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. 

Central West Florida Region Map
Upcoming Events in this Region

November 17 - December 31, 2018

Location: Busch Gardens, Florida

Get your holiday shopping done while you enjoy holiday shows, decorations, and entertainment when you visit Christmas Town. Every part of your trip to Busch Gardens will help you get in the Christmas spirit!

August 19 - 20, 2017

Kapok Special Events Center, Clearwater, Florida

Lots of food, fun and entertainment featuring full lobster dinners, live stage performances and more. 

August 25, 2018

Location: Morean Arts Center, St. Pete, Florida

Join the search for the best cupcake in the area! Awards are given for professional, novice, and youth cupcakes, so you can compete no matter who you are.

August 30 - September 3, 2018

Location: Tampa, Florida

This festival is a celebration of Latin culture through live music and dance.

August 31 - September 2, 2018

Location: Tampa, Florida

Experience powerful, informative workshops led by trained professionals, in addition to scene, monologue, and short play competitions, and theatrical entertainment that will leave audiences with a memorable experience.

September 1, 2018

Location: Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, Florida

Every rum lover should make their way to Tampa for this fun labor day weekend celebration. Here you will find all kinds of rum drinks perfect for closing out the summer with a bang!

September 1, 2018

Location: Gulfport, Florida

Calling all flower children, hippies and tree huggers! Come out for a day of peace, art and music celebrating the end of summer at this waterfront village honoring the village's unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko. Geckofest features live music, woodstock festival style, plus a host of hippie-themed festivities, a quirky walking parade and so much more. "It’s going to be far-out and outta sight, man!"

September 8 - 9, 2018

Location: Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL

One of the Largest Gourmet Spicy Food Fests in Florida featuring Hot & Spicy food vendors from all around Florida, competitions, Pepper Eating Contest, Intensity Academy's Spicy Lolly Lick-A-Thon, Hot Hula Hoop Contest and much more. It's all about the Pepper!

October 11 - 14, 2018

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin, Florida

For over forty years, the OLL Fall Festival has been an integral part of the Dunedin community. Every October, volunteers from our parish and school come together to put up the “big tent” and fill our campus with rides, games, music, laughter, and fun! Dozens of rides cater to children of all ages with a special section of “kiddie rides” for the little ones. This year we are also pleased to announce our “Craft Beer and Sports Tent”
Enjoy seasonal, craft beer while watching TVs showing the weekends big sporting events.

October 18 - 21, 2018

Location: Coachman Park, Clearwater, Florida

Since 1980, this festival has been bringing Floridians some of the best jazz music every year.

October 19 - 21, 2018

Location: Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brooksville, Florida

Listen to amazing blues music while you camp out with people who share your passion at this unique event!

 

October 26 - 28, 2018

Location: Liberty Park, Inverness, Florida

Come out to this emerging music festival that takes place in the small town of Inverness, located in Central Florida and enjoy 3 days of live music, family-friendly activities, rides, vendors, food trucks, street performers and the beautiful nature of the lush city park on Lake Henderson that runs along the Withlacoochee State Trail. 

November 3, 2018

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

This is an art and dance festival celebrating Indian culture and heritage. It showcases performers and artists of all ages!

November 9 - 12, 2018

Location: Venice Airport Fairgrounds, Venice, Florida

Mark your calendars and come out for the largest gathering of eminent pavement artists creating masterpieces on pavement in chalk. 

November 9 - 11, 2018

Location: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

Features the some of the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic southern rock & country hits, and fun activities for kids.

November 16 - 18, 2018

Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida

This festival allows you to enjoy music from morning until night in several different venues on the beautiful gulf coast

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. 

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. 

Website Listings

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. " 

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 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! 

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.

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. 

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.