Central West Florida consist of the Tampa Bay area including the areas north and south along the West Coast of Florida. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, this region includes part of the Nature Coast, the Sun Coast and the Cultural Coast. The diversity of the Central West region varies from nature, to beautiful beaches, to arts and cultural, to the popular Busch Gardens theme park. 

Includes Desoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus Counties

Central West Florida Region Map
Upcoming Events in this Region

March 28 - 31, 2019

Location: Brooksville, Florida

Brooksville celebrates Florida’s fastest growing specialty crop of edibles at the Sixth Annual Florida Blueberry Festival featuring 2 stages of live concerts, kids zone, water slide and vendors with yummy blueberry-infused decadence. 

March 29 - 30, 2019

Location: Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds, Venice, Florida

Award winning barbecue food and amazing bluegrass music come together for this unique event. Come for two days of fun guaranteed to leave you with a full stomach.

March 31, 2019

Location: Historic Centennial Park, Tampa, Florida

Here you can enjoy all kinds of entertainment, art, food. The real star of the show is, of course, the Cuban sandwich. Cuban sandwich contestants from all over the world show off their skills!

April 5 - 14, 2019

Location: Sarasota, Florida

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices. Named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine, the Sarasota Film Festival celebrates international artists, storytellers while enriching Sarasota's cultural landscape.

April 6 - 7, April 13 - 14, 2019

Location: Keel and Curley Winery, Plant City, Florida

10th Annual Blueberry Festival in Plant City, Florida featuring live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kids area and U-Pick Blueberries. 

April 12 - 28, 2019

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida

A 10-day Fun 'n Sun Festival to celebrate the famous beaches of Clearwater that features the notorious sand sculpture exhibit from the best sand sculptors around the world, music, entertainment, live concerts, street performers, sand sculpting classes and so much more. Beach fun for the whole family! 

April 12 - 14, 2019

Location: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

right on the shores of Tampa Bay, this festival allows you to enjoy the tropical setting while you listen to some amazing blues music!

April 12 - 14, 2019

Location: Venice Airport Festival Grounds, Venice, Florida

Venice is known as the shark's tooth capital of the world, and this is the time to celebrate that! Enjoy live entertainment while you browse over 100 vendors selling original artwork as well as sharks teeth and other fossils.

April 20 - 21, 2019

Location: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

This is one of the best cultural events of the year in this area! Performing arts and visual arts come together for an amazing experience.

April 20, 2019

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

This festival welcomes visitors from around the sunshine state and the world to share in celebration of music, entertainment, exhibits, crafts steeped in Caribbean American heritage with multi-culturism being it's central focus. 

April 26 - 28, 2019

Location: The Coliseum, St. Petersburg, Florida

The oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeastern United States, third largest in the nation. 100+ Booksellers from all over the country bring volumes of every description from very rare to reading copies on every conceivable subject.

April 27 - 28, 2019

Location: England Brothers Bandshell Park, Pinellas Park, Florida

Love spicy food? You don't want to miss out on this spicy celebration! Live entertainment and vendors are joined by an amateur hot sauce competition and a pepper eating contest.

May 2 - 11, 2019

Location: Historic Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

The Tampa International Fringe Festival…
Is Tampa’s first open-access, uncensored, international fringe theatre festival. Winner of the 2017 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award for BEST MOMENT WHEN LOCAL THEATER TURNED A CORNER!

Our second annual festival takes place May 3-12, 2018, right in the heart of Tampa's Ybor City historic district, and we will be holding our annual lottery on December 11th at Bad Monkey in Ybor City.

If you're an artist, you can perform on the fringe! If you're a member of the public, we have loads of events and shows for you to check out!

May 4 - 11, 2019

Location: Five Points Park, Sarasota, Florida

This festival celebrates the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office. It brings together musicians and artists to promote equality for LGBTQ people in Sarasota and all across the country!

May 4 - 5, 2019

Location: Centennial Park, Venice, Florida

Enjoy great food featuring mouth-watering seafood by the top restaurants in Venice along with music and entertainment and arts and crafts. 

May 4, 2019

Location: Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota, Florida

A festival just for vegetarians and vegans! Here you will find all kinds of vegan related activities and vendors, plus tons of vegan food.

