This year, the Tampa YMCA Turkey Gobble is also awarding third place winners. | Photo via @mattykruns
We’re pushin’ past the tryptophan and turkey trottin’ Thanksgiving morning away. Whether you prefer 5Ks or participating virtually, we’ve got you covered with a few TBAY trots:
Tampa Bay Turkey Trot | Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 | 5K, 7 a.m. and 1-mile, 8:30 a.m. | 5K, $30, and 1-mile, $25 | The annual race kicks off next to Clearwater High School and part of the money raised goes to college scholarships for seniors from Pinellas County high schools. Racers are also invited to a kick-off party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex — fees are higher in-person on race day.
Tampa YMCA Turkey Gobble | Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 | 5K, 7 a.m. and 1-mile, 7:15 a.m. | 5K, $45, 1-mile, $25, and Virtual, $30 | This downtown Tampa race starts and ends at Amalie Arena, so you can take in that stunning skyline while pounding pavement. The event offers a variety of race lengths and is stroller and dog-friendly — plus, the top three overall male and female runners will win $100 gift cards.
Gobbler 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run | Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 | Gobbler 5K, 7:30 + 8:30 a.m., and 1-Mile Fun Run, 8:30 + 9 a.m. | Gobbler 5K, $40 and 1-Mile Fun Run + Virtual 5K, $35 | Race through the wilderness of Jay B. Starkey Park (10050 Wilderness Park Blvd.) in New Port Richey. This race is Fido and family-friendly, and features live music and vendors — all proceeds support First Christian Academy.
And if you’re usually sweating for time on prepping the post-run feast, we’ve put together some local pre-order feasts + spots that are serving yummy Turkey Day eats.
Season Spectacular | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-9 p.m. | Water Street Tampa, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa | Free | Take in Water Street Tampa’s holiday décor, and enjoy festive food and drinks, a holiday-themed silent disco, hot chocolate bars, photos with Santa, and more.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Gratitude Hike | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg | $5 | Bathe the senses in the healing qualities of nature and focus on gratitude.
Dalí & the Impressionists: Monet, Renoir, Degas & More | Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, April 28 | Times vary | The Dalí Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg | $0-$29 | Enjoy the opening weekend of the exhibit, featuring 18 of Dalí’s early paintings and 22 French Impressionist paintings by 18 artists from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Tampa Bay Holiday Market presented by Tampa Bay Times | Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tampa Bay Times, 490 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Browse wares from local vendors, selling everything from home essentials and cosmetics to holiday décor and food.
Jake Keiser: “Daffodil Hill” | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 3-5 p.m. | Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | $0-$28 | The author, and former Tampa resident, shares from her candid and heartwarming memoir of reinvention about trading her career + heels for five acres and a herd of goats.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Brewsgiving Brunch Buffet | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Florida Avenue Brewing Co., 2029 Arrowgrass Dr., Wesley Chapel | $30-$50 | Chow down on ham, salad, sweet potato hash, pumpkin cinnamon pancakes, harvest breakfast scramble, mimosas, and beer, while jamming out to live music.
V.M. Ybor Home Tour | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 12-4 p.m. | J.C. Newman Cigar Co., 2701 N. 16th St., Tampa | $0-$20 | Tour nine unique homes in the historic neighborhood and the recently renovated J.C. Newman Cigar Factory.
Wine Feast | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 2-5 p.m. | La Sétima Club, 1724 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | $60 | Celebrate the Ybor City spot’s first birthday with wine and meal pairings.
MORE HEALTH is an award-winning organization that collaborates with local schools to teach kids how to self-manage and prioritize their health + safety. | Photos provided by MORE HEALTH
Hey, TBAY: We’re excited to introduce you to MORE HEALTH — one of our winners of the Publix Giveback Giveaway. Get to know this local nonprofit and learn about the important work they do for the community.
Education in power — especially for K-12 students learning the skills that will shape their future.
That’s why the work MORE HEALTH does to provide engaging health + safety lessons to local schools is so important.
Here’s how they’re making an impact:
🍎 How MORE HEALTH helps TBAY kids
Serving 4.4 million students over its 34 years, MORE HEALTH works to:
And the Rays stadium project has its architect. Populous will design the new $1.3 billion Tampa Bay Rays ballpark. The news comes after MEIS architects, the only other finalist, pulled out of the running. Now, the team will negotiate a contract with the firm. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Rain chances dropped across the Tampa Bay area as storms move into the South Florida area. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area received heavy rain on Wednesday and into Thursday, and forecasters are predicting that drier air will push some of this week’s moisture out of TBAY. (Tampa Bay Times)
In related rainy week news, The Good Burger Awards are now booked for Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The award show, which honors folks and businesses across the Burg, was rained out earlier this week. (I Love the Burg)
Sarasota’s Selby Gardens is expanding. Leaders just released renderings for the new 188,000-sqft downtown facilities. The additions include a garden-to-plate restaurant, a new giftshop, vertical gardens, plant research center, and a recreational trail. (That’s So Tampa)
Calling all country music and biking fans. Locash are set to perform at this year’s onBikes’ Winter Wonder Ride. The duo will perform at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets start at $55 and nostalgic neon outfits are encouraged.(Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association’s Candlelight Tour of Homes is almost here. This year’s tour is booked for 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 + takes attendees (on trolleys) through eight neighborhood gems — ranging from 100-year-old homes to new builds. Buy tickets online. (I Love the Burg)
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The airport commissioned the sculpture for $520,000. | Photo by @iamkhiemtang
Yesterday, we told you that Tampa International is expecting a record number of passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday — with an estimated 80,000 passengers per day expected to pass through during the 11-day period.
To help make your time at TPA as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from gates and parking to details on the airport’s 100 nonstop flights. Here’s a quick peek:
What to know
TSA | According to Tampa International’s website, it takes ~20 minutes to get through during off-peak hours and ~45 minutes during peak hours (6-9 a.m.).
Map it out | If you’re like us and need to completely visualize a place before you step foot inside, these maps of the entire airport will be your saving grace.
Food and drink | You can get a good taste of Tampa just from eating at the airport. The famous Columbia Restaurant has an output that offers both grab-and-go options and seated tables, so you can try the legendary Cuban sandwich for yourself.
Flight status | While we recommend staying updated via your respective airline, you can also check the airport’s dashboard for your flight status in a pinch.
Find the rest of our flock of tips, from where to eat to how much parking is, in our TPA guide.