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Veterans Day 2017

by Tammy Waugh

Come celebrate our nation's veterans this weekend throughout the Tampa area. Veterans Day is this Saturday, November 11th. This national holiday recognizes and honors service members from all of the branches of the United States military. It recognizes their bravery and sacrifice in protecting our freedoms. Be sure to thank a veteran you know on this commemorative holiday and celebrate these honorable men and women at one of these great community events!

25th Annual Tampa Bay Veterans Parade

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Parade Route  

53rd Annual Veterans Day Tribute

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Veterans Memorial Park and Museum (3602 Highway 301 North, Tampa)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy a patriotic tribute with the theme "Honoring America's Veterans". There will be patriotic music and refreshments. Hear great speakers and presentations by:

  • Col. S. Troy Pananon, Vice Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base

  • Col. Jim Waurishuk, USAF, Retired

  • JROTC color guard, drill performances, and patriotic recitations

  • POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony with rifle salute and taps

  • Veterans Council Awards

This year's celebration is extra special as the Veterans Memorial Park & LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum have been added to the offical list of Regional Veterans Day Sites by the Veterans Day National Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Largo Central Park (101 Central Park Drive, Largo)

Celebrate all who have served in our Armed Forces in Largo. Be there for the ceremony starting at 11:11 am. The City of Largo will present their first ever Barbara Bush Citizen Patriot Award to Dava Guerin, author of Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed and Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal. After the ceremony enjoy military vehicle displays, free flight bird presentations, live bands, youth activities, and food trucks.

Red White & Bluegrass Festival

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Tampa Elks Lodge 708 (3616 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa)

Cost: $20 per person

Come join others in your community for an afternoon of fun and celebration. Dine on delicious food, including ribs, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, baked beans, garlic bread, and ice cream sundaes. Listen to incredible live bluegrass music by Sandy Back Porch and Blackwater Creek. Enter for door prizes, the 50/50 raffle, and YeeHaw Auction. Proceeds from this event help veterans in need.

The Sper Group extends a sincere Thank You to all the men and women who have bravely served in the United States Armed Forces!

Trick or Treating Fun in Greater Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Halloween is finally here! The streets of the greater Tampa area will soon be filled with hundreds of witches, ghosts, superhereos, 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 28th

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 family Halloween movie screening in Water Works park.

Halloween Spree

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum

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



Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Gulf View Square Mall

Don your best costume, grab your treat bag, and head to the mall for some fun trick or treating.


Halloween in the Park - "Treats You Can Trust"

Date: Tuesday, 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.


Old Northeast St. Pete Trick or Treat

Date: Tuesday, October 31st

Time: Around Dusk

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!


Fun Halloween Festivities All October in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Find spooks, thrills, and festive fun all October long in Tampa! Halloween might not be until the end of the month, but you can get in the holiday spirit now! There are so many fun events planned at your favorite spots around town! Enjoy family-friendly evenings filled with screams and giggles throughout the month. Here are our recommendations of the best Halloween events taking place in Tampa!


Dates: September 22nd - October 29th (19 Select Nights)

Location: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Find terror around every corner at haunted houses and thrill rides throughout the park.


Dates: October 6th - October 28th (Fridays & Saturdays)

Location: Lowry Park Zoo

Hoot and howl with all the zoo creatures at dusk. This event is fun for all ages!


Dates: October 6th - October 31st (Select Nights)

Location: Pirate Water Taxi

Explore the waterways of Tampa and the dark secrets that lay amongst the routes. With interactive entertainment along the way, enjoy a chilling adventure at sea.


Dates: October 20th - October 31st

Location: Tampa Theatre

Come to Tampa’s haunted, historic movie theater for classic horror films, ghost tours, and more spooky events.


Dates: October 28th - October 29th

Location: The Florida Aquarium

Enjoy trick-or-treating, live entertainment, and fun with the aquarium’s 20,000+ aquatic animals.


Date: October 31st

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum

Spend Halloween at the museum for fun trick-or-treating, costume parade, special activities, and so much more!

Stay up to date on more fun Fall events and thrilling Halloween festivities with our Blog!

The Sper Group wishes everyone a frighteningly fun October throughout Tampa!

Labor Day Weekend Festivals in Greater 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, September 1st & Saturday, September 2nd

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 22nd annual Celebrate Oldsmar! The weekend is filled with family fun. Enjoy great live music, carnival rides and games, bounce house, children’s craft table, pony rides, and more! Dine on delicious grub from food trucks, including Fonzi's Roamin' Empire - Pizza, Kona Ice Tampa Bay, Marty's Dog House, and St. Pete Taco Lady. Do not miss the spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

Music Lineup



Date: Saturday, September 2nd

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 17th 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

Summer of Rum Festival  

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: Noon - 11:00 pm

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


Crab & Music Festival

Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Time: Noon - 10:00 pm

Location: Albert Whitted Park (480 Bayshore Drive Southeast, St. Petersburg)

Cost: $20 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Don’t miss St. Pete's 2nd Annual Crab And Music Festival! There is something for the whole family. Enjoy amazing live performances, delicious food, fun children’s games and activities, and so much more! Watch the FSU vs. Alabama game on the “Big Screen”.

