Vicki Winans begins Saturday! Please join the fun with over 15 musical acts, 60 vendors, food trucks, and some praise and worship. 

Primavera Music Festival

When: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Where: Safety Harbor Waterfront Park at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor
Cost: Free - Click here to register for tickets
Info: The 2018 Primavera Music Festival returns to the Safety Harbor Waterfront Park for a full day of fun and family entertainment! Bring out the kids for one of Florida's largest Easter egg drops with over 60,000 Easter eggs. Afterwards, the Kid Zone featuring bounce houses, games, and a 90' ferris wheel will keep children entertained all afternoon. The live music lineup includes R.LUM.R, Ethan Parker, The Black Honkeys, The Groove Orient, and many more. Don't forget to enjoy plenty of food truck cuisine and craft beer! This event is free, but you must register for general admission tickets.

90's Bar Crawl

When: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Where: SoHo District, Tampa
Cost: $20
Info: Remember AIM? Remember the Ninja Turtles? Remember when you were cool, back in the 90s? As if! We're giving you a chance to redeem yourself. Relive the glory days at the 90s Bar Crawl! Lace up your LA Gears, slap on your bracelets and saddle up your Furbies. Let's take on Tampa, 90s style. The largest national 90s tour is coming back to town on Saturday, March 24! Enjoy tons of drink specials at bars throughout SoHo. You must be 21 years or older to participate.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Bethlehem Steel - Season Opener

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Al Lang Stadium at 230 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg
Cost: $25.85
Info: Come watch the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on the Bethlehem Steel for the season opener! The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, March 25

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.

2018 Sarasota Agricultural Fair

When: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Where: Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena at 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota
Cost: $8 adults, children $4 with free parking
Info: The 2018 Sarasota Agricultural Fair will feature all types of animals, entertainment, arts and crafts, comedy shows, live music and fun fair rides!