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It’s a busy time of year with new events, festivals, and more and we’ve got them all on our top picks of things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay! The weather is heating up so it’s a good time to visit the nearby springs or head indoors to escape the heat.

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Featured Tampa Bay Events

Venardos Circus at Westgate Resort

  • June 23 – August 17, 2024; Showtimes on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with extra shows every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Westgate Vacation Villas Resort: 2898 Entry Point Blvd, Kissimmee 34747

Westgate Vacation Villas Resort hosts Venardos Circus. Enjoy breathtaking aerials, comedy, and acrobatics by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster, Kevin Venardos. This captivating, animal-free show blends circus excitement with Broadway flair for memorable family fun.

Westgate Resort hosts Circus

THE TAMPA BAY RODEO & FAMILY FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY BARTOW FORD

  • Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Dover
  • Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20; Gates at 5 pm, Rodeo at 8 pm.

The Tampa Bay Rodeo & Family Festival, presented by Bartow Fordcharges into the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds with the area’s best cowboys and cowgirls saddling up for 2 days of competition
including bull riding, bronco busting, barrel racing and more.  Come early to the Family Festival for food, beverages, live music and fun activities for the entire family.

Beat the heat in 2 FREE Family Festival Cool Zones located in the 150’ x 130’ Mega Tent and the Entertainment Beer Barn.

Tickets: Early bird pricing available until July 4; Adults $35-40, Kids 4-12 $20-25, 3 and under: Free; general parking is free.

bull rider at Tampa Bay Rodeo
Tampa Bay Rodeo

Wine Down Wednesdays & Tasting Tuesdays

  • Every Second Tuesday and Last Wednesday of the Month
  • JW Marriott Clearwater Beach

Experience elevated coastal dining and drinking at its finest with the monthly recurring events at JW Marriott Clearwater Beach’s bar and restaurant. Join them every second Tuesday for Tasting Tuesdays, where from 6-8pm, you can indulge in a journey of spirits and small bites perfectly paired to delight your palate. Then, unwind every last Wednesday of the month at Wine Down Wednesdays, featuring an intimate formal wine pairing dinner at 7pm with limited seats available. Elevate your evenings with exquisite flavors and coastal charm, exclusively at their seaside establishment.
JW Marriott Clearwater Wine Wed Tasting Tues

MARRIOTT WORLD CENTER

Stay moments from the “Magic” at Orlando World Center Marriott, just 1.5 miles from Disney World. Summer like a local with 7 waterslides, cool pools, lazy river, unique dining plus shuttle service to all four Disney Parks & Disney Springs!
Receive a $25 nightly credit when you explore before September 9, 2024.

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Things to Do This Weekend in Tampa Bay

Pop-Up Pickleball Summer Series at Sparkman Wharf

  • Tuesday, July 16-Friday, July 19 from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Sparkman Wharf

Head to Sparkman Wharf for an exciting four-day pickleball event where you can match-up, meet fellow players and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere on the waterfront! With dedicated beginners’ hours, professional instructors, and all equipment provided, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn, play, and connect with the community. During Dedicated Beginners’ Hours, instructors from Tampa Pickleball Crew will be on hand to assist beginners and help you perfect your game through professional guidance. This event is free and open to the public.

Dedicated Beginners’ Hours are 9 am-11 am and 5 pm-7 pm. 

Capybara Chillout at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  • EXTENDED Through July 28, 2024
  • Clearwater

Check out the ALL-NEW Capybara Experience at CMA! During this unique experience, you can witness the playful antics of the adorable capybara family, brought to you in partnership with Amazing Animals Inc. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy observing these charming creatures as they roam and frolic in their habitat while engaging in various activities including swimming, playing, and socializing. You can even enhance your experience with a capybara interaction add-on! Through July 28. 

Bourbon & BBQ Event at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • July 19-September 2
  • Tampa

Head to Busch Gardens for their all-new Bourbon & BBQ Event featuring smoky flavors and smooth spirits accompanied by live music. 

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

  • Through August 11
  • Tampa

Stay longer and play later! Celebrate all summer long with extended park hours, dazzling entertainment, and fireworks on select nights. Here’s what to know before you go.

Keel Farms Flower U-Pick

  • Friday, July 19 from 11 am – 8 pm
  • Plant City

Head to Keel Farms for their summer flower u-pick! For $6 per container, you can wander the fields and pick your favorite sunflowers, zinnias, and wildflowers. From open until sunset. 

Tampa Bay Sports Card Show

  • Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20
  • Holiday Inn Tampa Airport Westshore

Meet dealers from all over Florida! There will be 80 tables and a great selection of sports cards, non-sports cards, Pokemon, Comics. memorabilia, and more! Buy, sell, and trade at the Holiday Inn Tampa Airport Westshore. 

Sunset Zipline Adventures at Empower Adventures

  • Friday, July 19 at 4 pm
  • Tampa

Featuring their two longest zip lines totaling over 1,200 feet and a stunning 200-foot suspension bridge. With a beautiful scenic view of Tampa Bay that you can’t see anywhere else, this is a Friday night excursion you won’t want to miss!

Island Nights at adventure island

  • Friday, July 19 from 6 pm-9 pm
  • Adventure Island, Tampa

Splash all day and into the night! Snap pics with their 360-degree camera, party with stunt performers, and get your groove on with dynamic DJs.

Summer floral design workshop

  • Friday, July 19 from 7 pm-9 pm
  • Gemma Floral Boutique

Learn how to create a stunning floral arrangement perfect for the summer season. Their experienced florist will guide you through the process, sharing tips and tricks along the way. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Get ready to unleash your creativity and take home your very own beautiful floral creation. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn something new and have a blooming good time! They are also a wine bar – beer, wine, sake, and cocktails will be available for purchase. 

