University Area

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  • USF Student Dance Concert

    The USF Student Dance Production Board's annual performance presents works by student choreographers with styles ranging from classical to contemporary.

    Price: $12, $8 seniors/students.

    University of South Florida Theatre 2: 3829 USF W Holly Drive, Tampa, 33612

  • Hare Racing Experience

    The Easter themed 5K off road race and one-mile run includes health and fitness booths, visits with the Easter Bunny and Ronald McDonald, goody bags, T-shirts, food and drink. Benefits the Epilepsy Services Foundation.

    Price: $20, $15 one-mile, $7 ages 6 and younger (advance); $25, $20 one-mile, $7 ages 6 and younger day of race.

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

  • Record Store Day at Mojo

    For this year's national event, MOJO has ordered 65% more material than last year, which means more limited edition vinyls and indie-store-only releases. There will be drawings, goodie bags, free PBR beer, a vegan bake sale, 2-4-1 sales and live performances by DJ Suspiria, DJ Sam Esser, Keesey Williams, DieAlps!, Y Los Dos Pistoles, Empire Cinema, Ophelia, Heavy Metals, Jensen Surf Company, Sweet Divorce, David Vassalotti, Coldskin and Blood Wave.

    Price: Free.

    Mojo Books and Music: 2558 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

  • USF Wind Ensemble: Finale Concert

    The concert entitled, The Great Commission, features two compositions composed in part for the ensemble. Hear the Florida premiere of the new Concerto for Alto Saxophone by Frank Ticheli, featuring Dr. Clifford Leaman, professor of saxophone at the University of South Carolina and the 2nd movement of Symphony 9 by David Maslanka. The concert will also showcase the percussion section.  

    Price: $12, $8 seniors/students.

    University of South Florida School of Music Concert Hall: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, 33620

  • MythBusters After Dark and Food Truck Rally

    Editor's pick

    After-hours event with $5 discounted admission to general MOSI exhibits, music, games and a food truck rally outside including Mobile Munchiez, Der Wurst Wagen, Aloha to Go, Renny's Oki Doki, Enjoy Sweets and the Inside Scoop. Guests can also pay full price admission to the MythBusters exhibit for an "after dark" viewing.

    Price: Free (food trucks); $5 (MOSI exhibits); $24.95, $21.95 seniors, $19.95 children (MythBusters).

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


  • 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…