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Tell Me Something Fun: February Events

Travis Bell

With a business degree in Management Information Systems, Travis previously worked as an executive with Accenture, a fortune 500 company...

With a business degree in Management Information Systems, Travis previously worked as an executive with Accenture, a fortune 500 company...

Sep 11 10 minutes read

Tampa has survived yet another Pirate Invasion and Gasparilla Parade, and now we settle in for the month of February and, of course, the Super Bowl.  But that doesn’t mean Tampa has no other offerings for the month. There are events aplenty in the month of February with everything from Chinese New Year’s celebrations for the little ones to the State Fair for the kid in all of us. Or if you prefer more exercise focused events, this month brings everything from a 5K charity run to workout the body to a Beer, Bourbon and Beef fest to train your taste buds. Whatever your inclination, predilection or desire, this great city of Tampa has something to offer everyone and I have taken the time to list a few standouts for the month below. Have an amazing February and be good to one another.

1. What: CHINESE NEW YEAR AT GLAZER
When: Wednesday, February 1 - Friday, February 3, 2017 10:00am
Where: Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W GASPARILLA PLAZA, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Join the party at GCM as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Chinese traditions, special programs, and more! Children can learn about Chinese culture and welcome the Year of the Rooster. Included with admission.
Link: https://glazermuseum.org/event/chinesenewyear2017

2. What: RECYCLED TUNES DRIVE
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 11:00am
Where: Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Haven’t played that guitar in a while? Still have that clarinet you played or your child played in 5th grade? We’ve got you covered! Bring your gently used instrument to the Recycled Tunes Instrument Drive and receive a FREE 2 DAY GA TICKET to Gasparilla Music Festival, taking place March 11-12, 2017!** All donations will benefit Hillsborough County schools and music programs. **DON’T HAVE ANY INSTRUMENT TO DONATE?** No problem! Come enjoy LIVE MUSIC and KIDS ACTIVITIES for a Family fun on Saturday!
Link: https://gasparillamusic.com/about-2/recycled-tunes/

3. What: IN THE MOOD BIG BAND REVIEW
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: A fully staged tribute to the Big Band era and the music of Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the '40s. Complete with authentic costumes, music arrangements and choreography, the show has a cast of 19 on stage performing more than 50 hits.
Link: https://tampatheatre.org/events/in-the-mood/

4. What: BESTSELLERS ON THE BIG SCREEN
When: Sundays, February, 2017 3:00pm
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: Finding neutral ground in the battle of which was better, the book or the movie, this series celebrates stories that made successful books that went on to become equally impressive films.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:00pm
The Color Purple
Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:00pm
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:00pm
The Lincoln Lawyer
Link: https://tampatheatre.org/fest/bestsellers/

5. What: FLORIDA STATE FAIR
When: Thursday, February 9, - Monday, February 20, 2017 9:00am
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, TAMPA, FL 33610
Description: The fair returns for the 113th year with a "Picture Yourself at the Fair" theme. Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, lawnmower races, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Discounted admission and ride tickets are available at all area Walgreens through Feb. 8.
Link: https://www.floridastatefair.com/

6. What: BE MINE 2017: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
When: Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:30pm
Where: Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, 1601 S MACDILL AVE., TAMPA, FL 33629
Description: The Beatles themed, love inspired celebration includes an open bar, food, entertainment, interactive characters, photo scenes, auctions and moving stories of adoptions. Benefits the Heart Gallery of Tampa.
Link: https://heartgallerytampa.org/bemine/

7. What: FLORIDA OPERA FESTIVAL
When: Friday, February 10, 8:00pm - Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:00pm
Where: Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MACINNES PLACE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Opera Tampa presents this series of performances featuring pieces by Puccini, Rossini and others, performed by guest opera soloists.
Link: https://www.strazcenter.org/Florida-Opera-Festival

8. What: LOVE, GIVE, LIVE 5K
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:30am
Where: Water Works Park, 1710 N HIGHLAND AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: The un-timed, family oriented 5K run along the riverfront includes T-shirt and participation medals. Benefits the LifeLink Legacy Fund and Donate Life Florida.
Link: https://Run.LifeLinkLegacyFund.org/

