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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Labor Day Weekend is Here!! Celebrate the unofficial end of summer in the Tampa area! There are fantastic festivals planned all weekend long. Find great family fun throughout the greater metropolitan region. With live music, amazing food, great activities, and more, this will be a long weekend you will never forget!

Celebrate Oldsmar!

Dates: Friday, August 31st, & Saturday, September 1st

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Friday & Saturday)

Location: R.E. Olds Park (107 Shore Drive West, Oldsmar)

Cost: FREE admission!

Head to the top of the bay for the 23rd annual Celebrate Oldsmar! The weekend is filled with family fun. Enjoy great live music, carnival rides and games, car show, children’s activities, beer garden, and more! Dine on delicious grub from your favorite food vendors, including Cotton Craze, Dietra's Delights, Mr. C's Grilled Cheese, Famous Pizza, Kona Ice, Oldsmar Smokin' BBQ, and Renowned Hospitality.  Do not miss the spectacular fireworks display at the end of the night on Saturday.

Music Lineup

Friday | Stormbringer | 6:30 pm

Saturday | Soul Circus Cowboys | 6:30 pm



Date: Saturday, September 1st

Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Location: Beach Boulevard (Gulfport)

Cost: FREE admission!

Come to Gulfport’s waterfront for their end of summer celebration. The 18th annual festival celebrates peace, art, and music! Enjoy fantastic live music during “Geckostock”. Check out all the incredible vendors, street performers, walking parade, costume contest, and so much more!

Music Lineup

Blueberry Patch Stage

Solar Flair | 10:00 am

The Laura Shepherd Show | 11:00 am

Askew | 1:00 pm

Tropical Disturbance | 3:00 pm

Sonic Stew | 5:30 pm

Ella Jet & Future Soul | 8:00 pm

South Stage

Code Red | 10:00 am

I Heart Cats Band | 12:00 pm

Razin Jane | 2:00 pm

Elysian Sex Drive | 4:00 pm

Trinity 7 | 7:00 pm


Summer of Rum Festival  

Date: Saturday, September 1st, & Sunday, September 2nd

Time: Noon - 11:00 pm (Saturday) & 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (Sunday)

Location: Curtis Hixon Park (600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa)

Cost: $20 per person (General Admission) | Purchase tickets HERE!

Treat yourself to deliciously refreshing rum cocktails while listening to live music by regional and national performers. With games, fireworks, and more, this is a Labor Day weekend festival you do not want to skip!

Music Lineup



Summer Survivors  

The Sunsetters


The New Rulers

The Downstairs Mix-up

Sugar Ray (Headliner)


Tribal Style


Ella Jet & Future Soul

DJ Cardinal


The Wailers (Headliner)



The Sper Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Tampa Home & Garden Show!

by Tammy Waugh

Tampa Home & Garden Show

Looking to make some improvements to your Tampa area home? In that case, you do not want to miss the Tampa Home & Garden Show!


Head down to the Tampa Convention Center (333 South Franklin Street) this weekend for Tampa's largest home show of the year!



The Tampa Home & Garden Show is the perfect opportunity to meet with experts and learn about the latest home trends. Find builders, contractors, landscapers, pool/spa professionals, and other vendors who specialize in home improvements. Discover incredible ideas and products for your kitchen, bathrooms, windows, doors, garden, energy, security, and so much more.



The hours for the event are 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 25th, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 26th. The cost is $8 per adult and $4 per senior. Military personel and children (ages 18 and under) are FREE all weekend long!


Image Credit: ECCS Home Shows

Dine Out During Tampa Bay Taco Week!

by Tammy Waugh

Explore the delicious side of Tampa during the Tampa Bay Taco Week!!! This city offers endless tasty delights but few are done better than the taco! Check out your favorite restaurant or discover a new local spot during this foodie celebration, being held Tuesday, July 17th, through Friday, July 27th. Participating restaurants will offer amazing taco specials (including $2 tacos, 50% off tacos, special pricing, and more) throughout the greater Tampa area! Do not miss this great event! Your taste buds will surely thank you!


Participating Restaurants

American Social Bar & Kitchen | 601 South Harbour Island Boulevard #107, Tampa

Besito Mexican Restaurant | 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa

Chicken and Taco Loco | 408 East Brandon Boulevard, Brandon

Datz | 2616 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa

District Tavern | 116 North 12th Street, Tampa

Fuzzy's Taco Shop | 5621 East Fowler Avenue #’s 201-207, Tampa

GameTime | 1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa

Islands Cantina | 233 East Davis Boulevard, Tampa

Marina Cantina | 25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach

Park & Rec | 100 4th Street South, St. Petersburg

Platt Street Borough Bar & Eatery | 1809 West Platt Street, Tampa

Taquitos Mexican | 9617 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg

The Avenue | 330 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg

And, MORE!


