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January 26, 2018

The Straz Center

On January 27, 2018 from 8:30 to 10 p.m Miranda Sings, whose Youtube Channel has over 8 million subscribers and more than 1 billion view, will perform at the Straz Center in Downtown. She has had appearances on The Ellen Show, and The Tonight Show.

Concert at Curtis Hixon

On January 26, 2018, at 8 p.m. Fitz and The Tantrums will perform at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. There is no need to buy tickets, they are free because this event is part of the 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Weekend.

A band called Moon Taxi opened for Fitz and the Tantrums on Friday night. Photo Credit: Callie Mellon/ Achona Online

Manatee Viewing Center

Go on a short drive to the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. Hundreds of manatees gather in the warm water that surrounds the power plant every year. The center is open at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m from Nov. 1 through April 15, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Dorothy Pickard (‘20) says, “I love to see manatees because they are so calm, and chubby. When I am out on the water I always try to look out for them because they are fun to see, but also to make sure a boat has not hit one.”

NHL All-Star Pregame Fan Festival

From Friday Jan. 26, 2018 through Jan 28., 2018 the NHL All-Star Pregame festival gave fans a chance to enjoy music, games and meet some of the players. The event is  located at 401 Channelside Drive.

Joely Barkett (‘20) says, “I have gone to over a hundred games since I have been a hockey fan and, this was my favorite game because it was cool to see all of the best players in the league all together on four teams.”
Photo Credit: Joely Barkett/ Used with Permission

Tampa Theatre

The newly restored Tampa Theatre is currently showing movies from the 80s on Friday nights and Sunday Afternoons. The Theatre, built in 1926, is located at 711 N. Tampa Street. Tickets are $10, and $7 for members.

Danielle Duarte (‘20) says,“I have been to the Tampa Theatre and I like it because it isn’t like a regular theatre, and they play classic movies that I love.”

Ruskin Family Drive In

Since its first movie “Singing in the Rain” was played 50 years ago, this drive in has been a popular spot for families. The Drive in is located at 5011 US-41. Tickets are $6, and $1 for children  5-8 years old.

Jackie Beltram (‘18) says, “I have always wanted to go to a drive in because they are old-fashioned and look like such a fun place to go to hang out with friends.”

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