New Kids on the block with paula abdul & DJ jazzy jeff

  • Saturday, July 19 at 7 pm
  • MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Wear your brightest neon for the Magic Summer Tour!  

U-Pick Sunflowers at Bearss Groves

  • Saturday, July 20 from 8 am-3 pm
  • 213 Warren Road, Lutz

Bearss Groves is trying something new! U-pick sunflowers! There are 100,000 sunflowers in their field ready for the picking and pictures! Entry is $5 and cash only. Entry includes 2 sunflowers and then each additional sunflower is $1. Bring your hat, gloves and clippers.

Grady Goat Yoga

  • Saturday, July 20 from 9:30 am-11 am
  • 12551 Franklin Road Thonotosassa

Enjoy yoga with goats! Stick around after for a farm fresh market. 

Sisimito beer garden at keel farms

  • Saturday, July 20 from 10 am-3 pm
  • Plant City

Savory a variety of craft beers from their beer garden, indulge in delicious bites from the Sisimito food truck, and immerse yourselves in fun, games, and u-pick flowers. 

Christmas in july at keel farms

  • Saturday, July 20 from 10 am-3 pm
  • Keel Farms, Plant City

Head to Keel Farms for Christmas in July. Enjoy unique vendors, delicious food, drink specials, friendly farm animals, and more. This is a pet-friendly event. 

Concerts by Candlelight

  • Saturday, July 20 from 7 pm-8 pm
  • Raymond James Stadium

See talented musicians perform a musical set to popular music and artists.

Taylor Shines: The Laser Spectacular at Mahaffey Theater

  • Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm
  • St. Petersburg

Catch two hours of non-stop Taylor Swift hits seamlessly blended with the world-famous touring Laser Spectacular and Light show! The show also features large-screen video projection, 3-D glasses, and all the mind-bending effects the Laser Spectacular is famous for. DJ Tiff is an extraordinary on-stage presence that has the Swifties singing along with their favorite Taylor Swift hits. Joined by DJ JC, the two performers propel Taylor Shines to a thoroughly enjoyable evening for moms, dads, and all the Swifties in the family.

Sunday Market in the Park

  • Sunday, July 21 from 10 am-2 pm
  • England Brothers Park

Head to Pinellas Park for a Sunday morning market with up to 80 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, art, home decor, gifts, souvenirs, and more. There will also be food trucks and vendors with refreshments, meals, and more. 

Tampa Bay Ice Cream Festival at St. Pete Pier

  • Sunday, July 21 from 11 am-8 pm
  • St. Pete Pier

Join the Pier on National Ice Cream Day, for the Tampa Bay Ice Cream Festival presented by Visit St Pete Clearwater. Purchase ice cream from a wide range of unique and classic ice cream flavors from over 25 vendors, enjoy music, and participate in family-friendly activities. Participate and vote see who takes home the crown in the “Best Ice Cream” awards.

Sunday Special – Espresso Martinis

  • Sunday, July 21 from 2 pm-11:45 pm
  • Mandarin Heights

Head to Mandarin Heights on Sunday for $7 espresso martinis. 

Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics Movie Series

  • Sundays at 3 pm, June 2-Aug. 25
  • Downtown Tampa

Tampa’s longest-running classic movie series is back! From silent comedies with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ to modern classics like Thelma & Louise, Tampa Theatre celebrates a century of extraordinary filmmaking every Sunday at 3 pm all summer long. And for the first time in Summer Classics history, ALL of the selections have been named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This Sundays show: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
For titles, times and tickets, visit www.TampaTheatre.org. Tickets are $10 ($7 for members).


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More Things to Do – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

A Taste of Water Street
Water Street
 in Tampa
These spring and fall events will feature unique seasonal experiences and always deliver on the promise of an unforgettable night out. Guests are invited to experience the entirety of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood like never before — enjoying tastings at new restaurants and bars in addition to familiar favorites while roaming musicians, pop-up entertainment and shops along Water Street, Raybon Plaza and Via Corazon further enhance the evening.

FloridaRAMA
Permanent exhibition open Thursdays – Sundays
800 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
FloridaRAMA (formerly Fairgrounds St. Pete) is a permanent indoor immersive, explorable art and technology experience in St. Pete, Florida. Over 60 local and international artists were commissioned to make art for you to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
$27 ($25 for Florida Residents)

Related: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete

Sunset Yoga at St. Pete Pier
First Wednesday of the month, 7pm (Mar – Oct) 6pm (Nov – Feb)
St. Pete Pier
Join The Body Electric Yoga Company every first Wednesday evening for a yoga class at St. Pete Pier. The class will be grounding but fun, with lots of modifications offered to accommodate everybody.
FREE

Art on the House
Thursdays from 4-8pm
Tampa Museum of Art, downtown Tampa
Every Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, the Tampa Museum of Art offers Art on the House where admission prices change to pay-as-you-will, and visitors choose whatever admission price they want to pay. Bring the family and celebrate 100 years of art in Tampa with exhibitions that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art.
Choose your own admission price
 
St. Pete Shuffle Friday Nights
Fridays from 7-10pm
St. Pete Shuffle, St. Pete
Learn to play shuffleboard with help from St. Pete Shuffle’s staff and volunteers, who will get you set up on a court and teach you how to play.
$10; free for members and their guests
 
St. Pete Walking Mural Tours
Saturdays from 10-11:30am,
St. Pete
Tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals found in the four-block tour. Limited to 20 people, must book before 4 p.m. the prior day. Bring water for hydration and the necessary rain gear if the weather looks threatening.
$20

Looking for more things to do this week?

Check out this guide to family-friendly events in Tampa Bay from our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Heading to Orlando? Here’s a guide to the best Orlando events this month at the theme parks and beyond.