Live Entertainment Lineup

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

Great New Restaurant Openings in Tampa Bay!

by Tammy Waugh

We're always looking for great new restaurants and venues to visit in Tampa Bay and this week we have 2 new restaurants announcing their new openings!

Noble Crust- The great seasonal Italian with Southern Soul will be opening their second location next week at Shops at Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel. Featuring 166 indoor seating and 56 additional on the great outdoor patio.  The vibe here will be similar to their original location in St. Petersburg; well worn, comfortable with social tables, open kitchen and bar featuring custom crafted drinks and micro-brews and wine on tap. Chef Rob Reinsmith will be taking the helm at this location.  

The Heights Public Market to be located in the Armature Works space in Tampa.  This highly anticipated opening will include a 'rotating stall' or 'guest concept', with the first installment featuring local food trucks Surf and Turf and Empamamas! Surf and Turf menus will include the delectable Maine Lobster Rolls, BLT- Bacon, Lobster and Tomato sandwich and a selection of Surf and Turf's exemplary rolls. Empamamas, named for Tampa's Stephanie Swanz whom received the name of 'Empamama' after crafting homemade empanades for her Cuban relative. She will showcase her entire lineup of empanades during the opening of the Heights Public Market which include the infamous Tampa Girl made with roasted pork, honey ham, Genoa Salami, Swiss Cheese, pickles and special sauce as well as the Cheeseburger in Paradise (a nod to the great Jimmy Buffett) featuring seasoned ground beef, bacon, 3 cheeses, spinach, tomato, red onion and pickles.  You don't want to miss the new concept being displayed at The Heights Public market. Opening is set for a September debut.

Tampa Bay boasts a variety of excellent restaurants and venues to explore.  Check back to our blog often for new openings and featured venues throughout the month.




School's Out For The Summer!

by Tammy Waugh

School is finally out for the summer! Kids are ready with energy to get outside and play and start their adventures. Parents, don't worry, we have just the thing for you! Tampa Bay Area offers a variety of summer camps to keep kids engaged. From arts and science to sports and day camps there's something for everyone!

The Lowry Park Zoo, Big Cat Rescue, Park Districts, and many other facilities throughout Tampa area come together to provide kids with education, fun, and entertainment to keep their minds growing and learning on their summer break. Many camps are a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited, so don't hesitate to sign up now! This is the perfect opportunity for kids to get out, have some fun, and meet new friends.

For more information and to sign up today, visit 

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember all those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we live everyday.  Tampa Bay has big plans for the Memorial Day weekend.  Check out which one is best for your family:

Let Freedom Ring- The Florida Orchestra celebrates Memorial Day with an 'American Salute' encompassing 3 concerts of Patriotic favorites.  The Performing Arts in Tampa, Friday night starting at 8:00 pm.

Oldsmar Freedom Fest- Live music from area bands, food, craft vendors, kids activities and a Memorial Day Ceremony.  Oldsmar State Street Festival Zone- State St E and Fairfield St. Friday-Sunday.

Celebrate Sacrifice- Dunedin- The Dunedin Concert Band performs a Memorial Day salute with a acknowledgement to the assassination of President Lincoln and it's close proximity to Memorial Day. Pioneer Park, 3 pm, Sunday.

Memorial Day Ceremony- Veterans Park- Tampa- patriotic songs, keynote speech, POW/MIA Missing Man Remembrance Celebration, Wreath Presentation, Rifle Salute and Taps.  

Memorial Day Sandbar Concert- You have to be on a boat to get to this concert in St. Petersburg featuring live music from a pontoon stage! Performances will include;Hal Hammer Jr, The Cross Creek Blues Band and Chris Hiatt with Cold Shot.

For a complete listing of events, click here.

The Pirate Adventure of Tampa Bay!

by Tammy Waugh

Tampa is filled with family-friendly events for you to attend, but one has stood the test of time!

Looking for a new adventure for you and your family?  Try Captain Memo's Original Pirate Cruise!

This has been one of the most visited attractions for over 38 years!  Sail the crystal clear waters of Clearwater Beach on a 2 hour cruise that features many pirate antics; a treasure hunt, face painting, water games, pirate stories and dancing! Captain Memo individually selects each of the pirate crew to ensure the most authentic and fun experience for all!  Both daytime and evening cruises are available.  Great for corporate events as well!

Get more details at the Captain Memo website.

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Memorial Day Music Festival

by Tammy Waugh

Memorial Day Weekend is on the horizon, a sign that summer is officially upon us. The outdoor fun and events are endless in the Tampa Bay Area. People come from far and wide to enjoy the beaches, good weather and atmosphere of a coastal lifestyle. Picking where to go and what to see is the best problem you can have!

The 6th Annual Sunset Music Festival is back again on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium. The festival brings together some of today's top dance music artists, including newcomers to the main-stream classics you know and love. 

Food and beverages are available throughout the event to quench your thirst and feed your hunger. SMF also offers upgrades and VIP packages. Purchase exclusive LED wristbands and glasses that change colors with the beat of the music, Sunset Music Festival water bottles to refill and stay hydrated, or a VIP table to enjoy a more relaxed exclusive experience. 

What better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend than listening to your favorite dance music with friends at sunset in the sunshine state. This festival is Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours today!

Tickets here: Sunset Music Festival 2017


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