Things to Do

4 Tampa Bay date ideas under $30

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Dating can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a good time.

  • Whether you're on a first date or have been together for years, here are some date ideas under $30.

3 summer vacation Airbnbs within driving distance of Tampa

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Summer is almost here, which means it's time to escape Tampa's humidity and loads of tourists.

These three Airbnbs are near Pine Mountain, a town in Georgia about 6.5 hours from Tampa that has tons of hiking and small-town charm.

  • Hike your way through FDR state park or head to the resort area of Callaway Gardens, which has walking and bike trails, a lakefront beach, golf and other outdoor activities.

How to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day around Tampa Bay

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Indie Bookstore Day celebrations will have you turning pages all over Tampa Bay this week.

  • The official day is Saturday, April 30.

7 biggest events in Tampa Bay in 2022

A performer sings into a mic with fire in the background
Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides performs at Download Festival in England in 2018. Photo: Katja Ogrin/Redferns

Festival season is in full swing and we are booked and busy in 2022, folks.

Here are the top seven events happening in Tampa Bay starting this spring.

1. 98ROCKFEST

What: Rock 'n' roll with fan-favorite bands including Godsmack, Three Days Grace and Black Veil Brides.

Details: 5:30pm on April 22 at Amalie Arena

C0st: Tickets start at $35. Get them here.

2. Tampa Bay Balloon Festival

What: Enjoy hot air balloon rides, local food vendors and an after-dark balloon glow experience.

Details: April 29 through May 1 at 11553 Knights Griffin Road. Gates open at 5pm.

C0st: Admission starts at $20 per car. Buy ride tickets here.

3. Sunset Music Festival

What: This electronic dance music festival features house and techno.

Details: Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, at Raymond James Stadium

C0st: Three-day tickets start at about $200. Buy them here.

Outside view of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
Raymond James Stadium. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
4. FORD Cuban Sandwich Festival

What: Join the hunt to find the best Cuban sandwich in Central Florida at this event featuring food, art and live music.

Details: May 1 at Kissimmee Lakefront Park from noon to 6pm

C0st: General entry is free

5. Tampa Bay Juneteenth Festival

What: Celebrate at this block party with live DJ music, food trucks, shopping and a job fair.

Details: June 18 at Raymond James Stadium

C0st: Tickets start at $10. Get them here.

A woman shopping at a Juneteenth festival in Tampa Bay
A Juneteenth celebration event in St. Petersburg in 2020. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images
6. Tampa Bay Comic Con

What: Geek out with celebrity photo ops, panel programming and a cosplay contest.

Details: July 29-31 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center

C0st: Passes start at $94. Buy them here.

Exterior view of the Tampa Convention Center
vTampa Convention Center. Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Image
7. ViVa Tampa Bay Festival

What: Celebrate Hispanic heritage at this fall fest.

Details: The event is scheduled for October at Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Check here for updates.

Travel writer Cathy Salustri's favorite Florida destinations

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Cathy Salustri knows Florida like few others.

For her master's thesis under her advisor, the great Gary Mormino, Salustri logged almost 5,000 miles retracing driving tours from the WPA Federal Writer's Project Guide in search of Florida's forgotten destinations, which became a travel book called "Backroads of Paradise."

Ben Montgomery
Mar 24, 2022 - Business

The Parrotheads are changing what it means to retire

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The Latitude Margaritaville Watersound development west of Panama City Beach. Photo: Mike Fender/The News Herald via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten has found the "Bitcoin for boomers," and it's right here in Florida. In fact, it's the next big thing in retirement: Latitude Margaritaville.

  • In "Retirement the Margaritaville Way," Paumgarten hangs out in the booming active-living communities for Jimmy Buffett enthusiasts aged "55 and better" that are now open in Daytona Beach and Watersound, near Panama City Beach.

8 cool things to do in Tampa Bay this spring

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Innings Festival in Tempe, Ariz., last month. The event comes to St. Petersburg for the first time this month. Photo: Roger Ho/Innings Fest

Whether you want to embrace the warmer temps with outdoor adventure or escape the humidity indoors, here's your guide to springtime in Tampa Bay.

1. Spring for brunch

Now's the time to don your best spring attire for a picture-perfect brunch. Here are a few of our favorite spots:

Six organized rides to celebrate Florida Bike Month

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The 2021 Worldwide Ride of Silence in Sarasota to promote cycling safety. Photo: Thomas Bender/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via Imagn Content Services

March is Florida Bike Month and we've got a half-dozen bicycle events for your radar.

Thursday, March 17

Quick, Tampa! Throw on some green, grab your bike and join Mayor Jane Castor for a St. Patrick's Day ride from Ybor City to Lykes Gaslight Park.

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