Market at Water Street
<div id="c3be0912bb716eee4ca644c1dfc4ecde4"></div>

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 Kentucky Derby is also coming up on Saturday, May 4, and we’ve started rounding up where you can watch the race around Tampa Bay.

There’s a lot on our curated guide of things to do, but you can also check out some of these top stories this week:

Featured Tampa Bay Events


Opera Tampa: 2024 Season

  • LA TRAVIATA April 19 & 21, 2024

Opera Tampa’s 2024 season spotlights stories worth dying for. Don Giovanni seduces conquest after conquest, Hansel and Gretel are lured into an enchanted forest and La Traviata haunts us with great love sacrificed. These timeless classics will be brought to life by acclaimed vocalists and live musical performances by The Florida Orchestra. You and your loved one can share something more important than a gift, time well spent together. Season tickets start as low as $90.

Blueberry Festival at Amber Brooke Farms

  • Weekends, April 20-28, from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Celebrate blueberry season at the annual blueberry festival. Pick your own blueberries from one of four different varieties. Experience our 25+ family activities plus special contests and games, including a pie eating contest, blueberry slingshots, and photos with the blueberry mascot.
Don’t forget to bring an appetite and indulge in a variety of blueberry infused eats, including cakes, lemonade, slushies, and more.
Tickets are $15 online. Buy your tickets now before they sell out!

Amber brooke farms blueberry festival 2024

For family-friendly things to do in Tampa, check out Tampa Bay Parenting.

Things to Do This Weekend in Tampa Bay


The Book of Mormon at The Straz Center

  • April 16-21
  • Tampa

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

Tours at Fat Beet Farm

  • Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21
  • Fat Beet Farms in Tampa

Join Fat Beet Farm for an exclusive peek at the inner workings of the farm, including their sustainability initiatives and wildlife preservation/restoration projects! This 1-hour walking tour includes their vegetable gardens, composting and vermiculture, chickens, the biodigester, bees, microgreens, aquaculture systems, wetland, and coastal preservation areas, and more! After the tour, head up to the cafe and marketplace to enjoy lunch and grab some local goods.

Live Music at the Sail

  • Friday, April 19 from 12 pm-4 pm
  • Sail Pavilion, Downtown Tampa

Enjoy live music outdoors at The Sail Plaza, featuring their 360 waterfront bar and Big Ray’s Fish Camp. 

98 Rockfest

  • Friday, April 19 at 5:50 pm
  • Amalie Arena

Tampa’s premier rock fest features an all-star lineup led by multi-platinum recording artists, Staind, and joined by Seether, Asking Alexandria, Dayseeker, Ayron Jones, Tim Montana, Austin Meade, and Sleep Theory.

Sunset Zip Line Adventures at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay

  • Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21 at 3:30 pm
  • Oldsmar

Tour guides will lead you through a 2.5-hour unforgettable sunset zip line tour, all while taking in the breathtaking Florida views! Gain a new perspective on fun, beginning with their 60-foot tall start tower, 5 zip lines varying in length and totaling over 3,000′, a 200-foot suspension bridge along with an adventure course with log bridges, cable traverses, and poles!

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

  • Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21
  •  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This year’s Food and Wine Festival features 17 cabins in the Festival Pathway, Festival Field, and Bird Gardens area. Taste food and wines from specific countries like Argentina, Chile, Spain, France, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy. There are also cabins focused on Old World Wines, Moonshine Tasting, and USA Desserts. The menu items range from $7.99 to $10.99. 

You can also hear music from Michael Ray at 7 pm on Saturday the 20th and Gavin DeGraw, on Sunday the 21st at 6 pm. 

4th Annual St. Pete Earth Day

  • Saturday, April 20 from 9 am-1 pm
  • St. Petersburg

This free family event will feature live music, vendors, free face painting, games, contests, workshops, clothing swap, and more! Paint canvases using paint made from 70% reclaimed paint, participate in an eco-friendly fashion, art, and writing contest, and enjoy farm activities.

49th annual Mainsail art festival

  • Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 9 am-5 pm
  • Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

See over 250 artists from all over, enjoy live music, a culinary arts food court, kids activities, and more. 

