May and June can be two of the craziest months! From school ending, summer vacation, graduations, and more, there is so much going on that sometimes money can be tight! Luckily, when money feels low this May/June, check out one of these great FREE events in the Bay Area and stop feeling guilty for having fun.
Every Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Don’t miss out on Fuego Thursdays at NYKL. Enjoy an upscale Latin themed night including live bands, entertainment, and DJs. Be prepared to dance the night away along to Tampa’s Best Latin Band “Sol Caribe” and dance the Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. Complimentary dance lessons will also be available by Tonos Latin Dance Studio.
Every Thursday, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Check out Aqua every Thursday for Ladies Night! Celebrate your favorite ladies with $6 Absolut Martinis and $5 Flatbread! Plus, Aqua is located right on the bay with stunning views to celebrate.
The Krewe of West Tampa
May 10, 7 p.m.-9p.m.
Join The Krewe as you support Paint Your Heart Out! Painters of ALL levels are invited to attend and enjoy fellowship, painting, food, and more. PYHOT is a city-wide group of volunteers who work hard in painting 100 homes of seniors and veterans in the Bay Area! It is free to attend however, those wanting to paint and partake in food and drink must purchase a paid ticket.
May 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Check out the Tampa Riverwalk and enjoy 80 vendors, food trucks, and hot food booths including Vegan dishes. While you’re there, sample and buy local foods, make creative gifts, paint with local artists, enjoy live music, and so much more!
New Church of Faith Tampa
May 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ladies, space is limited to this event so act fast! The Women’s Brunch will honor other females in fellowship, fun, food, and more! Be sure to check out the guest speakers including Kanita Vann, Miosha Green, and Anna Blake Matthews. There is no cost to attend, but registering is imperative for an accurate headcount. The color theme is yellow this year, so do your best! Please note that this event is not kid friendly.
Jimmy B. Keel Regional Library
May 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy another free event at Keel Regional Library: LibCon! At LibCon, join in celebrating comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy, and fandoms. The event will also feature special guests, cosplay contests, a Super Smash Bros. Tournament, art contests, and more.
Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill
May 14, 6 p.m.- 9:15 p.m.
Join Ferg’s for a Themed Trivia Night: Disney-Pixar edition! Build your teams and register! The more teams, the bigger the prizes!
May 16, 7 p.m.- 9p.m.
Head out to Ballard Designs and learn all about floral tablescapes! Guests who use their Ballard Designs Credit Card will receive 25% off of any purchase made at the Design Discovery.
Florida State Fair Grounds
May 17- 19, various times
Don’t miss out on the boating sales event of the season this May! At the Tampa Bay Boat Show, enjoy a showcase of bay area boat dealers and manufacturers. The latest in boating and fishing will be also on display for the boat connoisseurs. Seminars will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Neiman Marcus Tampa
May 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beauty lovers, don’t miss out on a free event all about makeup. Enjoy beauty demonstrations, samplings, healthy snacks, smoothies, and so much more! Those who purchase $125 worth of merchandise will receive a free Neiman Marcus silver tote.
May 18, 12 p.m. – 4p.m.
Head over to Channelside’s Factory 114 for their first ever Art Pop. Enjoy live art, photo walls, shopping, eats, and drinks, and so much more! Guests are encouraged to dress your best and also bring your friends for a night of fun! Parking recommendations include Channelside Parking Garage or Port Tampa Bay Garage.
Hyde Park Village
May 18, 3 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Head over to Hyde Park Village for the 2019 Flu Fishing Film Tour. The event will benefit the Tampa Bay Waterkeeper. Guests can enjoy a silent auction with guided trips and gear, enjoy refreshments from Sweetwater Brewing, and so much more. The event opens at 3 p.m. and the films will begin at 6:30 p.m.
May 18, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
If you are interested in bettering your personal wellness and want to make a change, consider attending the Tampa Wellness Tour. doTERRA Wellness Advocated will be on site to teach the therapeutic properties of essential oils, wellness, and more. Bring questions and be prepared to learn simple remedies to achieve more sleep, boosting your immune system, and more!
The Mall at Sundial
May 18, 8 a.m.- 9 a.m.
Come out for free Rise and Shine Yoga at the Sundial Mall. If you haven’t attended a yoga event at the Sundial before, be sure to fill out a waiver to ensure a smooth and proper check-in.
May 19, 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Don’t miss out on a morning full of fun with yoga hosted by Bella Prana! After yoga, enjoy brunch and a baseball game played by the Tampa Tarpons. Yoga is free, but if you purchase a $25 ticket, you will receive a Tarpons re-usable water bottle, brunch in the Bullpen Club, and a ticket to the game!
South Tampa Family YMCA
May 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Calling all girls: head out to the South Tampa YMCA for a street hockey clinic! Girls 8 and younger will play from 9-10 and girls 16 and younger will be from 10-11. The clinic is open to all girls of all skill ranges. Check-in will begin 45 minutes before each clinic led by Lightning Made staff members! Players will learn how to hold the stick, shoot and pass the puck, and any other basic hockey skill! Each clinic will host its own scrimmage and the girls will go home with their own stick and ball and ticket voucher!
