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Lines are 10 hours long for the new Harry Potter Hagrid ride at Universal!

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At 8:30 a.m., the line to get into Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was eight hours. By midday, the wait for the new Harry Potter ride was 10 hours and growing, according to Universal’s official Twitter. Twitter users reported the park began handing out water, letting people save their space[…]

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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: SoHo Juice Co. at Armature Works, Oldsmar’s Local Draught House

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Das Brauhaus and Cafe in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg favorite Ray’s Vegan Soul have also closed. NOW OPEN Pal Campo Restaurant Not long after the arrival of WEPA! Cocina de Puerto Rico in St. Petersburg, a modern-meets-traditional Puerto Rican spot has expanded to the Big Guava. Promising a taste[…]

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Homegrown millennials returning to Tampa Bay. Here’s why.

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For years, many young professionals left Tampa, never to return. TAMPA: Allie Kessler had a decision to make. She was working in Washington, D.C., enjoying her job in commercial real estate. Her fiancé was about to graduate from business school in Chapel Hill, N.C. Where were they going to put[…]

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What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Dining Out For Life, Keel and Curley blueberry festival, Los Vinos de Dalí Better get started.

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FORK YEAH: Dining Out for Life Support the work of Empath Partners in Care with your appetite Thursday during Dining Out for Life. This year, 40-plus Tampa Bay restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner will participate in the worldwide benefit, which donates at least 25 percent of every bill to vital services[…]

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 1-7

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Tampa: Vintage warbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels fly into Lakeland, comic Mike Epps and rock icon John Waite perform this week. Mike Epps: The enormously popular comic headlines two shows at USF’s Yuengling Center at 8 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. $52. yuenglingcenter.com. Sun ‘n Fun Fly In: The lauded air show runs[…]

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 25-31

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The Tampa Pride Parade celebrates its fifth year and the Cuban Sandwich celebrates Tampa’s signature lunch. Tampa Pride: The street festival led by four grand marshals returns on Saturday. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay (11 a.m.), community tribute (12:30 p.m.), diversity parade on Seventh Avenue (1 p.m.) and performers[…]

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Dairy Queen to give away ice-cream for first day of spring

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Customers can get a free small vanilla soft-serve cone all day Wednesday. The first day of spring can lack excitement for Floridians compared to the rest of the country. Tampa Bay is expected to reach temperatures in the mid-70’s today. The high for the region on Jan. 1, meanwhile, was 82. Despite[…]

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‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Aladdin’ and four revivals lead Straz Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway lineup

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The performing arts center is coming off its most successful Broadway season yet, thanks to ‘Hamilton.’ How do you follow a hit like Hamilton? Amid the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ most successful Broadway season ever, it has announced its 2019-2020 slate of shows, a lineup that[…]

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Top things to do this weekend March 15-17: Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, Slime Rodeo, ‘Deep Impact’ screening

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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival opens, Slime Rodeo oozes into Tampa Convention Center, scientists rate “Deep Impact.” THEME PARK: Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival returns for its fifth year running on weekends this Saturday through April 28. Instead of losing your lunch[…]

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 4-10

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The best events happening this week in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and beyond. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The streets of downtown St. Petersburg turn into a racetrack Friday-Sunday when the opening race returns along the waterfront’s 1.8 mile course. Other activities include the Speed Zone, IndyCar Series Fan Village,[…]

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Top things to do this weekend, Feb. 22-24: Sea-Blues, Oscars at Tampa Theatre

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The Clearwater Sea-Blues festival brings an eclectic lineup, celebrity chef Art Smith, Oscar parties and body art. FESTIVAL: Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Get ready for an eclectic mix of music at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, one of the best weekends of free music Tampa Bay has to offer. Saturday and Sunday will bring a[…]

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