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Discover Ybor City at the 71st Annual Fiesta Day!

by Tammy Waugh

Come celebrate the culture and heritage of Ybor City at the 71st Annual Fiesta Day!! Head to this beautiful, historic Tampa neighborhood on Saturday, February 24th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for a full day of family-friendly fun! This FREE street festival commemorates the rich and diverse history of Ybor City. Find delicious ethnic food, unique arts & crafts, fantastic live music & cultural performances, and so much more! Also, be sure to stop by the first annual Tampa Bay Children's Book Fair for fun author readings and book signings. Do not miss this fantastic neighborhood event!



Schedule of Events

11:00 am - 6:00 pm | Wordier than Thou Kids Zone and Book Fair | Centro Ybor

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Dancing & Music | The Gaucho’s Float & Krewe of Mambi Float

1:00 pm | Promenade of Flags | 7th Avenue

1:30 pm | The Romantics: For Lover’s Past Present and Future | The Gaucho’s Float

3:00 pm | Tampa City Ballet’s “Frida” | Centro Ybor

4:00 pm | Tampa City Ballet’s “Frida” | Krewe of Mambi Float

4:00 pm | The STRUT Band | The Bricks

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Dancing & Music | The Gaucho’s Float & Krewe of Mambi Float


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Image Credit: Ybor City Chamber of Commerce


Fun Festivals this Weekend in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Enjoy another beautiful weekend in the greater Tampa area! Not sure what to do this weekend? There are 2 great festivals headed our way! Be sure to check out these incredible community events for a weekend filled with Florida fun!

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Date: Saturday, February 17th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm | VIP Bacon & Whole Hog Session starts at 12:00 pm

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

Cost: $39 per person (Regular Admission) | $75 per person (VIP Admission) |

Purchase Advance Tickets HERE!

Head to the original festival that started it all! Come enjoy a day of delicious barbeque, mouthwatering beverages, and fantastic live music! There will be 40+ bourbons and 60+ beers to taste. Try some of the best BBQ vendors you will ever find. Dance to rock & roll and bluegrass music all afternoon. Play fun games like giant jenga, cornhole, and more. Check out the exciting contests and learn more at all of the exhibits and seminars. For an extra special experience, get the VIP experience.

Cheval Winter Blues & Food Festival

Date: Sunday, February 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Cheval Golf & Athletic Club (4312 Cheval Boulevard, Lutz)

Cost: FREE Admission!

Head to Lutz for some of the best live Blues entertainment you will find! Check out delicious craft beer from Tenth & Blake and enjoy food from the best food trucks from the area. This family-friendly event features a Kids Zone with face painting, bounce house, and more.

Entertainment Schedule

11:30 am - 1:00 pm | George Pennington III

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Pasco Lefty  

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Ed Wagner and the Home Cooking Band

The Sper Group hopes everyone a great time this weekend in greater Tampa!

Image Credits: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival and Simply Events

Unique, Romantic Valentine's Day Dates in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

Love is in the air in Tampa! Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Make it a holiday you and your sweetheart will never forget! There are so many unique, romantic ways for you two to celebrate your love. Check out our recommendations for incredible Valentine's Day dates throughout Tampa!

--Enjoy a romantic carriage ride and Paris Themed Afternoon Tea at The Tilted Teacup.

--Brunch or dine on the bay with Yacht StarShip Cruises.

--Celebrate your love for each other and bourbon at the Epicurean Theatre’s Brown-Forman: Valentine's Edition.

--Create a beautiful work of art with your sweetheart during a Couple's Painting Class at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.  

--Check out the Annual Ybor City Wine & Chocolate Festival for an afternoon filled with delicious treats and beverages.

--Explore Tampa with OMG Trolley and sample delicious sparkling wine from around the world.  

--Find love under the sea with a spectacular dinner at the Florida Aquarium.

--Hear the most romantic love songs ever written performed live by the legendary Andrea Bocelli at Amalie Arena.

--Laugh throughout dinner with a comedy performance by Finesse Mitchell at Improv Comedy Theater.  


The Sper Group wishes everyone throughout greater Tampa a very Happy Valentine's Day!


