New normal: 8 things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As more and more Floridians receive the coronavirus vaccine, life is returning to “normal” and events are beginning to return.

Ahead of Easter Sunday and the brunch event it brings, 8 is On Your Side with eight events across the area for you and your family to enjoy if you’re comfortable venturing back out.

These events are presented in no particular order. If you know of anything going on throughout the area in the future, send an email to

1. Giraffe Bar now open at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens has opened a new venue featuring food and beverages with a view of its Serengeti Plain. The bar’s menu consists of wines and spirits that support wildlife conservation efforts around the world, including a “Save the Oceans” Sauvignon Blanc wine from California. Food items on the menu include bourbon-glazed sticky wings, brisket mac and cheese and brisket-loaded French fries, as well as vegetarian options of loaded hummus and Bavarian soft pretzels with beer cheese. Busch Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

2. Clearwater Marine Aquarium debuting new whale exhibit in new facility
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has opened a 20,000 square-foot exhibit named “Whales: Living with Giants.” The immersive experience will take place in the newly expanded visitor center that opened in October 2020. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through a life-size whale gallery, an interactive kid’s zone, and an underwater virtual reality experience. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

3. Polk County Visitor Center free Easter egg hunt
The Polk county visitor center will be holding an Easter egg hunt with kid-friendly activities from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Kids will be separated into three age groups for each of the four sessions. Egg hunts will begin at the top of every hour. Prizes include changes to win Legoland and Bok Tower Gardens tickets. Those seeking more information can call 863-420-2586.

4. Raprager Family Farms Easter egg hunt
Two age groups will hunt for Easter eggs over two days and will be able to get pictures with the Easter Bunny himself, as well as other animals. Giant bounce pillows, a hay chute slide, gem mining, live music and more will also be available, in addition to brunch.

5. Ybor Saturday Market
According to the market’s Facebook page, “tasty treats, unique handmade items and all of the things we’ve all been missing out on” will be offered at the market, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The market is also pet friendly!

6. St. Pete Saturday Morning Market
Another morning market has returned and will take place on 1st Avenue Southeast from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  1. Puptown Girls Rescue at Two Shepherds Taproom
    PupTown Girls Pet Rescue will be hosting an event at the recently opened Two Shepherds Taproom in Tampa as a benefit. According to the organization, the event will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature raffles of events for both you and your pup!
  2. Underwater Egg Hunt at the St. Petersburg Aquatic Center
    The St. Pete Community Center is putting on this unique event from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Registration is $5 and required in advance and the event page advertises a “sidewalk contest” that be registered for the day of.

    Do you have a fun or unique event coming up soon? Let us know! You can email our team at or 8 On Your Side’s Daisy Ruth at

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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