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Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Events Editor

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. During the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, an orchestra will accompany outsized visuals and scenes from the epic HBO show.
    Relive ‘Game of Thrones’ at a live concert, watch a movie at Adventure Island and see author Salman Rushdie and ‘Grease 2′ at Tampa Theatre.
  2. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
    Patrons hit the dance floor at Tampa venue Skipper's Smokehouse in 2015.
    A 12-hour party in the Skipperdome, stargazing and a family-friendly Williams Park festival provide free and cheap entertainment.
  3. Visitors ride the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Tampa theme park Busch Gardens, which has put its 2020 Fun Card on sale early.
    Buy your 2020 Busch Gardens or SeaWorld Fun Card and get a few months free, plus more sales for Florida residents.
  4. To celebrate the 20th year of Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens is bringing back icons, the characters that matched the theming of each event. That includes, from left, Dr. Livingsdoom, the event's first icon in 2000 who was in the Haunted Jungle Trail, Death Jockey, Trickster, Voodoo Queen and the Butcher. Howl-O-Scream opens Friday.
    Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream, Disney’s Not-So-Scary, Scream-A-Geddon and more: A complete guide to spooky fun.
  5. Epcot's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a nighttime fireworks production, has been around for 20 years.
    The nighttime production will be replaced by a new show called Epcot Forever.
  6. A Zombie Bride is one of the characters found in one of Busch Gardens' open-air scare zones at Howl-O-Scream, which opens for its 20th year on Friday.
    Free Museum Day is coming, Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens, Billy Ray Cyrus plays for the Bucs Beach Bash and Tho Who will be at Amalie Arena.
  7. Tampa theme park Busch Gardens has announced a new hybrid wooden and steel coaster coming in 2020: Iron Gwazi. At more than 200 feet tall, the under-construction ride will become North America's tallest hybrid coaster, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world.
    The parks revealed a slate of new attractions aimed to steady the company’s future.
  8. Goat yoga class in 2017 at Hat Trick Farm in Thonotosassa. Proceeds from the classes, open to the public, benefit the Grady Goat Foundation. On Sept. 14, the foundation will attempt to break the world record for largest goat yoga class.
    Tickets are sold out but you can get on a waiting list for a Plant City goat farm’s charity fundraiser.
  9. "Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle," the new light projection show at Universal Orlando, will open this weekend, running on select nights through Nov. 15.
    Death Eaters, Voldemort and other creepy creatures from the world of Harry Potter star in the nighttime display.
  10. Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015.
    You can also catch a talk from Dick Vitale at St. Petersburg theater the Palladium.