Be sure to enter the Photo Contest! Take a photo of your tacos at a participating restaurant. Post the photo on Instagram and add your location. Tag @cltampabay and use hashtag #CLTacoWeek. Once you do this, you will be automatically entered to win $250 to use through CL Deals! Earn additional enteries for every restaurant you tag throughout Taco Week!


Taco Week is the lead up event to the summertime favorite Margarita Wars!! Mark your calendars for this event being held on Friday, JULY 27th, (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm) at Tpepin's Hospitality Centre (4121 North 50th Street, Tampa)!


The Sper Group wishes everyone a delicious time during Tampa Bay Taco Week!!

Image Credit: Creative Loafing Tampa


"Swim" On Over to Shark Con this Weekend!

by Tammy Waugh

The can't miss event this weekend in Tampa is Shark Con!! Help promote ocean conservation efforts and celebrate all the creatures living under the beautiful blue ocean waters at this spectacular annual event. Shark Con will be taking place on Saturday, July 14th, and Sunday, July 15th, (10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily) at the Florida State Fairgrounds (4800 US Hwy 301 North, Tampa).


There is something for every ocean lover to enjoy! Check out 100+ booths filled as well as informative exhibits and fun activities by The Florida Aquarium, Mote Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa, and other event partners. Touch sharks and other marine animals in the touch tanks. Get silly in the ocean and pirate bounce houses, down the shark slide, and on the bucking shark ride. Try scuba diving in the GO Dive Now Pool. Watch scientists dissect a shark. There is also an incredible line up of speakers throughout the weekend. Click HERE for the complete schedule. BUT, be sure not to miss Shark Con's headlining event on Sunday at 12:45 pm - a Jaws Panel Q&A with Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Kramer, Carl Gottlieb, and Susan Backlinie! All speakers will be available for photos and autographs. Don't be afraid to go in the water this weekend and head on over to Shark Con for all of the fun!

Ticket Information

Single Day Passes

  • $14.95 per adult

  • $4.95 per child (ages 13 & under)

Two Day Passes

  • $19.95 per adult

  • $7.50 per child (ages 13 & under)

Purchase tickets in advance HERE!

**Proceeds benefit shark and coral rehabilitation programs at The Florida Aquarium and OCEARCH Shark Expedition Research.**

The Sper Group wishes everyone an amazing time at the Shark Con!!



Image Credit: Shark Con

Celebrate Independence Day in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Mark your calendars for the best Fourth of July celebrations that Tampa has to offer. Our nation's Independence Day is next week Wednesday and you do not want to miss out on any of the fun! Celebrate this great country of ours at the best holiday festivities that our beautiful city has to offer!

Tampa Red, White & Blue Fest

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Cotanchobee Fort Brook Park (601 Old Water Street)

Enjoy an afternoon of festive fun at this favorite annual event. Dine on delicious food from your favorite local food vendors. Enter you and your pet in the patriotic costume contest. Swing by the "American Art Zone" to find beautiful arts and crafts for sale. Play fun carnival games. Meet celebrity magician Rashaun Hammond. Dance to live music by Ari & the Alibis, F&R Music Project, and other great performers. Win spectacular prizes during the raffle and giveaways. And, SO MUCH MORE! The best part....this event is FREE!

Downtown Tampa Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Tampa Convention Center (333 South Franklin Street)

Finish your day of celebrations with the most spectacular fireworks display of the year. The fireworks will be held in the harbor in front of the Convention Center and are visible all along Tampa's beautiful Riverwalk.


The Sper Group wishes everyone in the greater Tampa area a very Happy & Safe Independence Day!

Celebrate Dad in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

This weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the most important man in your life....DAD! That's right! Father's Day weekend is here! Treat dad to a Father's Day celebration he will never forget by taking advantage of all of the cool, fun things taking place around the Tampa area! Check out these fantastic holiday events to show dad how much you appreciate him!

Father's Day at Empower Adventures

Dates: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th

Times: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Empower Adventures (423 Lafayette Boulevard, Oldsmar)

Cost: $69 per adult & $64 per child

Enjoy a high flying adventure with dad above the Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve. This 2.5 hour guided tour features 11 adventures, including numerous exciting zip lines. For the holiday weekend, Dads will get a Leap of Faith added on to their adventure and all family members can enjoy the same for half price ($10 addition)!