May 15 - 19, 2019

Location: Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville, Florida

This well-known music fest features 60+ bands including Florida's best in several genres. Bring your RV's, tents and stay for this 4 day event and enjoy the complete experience. 

May 18, 2019

Location: Historic Woodmont Park, Temple Terrace, Florida

Sample 70 plus beers from 30 different brewers - from home brewers to local brewing companies to the really BIG guys - who all agreed to bring their best brews! Plus entertainment and food trucks! 

May 24 - 26, 2019

Location: St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota, Florida

Inaugural seafood festival in Sarasota featuring delectable seafood dishes prepared by local Sarasota restaurants. Enjoy the entertainment from a mixture of musical genres, crafts and more from local vendors. 

May 25 - 26, 2019

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Get ready to hear some amazing artists from around the country right in the center of Tampa!

May 25, 2019

Location: Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, Florida

5th annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival includes an awesome lineup of bands, a huge variety of Margaritas, tequila tasting and a fireworks show to end the night. 

June 3 - 22, 2019

Location: Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota, Florida

This 2 weeks event is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent and is known as one of the finest classical music events in the nation. 

 

June 8 - 9, 2019

Location: Sarasota, Florida

St. Armands Key lies just off the coast of Sarasota and for 2 days, features a unique craft festival with works from the best talent of crafters around the state. 

June 15 - 16, 2019

Location: Miami Ave, Venice, Florida

Downtown Venice is taken over by crafters for this fun festival that allows the best crafters to show what they can do!

June 21 - 23, 2019

Location: St. Pete, Florida

Celebrate Florida's largest LGBT Pride festival with events that promote unity, visibility, self-esteem, and a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community of Tampa Bay. Events include the SP2 concert, nighttime parade, and streetfest. 

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

The South Fork State Park is a rare natural wonder of Florida. The park is very underdeveloped making it ideal for Wildlife viewing, birding, or exploring its hiking trails. The park is home to many rare plant life including its rosemary scrub habitat which is only found in Florida; as well as many rare plants and animals which are not commonly observed. 

Visitors can request a gate code to visit the Wingate Creek State Park and explore its rare and untouched natural habitats. Currently hiking and biking in the park is limited and it is primarily used for nature research, birding, or simply exploring nature. 

MacDill Air Force Base is a US Air Force base in Tampa, FL. It is home to many commands of military units from all branches of the military including the U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 927th Air Refueling Wing. 

Weeki Wache Springs State Park includes Florida's only spring-fed water park with cool 72-degree water. Approximately 45 minutes north of Tampa, this State Park includes Buccaneer Bay, with an all natural lazy river, a children's play area, water slides that go into the spring, and a mermaid show. 

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This is a local park that features three fenced in areas and has water bowls, picnic tables, and other amenities for the whole family.

Real, raw, radio conversation air on 102.5 The Bone with Mike Calta, Roger, JP, and Drew Garabo. Live interviews, and current news will keep you entertained.  

Listen to the greatest hits from the 80s on 107.9 in the Sarasota area. Jones and Company are on the air every morning, and you can listen on the iHearRadio app. 

A'GACI is a store dedicated to all women's fashion. Clothing, shoes, and accessories fill the walls of this store to the max, complete with dressing rooms to try those outfits on. Casual and business attire alike, there is something here for even the pickiest female shopper!

Aspirations Winery is best known for their fruit juice wine, and their 23 other variations of different wines. They often include fruits other than grapes into their wine including oranges, limes, and blackberries.

Bamboozle Cafe is an urban Vietnamese fusion restaurant. They offer an array of fresh vegan and affordable Vietnamese delicacies. Their goal is to Bamboozle their customers into healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System offers services for America's Veterans by guaranteeing extraordinary health results.

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has provided over 80 years of health care services for the people in the Southwest region of Florida. Bayfront's staff are highly-trained physicians that provide care in over 25 specialties. Their top of the line technology makes it one of the only hospitals in the area with a New Vision medical stabilization program for people with drug, alcohol, and health-related issues.

Blake Medical Center concentrates on giving their patients a quality experience by treating all their patients with fairness, dignity, and respect.