King Corona Cigars Bar and Café
May 22, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Head over to King Corona for an evening full of cigars and new friends! The event will include specials on cigars and drinks. Enter in the raffles for the chance to win free cigars and other prizes! The first 25 to attend will also be allotted free memorabilia.
Rapp Brewing Company
May 23 and 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on a Marvel themed trivia marathon at Rapp Brewing! This is the perfect time with Endgame blowing up the box offices! Trivia is free to play, just reserve your spot and your team. Team members who dress as Marvel characters will receive extra points, as well as those who attend both nights! Enjoy both foods and drink while you play!
Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center
May 23, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Take advantage of your chance to see author Steph Post! This literary series introduces readers to Florida stories and the minds behind the magic. Post, author of Walk in the Fire, Lightwood, A Tree Born Crooked, and Miraculum will be the author of the night. Her work on our great state has been deemed “Florida noir” with her crime fiction novels as she explores Florida’s dark side. Those in attendance are invited to bring copies of Post’s novels to be signed. The talk starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
May 26, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Head out to Armature Works for Yoga on the Lawn hosted by Kodawari Studios! The event, of course, is free, open to the public, and is for all skill levels. Yoga will take place by the water as you challenge your body and mind as you start your day the right way. Yogis must bring their own yoga mat, towel, and water!
May 28, 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.
Come out for a morning of yoga at Armature Works hosted by Bella Prana! The event, of course, is free, open to the public, and is for all skill levels. Yoga will take place by the water as you challenge your body and mind as you start your day the right way. Yogis must bring their own yoga mat, towel, and water!
June 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Head over to Triple Creek for a free family event to celebrate the grand opening of their new amenity center! There will be slides, rock climbing, bungee runs, face painting, music, good, and more!
Noble Crust Carrollwood
June 4, 5 p.m.- p.m.
Come out to Noble Crust Carrollwood for a Girls Night Out Happy Hour and Networking Social. The event is sponsored by Housewives in the City whose mission is to build supportive communities for women. Enjoy a night of fun and network with your local Tampa sisters. Enjoy Noble Crust’s delicious food and drink and also enjoy giveaways and raffles from local vendors.
June 6, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Don’t miss out on Mommy Spot’s Summer Kick-Off! Partnering with Sparkman Wharf, Mommy Spot will be hosting playdates for moms and kids ages 0-10! There will be family yoga at 10 a.m. followed by more fun on the lawn.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on a free concert downtown June 6th! The concert is a part of a free monthly concert series that displays musical talents from every genre. The event is family friendly, so bring the kiddos! This particular night, Kristopher James, Garden Club, and Claire Vandiver will be performing.
St. Armand’s Circle
June 8th and 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Head down south to Sarasota for a super fun Craft Festival at St. Armand’s Circle! Enjoy works from across our great state and the brilliant crafters who created it. Enjoy pottery, jewelry, plant holders, soap, and so much more. There will also be a green market with orchids and food! Check it out!
Rick’s On the River
June 8th, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Join your friends at Rick’s and enjoy awesome live music from April Red! Enjoy a full liquor bar, oyster bar, awesome food, all while perfectly situated on a full marina!
Waterfront Special Event Facility
June 11, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Calling all brides (and grooms) come out to the Waterfront Facility for wedding day previews! This is the perfect chance to meet vendors, sample appetizers, and enjoy all else that the Facility has to offer. Admission is free for all brides and grooms. The lovely couple is allowed two complimentary guests as well, all others are $5.
Westfield Countryside Mall
June 12, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to enjoy wine while painting your own glass. You will receive step by step instruction by Market 516. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and creativity as you strike a pose, paint, and enter to win a $250 gift card to Westfield. The event is free and includes a wineglass for painting, all art supplies, and a complimentary wine tasting. Only 100 guests can be accommodated, so act fast!
LiftLoft at Keiser University
June 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Head over to Clearwater to Keiser University for a Local Authors Book Fair! The fair will celebrate Florida Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry all morning! Local authors will be selling and signing their books to encourage a summer full of reading across Tampa Bay!
June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This June 22nd, Color Me Abstract will be presenting a Family Field Day at the Pioneer Museum in Dade City! This event will be full of fun family-friendly activities such as sack races, relay races, and so much more! The event will be collecting donations for Bright Hopes and Friends of Joshua’s house in place of admission. Donate unused socks, non-perishables, toiletries, or monetary donations if you feel so inclined!
June 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Head over to Zephyr Park for a day full of fun! Get there in the morning for the Morning Marker where there will be 30+ vendors on site! Then, from 4-9 p.m. don’t miss out on dance competitions, watermelon eating contests, and to finish the day, fireworks! There will also be other family-friendly activities on site with food, bounce houses, face painters, and more.