This is the best time of year.  The weather’s beautiful. Spring Training is in full swing and the Strawberry Festival will thrill you and stuff you. There’s a ton of great concerts too: from hip hop to Reba –  to an American Idol pet owner concert in the park –  this weekends got it all! We have gathered a list of the best events in Tampa Bay for the weekend of March 9-11.

Don’t forget, daylight saving begins Sunday March 11 at 2:00 a.m.  Set your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday night or you will be late Sunday and Monday.

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Battle of Tampa Bay Muay Thai Kickboxing 
Saturday: Doors open at 6PM. Fights start at 7PM

The best amateur kickboxing fighters in Tampa square off for one night of fighting. Admission is $30.

Pow Wow Festival & Parade

The Pow Wow Festival and Parade is Seminole’s oldest, largest and most fun event. This year’s event promises to be better than ever. Join your friends and neighbors March 9-11, 2012 at the Seminole Recreation Center. There is a mid-way with rides, games, a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Saturday night FIREWORKS, even a Truck Pull Competition on Sunday. From the carnival and parade to the community events, there is fun to be had for all ages! Tickets: $5.00 (Ages 11 & up), $3.00 (Ages 5-10), Free (Ages 4 & under)

Weekend hours:10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Florida resident – Adults 10 and up: $49.99 and Child 3-9: $45.99
Florida visitor –  Adults 10 and up: $39.99 and Child 3-9: $35.99

Warm weather is here and means it’s time to get wet! Busch Garden’s Adventure Island Waterpark opens Saturday, March 10. At Adventure Island you can splash in the wave pool, amble down the Rambling Bayou, race down speed slides like Everglades and Riptide or just kick back on the beach amidst a tropical Key West setting.

Gasparilla Music Festival
Downtown Tampa

The Inaugural Gasparilla Music Festival launches Saturday March 10 in downtown Tampa with 20 amazing bands on 3 stages and incredible food from a dozen of the bay area’s finest restaurants and food trucks. There will also be a special children’s event. For list of the bands and to sample their music click here. General admission tickets can be purchased for $20 at the gate. The box office opens at 10:00 a.m. and concert gates at 11:00 a.m.

CBS Radio’s Pet-A-Palooza

This Pinellas Sunday event is a day in the park for you and your furry (leases required) or feathered best friend. There’s event a live music all day, plus a concert by American Idol James Durbin from the 10th season of AI. There will informative booths with cool products for you and your pets. The will be a doggie slash down, a pet costume contest with concert tickets as the prize, animal based charities, a Adopt-A-Thon Alley, dog training demonstrations and much more.

Radio Stations Wild, WQYK,Q105, Play 98.7 and Maxima will be there as well. Tickets are only $5 each, with kids 12 and under getting in free! A portion of the proceeds go to Animal Based Charities. Click here to get tickets at Ticketmaster. Entry tickets will also be available at the gate. Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM on Sunday.

Hours:  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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The Strawberry Festival in Plant City is one of the best festivals in America and for many in Tampa Bay their favorite time of year. Friday through Sunday are the last 3 days. General admission at the gate: Adults 13 and up $10. Children 6-13. Children 5 and under free.

Friday, March 9th
The Tampa Tribune Day on the Midway saves you $2.00 off the regular price of $20.00 for the Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book from 10 am until 10 pm.

Moonlight Magic – Ride most mechanical rides for one special price of $20.00 per person. All patrons entering the Midway for this event will be required to purchase a $20.00 wristband. Hours are 11 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.

Headline concerts: Cornell Gunter’s Coasters/Bobby Hendrick’s Drifters and The Platters at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 & $20. TobyMac at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 & $25.

Saturday, March 10th
Free admission for all farm workers.
9:30 a.m. the 2012 Baby Parade.

Headline concerts: All Star Weekend at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 & $15. Rodney Atkins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 & $25.

Sunday, March 11th
Last day of festival it’s “Dew” Day AND a weekend MIDWAY wristband special – Ride all day, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., for only $25. But that’s not all — bring your Mountain Dew can to the Festival and receive a voucher when you enter the Festival for $5 off the $25 MIDWAY wristband and ride all day for only $20!! Mountain Dew can, NOT valid for gate admission, AND only ONE can per person.

Headline Concerts:  Easton Corbin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 & $20. Reba at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Spring Training action picks up again this weekend. The Rays play Boston Saturday night. It’s a sold out game. The Pillies play split sqaud on Sunday so they are on the road at the Yankee’s in Tampa and they also play the Tigers at home on Brighthouse Field in Clearwater. Spring Training is a a great way to enjoy the outdoors in Tampa Bay. Remember the Sun Block!

Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays
Tickets: $15.00 – $19.00 – $21.00

Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia Phillies at NY Yankees
Tickets: $20 – $40

Great sports bar near Yankee Stadium:

The Press Box Sports Emporium & Eatery is one of the oldest and most famous sports bars in Tampa. Open from 11 AM – 3 AM M-Sunday

Best Place for a Philly Cheese Steak

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As close to philly as you can get from Florida. Greasy enough, meaty enough, and cheesy enough.  Unfortunately,  they also use American Cheese as their standard. The Amoroso Bread definitely what makes this sandwich special. The bread alone will be the reason you return again and again. FYI..Delco’s only takes cash!