Tampa Farmer's Markets!

by Tammy Waugh

Beautiful weather year round means so much more than endless outdoor recreational opportunities in Tampa and the surrounding communities! It also means access to FARMER'S MARKETS throughout year!! Farmer's Markets help booster the local economy by connecting local artisans and farmers to the greater community. And, they make it easy for you to keep fresh, healthy food in your home's kitchen. Stock up on the most delicious, locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meats. You will also find beautiful handmade goods and so much more! Enjoy our spectacular year round climate, support local businesses, and discover mouthwatering food at these Tampa Farmer's Markets.


Fresh Market at Bay Pines VA

October through May, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bay Pines VA, C.W. Bill Young Medical Center (10000 Bay Pines Boulevard, Bay Pines)


Dunedin Downtown Market  

November through May, Every Friday

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

John L. Lawrence Pioneer Park (Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin)


Ybor City Saturday Market

Year Round, Every Saturday

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Centennial Park (1901 19th Street, Tampa)

Fresh Market at the Shops at Wiregrass

Year Round, 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shops at Wiregrass (28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel)

North Tampa Market

Year Round, 2nd Saturday of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Carrollwood Cultural Center (4537 Lowell Road, Tampa)


Corey Avenue Sunday Market

October through May, Every Sunday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Corey Avenue (Between Boca Ciega Avenue & Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach)

Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village

Year Round, 1st Sunday of the Month

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hyde Park Village (742 South Village Circle, Tampa)

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

October through May, 2nd Sunday of the Month

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hillsborough High School (5000 North Central Avenue, Tampa)

Ring in the New Year in Tampa!

by Tammy Waugh

2018 is right around the corner! Celebrate the start of the New Year in Tampa! There a fun events occurring all over town for people of all ages to ring in the New Year. Check out our recommendations for the best places to spend NYE in our area!



Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 am

Location: Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay (10165 North McKinley Drive)

Have a thrilling entry into the new year at this amazing theme park. Enjoy celebrations throughout the park and a special fireworks display at the end of the night. Admission to the New Year's Eve Celebration is included with regular paid admission.


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

Come to this kid friendly countdown as you celebrate the new year with the animals!


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Glazer Children’s Museum (110 West Gasparilla Plaza)

Countdown to the new year every hour at GCM! Included with admission.


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: The Sail (333 South Franklin Street)

Head to the heart of downtown and enjoy the area's best food trucks, music by DJ Andy Scott, and a champagne toast at midnight.


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: The Florida Aquarium (701 Channelside Drive)

Splash your way into the new year "under the sea". Check out all of the aquarium's exhibits, dance to live music by Taylor Reed and Trae Pierce & the T-Stones, dine on delicious food and beverages, and so much more.


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Fort Brooke Parking Structure - 10th Floor (107 North Franklin Street)

Come to Tampa's premiere NYE event. This 8th annual event gives you a front row seat to the night's fireworks as you party the night away with champagne, desserts, and dancing.


Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: Midnight

Location: Cotacnchobee Fort Brooke Park (601 Old Water Street)

Lay down you blanket in the park starting at 10 pm to check the area's most spectacular fireworks display.

The Sper Group wishes everyone in Tampa a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!

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, December 1st

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Come see Mayor Buckhorn light up the city's beauitful tree for the season. There will also be a free screening of The Polar Express (2004) in the park.


36th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 11:00 am  

Location: Downtown Tampa | Parade Route

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

Santa Fest

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

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 3rd

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.


Cookies, Carols & Crafts Workshop with Santa & Friends

Date: Sunday, December 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Straz Center for Performing Arts (1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place)

Create beautiful crafts, visit with fun holiday characters, listen to live music, dine on cookies and milk, and so much more at this 1st annual celebration.

Continuing Christmas Events

  • Christmas In The Wild

    • Dates: Now - Saturday, December 30th

    • Location: Lowry Park Zoo (1101 West Sligh Avenue)

  • Christmas Town™

    • Dates: Now - Sunday, December 31st

    • Location: Busch Gardens (10165 North McKinley Drive)

  • Winter Village

    • Dates: Now - Friday, January 5th

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

  • Victorian Christmas Stroll

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Saturday, December 23rd

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

  • Christmas Lights Limo Tours

    • Dates: Friday, December 1st - Friday, December 29th

    • Location: Throughout Greater Tampa



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

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!

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