The Best Of Tampa Bay This Weekend: Cinco De Mayo, Kentucky Derby, Funshine Music Fest

May 3, 2013 3:24 PM

Party animals at Shepard’s in Clearwater. (Photo credit: Barbara Ann Kelley)

Looking for a good time around the bay area May 3-5?  Here are the best events for this Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Weekend.


Funshine Music Fest

Live Nation Amphitheatre & Florida State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 N. | Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 740-2446 |

The Funshine Music Festival is the biggest outdoor concert event to rock the Tampa Bay music scene in some time. Over 30 bands and some of the greatest musicians of our time will be performing on six different stages in a carnival atmosphere.  $25 gives you unlimited rides and musical fun.  Friday, May 3rd: Train, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Good Old War, American Idols Phillip Phillips.and others. Saturday, May 4th: REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent, New Found Glory, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, Wee The Kings and many others, including an AC/DC tribute band. Sunday, May 5th: Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, The Wallflowers, Josh Thompson, The Lone Bellow and many others, including Rolling Stones and Beatles tribute bands.


Pink Out Night with the Tampa Yankees: FIREWORKS & Zoo Passes

Tampa Yankee vs. Clearwater Threshers
Steinbrenner Field
1 Steinbrenner Dr. | Tampa, Florida 33614  

The Tampa Yankees will be wearing custom themed pink jerseys which fans can purchase through silent auction during the game. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center and Institute. Auction winners will have the opportunity after the game to get their jersey autographed by the player who wore it. Ticket prices start at $4 for General Admission and $6 for Reserved Seating. Family 4-packs are also available for Saturday’s game for $38 and include two passes to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.


First Friday St. Pete

This huge street party takes place on Central Avenue in the Heart of downtown St. Petersburg. Start your weekend off right by sipping a brew or glass of wine while enjoying the rocking tunes of  a rock band Tempest.  In addition to the live music, there will be food and plenty of shopping.


Shepards Beach Resort Cinco De May Beach Party

601 S Gulfview Blvd. | Clearwater 33767
727-441-6875  |

This trendy resort with outdoor bars, concert stage and private beach is getting wild, wet and Loco (Spanish for crazy) on Cinco de Mayo. There will be $1 drinks and $5 Grey Goose & Bacardi on the Tiki Deck from 1-6pm and $5 Patron and Bomb shots all day! Appearing: Manufactures Superstars,  SOLIDISCO AND DJ D STAR!

Derby Day At Tampa Bay Downs

11225 Race Track Rd. | Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 855-4401 |

Ladies get your Derby hat ready! Saturday is The Kentucky Derby! Tampa Bay Downs will simulcast the 138th Running of The Kentucky Derby. Louisville has the race.  The Florida Derby winner is one of the favorites plus it’s the day before Cinco De Mayo! On Derby Day, the gates will open at 10 a.m. and post time for the first live race will be noon and they will simulcast the full Churchill Downs race card!



600 N Ashley Dr. | Tampa, FL
(813) 363-3522 | Tickets:  

A Benefit for Sgt. Michael Nicholson Presented by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation. Concert proceeds will help build a customized “Smart Home” in Tampa for hero Sgt. Nicholson.  Gates open 6pm, show at 7pm.  All seating is open air – no cover.   Concessions (including alcohol) will be available for purchase.


Hard Rock Cafe Cinco De May Party

5223 North Orient Rd. | Tampa, FL 33610
813-627-ROCK (7625) |

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be party central for all things south of the border in elebration of Cinco de Mayo. $5 blackjack all day and food and beverage specials in all bars and restaurants. From 4 p.m. to  midnight, there’ll be crunchy tacos and cheese quesadillas for only $5 and chips and salsa
for $3. Wash it all down with a cold margarita or Corona Light for only $2.50 from 4 p.m. until 4am. Party band, The Current, will fiesta free on stage from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., and DJ Chris Craze will keep the party going until 4 a.m.

For More Cinco De Mayo Parties: Best 2013 Cinco De Mayo Parties Around Tampa Bay


Gators Cafe & Saloon Cinco De Mayo

12754 Kingfish| Drive, Treasure Island 33706
(727) 367-8951 |

Gators near Johns Pass is the largest waterfront boat bar in the world. So it’s only right they would have one of the largest Cinco De Mayo parties in Tampa Bay.  $3.50 Dos Equis beer live band Jahpari starts at 5pm.  Call 727-367-8951 for docking and 727-367-3835 for the Marina.


Free Miniature Train Rides

Largo Central Railroad
225 Central Park Dr | Clearwater, 33755
(727) 585-9835 |

All aboard everyone! Big kids and little kids of all ages will giggle with delight when they climb on board Largo Central Railroad’s miniature trains. The first weekend of every month they open up and offer free public run days. Everyone is welcome. Over a mile and a half of tracks run through Largo Central Park. They operate from 10am to 4pm. Bring a picnic or buy lunch from one of the vendors. Children must be at least one year to ride the trains.

Related: Best Cheap & Free Things To Do With Kids Around Tampa Bay