Keel Farms Blueberry Festival

  • Saturday, April 20-Sunday April 21 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Keel Farms, Plant City

Keel Farms annual Blueberry Festival will feature u-pick blueberries, live music, camel rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, vendors, a kid’s area, and more. Plus, their lineup of fruit wines and beers.
Entry is free, parking is $10.

hundsader farms first annual flower festival

  • Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21 from 9 am- 5 pm
  • Bradenton

Hundsader Farms will have multiple fields of cut your own flowers, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, live bands, food vendors, craft vendors, fresh produce, petting zoo, gem mining, and more. Admission is $15 per person and includes admission to the fields (picking cups required and sold separately).

Sunflower Festival at Dade City Farms

  • Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Dade City

You’ll have the chance to pick your own flowers, enjoy photo ops throughout the farm, shop from local vendors, play at their petting zoo and more.

Pasco County Beer and Burger Festival at Land O Lakes Heritage Park

  • Saturday, April 20 from 12 pm- 6 pm
  • Land O Lakes

This family-friendly event includes over 10 Artisan Burger Chefs this year, and at least 11 Craft Brewers with in-person sampling of more than 30 different flavors of unique brews, and 3 live music performances on the beautiful Heritage Park stage, plus sponsored giveaways, shop local market, and fun activities between sets on stage.

Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival at Perry Harvey Sr. Park

  • Saturday, April 20 from 12 pm – 10 pm
  • Tampa

The family-oriented festival weekend consists of a street parade, live concert, J’ouvert celebration, Carnival Queen show, Steel Pan, vending village, kids’ entertainment, and much more.

St. Pete TAco and Tequila Crawl

  • Saturday, April 20 from 1 pm- 6 pm
  • St. Petersburg, Park & Rec

The 5th Annual St. Pete Taco & Tequila Crawl will feature tacos, margaritas, tequila shots, drink specials, dancing, and more. Go at your own pace for 5+ bars until you end up at the after party for the ultimate fiesta.

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney, and Uncle Cracker

  • Saturday, April 20 at 5 pm
  • Tampa

Catch this epic, four-act concert at Raymond James Stadium.

Earth Day Paddle 2024

  • Sunday, April 21 from 10 am- 11:30 am
  • Tampa, Armature Works

Head to Armature Works for a group paddle to celebrate Earth Day! This is a beginner-level paddle (basic level of paddling needed). You can rent SUPs or single kayaks for $45, double kayaks for $65, or bring your own for $15. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the paddle to check-in.

The Market: Earth Day Celebration

  • Sunday, April 21 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Water Street, Tampa

Head to the Market at Water Street to shop over 60 local food and wellness foused vendors serving up homemade, handcrafted, fair-trade, vintage, or eco-friendly products Dive into the world of marine conservation with The Florida Aquarium, sign up for a beach clean-up with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, watch local artists transform recycled materials into art, express your love for Earth Day with special Earth Day face painting, listen to live music, and more!

Earth Day Celebration at Armature Works

  • Sunday, April 21 from 11 am- 4 pm
  • Armature Works, Tampa

Start your Sunday at Yoga with Cocoon Yoga and Fitness Studios at 9:30 am (registration required). Then, join Urban Kai for a special Earth Day Paddle Board experience at 10:00 am (registration required) Guests are invited to take a stroll through their Eco-Friendly Market, comprised of several local eco-friendly and sustainable artisans and food trucks from 11 am-4 pm. There will be a free craft station, including paints and river rocks where guests can create their own Kindness Rock.


Save the Date: Upcoming Awesome Things to Do in Tampa Bay 


2024 Bucs Draft Party

  • Thursday, April 25 at 6 pm
  • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Witness the future of the Bucs! Parking lots open at 6 pm. Doors and gates for members open at 6:30 and will open at 7 pm for non-members. The draft will begin at 8 pm. Tickets include parking, live coverage, pre-show party, appearances by Bucs players and legends, tailgate style games, Miller Lite Beer Garden, Bucs Kids Zone, locker room tours, and more! $5 Krewe members, $15 non-Krewe members, $5 Jr. Bucs members (and family members).

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.

Fairgrounds St. Pete
Permanent exhibition open Thursdays – Sundays
800 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
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.

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.

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.