Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Families, Entertainment and Events Editor

Families, Entertainment and Events Editor

I’m an editor who writes, or maybe a writer who edits. I spend time poring over hundreds of events and fun diversions in the Tampa Bay area. I used to cover City Hall and now I ride rollercoasters on a workday. But I view this as a consumer beat. I’m looking for deals and I intend to call out what’s lame or magical. I’m a lifelong St. Petersburg resident and University of Florida grad. I cut my teeth covering politics for the Fort Myers News-Press, where a county commissioner I investigated went to jail. I joined my hometown Times in 1994 where my love of pop culture led me to tbt* and now our features team. Send me a tip when you see something fun.

  1. People walk along food booths at the Florida State Fair in 2020. The fair returns for a 12-day run April 22-May 2.
  2. The Florida State Fair, pictured in February 2020, will kick off Thursday in Tampa.
  3. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  4. Starting Friday, May 28. the new acrobatic show, “Cirque Electric,” will be open at Busch Gardens with modified operations in the park’s theaters.
  5. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year. From Angela's Pizza, it has a white garlic sauce base, topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. Garnished with ranch and dill seasoning after it comes out of the oven.
  6. Brad Paisley, shown performing at his 2011 H20 Tour in Tampa, returns to the bay area in July for three outdoor shows in Florida that month.
  7. A royal joust performance will be among the features of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. It runs weekends through May 23.
  8. Disneyland's new Avengers Campus will debut on June 4, nearly a year after originally planned.
  9. Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Nights" becomes a multimedia experience in scenes from "Van Gogh Alive" at the Dali Museum. The museum was first North American stop on this international touring exhibition, and it's been a big hit. Few spots are left before it ends on June 13.
  10. Jurassic World Velocicoaster, the new attraction in Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure, will open June 10.
  11. Epcot reopened on Wednesday as Walt Disney World continued its phased reopening. Masks are required for all and visitors had to make a reservation in advance to visit the park to enable limitations on crowd capacity. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  12. Jaalin Harvey, 24, at Walt Disney World. He's been an annual passholder since he was in seventh grade.
  13. SeaWorld’s Aquatica opened Riptide Race April 3, a ride billed as the world’s largest dueling raft water slide.
  14. Wish Farms in Plant City has opened up its fields every Saturday for berry picking through May 1.
  15. Pinellas County seniors will get Busch Gardens to themselves on May 7 for a special Grad Nite arranged for them.
  16. En Vogue will play the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival April 18. The group, which currently includes founding members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron, as well as Rhona Bennett, most recently made a cameo appearance in Coming 2 America.
  17. For an oh-so-Florida Easter activity, kids can hunt for colorful eggs left by the Easter Bunny in Largo’s Southwest Pool.
  18. Tomas Perdomo grouts the tile floor of the sanctuary during a renovation of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Tampa on Thursday. The project, which highlights a towering stained-glass window at the head of the church, will be done in time for Easter services.
  19. Starting April 1, the historic Tampa Theatre will show all the top Oscar nominees, animated films and shorts in the newly reopened movie palace.
  20. Cheetah Hunt and other coasters at Busch Gardens, will be open for Grad Nite for high school seniors to ride in the dark for two dates in April. But some school districts are not allowing students to attend.
  21. At a summer camp expo on Saturday at the Shops at Wiregrass, parents can meet with more than 40 local, virtual, overnight, special-needs camps, health resources and local family-friendly businesses.
  22. Cheetah Hunt and other coasters at Busch Gardens, will be open for Grad Nite for high school seniors to ride in the dark for two dates in April. The park used to host Grad Nite events for eighth graders and seniors but stopped after 2016.
  23. Park goers wait at a tram stop near the parking lot of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Monday. Nearly half a million public school students in the Tampa Bay area are out for spring break and the crowds at theme parks and beaches are showing it.