It’s one of the best times of the year for Tampa with a 3-day weekend in order for most. Memorial Day weekend is a great time to spend with your family, to take the time to honor those that have served for our country, and to take a break from work to enjoy life and the changing weather. In Tampa, it’s common to have family gatherings throwing the football around and enjoy a backyard barbecue.
For some, this tradition gets old and repetitive which means it’s time to do something new this year. The city plans a bunch of great events for families to enjoy and having a longer weekend away from work is the perfect time to try them. From taking the family to a music festival to trying something new like a local ghost tour, here is a look at some of the unique ways you can spend Memorial Day Weekend in Tampa this year.
Enjoy the music
This year make Memorial Day all about enjoying music. There are going to be multiple music festivals taking place over the long weekend and you won’t want to miss out. Check out the Sunset Music Festival taking place on May 28th over at the Raymond James Stadium.
You’ll dance the day away from the 28th until the 29th enjoying an excellent lineup. Over in the Westshore District, this exciting Tampa festival will include 45 Dj’s and producers along with electronic music’s top names like Jack U, Galantis, Hardwell, and the Chainsmokers.
If you’re looking for something a bit more focused on a good time with drinks and music, check out the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2016. You can find this going on at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park all day on the 28th. The festival is celebrating all things margarita with over 40 different samples of the favorite tequila concoction. You’ll get to enjoy some live music as well.
Do something really unique and attend “Rock the Yacht” this year. This party on the water will take place at the Channelside neighborhood where you’ll hop aboard the Yacht Starship to enjoy musical theme nights. There will be cruises like Island Fever, Latin Salsa, Motown, and more. This is a great way to enjoy your weekend while dancing and drinking the night away.
Relax with a drink
Speaking of drinking the night away, there is going to be a lot of opportunities to drink over Memorial Day weekend at safe and fun events. Try The Brew Bus in Tampa Bay where you’ll shuttle to St. Pete Beach for a safe way to enjoy the St. Pete Beach bars. You’ll get to avoid driving and enjoy craft beers right on the bus.
If you want to go to Ybor City this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll love the FB Maple Bacon Porter & DFH 120 Tapping at the Brass Tap. They will be tapping at noon on the 30th and they are giving a discount to the military and veterans for the holiday.
Enjoy something unusual
While great drinks, great music, and spending time by the water are an obvious choice for the weekend, there are some unique events going on that you may not have thought of. You can take a Tour of the Casita at Ybor City Museum State Park for under $5. You’ll get to tour this historical building and enjoy some of the local culture.
If you want to enjoy a nice dinner over the holiday, check out the Jazz Monday Dinner over at Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery. There will be special live music performances over in Bradenton’s Brandon neighborhood. You could also try your hand at solving a mystery over at the Murder Mystery Company in Tampa. They will be featuring a live performance at Tampa’s Spaghetti Warehouse where you’ll enjoy a three course meal, some laughs, and a mystery to solve.
End the weekend enjoying a Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Tampa Ballet Theatre or a Ghost Tour in downtown Bradenton. It will be a Memorial Day weekend to remember for Tampa.