We;ve got more pots and pans than you can throw a spatula at, grazing in the grass, a wonderful twilight moment, cocktails and finger sandwiches to honor a fine cause, and tons of boats on the river accompanied by tons of good food, and dancers...boy do we have dancers...the ballet kind, silly, and then more high flying people and wild animals, so let's get moving.
FLORIDA'S LARGEST HOME SHOW Friday, Jan. 4 11 a.m.
In this one place you can browse 900 exhibits and figure out just what it is you can use to remodel, landscape and just have fun in your home inside and out. This is a great place for gadget lovers. Experts and demonstrators. will be on hand to demonstrate all that is new and amazing in the home business. Admission is $8 $7 seniors Free for kids
Tampa Convention Center 333 S. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 813-677-6925 Bighomeshow
LUNCH ON THE LAWN Friday, Jan 4 11 a.m.
They're here and they're staying. Those wonderful two restauarants and the smoothie and popcorn people who supply lunches and fine live music every Friday at lunch. People watching is free, food is not free.
Lykes Gaslight Square 410 N. Franklin St. Tampa 33602
GIVE/LOVE/SHARE Friday, Jan 4 6 p.m.
The last time they tried to throw fiery things into the Hillsborough River it didn't quite work, let's hope this one does. Lanterns will be launched onto the river in honor of the many children in this area who are fighting illnesses. Free
Curtis Hixon Park 600 N. Ashley Drive Tampa 33602
COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE Friday, Jan. 4 5 p.m.
Browse through the delightful galleries and chow down on appetizers and drink fine cocktails and know the money you donate will be for a good cause, The Florida Holocaust Museum. Free and donations would be nice.
Tampa Museum of Art 120 Gasparilla Plaza Tampa 33602 813-274-8130 tampamuseum
ROOSEVELT ROWING REGATTA Saturday, Jan 5 10 a.m.
Whether you're rowing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, motoring or on one of those Dragon Boats, come one all and parade up and down the Hillsborough River whilst all over the park people are chowing down on shrimp and stone crab and other nifty seafood. Yum. Free. (except for the food) Also a VIP section $35 - $100
Curtis Hixon Park 600 N. Ashley Drive Tampa 33602 813-251-0500 rooseveltrowingregatta
BALLET'S GREATEST HITS Saturday, Jan 5 8 p.m.
Whoa. For ballet fans, this is the bomb. Three-hundred young dancers from the New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Joffrey Ballet, and many other world class dance companies are in town for the Youth America Grand Prix, a national and international competition which will end in April in New York. In the meantime you get to watch solos and duets from some of the most famous ballets performed by these young and fleet-footed masters of the dance Admission is $18.50
Straz Center/Performing Arts 1010 N. MacInnes Place Tampa 33602 813-229-7827 strazcenter.
RINGLING BROS. BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS. Sunday, Jan 6 1 p.m.
Last call for the circus. Today is the last performance of their stay here, and it has been a smashing success and if you haven't already made it out, give it your best shot, it's truly 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' Admission is $16 - $85
Tampa Bay Times Forum 401 Channelside Drive Tampa 33602 ringling