Get Out: Weekend Events Preview August 17-19

From Cuban Sandwiches to a Sunday bike ride, there is no shortage of fun things to do this weekend in Tampa.

When/where: 2204 North 15th Street 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. today.

Why go? This invitational exhibition features eclectic, mixed media artwork from local and regional artists. All of the works were specifically created about Tampa and Ybor City. It is a labyrinth of spaces, objects and sounds illuminating the mysterious city sheltering them.

Price: Free

When/where: Ikea 1103 North 22nd Street at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.

Why go? IKEA presents an end-of-summer tradition with all-you-can-eat crayfish and other Swedish treats. Advance tickets must be purchased at the Ikea restaurant.

Price: Free

When/where: 2010 North Avenida Republica de Cuba from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday

Why go?

This festival features traditional Tampa cuisine, including the winners of the Cuban Sandwich Festival from May; Cuban sandwiches from local restaurants; roast pork; deviled crabs; empanadas; and flan. Also, enjoy live music by Ray Viladonga and Dreamboat, and a special performance of the one-man play, "I Am a Cuban Sandwich," by Richard DiPietra.

Price: Free

When/where: 711 North Franklin Street at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Why go? The Tampa Theatre's Summer Classics series comes to an end this weekend with a screening of the classic film Casablanca. There will be post-film commentary by film expert Harriet Deer about the cast, production, and cultural significance.

Price: $7

When/where: 5020 North Florida Avenue at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday

Why go? The Tampa Bay Sunday Bicyclers invite new riders on this trek today. Just bring your helmet, a full water bottle, a spare tube, and a road-worthy bicycle for a ride from Seminole Heights to MacDill Air Force Base. The ride travels about 24 miles at a speed of about 12 to 16mph.

The ride begins promptly at 7:45am, leaving the Independent and heading south to MacDill Air Force Base via the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Boulevard and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail.

Riders will stop at Ballast Point on the way back, returning through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Afterward, enjoy Sunday brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent.

Price: Free

When/where: 1609 Angel Oliva Senior Street at 2 p.m. on Sunday

Why go? Enjoy live music, lots of BBQ and drinks, and a costume parade open to everybody: children, dogs, pirates, hipsters, and, of course, fowl of all feathers. Bring costumes, do-da hats, wagon floats and umbrellas as we celebrate the life and, alas, demise of James E. Rooster, a famous feathered citizen of Ybor City, organizers say. Promenade begins around 6pm.

Price: Free

Free Admission for Kids to the Glazer's Children's Museum

When/where: 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Why go? This weekend will mark the last two days of the museum's offer for kids under the age of 12 to get in free as they celebrate the final week of summer vacation.

Price: Free for kids age 12 and under. Adults are $15.


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