Weekend Top 10: Comic Con, Tampa Fringe, Rose and Walsh, and Fresh Up Dance Party at MFA
There’s a virtual smorgasbord of events in Tampa Bay this weekend – something for every conceivable interest and taste. Mark your calendars and have some fun.
Tampa Fringe Festival 2022
Hillsborough Community College – Ybor YPAB building. Tampa
It’s the 6th year for this funky, eclectic mix of performing art delights, and there’s something for everyone – theater, burlesque, comedy, storytelling, opera, improv, kids shows, and more. All shows are under an hour for a total of 86 performances over the course of the festival. This is a very big entertainment bang for the buck, so don’t miss it!
July 28th – August 7th Schedule & tickets
Cosplay Weekend Immersive Adventure
Fairgrounds, St. Pete
Make your creativity and ultimate nerd-dom work for you by dressing up in your favorite costume and heading over to Tampa Bay’s coolest immersive art and technology venue, The Fairgrounds. Tickets are discounted for wearing costumes or for ticket stubs from Tampa Bay Comic Con. We can all use a little escape from reality, yes?
July 29th-31st 10am-9pm Tickets and information
Fresh Up Dance Party in Conjunction w/ Gio Swaby: Fresh Up
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete
The MFA and artist Gio Swaby invite you to join in the fun at this tropically themed party, featuring a DJ, dancing, and Bahamian influenced food and drink. The event is in celebration of the first solo museum exhibition of Bahamian born multi-disciplinary artist, Gio Swaby. Utilizing a range of textile-based techniques and applying them to portraiture, Swaby explores the intersections between Blackness and womanhood – a celebration of all the complex personalities of the sitters. Swaby says, “My work operates in the context of understanding love as liberation, a healing, and restorative force.” Join the fun in your “Going Out Clothes,” and have a wonderful evening with all your neighbors and fellow art lovers.
July 29th 7-10pm More information here
Tampa Bay Comic Con 2022
Tampa Bay Convention Center, Tampa
It’s the ultimate fan fever dream and it’s happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Dress up as your favorite sci-fi or fantasy character and head on over to the Convention Center for miles of exhibits and the chance for a photo-op with your favorite celebs, artists, panelists, comic creators and authors. Celebs include the one and only William Shatner of the original Star Trek, Gates McFaddon from ST Next Generation, Zach Roerig of Vampire Diaries, and Rebecca Mader of Once Upon a Time. And that’s just the tip of the comic iceberg.
July 29th– 31st
Tickets and information (hrs vary)
In the Heights – Spanish Lyric Theatre
HCC Ybor Studio Theatre, Tampa
The breakthrough hit Broadway smash and multi-Tony award winner for Lin-Manuel Miranda is brought to life at HCC Ybor Studio. The music of Latin culture punctuates life in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights (my own hometown), with stories told in and around the corner bodega – the center of it all. Signature Miranda lyrics and choreography make this a joyful, colorful, and beautiful show.
July 29th – August 7th Tickets and information
Rose and Walsh by Neil Simon
freeFall Theatre, St. Pete
Catch the opening night of Rose and Walsh, the final play written by the iconic Neil Simon. Though a lesser-known piece, it is as beautifully conceived a story as he has ever told – a romance told across time and existence. Set on Long Island, Rose and Walsh follows the enduring love story of two celebrated literary figures – Rose, fighting for her future, and Walsh, boldly trying secure that future for her, from the afterlife, before he must depart forever. Always writing from his life, Simon movingly captures his hopes and fears for his own final chapter and the loved ones he would leave behind.
July 29th – August 28th Wed-Sat 7pm Sun 2pm matinee
Tickets and information
Ybor City Saturday Market
Centennial Park, Ybor City
As we continue to explore weekend markets around Tampa Bay, Ybor’s Saturday Market looked like a great one to feature. It’s one of the few markets in our area opened year-round. 50+ artisans, vendors, and makers grace the park with gourmet foods, fresh-baked bread, plants and herbs, fresh produce, art, and of course, an Ybor signature, fine cigars! Don’t forget that there will be a performance of In the Heights later at HCC Ybor if you want to make a day of it in Cigar City. Say hi to the roosters.
July 30th 9am-1pm More information
Grand Opening – Zero Empty Spaces Arts Studios
Tyrone Mall, St. Pete
Here’s an innovative concept – taking mall space and turning it into a multi- studio cooperative for artists. With studio space at a premium and rents rising rapidly, it’s a cost-effective solution for the arts community that also increases occupation rates for unleased mall space. – a win/win all around. Now that this idea has been brought to fruition in our area (the company develops this model around the country), the opening reception and ribbon cutting will take place in the Dillards wing of Tyrone Mall. Tour the studios, meet the resident artists, and enjoy refreshments and light bites.
July 30th 5pm-8pm More Information
Storytime at the Dalí
Raymond James Community Room
The Dalí Museum, St. Pete
This long-established Sunday tradition takes place in the home of the second largest collection of Dalí works in the world. Storytime is a wonderful family activity for children of all ages. Surreal stories related to the permanent collection, current exhibitions, and library collections are such a fun and entertaining way to introduce art and art history to young people. Admission is free with “Ground Floor Only” RSVP, or purchase tickets for access to the upper floors and museum exhibitions.
July 31st 11am-12-pm More Information
Jannus Live St. Pete
The Babylon by Bus Summer Tour makes a stop in the ‘Burg with eight-time Grammy award winner, Stephen Marley – second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marly. Stephen has followed in his iconic father’s steps since he was seven, performing with family (including brother Ziggy), and then making his way to a successful solo career as performer and producer in the tradition of his native Jamaica. It’s just another great night of music at Jannus Live.
July 31st 7pm (gates open at 6) Tickets and information
Have fun, and stay safe out there!