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When is the 2019 Florida State Fair in Tampa FL?

Monday, February 4th, 2019
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2019 Florida State Fair Date, Time and Location Information

Twelve days of family fun are on their way to us here in Tampa, FL, as we get ready for the 2019 Florida State Fair. That’s right, everyone’s favorite state fair – no matter which state they call home – is right around the corner, and it’s bringing with it all the games, food, entertainment and excitement you could ever want – and then some. But how can you make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun? Or, more specifically, when and where is this year’s Florida State Fair? We’ve got you covered right here with everything you need to know about the 2019 Florida State Fair, including its date, time and location information. (more…)

When is the 2019 Ybor City Wine and Chocolate Fest in Tampa FL?

Monday, January 21st, 2019
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2019 Wine and Chocolate Fest Details in Tampa FL

The most romantic day of the year is right around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate here in Tampa, FL. But what about those who need some help getting ready for Valentine’s Day 2019? Or those who want to celebrate a little early? Well, Tampa has you covered there, too, thanks to the Sip and Shop Valentine’s Day event known as the Wine and Chocolate Fest. But when is the 2019 Wine and Chocolate Fest? And where exactly is it? We’re going to tell you all you need to know right here as we take a look at all the relevant details for the 2019 Wine and Chocolate Fest in Tampa, FL. (more…)

A Tampa Tradition: Everything You Need to Know About Gasparilla 2019

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
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How to Celebrate Gasparilla 2019 in Tampa FL

It’s Tampa’s oldest and most fun-loving community festival, and it’s back in a big way for 2019! We’re talking, of course, about Gasparilla, the Tampa pirate festival that makes swashbucklers out of the entire Tampa community. But when is this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Festival? And what else is going on around Tampa to celebrate Gasparilla? We’re going to cover all of that right here as we tell you the best ways to celebrate Gasparilla 2019 in Tampa, FL. (more…)

3 Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 with Family and Friends in Tampa FL

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
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Top 3 Fun New Year’s Eve 2018 Festivities in Tampa FL

The end of 2018 is almost upon us, which means everyone in and around the Tampa area is getting ready to ring in the new year is the best way possible. But with so many New Year’s Eve events taking place in and around Tampa, how do you know which is best? Well, we’re here to tell you about our top three fun New Year’s Eve 2018 festivities in Tampa, FL, to help you figure that out. Whether you’re planning on celebrating with the kids, the rest of your family, or just a group of friends, these three New Year’s Eve festivities should be perfect. (more…)

Christmas in the Wild at Zoo Tampa in Lowry Park Date and Time Details

Friday, December 14th, 2018
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Everything You Need to Know About Christmas in the Wild 2018

Once this time of the year rolls around, there’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends to head out for some holiday fun looking at Christmas decorations and holiday displays. But what if those Christmas decorations and holiday displays also included some of the best wildlife exhibits in the country? That’d be even better, right? If you agree, then you’re not going to want to miss the Christmas in the Wild festivities at Zoo Tampa in Lowry Park. And to make sure you don’t miss it, here’s everything you need to know about Christmas in the Wild 2018 in Tampa, FL. (more…)

When is the 2018 Snow on 7th Holiday Parade in Tampa FL?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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2018 Snow on 7th Holiday Parade Date, Time and Location Details

Those who dream of a white Christmas here in Tampa, FL, are often left disappointed – that is, unless those people head to Ybor City for the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade. That’s because the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade uses some good old-fashioned holiday magic to produce snow for one very special day and one very special event. So, if you’re looking to enjoy a snow-covered holiday festival, make sure you get to Ybor City for the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade. But when is the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade? And where exactly in Ybor City is it? Well, we’re going to cover all of that right here as we check out the date, time and location details for the 2018 Snow on 7th Holiday Parade. (more…)

How Can I Get in the Holiday Spirit in Tampa FL?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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Festive Events in Tampa FL During the Holiday 2018 Season

November will quickly be turning into December, which means it’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit. Now, for some people, getting into the holiday spirit is an easy thing to accomplish since they’ve been waiting for it all year. But others need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, which is why we made this guide covering three of the most festive events in Tampa, FL, during the holiday 2018 season. Whether you go to these events or others – there’s no shortage of them out there – we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season. (more…)

Where Can I Go Out to Eat on Thanksgiving 2018 in Tampa FL?

Friday, November 9th, 2018
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2018 in Tampa FL

Thanksgiving 2018 is almost upon us, and reading that will surely give a lot of people anxiety. While it’s true that there’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends for a big Thanksgiving meal, preparing and cooking that meal can be an undertaking that many just aren’t ready for. If that’s the case, there’s nothing wrong with letting someone else do the work by heading out to a local restaurant for your big Thanksgiving meal. With that in mind, here’s a list of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Tampa, FL. (more…)

Put the Giving Back in Thanksgiving by Helping These Tampa-Area Food Pantries

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
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2 Tampa FL Food Pantries that Can Use Your Help

With November comes the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and all of the December holidays aren’t too far behind. That means many different things for many different people, be we hope one thing it means for everyone is an increase in giving. There are many ways to help the unfortunate during the holiday season – and the rest of the year, too – but one of the easiest ways to help those in need is to donate food to a local food pantry. We have many food pantries throughout Tampa, FL, that need help, but we’re here to highlight two specific Tampa, FL, food pantries that can use your help this year – and every year. So, the next time you’re out grocery shopping, please keep these two food pantries – and the countless hungry people in our community – in mind. (more…)

Where are the Best Places to Have Fun During the Fall in Tampa FL?

Friday, October 26th, 2018
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Fall 2018 Events and Festivals In and Around Tampa FL

We’ve spent a lot of time here on our Brandon Ford Blog this month talking about the best ways to get ready for and get the most out of Halloween 2018. But fall 2018 in Tampa, FL, is far more than just Halloween festivities and trick or treating events. In fact, fall in Tampa is packed to the brim with fun family activities and weekend adventures. With that in mind, let’s check out three of the best fall 2018 events and festivals in and around Tampa, FL. (more…)