Weather Permitting Weekend

The weekend should not be a total washout, but Saturday is looking like our best chance for possibly heavy downpours. So whatever your plans are, make your first stop on our web site or on the Dove app for the Dove Tampa Bay forecast from 10 Tampa Bay Weather.

The first event to make a change was for the River O’ Green Fest in downtown Tampa which was scheduled for Saturday, but has been moved to Friday. Hey, that’s actually St Patrick’s Day, so how perfect for the Fest? It will kick off at 4 pm, so if you can head out of work a little early you can catch the Hillsborough River getting dyed green with a non-toxic, biodegradable, and certified to meet National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 60 dye for use in and around drinking water. Have fun!

St Pete has Paddy Fest St Pete kicking at 10 am on Friday, St Patrick’s Day in Williams Park, downtown St Pete. It’s a brand new event that carries a ticket price of $150.00 for a VIP Experience ticket, with the support of Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern. Check their Facebook page for additional information.

The Reggae Rise Up Festival takes over Vinoy Park this weekend. It’s a four-day festival, with the gates open at 4 pm Thursday, then at noon Friday through Sunday. Tickets will start at $70. Put this address in Waze - , 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Another festival that incorporates spring training and music is the Innings Festival in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium Saturday and Sunday. The lineup will include some special appearances by Major League baseball players John Kruk and Wade Boggs. Tickets start at $110 for the four days, all the way up to $725. 1-11 p.m

“Wicked” is in the house at the Tampa Bay Performing Center through Sunday to tell you the story of what happened before Dorothy showed up in Oz. It’s a powerful show, and one of my all-time favorites. Tickets are available from $53.75 and you can choose yours here. The stage production of Stephen Kings ‘Misery” is also at the Straz with the Jobsite Theatre and the Straz’s own on stage in the role of Annie Wilkes - break a leg, Bohnenkamp!

You can also enjoy another weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, now open in Dade City, weekends through April 2nd at 12838 Auton Road in Dade City. This weekend is for Shamrock and Shenanigans, and includes plenty for the kids, great food (you bet turkey legs!) and what has to be the crowd favorite - full contact armored jousting! Start practicing your huzzahs!

We also can’t forget the Valspar Championship already underway at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. A ticket will cost you from $60 to $80, depending on which day you choose to head over. I have more information here.

For the kids, talking Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive will be in Parrish at the Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. East. They can enjoy a 20-minute interactive experience with Thomas, hourly from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday-Sunday. There’s more information here.

There’s something new and unique down at the St Pete Pier. How about a trip around the Rockin’ Roller Rink? This is a brand new 6,000-square-foot roller rink that’s open through April 9th. Best to check this out early to make sure you can get in. Tickets will run from $13-$20. and operating hours are from 10 am to 10 pm.

Bouncy, bouncy! The only Guinness-certified world record holder of the World’s Largest Bounce House, Big Bounce America is now open at the Florida State Fairgrounds, all 16,000 square feet of it. There’s more - try a 900-foot-long obstacle course called the Giant; and along with that, the space-themed airSPACE. Intrigued? This will cost from $22-$41, and will be open from. 1-9 pm Friday, 9 am to.-6:30 pm. Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday on 301 in Tampa. I have more information for you here.

Ann Kelly

Ann Kelly

Hello, I am Ann Kelly! I was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio (which is a suburb of Cleveland) as one of five children!

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