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June 7, 2019

Family-Friendly Tampa Bay Events

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Looking for something to do with the family this month? Check out all the fun Tampa Bay Events happening right in our backyard. Updated weekly so continue to check back!

*NOTE: Many event organizations are choosing to postpone or cancel scheduled events as a precaution to coronavirus. We will try to update this page as frequently as possible, but be sure to check with each event’s website and/or social media sites before attending.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival | Through March 29
Fair maidens and merciful gents are invited to the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival that takes guests back to the 16th century. Enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience from more than 100 artisans and go back 400 years when you view live-action jousting. bayarearenfest.com

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival | Through April 26
Savor culinary delights and sample an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend. buschgardens.com

Seven Seas Food Festival | Through May 3
Sample a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews and unique flavors from around the world at SeaWorld Orlando, enjoying live music while savoring the gastronomic essence of different cultures. seaworld.com

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play | Through May 25
Explore Adventure Bay with Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker at the PAW Patrol exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum. “There’s no job too big, no pup too small!” glazermuseum.org 

Dinos Alive! | Through May 31
Head over to ZooTampa to discover species that haven’t been seen for millions of years! Enjoy fossil digs, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and fun for the whole family! zootampa.org

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival | March 4 – June 1
Experience spring through brilliant blooms, live entertainment, flavorful dishes and interactive playgrounds as a part of this annual springtime celebration at Disney’s EPCOT. Guests can check out outdoor kitchens, more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, flower towers, exhibits and outdoor rock concerts. disneyworld.com

The People Downstairs | March 11-April 5, 8 p.m.
Enjoy the world premiere of this amazing dark comedy that deeply touches raw human emotions such as love, loss and loneliness at the Raymond James Theatre. This play is intended to be enjoyed by mature audiences. americanstage.org

Miss Saigon | March 24-29, various times
The creators of Les Misérables offer up a new production of Miss Saigon. Follow the complicated story set in 1970s Vietnam of a woman wrestling with adversity and unexpected love.  “Miss Saigon” is intended for mature audiences as it contains adult scenes of a sexual nature. strazcenter.org

Color Me Rad | March 28, 9 a.m. to noon
Run your way through five different color stations and make it to the finish line as a colorful mess! This race is all about having fun in a healthy yet unusual way and also help Feeding Tampa Bay. colormeradtampabay.com

Uptown Music Festival 2020 | March 28, 4-10 p.m.
Enjoy some good jazz at the University Area Park while raising funds for University Area CDC. The festival features recognized jazz artists such as Latin Grammy Award winner Jose Valentino, Kim Waters and Jazmin Ghent as well as vendors, an art gallery and a family-friendly kids zone. uptownmusicfestival.com

Tampa Bay AirFest | March 28-29
Visit the MacDill Airforce Base for breathtaking military and civilian flight performances while enjoying family-friendly activities. Honor and support the five branches of the military and our first responder agencies. General admission is free and premium seating tickets are available. tampabayairfest.com

Jackie Evancho | March 29, 7 p.m.
Bilheimer Capitol Theatre welcomes classical crossover sensation Jackie Evancho to perform her newest album, “The Debut.” Evancho’s sold-out shows are in the genre re-emerging into popularity: Broadway’s New American Songbook. rutheckerdhall.com

TFO: Sondheim and Lloyd Webber | March 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Florida Orchestra honors Broadway stars Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber in this production featuring fan favorites such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Evita!” Visit Ruth Eckerd Hall to enjoy this musical conducted by Stuart Malina. rutheckerdhall.com


Tampa Blueberry Festival | April 10-11, 18-19, 25-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Keel & Curley Winery is hosting the annual Blueberry Festival at their vineyard in Plant City with free admission, U-Pick blueberries, live music, kids’ area and 100-plus food and craft vendors. You can take part in wine tasting school for $10 per person. keelandcurleywinery.com

