Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa is food festival central these days, with recent odes to burgers and mac and cheese. But those can't be as cool as this: margaritas! The drinks come in more than 35 flavors, including watermelon, mango jalapeno and prickly pear, as well as traditional varieties. There will be music by Los Lonely Boys, food trucks, games, fireworks and sand sculptures. Bring your dog, but not your kids: 21 and up only. There are some key changes this year, according to tampamargaritafest.com.
• More bartenders, from 18 last year to 80 this year.
• More shade and seating.
• No more drink tickets, so no more waiting in ticket lines just to get your drink.
• A frozen margarita truck, so your frozen margaritas will be really frozen.
The fest runs 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Admission is $15 advance, $20 at the door; drinks are $4-$8. VIP tickets are sold out.