Brandon Regional Hospital is an acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed, The Behavioral Health Center, The Women’s Center, which includes their Baby Suites and 22 bed neonatal intensive care unit, The Reflux Center, and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee company that believes coffee should be more than just a boring cup o' joe. Whether you need your thirst quenched or a jolt of energy, Buddy Brew invites you to "brew good and do good" with their unique coffees and nitro cold brew.

 

Known as a Certified Florida Farm Winery, Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery is a green winery with recycled wine bottles that focuses on the taste of the wine.

Centerstone Hospital is focused on tailoring services around individual needs and choices, delivering the right services at the right time to the right person, providing increased access to consumers, and proactively moving to innovate and improve services due to the changing landscape of behavioral healthcare.

While Chakana SoHo serves modern Peruvian and South American cuisine, its decor and atmosphere has a South Florida vibe. Situated in the "SoHo" district of Tampa, this restaurant focuses on the nightlife of Tampa.

Cigar City Brewing is one of West Florida's main attractions for those who seek excellent beer. They say it best themselves when explaining the quality of their passion, "Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people."

Citrus County has a large number of diverse and intriguing activities to partake in year round. In addition to the extensive trails, waterways for boating, and playgrounds for the kids, there are several lesser-known activities to explore.

Citrus Memorial Health System is committed to the care and improvement of human life. Their day-to-day mission is to strive to deliver the highest quality and the most cost-effective health care in their community.

Home of Winter and Hope, the inspirational Dolphins of Dolphin Tales 1 & 2. This well-known aquarium focuses on rescue, rehab and release. "Clearwater Marine Aquarium is fundamentally a hospital for sick and injured marine life.  However, what we do is so much more.  We inspire the human spirit, through the animals and their stories of survival, which touch all of us. " 

Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and maximizing their potential for healing and recovery. Powered by passionate care teams, they specialize in helping patients with expert, aggressive medical care in warm, caring environments.

Crystal River Mall is a small mall in rural Florida. It is anchored by Rural King, a farm supply store. Many of the other storefronts remain vacant, but the Regal Cinema makes the mall worth a visit.

Set some time aside and do your heart and soul a service by visiting some of the natural attractions in DeSoto County. Sports, trail walking, playgrounds, and areas of historical significance have all made their homes here for as long as can be remembered.

Founded in 1984, the Eaton Literary Agency is happy to consider authors who are looking for agents to represent them. Although a small company, the literary agency has been publishing for more than 40 years. 

El Rincon Peruano serves Latin and Peruvian food. They have Happy Hour which runs Monday through Friday, 4 to 8pm. They also have a lunch special, running from Monday through Friday, 12pm to 3pm.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen and Bakery is a quick service restaurant that offers a well rounded, 100% plant-based menu. Customers can choose from a variety of made to order acai bowls, smoothies, wraps, and baked goods.

Fiorelli Winery produces 6-10 wines per year and focuses on dry red and white wines. Their philosophy is having home picked wines with European flavors added on.  

Open since 2001, Florida Estates Winery has been creating world class wines with different kinds of flavors to offer including a Key Lime flavored wine.

Florida Gulf Coast University opened it's doors in 1998 in Fort Myers to offer innovative programs and degrees to a growing Southwest Florida region. 

Today over 10,000 students attend FGCU. 

Florida Orange Groves & Winery is known for making tropical, citrus, and fruit wines. They are also the only winery to be featured at Disney's Food and Wine Festival every year.

Gulf View Square is a relatively small mall just a stone's throw away from the Gulf of Mexico. Current plans are in place to turn vacant stores into an apartment complex so you can live where you love to shop.

Happy Fish serves authentic Peruvian cuisine. They are best known for their large portions and unique atmosphere, which won best atmosphere in 2015.

Offering a wide array of historical and athletic attractions to its residents, Hardee County is a surprising visit for many. From festivals and historical museums to world class softball facilities, let’s dive into some of what Hardee County has available.

Hernando County is home to many parks, sports complexes, and activities to check out. This article will focus on the Tom Varn Stadium, a slew of summer camps for kids, and the Delta Woods Park which all offer their own reasons for leaving the house.

Hillsborough County has the variety you are looking for all year round with the quality and creative parks that best exemplify the culture of the Tampa Bay Area. Discover the history of Hillsborough with the Burgert Brothers Photo Collection. Take it outside and commune with the birds at the Upper Tampa Bay Park. Get of your car and step onto another four wheeled vehicle at the Providence Skate Park. Try a hand at baseball and a number of other sports activities. 

