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A Quick Look- Yard of Ale Gastro Pub

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Yard of Ale Gastro Pub

In search of somewhere new and exciting to join my friend Kim for lunch, we remembered that the club formerly known as Venue had been transformed into Yard of Ale Gastro Pub. I'm not a fan of beer and hence I didn't care for their Tampa location very much, but after looking over the menu of the new Gastro Pub in Clearwater I had to give the place a shot...Continue reading the Tampa Bay Expert Review of Yard of Ale Gastro Pub.

Karamu XXVI 4/12/14

Monday April 7, 2014

Karamu XXVI

Karamu XXVI, the signature gala at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, returns this Saturday, April 12 with a bright and festive atmosphere inspired by the theme "Jungle Boogie." Karamu (pronounced Keh-rah-moo), from the Swahili word for "party," is presented by Regions for the 15th consecutive year.

Event chair Toni Everett, co-chair Henderson Everett Lee, and the Karamu steering committee will host the 26th anniversary event in the Zoo's spectacular Safari Lodge events facility and adjoining outdoor plaza.

Guests can groove to the rhythms of the jungle with two live bands presented by Raymond James: City Groove (R&B, jazz and soul) and Impulse World Beat (Caribbean). Non-stop action including dancing, live and silent auctions will add to the festivities.

The annual gala welcomes guests at 6:30 p.m. with up-close animal encounters in the Safari Africa Plaza and cocktails.  At 8 p.m., Ovations Food Services will cater a three-course plated dinner featuring snow crab claws, a duet of roasted lamb and salmon, and cheese fondue with seasonal fresh fruits and accompaniments.

Karamu began with friends of the Zoo working together. Some 26 years ago, Sally Lowry Baldwin and Mason M. Lykes brought together the Tampa Bay community in support of the "new" Zoo.  This year's event is dedicated to Sally Lowry Baldwin who was affectionately thought of as the "first lady" of the Zoo. Event proceeds benefit animal care and education programs at the Zoo, a charitable organization.


For more information about Karamu XXVI, visit the event's website. To inquire about tickets or tables at the event please call (813) 935-8552 x 202.

Top Local Chef to be Crowned 4/27/14

Sunday March 30, 2014

Fourth Annual Top Local Chef Competition

LocalShops1 will host its fourth annual Top Local Chef competition on Sunday, April, 27, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino & Ballroom. The competitions is a battle that features chefs from independent restaurants and catering companies from all across Tampa Bay...Read more.

Tampa Theatre April 2014 Events

Sunday March 30, 2014

Tampa Theatre Building Exterior

Spring will bring a kids film series, new blockbuster movies, special screenings and live events to Tampa Theatre giving families plenty of reasons to visit.  Click here for a listing of some of the events coming to Tampa Theatre in April 2014.

29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay

Saturday March 29, 2014

29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will host its 29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 7 p.m. The event will feature all you can eat foods, all you can drink beverages and live music.

"Since its inception, Best of Tampa Bay - the Straz Center's signature fundraising event and Tampa's longest running culinary fundraiser - has generated more than $2 million to benefit the Center's programs. Because of events like Best of Tampa Bay, everyone in our community has the chance to discover the life-changing impact of the performing arts."

General admission ticket prices are $65 per person until April 2 and $80 beginning April 3. For more information, visit the event's website.

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is located in downtown Tampa along the east bank of the Hillsborough River adjacent to the Tampa/Hillsborough County Public Library.

Also check out other events going on at the Straz Center in the month of April 2014.

Grand Prix Gala 3/28/14

Sunday March 23, 2014

Grand Prix Gala

Luxe Fashion Group will host the annual Grand Prix Gala on Friday, March, 28, at 7 p.m. at One Progress Plaza in St, Petersburg. This event promises an evening of exotic cars, cocktails, music, cigar lounge and more.

Tickets are available online for $20 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, visit the event's website.

Photo credit: Jason Collin Photography via the Luxe Fashion Group event site.

Spring Beer Fling 3/29/14

Sunday March 23, 2014

The Inaugural Spring Beer Fling - Tampa Bay will be hosted Saturday, March, 29, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. This event will feature many different types of beer as well as the nostalgic, retro, surf rock sounds of such musical acts as Surfer Blood, Beach Day, Heavy Metals (fka Florida Kilos), The Intoxicators! , Pretty Girls and Johnny Zoom. The event will also feature a "Lighted Beach Ball Drop Spectacular!"

The event, presented by Samuel Adams promises a day of nostalgia, seasonal beers, live music, games and fun. General admission is $15 in advance on their website through 3/28/14 and $20 the day of. Full beer pours are $5 each (no small sample tastings). VIP tickets are $85 in advance on their website through 3/28/14 and $100 if available the day of. VIP admission includes access to the VIP Retro Lounge where you will enjoy unlimited pours of  all ther seasonal and specialty beers, in addition to a Special Retro Cocktail, wine, water, and a meal ticket from one of our food vendors.

For more information on the Spring Beer Fling, visit the event's website.

Oldsmar’s 53rd Annual Oldsmar Days

Sunday March 23, 2014

Oldsmar's 53rd Annual Oldsmar Days event will be held Friday March 28 through Sunday March 30 at R.E. Olds Park.  The event features Oldsmar's only parade on Saturday March 29 at 11 a.m. with historic Oldsmobile's, antique fire trucks and a contingent of Shriner's. There will be a bike show on Friday night, Oldsmobile Car Show on Saturday and an all comers Car Show on Sunday as well as miscellaneous live musical acts entertaining all weekend long.

According to event organizers, "The event itself is geared for old-fashioned family fun with a great carnival featuring special wristband prices, games including Limbo, Hula Hoop and Pie Eating contests, plenty of excellent food and arts and crafts vendors, motorcycle and classic car shows each day and the best selection of classic rock in the entire region...On Sunday you don't want to miss our Annual Wing Wars contest featuring the areas best wing restaurants concocting some of the tastiest and hottest wings on the planet. We need your help in picking the best of the best."

Admission to this event is free. For more information, visit the event's website.

Miley Cyrus Coming to Tampa This Week

Sunday March 16, 2014

Miley Cyrus will perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for her BANGERZ TOUR. I've seen a lot of chatter on  social media from Tampa Bay residents that are not going to the concert and are actually upset she is stopping in Tampa at all. I'm curious, are you going? Why or why not? Tell me about it in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

Read more about the BANGERZ TOUR here.

Also check out other events happening March,  15-21 in Tampa Bay and submit your events.

2014 Chillounge Night in Sarasota

Friday March 7, 2014

2014 Chillounge Night in Sarasota

The seventh annual BMW of Sarasota Chillounge Night at Westfield Southgate will be held March 9, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chillounge Night Sarasota will benefit Girls Inc. of Sarasota. General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit their ticketing page for additional admission options. Westfield Southgate is located at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla. For additional information on Sarasota Chillounge Night, visit the event's website.

Also check out other events in Tampa Bay this weekend!

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