Father's Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium

Dates: Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th

Times: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: The Florida Aquarium (701 Channelside Drive, Tampa)

Cost: $28.95 per adult & $23.95 per child (ages 3-11)

Treat dad to a day at the aquarium as he enjoys FREE admission with the purchase of any full price paid ticket. Explore the many exhibits, including a special one on the important role male seahorses play as fathers.

The Great Father’s Day Race  

Date: Sunday, June 17th

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Al Lopez Park (4810 North Himes Avenue, Tampa)

Cost: $38 per person (in advance) | $43 per person (day of race)

Get active this Father's Day with this fun 5K run/walk for the whole family. Allparticipants will receive free race pictures, a dry-fit T-shirt, and goodie bag.

Father's Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises

Date: Sunday, June 17th

Times: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm (Early Brunch) | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Late Brunch) | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Dinner)

Location: Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events (603 Channelside Drive, Tampa)

Cost: $49.95 per adult & $29.95 per child (Brunch) | $59.95 per adult & $39.95 per child (Dinner)

Take a relaxing cruise in the bay as you dine on a delicious meal prepared by the yacht's executive chef. There will be DJ entertainment throughout the cruise. Dads can enjoy 3 premium level drinks for FREE during their meal.

The Sper Group wishes all the fathers throughout the Tampa area a very Happy Father's Day!

Tips for Hosting Your Memorial Day Weekend Party!

by Tammy Waugh

The long holiday weekend is almost here. Memorial Day Weekend has become the unofficial kickoff to the summer season and is the perfect time to gather friends and family together for a little celebration. Host the ultimate Memorial Day party at your Tampa home this weekend! Follow these simple tips to make your holiday party one that your guests will surely love!


1. Create a party menu that is filled with deliciously exciting yet easy to prepare food items.

2. Stock up on all the supplies and tools that you need for food and drinks, as well as any yard games that you want to set up.

3. Make a festive environment by creating beautiful red, white and blue floral arrangements for your tables.

4. Get a beverage tub filled with ice and stock it with your favorite drinks. Come up with a festive specialty drink that celebrates the holiday.

5. Hang some decorative outdoor lights to create the atmosphere.

6. Create a music playlist filled with your favorite patriotic themed tunes.

7. Fill your yard with red, white, and blue decor.

8. If you have a fire pit, provide roasting sticks and marshmallows so your guests can enjoy the ultimate outdoor treat.

9. Provide your guests with sparklers to end the evening.


While you enjoy the festive fun this weekend, it is important that we always remember the real reason for the holiday. We should spend some time this weekend (and beyond) honoring the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as well as those still actively serving in our military.  

The Sper Group wishes everyone in the greater Tampa area a very happy & safe MEMORIAL DAY and extends a sincere THANK YOU to all of our nations current and retired military personnel!

Celebrate National Bike Month in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

May is National Bike Month. Biking is a great way to stay active and help protect the environment. With beautiful weather year round and amazing bike friendly amenities, Tampa is the perfect city for cycling enthusiasts. Celebrate National Bike Month in downtown Tampa on Friday, May 18th, for the Bike to Work Ride & Rally. Join the guided ride at one of 7 neighborhood meet-up locations. After enjoying the ride through downtown, all participants will meet in Lykes Gaslight Park (241 East Madison Street) for the Rally with bagels, coffee, exhibitors, music, and fun! It's the perfect way to start your work day and admire your beloved city on two wheels!

Downtown's Bike to Work Ride & RallyNeighborhood Meet-Up Times

Group A | 7:10 am

Velo Champ Cycle Sport (4415 North Florida Avenue)

Performance Bicycle (625 North Dale Mabry Highway)

Flying Fish Bikes (2409 South MacDill Avenue)

Publix Greenwise Market (2401 West Azeele Street)

Group B | 7:25 am

Tampa Heights (Armature Works)

Davis Islands (7-11 at Davis Boulevard & Biscayne Avenue)

Ybor City (East 8th Avenue & North 13th Street)

Channel District (1104 East Twiggs Street)


Be sure to swing by The Franklin Manor (912 North Franklin Street) after work for a special Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A free drink will be provided to all Bike to Work Ride & Rally participants!

Can't make the rally or want to check out other happenings occurring around town during Bike Month? Check out these other upcoming events!

Head on over to Bike/Walk Tampa Bay for everything you need to know about biking in Tampa Bay throughout the year!

