Tampa Bay Area Weekend Events Near Me: April 8-10


From air shows to sand sculptures, we’ve got the highlights for you.

LAKELAND, Fla. – It’s been another busy weekend here in Tampa Bay.

From air shows to sand sculptures, we’ve compiled the best events for the weekend of April 8.

Gather your friends and family for the Tampa Bay Rodeo and Family Festival at Hillsborough County Fairgrounds.

The event promises to be “filled with bronco hunting, bull riding, barrel racing and cowboy action that the whole family will love.”

There will be ax throwing, camel riding, face painting, mechanical bull riding and more.

You won’t go hungry either. There are plenty of food options to please even the “smallest conflict”.

The two-day event will begin at 4 p.m. on April 8, with the rodeo starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and parking is $5. For more information, including directions and how to purchase tickets, click here.

Lakeland Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo

The Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo takes to the skies again in Lakeland.

From April 5-10, the event will celebrate aviation camaraderie at the Sun ‘n Fun Expo campus in Lakeland. And, there are even more reasons to celebrate this year.

The exhibit falls on the 75th anniversary of the US Air Force. In his honor there will be a display of the US Air Force Thunderbirds – their first appearance since 2016.

But there is more to expect. There will be daily air shows, museum talks, workshops and access to show planes.

For more information on daily events, click here. Ticket information can be found here.

RELATED: Lakeland Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo Returns

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival presented by Visit St. Pete-Clearwater is ready for visitors to ooh and aah over spectacular sand sculptures.

From April 8-24, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival will bring you 21,000 square feet of intricate sand art exhibits. The carvings are a big favorite for people living in and around Clearwater. Thousands of spectators usually flock to the event.

Although you can buy tickets to the Sugar Sand Festival, you can also buy them in advance online.

  • General admission: $12
  • Children 4 and under: free
  • Baystar VIP Lounge: $70

All on-site ticket purchases will be cashless payment options only.

The exhibition hours are as follows:

  • Sunday – Thursday — 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday — 10am-10pm

RELATED: Guide: Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Begins April 8

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