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What's happening this weekend in Tampa Bay | April 12-14

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 14:54:28-04

TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (April 12-14), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, April 12

Dear Evan Hansen

When: April 9-14
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts at 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa
Cost: $159
Info: A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).


When: April 11-12
Where: Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater
Cost: $35
Info: RENT returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2008 with two performances to celebrate the 20th Anniversary! A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Tampa Bay Lightning VS Blue Jackets

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $89
Info: The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Blue Jackets in the second game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Big Bounce America

When: April 12-14
Where: Carrollwood Village Park at 4680 W Village Dr, Tampa
Cost: $19
Info: This inflatable theme park features 3 different unique attractions: The World’s Biggest Bounce House, The Giant – America's biggest inflatable obstacle course, and airSpace – slides, ball pits, and a 60ft tall maze. Individual sessions are available to suit all age groups from toddlers through to adults only.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

When: April 12-28
Where: 1 Causeway Blvd Clearwater Beach
Cost: $8 (ages 4-10), $10 (age 11 and up)
Info: Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is a seventeen-day beach-wide celebration that pays tribute to Tampa Bay’s two most valuable assets: sugar sands and sunsets! Head to the beach and enjoy free activities for all ages, including a children’s play area, street performers, artisans and crafters, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, and the master sand sculpting competition.

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Saturday, April 13

Saint Pete Earth Day

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Historic William’s Park at 350 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg
Cost: FREE
Info: St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day, we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet.

Beach n' Food Truck & Music Festival

When: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Coquina Beach Park, Bradenton Beach
Cost: FREE
Info: This fun family festival is an all-day celebration right alongside the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around. Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping at vendor booths, a Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games and bounce houses, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show with over 100 classic cars on display, and a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone. Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.

Tampa Bay Lightning Playoffs Bar Crawl & Party

When: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Manor at 912 N Franklin St, Tampa
Cost: $25
Info: Bar lineup is Franklin Manor, Yeoman’s Cask and Lion, District Tavern and more to come. You'll get one free welcome drink at every bar, free transportation on the Crawler Bus (plus Bud Light shotgun beer), free bar games and a free raffle ticket for a chance to win signed pucks, gear and more! Round up your crew and make sure to wear BLUE.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Louisville City FC

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Al Lang Stadium at 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg
Cost: $17
Info: The Tampa Bay Rowdies will take on Louisville City FC. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

When: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Al Lopez Park at 4810 N Himes Ave, Tampa
Cost: FREE
Info: Steven Spielberg’s classic timeless story of a lost and magical visitor from a long way away, trying to return home, continues to captivate viewers of all ages. The audience doesn’t need to speak E.T.’s language to empathize with his fear and loneliness, to wonder at his powers, and to want to help him in his struggle to get back to where he belongs. Sometimes the aliens aren’t the real monsters.
Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome for this free outdoor screening. The park is open for admission at 7 p.m.

2 Cellos: Let There Be Cello

When: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $32
Info: Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS have played to audiences across the globe and most recently sold over 150,000 tickets on their 28-date U.S. SCORE tour in 2017. This tour gears up for the release of 2CELLOS’ newest album Let There Be Cello on October 19.

Sunday, April 14

The Sole Show

When: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Rialto Theatre at 1617 North Franklin Street, Tampa
Cost: $15
Info: Come learn about sneaker history, interact with art, listen to a panel cover questions about the different industries (sneakers, art, fashion), and get in tune with what is going on in Tampa fashion.

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When: 5 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: $29
Info: The lineup will include rock legends Godsmack to headline, Three Days Grace, Underoath, P.O.D, Motionless in White, and Rival Sons. 98ROCKFEST will kick-off with a free pre-show on Ford Thunder Alley (West Plaza) at AMALIE Arena. The pre-show event will be headlined by P.O.D. and will also feature interactive contests and ticket upgrades from participating sponsors. The event will welcome fans of all ages at 2 p.m.