This weekend marks the beginning of the London Olympics and the last weekend of July, but there is still plenty of fun left to discover this summer. Special events from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Hooter’s, food and music festivals, and entertainment at the beach, there is something for everyone and every budget to enjoy this weekend around the Tampa Bay area.
The weekend kicks off early this week with the first ever Hooter’s World Wing-Eating Championship on Thursday evening. After qualifying rounds that took place around the country, 10 of the world’s best competitive food eaters will compete to be crowned champion right here in Clearwater. These participants are expected to devour more than 200 wings in less than 10 minutes. Live music from the Black Honkeys will begin in the parking lot of the Original Hooters (2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd) in Clearwater at 6:00pm. Admission is free, however surely you will be tempted to purchase some Hooter’s wings while you’re there. The championship kicks off a weekend long event, with National Chicken Wing Day on Saturday and a Hooter’s nationwide offer of “buy 10 wings, get 10 free” on Sunday for dine-in guests.
Friday launches the opening up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp to the public. Watch your favorite Bucs players practice while enjoying autographs, free parking, concessions to stay cool, merchandise, and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear. This event is completely free and fit for the entire family. Training Camp opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday around 8:45 am at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa.
The end of the month marks an exciting monthly event in the heart of St. Petersburg, Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival. Enjoy ten or more of the best food truck vendors in the Tampa Bay area, along with new BBQ vendors. One can also enjoy the wide selection of music and local merchants that will be flooding 155 Corey Avenue on St. Pete Beach. Admission is free, but prices for food and products vary by vendor. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm and stay open late.
There aren’t many things that are better than listening to great music while benefiting a great cause in Tampa Bay! Stop by the Concert for a Cause on Friday to support Feeding America Tampa Bay. The event begins on at 7:00 pm on Friday at Fishhawk Ranch Park Square Lawn on Churchview Drive in Lithia. Music from Sarasota band Anchor Atlantic will provide the free entertainment, however it is encouraged to bring a few non-perishable food items to donate.
After spending a day in the sun, enjoy some relaxing downtime at the Sunset Cinema at Pier 60. Being that admission is free, blankets or long chairs are all you’ll need to watch Tron Legacy on Friday night or Thor on Saturday night on the soft white sands of Clearwater Beach. The movies begin playing at dusk on each day, which usually is around 8:15 pm. Weekend nights at Clearwater Beach are always filled with local vendors and musical acts to enjoy before, after, and during the movie as well.