Live in this beautiful, bike friendly city! Contact the Sper Group to get started. Begin your search with our Homes for Sale! Give our team a call today at (813) 760-2002 or visit our website at

Riverfront Rock!

by Tammy Waugh

Celebrate Mother's Day and the grand opening of Tampa's most beautiful new park! Head over to the Julian B Lane Riverfront Park (1001 North Boulevard) on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th, for a weekend filled with family friendly fun! Julian B Lane Riverfront Park (1001 North Boulevard) will open to the public featuring a series of very special events and musical talent. This new city park offers incredible views along the river, marvelous public art displays, unparalleled sports and recreation facilities, fun playground and splash pad and so much more. Come enjoy the first event at this space. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Stop by the Family Fun Zone for arts and crafts, games, bounce houses, and other activities for the little ones. Dine on delicious samples from your favorite local restaurants during the Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown. Participate in exciting sports and recreational activities. And dance the weekend away to incredible live musical perfromances. Do not miss out on all the fun taking place this weekend in Tampa!


9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Fitness Activities (Boathouse)

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Stand-up Paddleboarding 
  • 10:00 am | Zumba

9:45 am – 12:00 pm | Coast Bike Share Ride

12:00 pm – 9:15 pm | Live Entertainment on the Main Stage (Great Lawn)

  • 12:00 pm | Riverfront Rock Kick-off
  • 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm | C-Rena
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Jah Movement
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Three Sheets to the Wind
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Distinguished Men of Brass 
  • 7:00 pm | Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown Judging
  • 7:30 pm | Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Opening & Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Buckhorn 
  • 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm | Third Eye Blind

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Family Fun Zone Stage

  • 12:00 pm –12:45 pm | Tampa Gym & Dance
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm | Tampa Toddlers in Transition
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Copeland All-Star Team
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm | DJ
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | Desoto Tribute Group
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm | Jackson Heights Dancers
  • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Park Activities

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown

8:00 pm | Lights On Tampa "History in Motion”

9:15 pm | Fireworks



9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Fitness Activities (Boathouse)

  • 9:00 am | Yoga 
  • 10:00 am | Boot Camp 

9:45 am – 12:00 pm | Coast Bike Share Ride

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Main Stage (Great Lawn)

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Latraia Savage
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Unique
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | The U.S. Navy Band
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm | The Florida Orchestra

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Live Entertainment on the Family Fun Zone Stage

  • 12:00 pm –12:45 pm | DJ
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm | Prancing Dancerettes
  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Ovation!
  • 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm | DJ
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm | Rock 101 Band
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm | School of Rock House Band

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Park Activities

8:00 pm | Lights On Tampa "History in Motion”

9:00 pm | Fireworks


The Sper Group wishes everyone a fun weekend at Tampa Riverfest 2018!









































































Image Credits: City of Tampa

Tampa Riverfest 2018!

by Tammy Waugh

Spend the weekend at TAMPA RIVERFEST 2018!!! This 4th annual community event will be held Friday, May 4th, and Saturday, May 5th, along the expanse of Tampa's beautiful Riverwalk. This incredible family friendly event has something for everyone! Enjoy fun activities for all ages, foot tapping live music, delicious food from your favorite local establishments, fantastic events from cultural institutions around town, and so much more. Check out the full schedule to plan out your weekend of fun at the Tampa Riverfest 2018!



Friday, May 4th

Curtis Hixon Park

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm | LIVE MUSIC

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | GW SOUTHERN

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | THE BLACK HONKEYS


4:00 pm – 10:00 pm | BEER TRUCKS

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm | VIP TENT

--$50 per person | Purchase wristband HERE


--$25 per person | Purchase wristband HERE

Tampa Museum of Art


Straz Center for the Performing Arts


Columbia Café at the Tampa History Center


Saturday, May 5th

Curtis Hixon Park

10:00 am – 10:00 pm | LIVE MUSIC

10:00 am – 5:00 pm | WIENER DOG DERBY

10:00 am – 5:00 pm | TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FAN ZONE

11:00 am – 9:00 pm | TACOFEST

--$10 for 3 tacos OR $15 for 5 | Purchase wristband HERE  

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | SPAZMATICS

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm | HOT AIR BALLOON GLOW

Water Works Park


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | TAMPA BAY PRIDE BAND CONCERT

MacDill Park



11:00 am – 5:00 pm | PLANK BAR

Tampa Museum of Art



Straz Center for the Performing Arts



2:30 pm – 5:30 pm | STEWART TUSSING BAND

Columbia Café at the Tampa History Center

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm | JUAN TORANZO PERFORMANCE


The Sper Group wishes everyone a fun weekend at Tampa Riverfest 2018!






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