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Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 – Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Festival
2 – 9 pm, Tickets $15 – 20, children 12 and under free. Sun & Fun Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland. Three day hot air balloon festival with lots of balloon activities, music and vendors. www.upupandawayflorida.com

Friday, March 6 – First Friday Artwalk
6 – 10 pm. Free. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Stroll the streets as music fills the air and creative vendors line the street. Shops and restaurants remain open late. www.visitgulfportflorida.com

Saturday, March 7 – Gulfport’s Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
11 am – 5 pm. $20. Registration starts at Scout’s Hall, 5315 28th Ave S, Gulfport. The homes range from stately neo-Mediterranean Roebuck properties to magnificent remodels you’d never guess had been duplexes. The Gulfport History Museum is also on the tour, where you can learn more about this part of town affectionately known as “The Bluff.” Stroll at your own pace with transportation available throughout the tour. www.pinkflamingohometour.com

Saturday, March 7 – The Pirate Ship “Royal Conquest” Sunset Adult Only Cruise
6 – 8 pm. $49.99 w free beer & wine. The Pirate Ship, 140 Boardwalk Place W, John’s Pass. Hope aboard Matey and enjoy an evening of live music, free beer & wine and lots of pirate revelry Must be 21. www.boattoursjohnspass.com

Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 – Firestone Grand Prix
Gate hours Friday / Saturday 7:45 am – 5:30 pm. Sunday 8:15 am – 5:30 pm. Tickets range from $25 and up. Tickets at the gate will be $10 more than online. Feel the thrill as Indy racing kicks off the season along the shores of Tampa Bay. Internationally renowned racing televised world wide.www.gpstpete.com

Saturday, March 14 – Second Saturday Artwalk
5 – 9 pm. Free. Explore the arts districts of St. Petersburg with gallery openings, artist receptions, inspiration and insights. Free trolley takes you throughout the city districts. www.stpeteartsalliance.org

Tuesday, March 17 HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY 

Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22 – Spring Break Festival & Carnival
TH 3 – 10 pm, F / SAT12 noon – 10 pm, SUN 12 – 9 pm. Admission is free with ride armbands available. Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 300 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach. Four fun filled days of carnival rides, food, music and arts & crafts vendors. Battle of the Band Thursday night with winner featured on Friday. Brought to you by the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club using the proceeds to benefit area charities. www.facebook.com

Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 – Reggae Rise Up
12 noon – 10 pm.$65 General Admission daily, $130 single day VIP. Vinoy Park, Bayshore Blvd., St. Petersburg. Roll with the rhythm of Reggae all weekend long in this beautiful waterfront park. Music, food and specialty vendors. www.reggaeriseupflorida.com

Saturday, March 21 – 30th Annual Country in the Park
Free admission. England Brothers Park, 5510 Dave McKay Way, Pinellas Park. Annual event with Mustang Car Show, trade show, tree and plant sale, wild west show, racing pigs and so much more fun to be had! Live entertainment throughout the day. www.facebook.com

Saturday, March 21 – Dunedin Seafood & Music Festival
12 noon – 10 pm. Free to attend. 51 Main Street, Dunedin. Come enjoy the wonderful waterfront with this family friendly festival of great local & international seafood specialties, arts & crafts and live local music. www.facebook.com

Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30 – Gulfport Grand Prix Boat Racing and Show
Boat Show 12 noon – 6 pm Friday, 8 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. Free. Gulfport Waterfront along Shore Blvd. from 54th – 58th Street South. A weekend of boat related vendors, music, kid’s activities and the roar of engines as these super boats cross the Bay. www.grandprixgulfport.com

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 – Tiny Home Festival 
10 am – 5 pm. $15 – $30. England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Come see the latest and greatest in Tiny Home living with over 30 Tiny homes, 20 speakers and lots of creative vendors. www.tinyhomestpete.com



Pinellas County Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna, and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques. Step right next door to Heritage Village which has many historic buildings and reenactments for the whole family. Bring the family and spend the day. The Gardens and Heritage Village are open almost every day of the year and admission is free! Click here for more info

Clearwater Marine Aquarium See Winter and Hope, our local stars from “A Dolphin Tale” movie! You can wonder the Aquarium or take part in the many activities learning about our wild life and our wildlife rescue. There is even a boat tour! Sharks, turtles, dolphins and otters…what more can you ask for. Great fun for the whole family! Also check out their LIVE web cam of Winter and Hope.Click here for more info

Busch Gardens Head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and animal experiences.Click here for more info

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo The most popular zoo in the Southeastern U.S. with over 1 million visitors annually. 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. Also, there NEW RIDE Roaring Springs is opening soon! Click here for more info


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