March Paint - Spring Boots
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Pioneer Florida Museum and Village
Come Celebrate Spring with this fun and fanciful painting!
All classes include water, snacks, supplies and instruction..
SUNCOAST BBQ & BLUEGRASS BASH
If you want mouth-watering chicken, ribs, chili, pork and beef brisket, along with outstanding toe-tapping live bluegrass music, this one will satisfy on all counts. Much more, too: a kids park, chili cook-off, barbecue cook-off, a cornhole tournament and a sporting clays shooting tournament.
When: March 29-30
Where: Venice Airport Festival Grounds, Venice
WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Experience the magic of watching 1,000 softly lit lanterns floating and reflecting off water. Entry includes a floating water lantern, a keychain LED flashlight and a marker to design your lantern or write a special message. Sit back and enjoy live bands, or visit the food trucks serving snacks, treats and gourmet dishes.
When: March 16
Where: Orlando Watersports Complex, Orlando
BLOOM N CHALK FEST
Local, national and international artists create stunning sidewalk art in the form of portraits, black and white vintage, landscapes, abstract and other beautiful works from humble bits of chalk. The event is free and family-friendly, set in the adorable town of Safety Harbor, where guests can stroll the streets, pop into cafes and restaurants and relax in the park in between gazing at the chalk masterpieces.
When: March 16-17
Where: Main Street, Safety Harbor
GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Musicians and their fans come from all over to mingle with local bands at one of Florida’s best multi-genre music festivals of the year, spread among several venues and stages in downtown Tampa. Among this artists headlining this year: The Avett Brothers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Gary Clark Jr., The Pharcyde and J’Nelle.
When: March 9-10
Where: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, downtown Tampa
SEWING & QUILT EXPO
Those who know their way around a needle and thread – or least want to – will love this expo of quilt displays, classes, workshops, vendors selling new sewing and crafting products and a trunk show. Check out the chic fashion show for inspiration and meeting some of the trendsetters – quilting “influencers,” if you will – that keep this traditional hobby fun and fresh.
When: March 14-16
Where: RP Funding Center, Lakeland
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FAIR
Smack dab in the middle of the state, the Okeechobee State Fair rolls out a multi-day wonderland of livestock competitions, sideshow and daredevil acts, spinning carnival rides, an exotic animal petting zoo and a crowd-pleasing demolition derby. Take home some baked goods or hand-painted crafts as a souvenir.
When: March 12-17
Where: Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center and Fairgrounds, Okeechobee
DAYTONA BIKE WEEK
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,” this 10-day event filled with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and much more. The event was established more than seven decades ago and has grown into a crowd of over 500,000 motorcyclists who make it an annual pilgrimage.
When: March 8-17
Where: Daytona Beach area
Chasco Fiesta Parade
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM
Main Street New Port Richey
Second largest parade in our area (behind Gasparilla). Welcome back Rounders to the Chasco Fiesta Parade in New Port Richey.
Founded in 1922, two years before New Port Richey was incorporated, the Chasco Fiesta (chascofiesta.com) is a cultural festival and fundraising event that benefits local charities while celebrating the area's rich Native American heritage. The festival takes place in spring, usually over two successive weekends in late March. Highlights include a decorated boat parade on the Pithlachascotee River, an authentic tribal pow wow and amusement park thrill rides on a carnival midway. Competitive sporting events, including bowling, golf and softball, are also a part of the festivities.
Richey Suncoast Theatre
For a bit of arts and culture while in town, head to the Richey Suncoast Theatre (richeysuncoasttheatre.com). This historic structure opened as a movie house in 1926 and was originally known as the Meighan Theatre, named after Thomas Meighan, a silent film star of the era who built a winter home in New Port Richey. In the modern age, the theater is home to a community theater group that stages productions on weekend nights, as well as Sunday matinee performances, and also hosts occasional music concerts.
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
Even though it's part of the heavily populated Tampa-St. Pete metro area, New Port Richey still retains a surprising amount of undisturbed nature worthy of exploration. The 8,300-acre Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park (portal.pascocountyfl.net) is a protected watershed and park area where visitors can hike, bike, go bird watching on an Audubon Society-designated trail and camp overnight. Trek through a variety of forested and wetland coastal habitats on 13 miles of hiking trails or on 6.5 miles of paved trails open to bikers and roller bladers that connects to the Suncoast Parkway Bike Trail.
Green Key Beach
The New Port Richey area doesn't have long stretches of beach or wave action like the panhandle section of the state, so don't expect to find a Jimmy Buffett-esque beach combing experience. You can still find a small, uncrowded patch of sand on the Gulf at Green Key Beach. Green Key Beach is part of Robert K. Rees Memorial Park, New Port Richey's only public beach. Here you can comb a short stretch of sand, swim, fish and stroll the boardwalk. Bring a picnic lunch, because this is a park area without concessions.
Christo's Family Restaurant
3136 Little Rd · (727) 376-4082
FlameStone Grill Trinity
10900 State Rd. 54 · (727) 282-1000
5749 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652
6236 Grand Blvd
New Port Richey
Fitzgerald's Irish Tavern
5811 Nebraska Ave, New Port Richey, FL 34652
8809 Mitchell Blvd
New Port Richey
Anthony's Italian Restaurant
5328 Little Rd
New Port Richey
3230 Little Rd
Susie's Too Family
8010 Old County Road 54
New Port Richey
Rocky's Philly Cheese Steak
7286 State Road 54
New Port Richey
Rossi Ristorante Italiano
7254 State Road 54
New Port Richey
Catches Waterfront Grille
Varied selection of seafood dishes including house specials in a breezy hangout with a tiki bar
7811 Bayview St, Port Richey, FL 34668
Central Park Family Restaurant
Classic diner fare, from pancakes to hamburgers, served in this unassuming eatery with a retro vibe.
7657 FL-54, New Port Richey, FL 34653
Shops at Wiregrass
SR 56, Wesley Chapel
An open-air, "Main Street" style retail and entertainment destination. Macy's, Dillard's and more than 100 specialty stores.
SR 54, Wesley Chapel
National retailers and movie theater with restaurant and full bar. Ross, Michael's and Bed, Bath & Beyond and more.
Downtown Dade City
More than 50 antique shops, unique boutiques and restaurants in a historic downtown square with old Florida charm.
Downtown New Port Richey
With the scenic Cotee River running through the downtown, New Port Richey is a special place to stroll, shop and dine.
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