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USA Today has travel lists, voted on by their readers, called “10Best”. Among their latest is the ‘Best Beach in the South.’ Two Tampa Bay area beaches are choices on the list. One is Clearwater Beach.

The experts from USA Today came up with the selection from which to vote. As voters visit USA Today, they’ll see that half of the beaches to choose from are in Florida. After all, there’s over 800 miles of beaches around the state.

Clearwater Beach represents the immediate Tampa Bay area. The next nearest beach on the list is Venice Beach, just south of the immediate bay area.

USA Today’s experts point out the white sand beach and the things to do right around the beach. Also, the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters are perfect for activities on the water and sand. They also referred to the daily celebration that is Sunsets at Pier 60.

Voting is open now. You can vote once each day. The voting continues until May 22. The top beach, based on the voting, will be revealed on Friday, June 2.

[Source: USA Today]

9 Fun Events At Tampa Riverfest 2023

It’s spring! Now, time to celebrate what we have in Tampa with Tampa Riverfest 2023. Riverwalk gets its own festival each year the first week of May. Here’s a list of what you can experience.

Tampa Riverfest will take place along Riverwalk, at Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and at Water Works Park on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Tampa Riverwalk Riverfest 2023

Downtown Tampa celebrates Riverwalk 2023
(Photo by Geno/BBGI)


  • Taste of the Riverwalk

    Try samples from local restaurants at Taste of the Riverwalk. It happens Friday, May 5, 2023 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

    Get your wristband that gets you access to the food tent area here.

  • RiverFiesta

    RiverFiesta is a new part of the Riverfest celebration. On Saturday, May 6, RiverFiesta takes place at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

    Check out RiverFiesta for tacos, bowls and nachos. Enjoy samples at RiverFiesta by ordering your wristband online.

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  • Paddle Invasion

    The City of Tampa will be invaded Saturday morning, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running, or rather, paddling through 1 p.m. Not by pirates, but by paddleboards, surfskis and canoes.

    Join Urban Kai and Friends of the Riverwalk in one of their two races. There’s a long one (6 miles) or a short race (2 miles). Learn more here.

  • Riverfest Lantern Parade

    Saturday evening, you can participate in the Riverfest Lantern Parade or just enjoy it from the sidelines. Decorated paper lanterns travel a mile down the parade route lighting up Riverwalk. It begins at Water Works Park at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, May 6.

    Click here to find out how to participate.

  • Riverfest Market

    Another new event is the Riverfest Market at Water Works Park. It’s free to explore the vendors from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be music on the Water Works Park Stage plus food trucks for when you get hungry.

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  • Hot Air Balloon Glow

    Returning for 2023 is the Hot Air Balloon Glow. Enjoy as hot air balloons light up the sunset sky. The balloons take to the sky beginning at 8:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evenings at Curtis Hixon Park.

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  • Yoga In The Park

    Yoga in the Park is back for Riverfest 2023. Join the hour-long morning yoga Saturay, May 6th beginning at 9 a.m. Yoga in the Park is hosted by The Calm Collective. There’s no registration necessary but they welcome donations. Bring everything you think you’ll need, including at mat. They will not be provided.

  • Weiner Dog Derby

    Among the most popular events from Riverfest is The Florida Wiener Dog Derby. Saturday, May 6th at 10 a.m., check out the derby as Curtis Hixon Park goes to the dogs. Dachshunds race in what may be the largest gathering of weiner dogs in Florida.

    There’s the derby, plus “Best Nose,” “Speed Trap,” “Costume Contest,” “Kissing Contest” and “Best Tail.” Dachshunds are welcome to participate from 4 months to 18 years of age. Winners from the various division champions my qualify for the Florida Circuit Championship of the National Dachshund Race Circuit.

    There will also be fun races for all dog breeds, plus games, raffles, auctions and the chance to adopt a dog! Click here for more information about the event and registration.

  • Riverfest VIP Tent

    Interested in being a VIP? If you get a ticket to the VIP tent in Curtis Hixon Park, you can partake of refreshments, light foods, plus front-row for the entertainment.
    Friday, May 5th, 5 p.m ,until 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 6th from, 4 p.m, get your wristband for access to the VIP Tent. Drinks include beer, soda, water and cockatails. (Guests must be 21 or older to enter VIP Tent)

    Click here for more details and tickets for the Riverfest VIP Tent.

  • Live Music

    Don’t forget the stages with live entertainment! Click here to see the full lineup of artists.