Meander to downtown Tampa’s picturesque RiverWalk — adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center, to Sail Pavilion — where the monthly Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally feeds appetites and satisfies thirsts on the second Friday of each month throughout 2013. Expect a fleet of area food trucks, and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. Dates include: Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. On Fri., March 8, you can enter to win two tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s March 18 game. Sail Pavilion will also feature a Build your own Mojito Bar, which offers a selection of fresh mint or berries. Free admission. Food, beer and wine for sale. No pets, coolers or glass bottles permitted.http://tampaconventioncenter.com
The Gasparilla International Film Festival is in the middle of its seventh year. Festivalgoers will be able to see a unique selection of movies along with having a question and answer session with those involved.Showtimes all at 6:30-
You can’t spend a “Night at the Museum,” but your favorite stuffed animal can. Drop off your stuffed animal between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, December 13. Imagine his adventures as the paintings and sculpture come alive. On Saturday, December 14, 9-11 a.m.: Pick up animals and enjoy a child-friendly continental breakfast, while watching a slide-show of your buddies’ adventures. Then receive an early visit from Santa Claus and savor story time with Mrs. Claus at 10:30. Space is limited. Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 11. Please call in advance. See the beautiful Victorian-style Christmas tree in The Junior League Great Hall throughout the holiday season. Children are $10 and adults, $15
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon will host his eighth annual Thanksmas event Mon., Dec. 16 - 18, preparing and serving a holiday meal for hundreds of needy citizens around the Tampa Bay area. Maddon will purchase food for the Italian/Polish feast, then with help from Rays coaches and staffers,will cook and serve at the Salvation Army Shelters in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Bradenton as well as Sallie House in St. Petersburg and the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater. A fundraising event at Tampa’s 717 South restaurant will kickoff festivities Fri., Dec. 13 from 5 p.m., to closing. Maddon’s Thanksmas meal will be served with Rays players and coaches serving as guests servers. For more details, or to donate, go to http://joesthanksmas.com. Freehttp://joesthanksmas.com/
Get Lucky on Friday the 13th! All locations in Tampa Bay will be doing $13 select tattoos and piercings. $13
I remember attending an Acoustic Christmas back in ’02, when it was hosted by the late Star 95.7-FM and held at Mahaffey Theater; that bill featured Lisa Loeb, Duncan Sheik, Tonic and Sixpence None the Richer. (My husband was working the radio station back then – don’t judge.) This year’s 100.7-FM edition (same venue, different Hot AC station) is headed up by alt pop-rock trio Goo Goo Dolls, best known for 1990’s hits like “Iris,” “Name,” and “Slide,” currently touring behind 10th studio album, 2013’s Magnetic. Spearhead visionary, activist and folk-reggae-pop rock fusionist Michael Franti, and bluesy singer-songwriter ZZ Ward also perform, along with The Fray and Colbie Caillat $41.50, $61.50, $141.50
With Jackmantra, Seven Years Past, The Dood, Drastic Fall, Sahe, The Hanging Chads
A four-pack of local indie bands touching on heavy instrumental post rock (set and setting), cheeky Teen Wolf-inspired punk (Wolf-Face), lo-fi beach-garage noise (Jensen Serf Company) and sludgy stoner metal (Cosm).
Hosted by Drew Garabo. Featuring Phoebe's Samba Dance Team.http://thepenthouseclubtampa.com
The second installment of the free concert series hyping up Gasparilla Music Festival features two Central Florida acts with roots-imbued sounds. Thomas Wynne & crew lay down the spirited, heartening, soulful Southern rock n’ roll anchored by the strong soaring lead vocals and masculine-feminine harmonies of Wynn (who has a very John Fogerty-style rustiness to his intones) and sister Olivia. Damion Suomi delivers a more folk strolling and stomping mix. Free
Local nonprofit music therapy organization Operation Coexist stages special concert events featuring local rising talent to raise funds and awareness for its community efforts. Among the highlights at this special acoustic holiday party are Billy McKnight, frontman of Southern rock outfit Soul Circus Cowboys, and Bars and Guitars, a trio that blends acoustic rock instrumentation with boy-girl pop hooks and hip hop rhymes.
Graduating Fine Art students from University of South Florida are pleased to present Unpronounceable Symbols, December 3rd to December 13th. This graduation exhibition represents the work of the Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the School of Art and Art History at USF. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, video, photography, performance, digital media, and installation will be represented. A reception will be held on December 13 from 6-10 PM at The Lock Box. The Lock Box is located at 633 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. FREE