9. What: NAUTICAL GARAGE SALE
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:00pm
Where: Davis Island Yacht Club, 1315 SEVERN AVE., TAMPA, FL 33606
Description: Find what you need for your boat and nautical knick knacks at this garage sale to benefit the Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation.
Link: https://www.diyc.org/calendar/ai1ec_event/youth-sailing-auction-3/?instance_id=14642

10. What: ROCKABILLY RUCKUS
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:00pm
Where: Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 SKIPPER ROAD, TAMPA, FL 33613
Description: California’s Big Sandy and Fly Rite Boys return for the 12th annual tribute to Sun Records that reminisces about the blues and early rock 'n' roll that was first recorded at the studio. Other bands include Lustre Kings, Toro Jones, Hot Rod Hornets, Oak Hill Drifters, Go Get Gone and Rocket 88.
Link: https://skipperssmokehouse.com/event/wmnf-presents-rockabilly-ruckus-2025/

11. What: BALCONY-TO-BACKSTAGE TOURS
When: Tuesday, February 14, 1:30pm and Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:30am
Where: Tampa Theatre, 711 FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33672
Description: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's secrets, stories, art and architecture. Benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations.
Link: https://tampatheatre.org/tours/balcony-to-backstage-tour/

12. What: AUTHOR TALK WITH TIM DORSEY
When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:30pm
Where: Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S MANHATTAN AVE., TAMPA, FL 33611
Description: Former Tampa Tribune reporter and local author Tim Dorsey will discuss his latest Florida based mystery Clownfish Blues.
Link: https://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=130781&lib=9&ag=all&et=all&kw=%20&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/02/01 

13. What: BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
When: Saturday and Sundays, February 18 – April 2, 2017 10:00am
Where: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E FOWLER AVE., TAMPA, FL 33617
Description: The 2017 festival runs weekends through April 2 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.
Link: https://bayarearenfestnew.bayarearenfest.com/

14. What: BEER, BOURBON AND BBQ FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 2:00pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Grab your sampling glass for beer sipping and bourbon tasting, at the hoedown throwdown, with 60 beers on tap, 40 bourbons, plus barbecue from pulled pork to whole hog, ribs, brisket and chicken, with VIP area, gaming area with giant jenga, trike races, beer belly, Daisy Dukes, and boots contests, seminars with the master distillers, brewmasters and pit masters; live blues, rock and bluegrass music all day; relax in the cigar tent, or browse Brewerania, with exhibits, hot sauces and barbecue accessories for sale. VIP includes exclusive bacon tastings, early admission at noon for two extra hours of tasting. Benefits Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.
Link: https://www.beerandbourbon.com/florida/show-info-0

15. What: HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:00pm
Where: Amalie Arena, 401 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Amalie Arena. New this season, for the first time ever, the team will debut basketball's first 4 point line located 30 feet from the basket, 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA's current three point line. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans
Link: https://www.amaliearena.com/events/detail/harlem-globetrotters-3

16. What: FIESTA DAY
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:00am
Where: Italian Club, 1731 E SEVENTH AVE., TAMPA, FL 33605
Description: This family-friendly, "street festival” celebrates the cuisine, culture and heritage of the Latin immigrants who settled in Ybor City at the turn of the 19th Century.
Link: https://codasoundlive.com/fiesta-day/

17. What: BIG BAY BEER FEST
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:00pm
Where: Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N DALE MABRY HIGHWAY, TAMPA, FL 33607
Description: Grab a commemorative tasting glass for craft beer samples from more than 50 breweries at this festival with live music, food and an auction. Benefits the Healing Heroes Network.
Link: https://bigbaybeerfest.com/ 


Have a fantastic February,


Robbie Henderson for


Bell Henderson Real Estate: Travis Bell, Robbie Henderson, Karla Dorsey, Diane Raeckers and Jason Norton
2/1/2017
813-931-5000
[email protected]

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