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Festive Holiday Events In Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Jingle bells are starting to ring throughout Tampa! The holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit at fun community events all month long!

 Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Friday, November 30th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

Come see Mayor Buckhorn light up the city's beautiful tree for the season. There will also be a free holiday movie in the park.

37th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 1st

Time: 11:00 am  

Location: Downtown Tampa

Watch Santa, community organizations, schools, marching bands, and more as they parade through downtown Tampa spreading holiday cheer!

Santa Fest

Date: Saturday, December 1st

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

After the parade, head to the park to experience an afternoon of winter fun. Enjoy holiday entertainment, holiday crafts, games and activities, photos with Santa Claus, and so much more!

The Nutcracker

Date: Saturday, December 1st

Time: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Location: University of South Florida’s Theatre 1 (3839 USF Holly Drive)

Take in this great holiday tradition for the 6th year in Tampa.


Continuing Christmas Events

Christmas In The Wild

Dates: Now - Sunday, December 30th

Location: Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

Christmas Town™

Dates: Now - Monday, December 31st

Location: Busch Gardens (10165 North McKinley Drive)

Winter Village

Dates: Now - Saturday, January 5th

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 North Ashley Drive)

Victorian Christmas Stroll

Dates: Saturday, December 1st - Sunday, December 23rd

Location: Henry B. Plant Museum (401 West Kennedy Boulevard)

Christmas Lights Limo Tours

Dates: Saturday, December 1st - Saturday, December 29th

Location: Throughout Greater Tampa

The Sper Group wishes everyone in Tampa a very Merry Holiday Season!

Head To The Polls on Election Day!

by Tammy Waugh

It's time to do your civic duty! Election Day, November 6th, is here! As a citizen of the United States, you have the right and privelege to have your voice heard by voting. Regardless of your political affiliation, this election is important for you to have a say in your local, state, and national political appointees. The polling places throughout the Tampa area will be open tomorrow 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Find all the important information you need for Election Day by clicking on the links below.

Hillsborough County

Don’t live in Hillsborough County? Find your local election information here:

We look forward to seeing everyone in the greater Tampa area at the polls! Happy Election Day!

Halloween Festivities in Greater Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Halloween is almost here! The streets of the greater Tampa area will soon be filled with hundreds of witches, ghosts, superheroes, and princesses! Give your children a Halloween they will never forget by taking them some place new and unique to trick or treat! Here are our top picks for great trick or treating spots throughout the Tampa metropolitan area.

Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: The Tampa Riverwalk

Collect goodies from 40 different locations along the Riverwalk. Afterwards, stick around for a free screening of Addam’s Family Values in Water Works park.

Halloween Spree

Date: Saturday, October 27th

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum

Cost: $5 per person

Enjoy fun Halloween tunes as you trick or treat indoors at the museum. Other fun activities include a costume parade and arts & crafts.

City of Pinellas Park Halloween Treat Trail

Date: Wednesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: England Brothers Bandshell Park

Explore the Treat Trail to discover endless delicious treats from local businesses and organizations. Enjoy refreshments, children’s activities, and costume contest with prizes.

Halloween in Historic Old Northeast

Date: Wednesday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Neighborhood

The old brick streets of this gorgeous neighborhood will be blocked off for families to enjoy some of the best trick or treating in the Tampa area. Marvel at 200+ houses decorated for the ghoulish holiday.

Want to spend Halloween evening closer to home? Trick or treating throughout Tampa neighborhoods will occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Please follow these Halloween Safety Tips to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy their evening.

The Sper Group wishes everyone a safe and frightfully fun Halloween!

Prost to Tampa's Oktoberfest!

by Tammy Waugh

Prost! Put on your dirndl or your lederhosen and head on down to Curtis Hixon Waterfront park this weekend for Tampa's 9th Annual Oktoberfest!!!! Celebrate the start of fall and enjoy some good cheer with friends, old and new, and this fantastic community event!


Enjoy 3 days of German fun along the Hillsborough river. This family (and pet!) friendly event has something for everyone! Dance some polka and listen to live alphorn performances. Tap the ceremonial keg. Learn about traditional German customs. Play fun games like stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug-o-war, and corn hole. Check out exciting competitions such as Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and, the always favorite, Beard & Mustache competition. and more. Fill your belly with chicken schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut, potato salad, apfel strudel, and all your favorite German delicacies. And, of course, sip on your favorite German beers, especially Coppertail Brewery's Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel!


Event Details

Dates: Friday, October 12th - Sunday, October 14th

Times: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

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

Cost: $10 per general admission | FREE for children ages 12 & under (with parent or guardian)



Image Credit: Oktoberfest Tampa

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!

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