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Tell Me Something Fun: May 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 14 minutes read

I know we are almost a week into May, but here is a list of some of the great things to do around Tampa for the remainder of the month. With summer rushing at us all at full speed, now is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the weather before it starts to get oppressively hot out there. This month’s events kick off tonight with a public watch party of the Lightning’s fourth game against the Islanders, then things get into the full swing of Mother’s Day with pops in the park and free admissions and the month wraps up with opportunities to prepare for the hurricane season, shop the latest in boats and fishing, taste the offerings of our fair city and to run with a crowd. Whatever you choose to do with your free time this month, remember to be good to the moms in your life on Sunday, say thanks to those that serve or served on Memorial Day and be good to one another always.

1.What: Tampa Bay Lightning Play-Off Watch Party
When: Friday, May 6, 2016 5:00pm
Where: Amalie Arena, 401 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Fans are invited to join Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls on Ford Thunder Alley to cheer on the Lightning as they take on the New York Islanders in game four of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Currently, the Lightning are up two games to one in the seven games series. Let's flood Thunder Alley with fans and make some noise to help our team continue the quest for the Cup. Food and drink specials from the Arena available and food trucks on site.
Link: https://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/event-detail/tampa-bay-lightning-play-off-watch-party/189972 

2.What: Spring ART Fling in the Loft
When: Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, 2016 4:00pm and 12:00pm
Where: Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E SECOND AVE., TAMPA, FL 33605
Description: This festival "Celebrating Moms" features mixed media works by 15 area artists, craft beers, food trucks and is hosted by Tim Gibbons of Funky As A Monkey Art Studio and Teri Navajo of She Paints Things.
Link: https://coppertailbrewing.com/special-eventsmaster/2016/4/29/spring-art-fling-in-the-loft 

3.What: Walk to Cure Arthritis
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:00am
Where: Al Lopez Park, 4810 N HIMES AVE., TAMPA, FL 33614
Description: Dogs are welcome to join in on these 3-mile and 1-mile walks. Includes doughnuts, children's activities, entertainment and a silent auction. Benefits arthritis research.
Link: https://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/walk-to-cure-arthritis/ 

4.What: Tampa Rose Society's 45th Annual Rose Show
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 1:00pm
Where: Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 CITRUS PARK TOWN CENTER, TAMPA, FL 33625
Description: Exhibitors from across Florida bring hundreds of blooms to the 45th annual show, competing for trophies and awards in more than 40 classes of home-grown roses, from hybrid teas, to climbers and Old Garden varieties. New this year are four classes with awards selected by the public, plus, locally grown roses and arrangements available purchase for a small donation, perfect for Mother's Day.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693358840935294/ 

5.What: 21st Annual WaZoo BeerFest
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:00pm
Where: Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W SLIGH AVE., TAMPA, FL 33604
Description: The 21st annual WaZoo BeerFest is springing forward to May! This all-inclusive tasting event features samples of 250 beers from 70 breweries, a variety of savory pub fare, live entertainment and free daytime admission to come back in May to enjoy other great adventures at the zoo. ALL included with admission. Buy early and save! The VIP Beastly Beer Club offers a more exclusive experience than ever before, including beer and food parings, combined with early event entry. VIP Club tickets are limited. Tickets are now available!
Link: https://www.lowryparkzoo.org/events/event-wazoo 

6.What: Free Mother’s Day Admission at the Florida Aquarium

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016 9:30am
Where: Florida Aquarium, 701 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: This Mother’s Day Weekend, treat mom to more than 20,000 spectacular sea creatures. From touching cool stingrays to close encounters with adorable penguins and cute Ring-tailed Lemurs, this is one gift she’ll never forget. *Mom gets in free with purchase of full price admission at the Aquarium. Not valid with other discounts or coupons.
Link: https://www.flaquarium.org/event-calendar.aspx 

7.What: Mother's Day at MOSI
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2016 10:00am
Where: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E FOWLER AVE., TAMPA, FL 33617
Description: Bring Mom the MOSI to celebrate Mother's Day and she gets in free with the purchase of one full priced child's ticket.
Link: https://www.mosi.org/plan-your-visit/events-calendar.aspx 

8.What: The Florida Orchestra Pops in the Park
When: Sunday, May 8, 2016 7:30pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: It’s Mother’s Day! Show mom some love with an elaborate picnic and great symphonic music in a lovely waterfront park, ending in a fireworks finale. Bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive, too.
Link: https://www.floridaorchestra.org/event-view/?event_info=35 

9.What: Second Screen Cult Cinema
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:00pm
Where: The Vault, 655 N FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Join us at The Vault for our screening of David Lynch's masterpiece Blue Velvet. Doors open at 6p for a 90-minute cocktail session, DJ Suspiria will be spinning an all-vinyl David Lynch-themed set, and there will be themed craft cocktails and more (including PBR) at the bar. Film will start at 7:30, after an introduction.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/SecondScreenCultCinema/ 

10.What: Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally

When: Friday, May 13, 2016 6:00pm
Where: The Sail, 333 S FRANKLIN ST., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: On the second Friday of each month The Sail hosts a Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally. A rolling celebration of food and fun, Brews & Bites features live entertainment and a fleet of Tampa's favorite food trucks.
Link: https://www.tampaconventioncenter.com/facility-information/sail-pavilion/ 

11.What: 11th Annual Miles for Moffitt
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 7:00am
Where: University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E FOWLER AVE., TAMPA, FL 33620
Description: This benefit for cancer research offers races to suit serious runners or those just looking to have some fun. Choose from a range of distances from 1-mile to 15K. Benefits cancer research at Moffitt.
Link: https://milesformoffitt.run/ 

