Local Events



Now through Sunday, March 31 – Bay Area Renaissance Festival
10 am – 6 pm, weekends. $18.95 adult, $10.95 child. Festival is held at 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. Wander the woods among royalty, wood nymphs, fairies and knights. Period entertainment, jousting, vendors and special events throughout the festival. www.bayarearenfest.com

Now through Sunday, March 3 – 11th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Various times, dates and ticket prices. The Palladium, 253 5th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. An intimate concert experience with pure sound quality and a great appreciation of the jazz artists performing. www.stpetejazzfest.com

Now through Sunday, March 10 – Florida Strawberry Festival
10 am – 10 pm. Adults $10, Child $5, ages 5 and under free. Florida Strawberry Festival, 303 Lemon St., Plant City. Annual festival celebrating Strawberry Season with food, carnival rides and games, concerts from national artists and much more. www.flstrawberryfestival.com

Now through March 3 – St. Petersburg Seafood Festival
4 – 10 pm Friday, 11 am – 10 pm Saturday, am – 6 pm Sunday. $5 GA, kids 12 and under free, $75 VIP. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Three days of fresh local seafood, music and fun for everyone. www.paragonartevents.com

Sunday, March 3 – Flamingo Festival 12 – 4 pm. Free with admission, wear pink for $1 off admission. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street N, St. Petersburg. Come and celebrate the young flock of the Garden’s flamingo’s birthday. Kid’s activities, face painting and music. www.stpete.org/sunkengardens

Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10 – St. Petersburg Grand Prix Various times and pricing for the weekend activities. Tickets start at $20 for Friday’s preliminaries. The track encompasses Albert Whitted Airport, The Dali and The Mahaffey theater. This is a unique opportunity to be where the world will be watching. For complete details visit www.gpstpete.com

Saturday, March 9 – 2nd Annual Beach Waggers Festival 10 am – 3 pm. Free. Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Pet and People friendly for this fundraiser benefiting Pet Pals Animal Shelter. Participating merchants will have raffle tickets for gift certificates and baskets. Silent auction.

Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 – 25th Annual Corey Avenue Craft Festival 10 am – 5 pm. Free. Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Over 100 artists bring pottery, jewelry and various artistic vendors to the street. Live music, food, beverages and extensive green market. www.coreyave.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