Things to Do

6 cool things to do in Tampa Bay this spring

Ed Sheeran performing in Tampa. Photo: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Whether your vibe is jamming out at a festival, sipping on a mimosa at brunch or spending an afternoon at the ballpark, here's your guide to springtime in Tampa Bay.

Jane Goodall to visit Tampa Bay ahead of her 89th birthday

Jane Goodall speaks in 2013 in Miami Beach. Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

World-renowned ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will give two talks in Tampa this month.

What's happening: She'll host a March 28 fundraiser at the Florida Aquarium, and a March 29 talk for students and educators at the Tampa Theatre — just days before her 89th birthday.

How to play tourist in Tampa Bay

It seems like only yesterday that the rebuilt, award-winning $92 million St. Pete Pier opened. It was summer 2020. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

We asked where you take family and friends when they arrive from out of town and received so many great ideas.

Why it matters: Not only do we want to entertain our visitors, but it's always fun to be a tourist in your own city.

Ben Montgomery
Mar 10, 2023 - News

Postponed Gasparilla Music Festival to return to Tampa in April

a band plays gasparilla music festival

A band plays on the Kiley Garden stage during Gasparilla Music Festival 2022. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Tampa's homegrown Gasparilla Music Festival has been saved.

Driving the news: Organizers announced Thursday that GMF will return to downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on April 29 and 30, and early bird tickets go on sale Friday at 10am.

4 things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Strawberry Fest and markets

Illustration of a cherry pie with "weekend" cut out of the crust.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

There are plenty of things to do before we lose an hour when daylight saving time starts on Sunday. Check out these four fantastic events in Tampa Bay:

  • Taking Space: This all-woman art exhibition will kick off with live poetry and painting. Today, 7-10pm at Bayboro Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg. Exhibition runs through April 4. Free!

Make a proper St. Patrick's Day cocktail with Strandhill Public's help

Rory Martin preps a drink.

Rory Martin mixes a Shergar. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Rory Martin grew up above a pub, poured his first Guinness before he hit puberty and hates it when Americans say St. Paddy's Day like it has two Ts — St. Patty's Day.

  • Incorrect.

If you're going to Puerto Rico for spring break ...

A man snorkles off the coast.

Ben checks out the fish and coral near Mosquito Pier on the island of Vieques. Photo: Megan Luther for Axios

Spring break is around the bend so I wanted to pass along some fresh tips for you adventurous types headed to Puerto Rico for the first time — or first time in a while.

  • Our neighbor to the east has been slapped hard by hurricanes the past few years and the landscape is altered.

"Path of the Panther" debuts across Florida

A Florida panther walks near a fence and highway.

Photo: Courtesy of Carlton Ward Jr.

To save the Florida panther, National Geographic Society photographer Carlton Ward Jr. first needed to capture the elusive cat — not with a cage, but a camera.

  • If people could see the beautiful beast's dangerous migration through an obstacle course of South Florida roads and buildings, they'd be more likely to protect what's left of the wilderness, he thought.
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