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Weekend Planner

Our insiders help you plan your weekend: dining, movies, music, arts, stage, things to do, shopping, and outdoors:

  1. Gasparilla Planner: What you need to know to conquer the pirate invasion

    Events

    The pirate ship Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 — a week after the Gasparilla Children's Parade — and ventures north between Davis Island and Harbour Island before docking at the Tampa Convention Center at 1 p.m. Then more than 140 units, …

    Pirates aboard the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship prepare to dock at the Tampa Convention Center to mark the start 101st Annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Parade in Tampa in 2016.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  2. Plan your weekend: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Beer and Bacon Festival, comedians George Lopez, Margaret Cho

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Take the kids

    Gasparilla Children's Parade: Pint-sized pirates welcome Tampa's pirate season on Saturday. Kids 5 and younger can join the Preschooler's Stroll half-mile strut (1:30-2:30 p.m.). There's also a bicycle safety rodeo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and an air …

    Liam MacGillivary, Scout Hayden and Rylie Auger, all 4 years old, ride in a ship during the Preschooler’s Stroll before the annual Gasparilla Children’s Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  3. Art Planner: Bask, Delita Martin and Tour de Shine

    Visual Arts

     

     

    Whether you know it or not, it's likely you've seen the work of Ales "Bask" Hostomsky. Not only does he have murals in the bay area and around the world, his artwork was featured in Iron Man 3 and will appear in Fast & Furious 8. His distinct style of …

    A mural  just off Central Avenue at 17th Street by artist Dasic Fernandez is one of the SHINE murals.
  4. Things to Do Planner: Gasparilla Children's Parade, comics George Lopez, Margaret Cho

    Events

    LITTLE PIRATES: Gasparilla Children's Parade

    From left, Liam MacGillivary, Scout Hayden and Rylie Auger ride in a ship during the Preschooler’s Stroll before the Annual Gasparilla Children’s Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  5. Movie Planner: '20th Century Women' review, 'Xxx: The Return of Xander Cage'

    Movies

    INDIE FLICKS: 20th CENTURY WOMEN

    Annette Bening and Lucas Jade Zumann play mother and son in 20th Century Women.
  6. Dining Planner: Where to get Tampa Bay's best sweets and ruin your resolutions

    Food & Dining

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: SWEET RELIEF

    These artisan chocolates are available at William Dean Chocolates in Largo. The store, which has moved to a shopping plaza at the corner if Indian Rocks Road and West Bay Drive, creates chocolates for corporate orders, HSN and for their retail store. Founded in 2007, the company is named in honor of its founder’s father (William) and grandfather (Dean).
  7. Stage Planner: Opera Tampa's 'Romeo and Juliet,' American Stage finishes August Wilson cycle

    Stage

    ROMEO'S RAVES: RICHARD TROXELL

    The leading man in Opera Tampa's Romeo and Juliet is riding a wave of critical acclaim. Richard Troxell has wowed crowds with dashing looks, dramatic fervor and an effortless high D.

    Richard Troxell plays Romeo in Opera Tampa’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
  8. Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Music & Concerts

    RUNNING FULL THROTTLE: Run the Jewels

    Run the Jewels perform Jan. 24 at Jannus Live.