It’s a Tampa staple for a reason. The Floridian (and Michelin Guide lauded) spot boasts a large dining room, but the real star is the outdoor space — where bars and tables sit directly beside a soothing spring.
Parasol, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | Some cover
The Vinoy’s recently opened poolside restaurant menu is packed with Latin cuisine and colorful cocktails. Plus, you can take in Downtown St. Pete views from the rooftop bar.
Located right off the hustle + bustle of Central Avenue, this laid-back brewery has plenty of covered space and outdoor tables to watch live music, chow down on food truck pizza and other eats, listen to live music, and of course, sip on sours and other brews.
Thanksgiving Flower Arranging Workshop | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | $70 | A floral designer leads you in using seasonal flowers, foliage, and other decorative elements to build your own arrangement.
Florida Conversations: Florida in the 1920s | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa | Free with registration | Historians Brad Massey and Rodney Kite-Powell share the happenings that catapulted Florida into the modern era in the 1920s — from bootleggers to flappers.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Comedy Nights featuring Jay Legend | Thursday, Nov. 16, Thursday, Nov. 30 | 8-9 p.m. | The Tampa EDITION, 500 Channelside Dr., Tampa | $25 | Chuckle the night away under a constellation of mirror balls at The Tampa EDITION’s Arts Club.
Friday, Nov. 17
Winter Wonder Wharf | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-10 p.m. | Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa | Free | Watch as the area transforms into into Winter Wonder Wharf with the lighting of a 35-ft tree + colorful tree forest.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Ben Rector: “The Old Friends Acoustic Tour” | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 p.m. | Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater | $38+ | The American singer/songwriter known for hits like “Brand New” and “Living My Best Life” performs for the first time at the Clearwater hall.
Picnic Land | Saturday, Nov. 18 | Flora Wylie Park, 13th Ave. NE and North Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg | $40 | Take part in the quest to break the World Record for Longest Picnic Blanket — ticket includes a blanket with space for four people.
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Attention Hillsborough + Pinellas homeowners. Southwest Florida water officials just voted to issue a water shortage due to the ongoing drought. Starting in December, residents will be limited to one day of outdoor watering per week. (Tampa Bay Times)
Big changes might be on the way to South Tampa’s Westshore Interchange’s local street connections. Officials are considering reconnecting Reo and Trask streets with overpasses instead of underpasses in an effort to make construction easier. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Mr. Worldwide (aka Pitbull), Ricky Martin, and Enrique Iglesias are coming to the Cigar City. The talented Latin performers will play Amalie Arena on their “The Trilogy Tour,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Tickets start at $56.20 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 17. (Tampa Bay Times)
Ready the cookies, Santa’s on the way to Tampa Heights. The Miracle Bar, a holiday-themed pop-up bar, is transforming Strandhill Public Tampa Heights (309 W. Palm Ave.) for the holiday season. Stop by for themed cocktails and decor from Black Friday through New Year’s Eve. (That’s So Tampa)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Chick-fil-A. The East Brandon/Valrico location (1504 E. Brandon Blvd.) is now delivering your chicken minis and sandwiches via drone. The eatery started offering free drone delivery options via DroneUp to customers within a 1.2-mile radius. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
First Night St. Pete is returning for its 30th year this New Year’s Eve. The party takes over North Straub Park from 4 to 8 p.m. with music, sing-alongs, dance performances, giant lit-up sculptures, improv theatre, and arts + crafts. (I Love the Burg)
Tampa’s Meacham Urban Farm (1108 E. Scott St.) is now offering delivery services. The farm offers a wealth of options like daikon radish, arugula, raw yogurt, purple potatoes, organic free range eggs, ribeye, chuck roast, strawberry jam, and honey. Set up an order. (That’s So Tampa)
Say goodbye to fillers and weird ingredients in your dog’s food. Get 50% off your pup’s first order of Nom Nom for fresh, recognizable ingredients they’ll love.*
Bellies beware, Sparkman Wharf at Water Street Tampa is getting a sweet + savory upgrade with the arrival of two new hot spots: “Everglazed Donuts and Chicken,” now open, and “Gorditos Tampa,” making its grand debut this week. Dive into donuts, fried chicken, empanadas, shaved ice, and munch more.*
Yeah, we know… kind of a bummer, and maybe not the news you want to start your morning with. So let’s get to the good stuff: The Carbon Reduction Program, an effort to reduce transportation emissions through local and statewide projects that are federally funded.
What is the Carbon Reduction Program?
In an effort to reduce transportation emissions across the US, the Carbon Reduction Program was created in 2021 to distribute $6.4 billion in formula funding over a five-year period.
What’s driving the news?
By Wednesday, Nov. 15, states and designated metropolitan planning organizations are tasked with unveiling their strategies to reduce emissions through the program.
They’ll also need to disclose which projects will be funded by the program — whether that be installing protected bike lanes in one city, creating a new bus rapid transit system in another, or a different project that helps reduce carbon emissions.
Our question for you while we await funding news:How would you like to see this grant used in the Tampa Bay area? Let us know using the link below.