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  • Free Admission for Blue Star Museums Initiative

    MOSI joins more than 2,000 museums across the country to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from May 26 (Memorial Day) through Sept. 1 (Labor Day). This is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Also taking place at the Florida Holocaust Museum, Henry B. Plant Museum and the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society. Hours vary by location. To see a complete list of all museums participating in Florida, visit


    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • Negin Farsad

    Named one of the 50 Funniest Women by The Huffington Post, this Iranian American is also a filmmaker, producer of docu-drama The Muslims Are Coming. Farsad's residency will kick-off a season of guest artists visiting the USF Tampa campus a to broaden awareness and understanding of Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim cultures through the arts.

    Price: $15, $5 students.

    University of South Florida Marshall Student Center: 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

  • MOSI After Dark and Food Truck Rally

    Editor's pick

    To welcome students back to school, MOSI holds this after-hours event with $5 discounted admission to general MOSI exhibits for the public and free to USF students. The food truck rally outside includes Kind Grinds, Lizzie Cakes, Maggie on the Move, Top Chop, Ninja Noms, Monsta Lobsta, Lolo Ono, Cluckz Chicken, Health Freakz Cafe, Wicked Witches and Mixed Breed.

    Price: Free (food trucks); $5 (MOSI exhibits); USF students free (MOSI exhibits).

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • The Muslims Are Coming!

    This film follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns and rural villages to combat Islamophobia with stand-up and ridiculous interventions  such as the "Ask a Muslim Booth." A discussion with comedian and producer Negin Farsad follows.

    Price: Free.

    University of South Florida: 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

  • Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale

    A free day at the Gardens as the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society holds its 20th annual show and sale of easy to grow cactus and succulent varieties, with experts to help with choosing the right plant for the landscape, or inside the home. Free parking across the street.

    Price: Free admission.

    University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 33620


  • University Area: 2764 University Square Drive, Tampa, 33612

    This place has a lot going on. It's got video games and board games, student artwork on display and open-mic night on Fridays. But the real attractions are the blended fruit drinks and milk…

  • University Area: 2001 E Fletcher Ave. # 115, Tampa, 33612

  • Denny's

    Cuisine: American casual, Casual Dining, Southern
    Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Late-night dining, Takeout

    University Area: 1700 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

  • Dragon Express

    Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    Features: Kid-friendly, Takeout

    University Area: 2101 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

  • First Watch

    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, California, Deli, Sandwiches
    Features: Children's menu, Takeout

    University Area: 2726 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

    The biggest Florida chain to make brunch a daily specialty, it serves eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles and crepes as well as sandwiches and salads, spiced from Italian to Cajun. It draws a…


  • No Spoon Cafe

    Cuisine: Italian
    Features: Neighborhood, Sports

    University Area: 1515 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Bull's House doubles as No Spoon Italian restaurant. A huge college hangout, if that's your bag. Also, you can eat or drink for as cheap as it gets in the USF area. They may only have…