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LEGENDS FROM THE DEEP

Throughout January at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This exhibition is guaranteed to thrill & chill while also educating visitors on the amazing and mysterious wonders that lurk beneath the surface of our oceans. Legends from the Deep explores the spectacular deep dark undersea world of creatures so strange you would think they are right out of a science fiction movie. Purchase tickets at cmaquarium.org.


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OUTBACK BOWL

Jan. 1, noon at the Raymond James Stadium. This game is played every year on New Year’s day featuring teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference or ACC (if a Big Ten team goes to the Orange Bowl). The game is a culmination of a week-long schedule of events throughout the Tampa Bay area. Watch University of Arkansas v Penn State University. Visit ticketmaster.com for all ticketing options. The Outback Bowl was formerly named the Hall of Fame Bowl from Dec. 1986 - Jan. 1995.


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38 SPECIAL

Jan. 7, 8pm at the Hard Rock event center. After more than four decades, 38 Special continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. Watch guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes, bassist Barry Dunaway, drummer Gary Moffatt, and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps plus newest member, the virtuoso guitarist and vocalist Jerry Riggs. Purchase tickets in advance. seminolehardrocktampa.com


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ROMEO & JULIET

Jan. 12 - Feb. 6 at the Straz Center. It’s 1985: an unprecedented epidemic and social unrest compete for the soul of our nation (sound familiar?) as Romeo and Juliet, the offspring of sworn enemies, defy their world by choosing love over hate. As relevant today as it was in 1595, this production uses the backdrop of the 1980s to explore the polarization that dominates the contemporary culture. Strazcenter.org


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ST. PETE BEER, BACON & BBQ FEST

Jan. 15 & 16 at Vinoy Park. Features over 50 bacon & BBQ dishes from 20+ food vendors for puchase, along with local craft beers & cocktails, live music by local bands, plus games, prizes & tons of fun. VIP packages available for additional purchase. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit HOOAH Inc. HOOAH is a 100% Volunteer National Veteran Nonprofit. Founded in 2011, Helping Out Our American Heroes supports all branches of the military. stpetebeerandbacon.com


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DREAM BIG: MLK PARADE 

Jan. 16, St. Pete’s 32nd Annual Parade, MLK Dream Big Parade, will take on a new route. The parade will begin at 11am traveling along 1st Avenue South from 2nd Street South and end across the street from Tropicana Field on 16th Street South. After the parade in Tropicana Field Lots 6 & 7, the Family Fun Day will begin at 2:30pm. The community is invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mlkdreambig.com


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FLORIDA ORCHESTRA: GREAT BIG WORLD 

Jan. 16, 2pm at the Straz Center. Featuring the full orchestra, venture into landscapes through pieces such as Jennifer Higdon’s “Teton Range” and excerpts from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. The orchestra will mimic animals small and large, from bumblebees to elephants, with music by Camille Saint-Saëns and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The adventure will end in the water with excerpts from Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz and Claude Debussy’s La Mer. strazcenter.org


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AN EVENING WITH BRUCE DICKINSON

Jan. 20, 7:30pm at the Tampa Theatre. Split into two parts, the first section of the show has Bruce taking a humorous look at the world peppered with plenty of Iron Maiden anecdotes, told first-hand in his anarchic style, with photographs and sometimes even erupting into song a cappella, to illustrate a point. The final section of the evening is devoted entirely to a Q&A session, with the opportunity to pose questions on any subject whatsoever. Purchase tickets in advance. tampatheatre.org


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GASPARILLA PARADE OF PIRATES

Jan. 29, 2-6pm. The parade begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive. To celebrate their capture of the City of Tampa, the Captain and his Krewe share their wealth with glittering beads, treasures, and doubloons along the 4.5-mile parade route. Bleacher seating available for purchase. Gasparillapiratefest.com


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SUNSHINE SUNDAY

Jan. 30, 10am - 1pm at the Glazer Children’s Museum. Sunshine Sunday is a special monthly event for children with special needs and their caregivers. Explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, and community resources at your fingertips. It’s during this time that children and their families can experience the Museum and unite with others on a similar journey. Register in advance. glazermuseum.org

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