Where/when: 401 West Kennedy Blvd., all weekend at 10 a.m.
Why go? Henry Plant furnished the Tampa Bay Hotel with treasures from around the world. This exhibit explores the deliberate presence of Japanese art in a Gilded Age resort as part of a larger discourse on a cultural, artistic and aesthetic style that influenced 19th century Western artists and culture. The foundation of this exhibit will draw from Mr. Plant’s collection of Meiji era floor vases, ceramics and furniture that were part of the Tampa Bay Hotel. Works will also be on loan from private collections.
Price: $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for kids ages 4-12.
Where/when: 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, all weekend starting at 10 a.m.
Why go? The children's museum is celebrating the nation's birthday all week with a host of fun activities including underwater fireworks, crafts, apple pie treats and signing the "Declaration of Independence".
Where/when: 514 North Tampa Street, nightly at 8 p.m.
Why go? Discover the chilling tales of the city once described as the “damnedest town this side of Hell,” with true stories of restless spirits, haunted houses and lost cemeteries on a candle light tour. Fridays nights include the Tampa by Twilight: Ghosts & Graveyard Tour. Visit the city's oldest and most haunted cemetery and hear stories of never-ending love, untimely deaths, and trust betrayed. After visiting Oaklawn Cemetery, a short walk to downtown reveals the ghosts that roam the courthouse, an old hotel, a famous theater, and more.
Price: $15 per person ($8 ages 4-12).
Where/when: 97 Columbia Drive, Sunday at 4 p.m.
Why go? The group, led by Kris and Tammy Greene, rides a five mile loop offering both 10 and 15 mile rides at an average speed of 12-15 mph. The Slice on Davis Island will welcome the group afterward for food and drink offering a 10% discount. Helmets are required.
Where/when: 711 North Tampa Street, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Why go? The Tampa Theatre's summer long series continues with the 1971 classic "Shaft". Some films in the series are restored to their original 35mm format although this film is not one of them. There is post film commentary by film expert Harriet Deer about the cast, production and cultural significance of the film.
Where/when: 719 North Franklin Street, Sunday at 9 p.m.
Why go? If you're itching for some live music and couldn't find your fix anywhere around town this weekend, local power instrumental trio Florida Night Heat will rock The Hub downtown on Sunday night along with Orlando psych rock band The Mother Machine.