Hitland 106.9 plays music from 60s and 70s, and music news about artists of these decades. You can also stay updated with current event in the Sarasota area. 

A visit to the International Plaza and Bay Street gives you an amazing indoor/outdoor shopping experience in downtown Tampa. It has over 200 upscale stores, many many delicious restaurants, and a hotel you can crash at when your shopping day is over. The top floor is home to Bay Street, an open air village of night life and restaurants.

This is a local dog park that has plenty of shade and water fountains for both dogs and humans as well as other great amenities that include two separate areas for larger and smaller animals.

Lotus Vegan Restaurant serves vegan, vegetarian, and Vietnamese meals and baked goods. Once a month, they have an all you can eat buffet throughout the whole day.

Loving Hut is an Asian inspired vegan cuisine restaurant dedicated to health, compassion, and sustaining the planet. They have several locations in Florida and are always growing!

Manatee County is home to a variety of locations that invite its visitors to participate. The G.T. Bray Recreation Center welcomes guests the chance to improve their physical health while working in a cooperative environment. The Agriculture and Extensive Service serves to educate the residents of Manatee County with education from the University of Central Florida. Finally, the Florida Maritime Museum educates its visitors with important records of the essential relationship with Florida has always had with the ocean.

This is a dog park that features two separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, picnic tables, a dog wash area, and a hitching post. 

Winery that specializes in three different table wines, blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry. They make their wine fresh from the farm.

At Murielle Winery, everything is made by hand. By being conscious about energy and sustainability, they are cautious about how the process is done. By taking their time, they were able to lower the sulfate level in their wines, thus making them more organic.

New Leaf Elementals is more than just a unique gift shop, it is an experience. They have an array of drinks and vegan foods to choose from. New Leaf Elementals is a special place where you can go meet your friends and enjoy a cup of healing organic herbal tea or a vegan sandwich.

This news/talk radio station has several personalities hosting NewRadio throughout the day. Jack Welsh starts the day with Arcadia Mornings, and NewsRadio airs Tampa Bay Bucs football, Orlando Magic basketball, and live football games for Desoto High School.

Pasco County has 22 active parks, 13 passive parks, 3 recreation complexes, 5 community centers, 2 swimming pools, 4,600 acres of environmentally sensitive land, and 15,000 acres of land dedicated to parks, trails, and open space. 121 recreational programs and 49 yearly events are also available all year round for those who want to get out and participate in its offerings. 

Paw Patch Dog Park is an off-leash 2 acre dog park that features a dog fountain, a pavilion, and other great amenities for the whole family to enjoy.

Pinellas County has over 20,000 acres of parks and preserves and a host of unique examples of Florida Beauty.

This is a dog park that features a double gated entry, areas for small and larger dogs, and lots of shade.

Port Manatee is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, South Tampa Bay, the closest U.S. deepwater port to the Panama Canal. One of Florida's largest and fastest growing seaports, Port Manatee offers services for a wide range of cargo.  

Port of St. Petersburg, located on Central Florida's Gulf Coast in Tampa Bay, offers services for large yachts, as well as benefits of marine science/research facilities on port property.

Port Tampa Bay on Central Florida's Gulf Coast, is largest of the Florida ports by tonnage and land and is a full service port for both cargo and cruise ships as well as other maritime activities including important shipbuilding and repair facilities. 

Pure Kitchen is an Organic and Vegan Grab'n Go with weekly meal delivery. Their menu varies from day to day and their prices are fairly low.

Are you ready to Rawk? Rawk Star Café offers organic, raw, vegan, corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free and soy-free menu.

Sarasota County is an area that shows great appreciation for its natural resources and the role they play in the culture of this area. Its natural preserves, specialty parks, and the special location of Snook Haven offer a little bit of everything.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is among the largest public health systems in Florida. With over 5,000 staff, over 900 physicians, and 600 volunteers, it is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers. This is a community hospital that was founded in 1925.

Sparacia Witherell Family Winery & Vineyards has been a family owned winery since 2016. They grow muscadine and hybrid varieties of wine grapes in the western part of Florida. 