12.What: Day of Discovery at Florida Aquarium

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:30am
Where: Florida Aquarium, 701 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Children with sensory disabilities can experience the aquarium in a low stress way with lighting and sounds tailored just for them.
Link: https://www.flaquarium.org/event-calendar.aspx 

13.What: Tampa Train Day
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00am
Where: Union Station, 601 N NEBRASKA AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Union station will be filled with model train displays, the H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts, history and transportation exhibits and a special appearance by the Tampa Firefighters Museum's fire engine number 42, "Little Mack".
Link: https://www.tampaunionstation.com/ 

14.What: Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00am
Where: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E FOWLER AVE., TAMPA, FL 33617
Description: Enjoy activities for adults and children, educational displays, tips from the experts, safety demonstrations, emergency vehicle displays, and vendors of safety products, personal disaster preparedness and home retrofit products, and more.
Link: https://tampabayhurricaneexpo.com/ 

15.What: Ybor Food Fest 2016
When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:00am
Where: Centro Asturiano, 1913 N NEBRASKA AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Over 60 of Central Florida's Best Gourmet Food Trucks Invade Ybor City! From the creators of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS holding "World's Largest Food Truck Rally,” Generation Food Truck, comes the Biggest Food Truck Festival on this side of the bay! Food Trucks of every shape and size in your backyard! Enjoy the sites and sounds of Beautiful Ybor City, while you munch on some of the best food Central Florida has to offer! And browse the many non-food vendors as well! Music, Food & Fun!
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1665535173714480 

16.What: 11th Annual Taste of South Tampa
When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 1:00pm
Where: Tampa Garden Club, 2629 BAYSHORE BLVD., TAMPA, FL 33629
Description: Here's your chance to explore south Tampa eateries, savoring unlimited food and drink samplings, then voting for Best of South Tampa; with live entertainment, family friendly activities, upgrade to VIP for air-conditioned indoor area, and additional, premium restaurant samplings. Bring canned or nonperishable food donation and be entered in drawing for prizes. Benefits Metropolitan Ministries.
Link: https://www.southtampachamber.org/events/details/11th-annual-taste-of-south-tampa-presented-by-older-lundy-alvarez-17739 

17.What: Tampa Bay Boat Show
When: Friday - Sunday, May 20 - 22, 2016 10:00am
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, TAMPA, FL 33610
Description: Ahoy Mates! This is the boating sales event of the season. Chart your course to the Tampa Bay Boat Show. This grand event showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies... great accessories too. This three-day sales event offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. The main floor will be filled with new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits!
Link: www.tampabayboatshows.com

18.What: Bay Area Brew Runs
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 8:30am
Where: Ulele Native Inspired Food & Spirits, 1810 N HIGHLAND AVE., TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Bay Area Brew Runs brings together what runners and athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels love: Beer and running! This series of social fun runs from some of Florida's best craft breweries includes free brews, swag and after party with food trucks and our famous Beer Olympics games! Our runs and festivities are all dog friendly (unless otherwise noted) and family friendly. This year, kids under 12 run free!
Link: https://www.bayareabrewruns.com/ 

19.What: Burger Showdown

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 5:00pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Chefs from top area restaurants fire up their grills for this burger battle to win bragging rights of creating the "Best Burger in Tampa Bay. Benefits Culinary Operations Academy.
Link: https://burgershowdown.org/home/ 

20.What: Get Moving Tampa Bay

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016 8:00am
Where: Al Lopez Park, 4810 N HIMES AVE., TAMPA, FL 33614
Description: Let's Move...Together! The race will be held at Tampa’s beautiful Al Lopez Park. Runners will enjoy the park’s packed shell roads and race-day freebies like an event t-shirt and prizes for the top three finishers, based on recorded race times. Families and supporters will enjoy the park’s natural amenities like plenty of shade, playgrounds, acres of wildlife and scenery; and day-of activities.
Link: https://getmovingtampabay.org/ 

21.What: Fourth Friday Downtown Tampa Riverwalk
When: Friday, May 27, 2016 4:00pm
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: The fourth Friday of each month, museums and performing arts venues around downtown Tampa offer extended hours with free, special or added value admission deals or special programming. Deals at participating restaurants and free Pirate Water Taxi rides are also included. Maps and free wristbands can be obtained at one of the following venues: AIA Tampa Bay; Florida Aquarium; Florida Museum of Photographic Art; Glazer Children's Museum; Henry B. Plant Museum; Stageworks Theatre; Straz Center for Performing Arts; Tampa Bay History Center; Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Theatre.
Link: https://fourthfridaytampa.com/ 

22.What: 4th Annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:00am
Where: Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N ASHLEY DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Join us for the 4th Annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival! Enjoy a HUGE variety of Margaritas, an awesome lineup of bands w/ headliner BLUES TRAVELER, and the BIGGEST fireworks show to end the night! The 21 and older only, 2.5-mile run includes admission to the Margarita Festival, T-shirt, a bottle opener medal and one drink ticket.
Link: https://www.tampamargaritafest.com/ 

23.What: Sunshine Sunday at Glazer Children's Museum
When: Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:00am
Where: Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W GASPARILLA PLAZA, TAMPA, FL 33602
Description: Sunshine Sunday is a special morning on the last Sunday of every other month for children with special needs and their families. Explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and special programs and community resources.
Link: https://glazermuseum.org/event/sunshinesunday 


Have a marvelous May,

Robbie Henderson for

Bell Henderson Real Estate: Travis Bell, Robbie Henderson, Karla Dorsey, Diane Raeckers, Tyler Auerbacher and Jason Norton
813-931-5000
[email protected]

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