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon  | April 18, 7:45 a.m.
Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 will have the opportunity to show their swimming, biking and running skills at the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon! The race will be held at Busch Gardens’ Adventure Island. Winners will get the chance to get ‘stay and play’ tickets along with their respective trophies. tampabaykidstriathlon.com

Pet Walk | April 18, 8:30 a.m. to Noon *now a virtual event
There is nothing better than including your four-legged friend on a family outing! This fundraising event will help SPCA Tampa Bay and their efforts to save animals around the Bay area. There will be different activities, vendors, food and much more! Bring your whole family and have a day to remember. p2p.onecause.com/petwalk

A Bronx Tale – The Musical  | April 20, 8 p.m.
This new Broadway hit musical is based on the real-life story of Chazz Palminteri. The show follows the story of a young man living in the Bronx in the 1960s who finds himself tangled between the desire to be a good father and a mob boss. Enjoy the show’s energetic dances and electrifying music with prices starting at $35. rutheckerdhall.com

Singin’ in the Rain, Jr.  | April 23 – 26, various times
Join Patel Conservatory’s students ages 10-14 in their adaptation of the Hollywood musical. Sing along at the TECO Theatre with tickets starting at $20! There will be a sensory-friendly performance April 25. strazcenter.org

Imagination Day at Westshore Plaza | April 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A child’s imagination is the fuel for their dreams, and Westshore Plaza knows this! Visit Westshore Plaza for interactive, hand-on activities where little ones can spark their imaginations! First 100 children will receive a hero’s cape and mask and admission is FREE. eventbrite.com 

Entertainment Revue Studio Auditions | April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *POSTPONED
Entertainment Revue is holding auditions at their studio at 3401 Henderson Blvd. Suite H in Tampa. Grade K-5 will audition at 10 a.m. and grades 6-12 at 1:30 p.m. Audition fee is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. If you are unable to make the annual auditions this year, please contact erfiwings@aol.com to set up your private audition day and time. For full audition details go to entertainmentrevue.com/auditions.

2nd Annual Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo | April 25-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate diversity and literature at the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo! For two days, you will be able to meet and learn more about some of the most creative minds in Tampa Bay. The first day, the expo will be dedicated to children’s book authors. The second day you’ll be able to learn more about other genres. facebook.com/TBBAE2019

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival  | April 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Try a variety of Bloody Mary samples from our best local restaurants and vote for the best one to win the 2020 Golden Celery Award! Your ticket will include a full-sized drink of your choice and brunch food will be available for purchase. Try the VIP Experience for more benefits! Prices range from $35 to $40. tampabloodymaryfest.com

Charlotte’s Web  | April 26, 2:30 p.m.
This heartwarming classic comes to life at the Straz Center. Follow the adventures of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig and their friends for lifetime lessons on love and friendship. Tickets start at just $12.50! strazcenter.org

TFO: Prohibition | April 26, 7:30 p.m.
The Florida Orchestra presents the roaring 20s in a way never seen before! Music will be delivered by Rudy Vallée, Josephine Baker and Kurt Weill and three premier vocalists! There will be vintage images and videos, and, even though all ages are welcomed, some adult themes will be explored during the show. rutheckerdhall.com

Special Needs Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Sensory Sensitive Sundays | 9-11 a.m.

Stop by your local Chuck E. Cheese two hours before regular operating hours on the first Sunday of the month for a morning of sensory-friendly fun in a safe environment with reduced lighting and noise, food, games and fun for everyone. Trained staff members will be on site. chuckecheese.com

Sensory-Friendly Saturdays | 9-10 a.m.

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday, children with sensory needs are invited to come out to Altitude Trampoline Park in Tampa and jump in a safe, sensory-friendly environment with low music and no crowded parties. One accompanying parent to a sensory-friendly child jumps for free. All others can jump for a lowered cost of $11.95 per person. altitudetampa.com

Sunshine Sunday | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The last Sunday of every month, Glazer Children’s Museum hosts a special morning with lowered sensory activities. This Sunday is geared towards children with special needs and their caregivers. Explore the museum with reduced light and sound. Admission is $5; free for GCM members. glazermuseum.org

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