A leap day happens because the Earth actually takes 365 days and six hours to revolve around the sun. A leap day is the compensation date for those extra hours.
What are you going to do with your extra day this year?
February 29 only happens once every four years. This year, it’s a Saturday, so seize that extra day to add additional fun and some free stuff into your year. Here’s what Tampa Bay has in store.
Can Classic Leap Day Road Race: Choose from a 1-mile walk or 5 and 10K runs through the Citrus Hills neighborhood. Includes a shirt, food and music. $30-$40. 7 a.m. Saturday. Nature Coast Bank, 2455 N Citrus Hills Blvd., Hernando. (352) 341-7707.
Leap Day 5K: Lace up your sneakers for this 5K run/walk through the park to benefit Sleep in Heavenly Peace. $30. 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4081.
Leap Day Treat: If you were born on Feb. 29, get to any Miller’s Ale House location for a free slice of Captain Jack’s Buried Treasure. Valid ID required. $10 minimum purchase. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. Miller’s Ale House, 7901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 217-9206.
Leap Day/Crepe Day: Leap Day takes on a bit of French culture with made to order crepes, a magic show and French themed activities. Free (food/drink additional). 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. The French American School of Tampa Bay, 2100 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2159.
Tampa Taco Festival Leap Day Celebration: Leap into tacos at this festival with more than 30 top restaurants and food trucks serving up mouth watering tacos, beer and margaritas. Also, live local music, traditional mariachi and DJ dancing. $5-$10 (food/drink additional). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (787) 557-7745. 813tacofest.com.,
Take the Throne: Leap Day Challenge: The monthly food challenge gets super sized in honor of Leap Day. Consume five jumbo tenders with Take the Throne Spice-Fury Fries-Sauce, pickles, a slice of potato bread and an Angry Chair Ghost Pepper Stout in 12-minutes or less and win $40 in gift certificates and a free scoop of ice cream. Do it the fastest and take home the Fire in the Hole trophy. All contestants get a T-shirt. $25 (registration required). 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Angry Chair Brewing, 6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 238-1122.
Leap Year Cooking: Celebrate the day that oddly comes once every four years by learning how to make bizarre dishes including waffled pizza dippers, Korean barbecue tacos, fried milk and chocolate covered bacon. $50. 6-8 p.m. Saturday. AJ’s Kitchen Drawer, 13974 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 328-4122.
Sunset Cinema: Bring Blankets and low chairs to catch free G to PG-13 rated films. Saturday features the the Amy Adams romantic comedy Leap Year (PG-13). Free. 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater. (727) 462-6466. beachchamber.com
Roller Derby “Leaps” Into Action: Revolution Roller Derby marks Leap Day and opens their season with hard hitting women’s and mixed gender bouts. Benefits Australian Red Cross and WIRES. $10-$12. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunderman Recreation Complex, 1601 Ninth St., Palm Harbor. (727) 280-7981.
Leap Day Literacy Celebration: Kids in grades K through 12 can leap into literacy at the Junior League of St. Petersburg’s event with free books, literacy enrichment activities, snacks, a mini nutrition lesson, arts. crafts and storytelling. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-5018.
Leap Day Trunk Sale Benefit: You can “leap” for a pair of cheap glasses when you trade in your old ones and get $50 credit on a new pair. Vendors on site and food and drink available. Benefits Dress for Success. No cover. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Eye Doctors of New Tampa, 19070 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa. (813) 632-2020.
Leap Day at the Sirata: Sirata’s drink special has people leaping with a Blue Frog Cocktail (a Blue Long Island garnished with a gummy frog). No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-5100.
Leapin’ Cornhole and Cocktails: Ages 21 and older only can celebrate Leap Day with cornhole, cocktails, wine, beer, food tastings, music by Eric Von, a silent auction, raffles and door prizes. Benefits Kiwanis Against Hunger. $50. 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Palmetto Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W, Palmetto. (941) 722-1639.
Leap Day Mystery Puck: Watch the Lightning take on the Calgary Flames and purchase a Leap Day Mystery Puck to benefit the Lightning Foundation. Ticket prices vary by game. 4 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.
Leap Day Beer Pong Tournament: A “unfrogettable and ribbeting” Leap Day celebration with teams of two competing in double elimination beer pong. $20. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Rec Dec St. Pete, 380 105th Terrace NE, St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582.
Leaping into Folk Music: Join Charlie Morris for a CD release party in celebration of Leap Day and his new group Opossum Hollow. $18. 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. (813) 645-7651. artstampabay.com
Leap Year Party: DJ Southpaw Sound opens the Leap Day party featuring Breakbeat legend DJ Icey. $15. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. Marquee DTSP, 350 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 258-7538.
A Party So Big: Dress up and wear a mask to celebrate Leap Day at this Truman Capote’s “Best Party Ever” tribute with free champagne. Free (registration required). 9-11 p.m. Saturday. American Social Bar and Kitchen, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa. (813) 605-3333.
O’ Brien’s Leap Day Party: Leap Year calls for a party with Coco Red and special guests. No cover (food/drink additional). 9 p.m. Saturday. O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 15435 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. (813) 968-4092.
Leap at Bradley’s: Bradley’s celebrates Leap Day with dancing to music by DJ’s Charles Machado and Steve Vaughn and two drag shows featuring Kori Stevens, Esme Russell and Felicity Lane. No cover (food/drink additional). 10 p.m. Saturday. Bradley’s on 7th, 1510 E Seventh Ave, Tampa. (813) 241-2723.