Established by Karen Solem in 2001, Spencerhill Associates is a literary agency dedicated to representing new and experienced authors. Spencerhill Associates specializes in fiction and works diligently to connect its authors with a suitable publishing company. The Spencerhill Associates agents take their authors through the process of publishing and educate them on the business side of publishing.

The Sprouts farmers market is a nice sized store with just about any kind of grocery you may want or need. It's well organized and the employees are sweet to all of their customers! Be sure to check out the bulk section to choose your own nuts and grains. There are some yummy finds here including toffee coated peanuts. 

This is a local vineyard and winery in Spring Hill, Florida. Many events are held here throughout the year including yoga classes and glass painting.

The Tampa Theatre is one of America's most elaborate movie palaces. It was built in 1926 featuring a romantic Mediterranean style so people could enjoy a beautiful environment while they watched the latest silent film. Today it is a not-for-profit foundation that hosts more than 600 events each year.

The winery is constructed to look like a 1820 federal building. This makes it one of the best tourist attractions, with select handcrafted wine.

Terra Sur Cafe serves traditional Peruvian cuisine, especially well known for its Ceviche. The restaurant has a cozy, warm atmosphere, and is referred to as "the best kept secret". Not only can you dine in, but the restaurant offers take out and delivery too! 

The Avenue Viera is an outdoor shopping and lifestyle center where you can relax and enjoy yourself while you browse the many stores in the peaceful atmosphere. The many restaurants are a great place to grab a meal before you catch a movie at the AMC theater.

At The Florida Winery, there are over 20 varieties of wine to be tasted. They have been awarded over 50 awards in just their first four years! 

The goal for JOY FM is to help you find the joy within yourself. This Christian radio station starts mornings with The Morning Cruise where they share the big word of the day and devotional. Throughout the day you can listen to the top Christian artists.

Tourists and locals alike love a visit to The Mall at the University Town Center. It is easily accessible with shuttles from many local hotels and offers all kinds of deals at its many upscale shopping locals. You will find shopping and dining for every budget and taste.

The Shops at Wiregrass is an outdoor shopping center that gives you all the classic mall stores to enjoy in the beautiful Florida weather. Shop for all your needs and wants and then grab dinner at one of the many delicious dining options.

ThinkGeek is the store to go to for all things geeky. They have memorabilia for Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Pokémon, Harry Potter, Fortnite, Fallout, Doctor Who, and so many other awesome names that people love. This is definitely worth the check out if you're in one of the four areas they are located in in Florida. 

At Tyrone Square you can find everything you're looking for with a multitude of shops to choose from. Eat a meal at the food court and watch a movie at the Cobb luxury theater at this location just 4 miles from the gulf coast.

University of South Florida was founded in 1956 and now has more than 48,000 students. Located in the Tampa Bay area with 14 colleges and 3 schools, USF main campus in Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. 

At the Westfield Brandon Shopping Centre you will find all the classic mall stores for a day of excellent shopping. All the dining options and events throughout the year keep people coming back time and time again.

Westfield Citrus Park is a large mall with all kinds of stores to choose from including the major department stores. You can also check out the Regal Cinemas movie theater and events taking place throughout the year.

The Westfield Countryside Shopping Centre is a great place to get your shopping done, but it's also so much more than that. It is home to an indoor skating rink, a Cobb 12 Theatres, and Restaurant Row, where you can grab a delicious bite.

Westfield Sarasota Square is the perfect place to go shopping for everything on your list. It has all of the clothing stores you love and also a Costco for your grocery needs. You will also find an AMC movie theater for entertainment.

Westfield Siesta Key is a small mall that lets you get your shopping done in an intimate setting. In addition to great shopping you will also find delicious dining options and a Cobb CineBistro for entertainment.

Have a great day doing your shopping here at the WestShore Plaza. In addition to all kinds of stores you will also find a Regal Cinemas movie theater, lots of dining options, and events throughout the year to keep you coming back for more.

96.5 presents a cultural, artistic, and political perspective to the Sarasota community. This is a non-profit, non-commercial station that encourages peace, equality, social and economic justice, and more. 

WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 play classical music, while WUSF 89.7 shares news and other information then plays jazz music in the evening. This station is owned by the University of South Florida. 

Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat.