Style Events, News & Gossip From Around the City

Tampa, you never fail to keep us entertained. After getting off to the start of a great new year in January, February brought its own bundle of love and fun things to do in the city — in case you missed it.

More than 80 million people have had the pleasure of immersing themselves in one of the world’s most powerful, beloved broadway stories of all time, Disney’s The Lion King. And from from Jan. 20 to Feb. 14, people in Tampa and visitors from surrounding cities added to the 80 million fans to see a musical with astounding vocals and impressive acting that literally brought the show to life. This 2 hour 30 minute show (including intermission) took place at the Straz Center and left guests with a beautifully vivid memory thanks to the sights and sounds this show put forth. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show worth adding to your bucket list.

Commonly known for his leading role in Star Trek as James T. Kirk, the confident, strong-willed captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, actor William Shatner took the stage at the Mahaffey theater in St. Petersburg on February 3rd. “Shatner’s World, The One Man Show,” took viewers on a journey through his life and career from when he just started out as a young actor to becoming an internationally-known icon and personality. In his show, Shatner voyaged through his past ups and his downs, adding touches of humor along the way.

As we all know (thanks to stores now advertising for Valentine’s day back in December), February was the month of love. And for couples who wanted to celebrate their out-of-this-world love for one another in a unique way this year, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa held a Valentine’s event called “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” This lovely event took place at the Saunders Planetarium on Feb. 13 and 14, where couples had a light dinner as they watched the transforming night sky shown from unique places around the world. Couple who attended also listened to sweet romantic stories as well, making this special date one to remember.

For something else fun and exciting, the UniverSoul Circus paid Tampa a visit Feb. 17-21 at the Raymond James Stadium. Performers from across the globe make up this lively cast of people, throwing one heck of a thrilling show for the young and old to enjoy. From brilliant dances to edge-of-your-seat stunts, bright colors and energetic acrobatics, the UniverSoul Circus lived up to its name… the soul and energy level reached the top!

As the short month of February began to dwindle, Floridians and visitors alike were welcome to check out one of Clearwater’s signature events, the Sea-Blues festival. Just about a 35-minute drive from Tampa, this festival is visited by thousands each year, last year being record-breaking. The festival took place Feb. 20-21 at Coachman Park from noon to 10:30 p.m. General admission was free, and twelve artists were lined up to play their hearts out. It’s impossible to be blue at the Sea-Blues festival! This annual festival offered guests catchy tunes, delicious seafood, and a great time.

February was a good month to be in the Tampa area, and March is only going to be better! There’s always something going on. The music scene is always in tune, the shows never fail to please, and these events are guaranteed to leave you with lasting memories and a desire for more fun things to do — in case you missed it.

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