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What's happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? | March 9-11

Posted at 10:44 PM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 03:12:36-04

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (March 9-11), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, March 9

Valspar Championship

When: March 8-11
Where: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club at 36750 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor
Cost: $39
Info: Watch some of the best golfers in the world compete at the PGA Tour Valspar Championship this weekend! Cuts will be made at the end of the day to see who will move on to days three and four. See who can outwit the Snake Pit, which is the nickname for the ultra-challenging Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort. Even Tiger Woods made it down to compete against some of the best names in golf. The Golf Channel will broadcast from 2-6 p.m. Get your tickets at


The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

When: March 9-11
Where: Downtown St. Pete at 480 Bayshore Drive Southeast, St. Petersburg
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: The Firestone Grand Prix is returning to St. Petersburg March 9-11 for three days of fast cars, world-class drivers and family fun. The streets of downtown St. Pete have been transformed into a 1.8-mile, 14-turn (5 lefts, 9 rights) racetrack with a great waterfront view. Even a section of the runway at Albert Whitted Airport will be used for the race. 



Florida Strawberry Festival

When: March 9-11
Where: Florida Strawberry Festival at 303 North Lemon Street, Plant City
Cost: $8
Info: Are you ready for all things strawberries? The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival is finally here! The annual festival in Plant City, Florida offers fun, food, rides, livestock shows and entertainment for all ages. 


The Big Bounce America

When: March 9-11
Where: Keystone Recreation Center at 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa
Cost: $9
Info: The Big Bounce America is 20,000 square feet of full-on inflatable fun. It’s a crazy, action-packed fun day out suitable for all the family featuring the world’s largest bounce house alongside a host of amazing inflatable attractions. With every bounce, there’s a whole new experience to be shared and down every slide a new adventure for you, your friends and your family to be a part of.


Sarasota Balloon Festival 2018

When: March 9-11
Where: Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch 5895 Post Boulevard, Bradenton
Cost: Free Admission | Parking is $20
Info: The Sarasota Balloon Festival is back! This event will provide a combination of mass balloon ascents, competition flying, static displays and tethered rides! There’s also a large carnival, entertainment on stage, retail vendors, food vendors, an arts and crafts area plus many more activities for a family day out.

Safety Harbor Seafood Festival

When: March 9-11
Where: Waterfront Park at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor
Cost: Free
Info: Bring the whole family out to Waterfront Park for a weekend of fresh seafood, live entertainment, children's activities, arts and crafts, and more.

Saturday, March 10

Gasparilla Music Festival 2018

When: March 10-11
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa
Cost: $40
Info: The Gasparilla Music Festival will feature The Roots, Father John Misty and dozens more during the 2-day event in Tampa! There will be plenty of food, drinks and fun at Curtis Hixon Park this weekend. 

Tampa Bay Fossil Fest

When: March 10-11
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds at 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa
Cost: $6
Info: The Tampa Bay Fossil Fest kicks off this weekend! Join in on the best displays of fossils, minerals, gems, artifacts shells and paleo workshops. 

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

When: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Where: Busch Gardens at 10165 N McKinley Drive Terrace Park, Tampa
Cost: $90
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. All concerts are included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

When: 1 p.m. 
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: Come watch the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena Saturday afternoon! The puck drops at 1 p.m. 

New York Mets vs. New York Yankees

When: 1:05 p.m.
Where: George M. Steinbrenner Field at 1 Steinbrenner Drive Drew Park, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: The New York Yankees are taking on the New York Mets in a Big Apple battle during Spring Training!


Sunday, March 11

Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Where: EG Simmons Park at 2401 19th Avenue, Ruskin
Cost: $7
Info: The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an innovative showcase of fine arts and fine crafts which draws talent from all across the country. 

Brunch, Brews & Bottomless Mimosas

When: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where: 81Bay Brewing Co. at 4465 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa
Cost: Cost varies
Info: Every Sunday Robert's Food Truck rolls out their brunch menu and we offer $15 bottomless mimosas from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. The menu offers chicken and waffles, shrimp & grits, filet mignon, egg and cheese sandwich, homemade granola with fruit and yogurt. Plus live music starts at 3 p.m. every Sunday. 

Brad Paisley at the Florida Strawberry Festival

When:  7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Where: Florida Strawberry Festival at 303 North Lemon Street, Plant City
Cost: $50
Info: One of the biggest headliners at the Florida Strawberry Festival! Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others.