February 27, 2014

Festa Italiana Weekend: A Taste of Italy in the Heart of Tampa Bay!

The RITZ Ybor is a proud sponsor and supporter of Festa Italiana Weekend!


Tampa, FL 
– The 17th Annual Festa Italiana Weekend presented by Marathon will take place in the historic Ybor City district from Thursday, April 3 to Sunday, April 6, 2014.  The multi-day celebration will honor Italian culture and heritage by showcasing the finest cuisine from the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies, exciting entertainment from world renowned performers, a variety of premier wines and spirits, and a diverse assortment of activities for guests of all ages.
Wines of Italy, the official opening party for Festa Italiana Weekend, kicks-off at The Italian Club of Tampa on Thursday, April 3 from 6pm to 9pm.  Guests of the event will have the opportunity to sample over 70 wines from Italy, taste Italian cuisine presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, bid on over 100 featured items at the silent auction, and enjoy live entertainment by Città Dei Templi from Sicily.  Tickets to Wines of Italy are $50 in advance until March 28, and $60 after.  A limited number of Early Bird tickets will be available for $30 until March 3, 2014.

Festa Italiana Weekend continues on 
Saturday, April 5 from 11am to 5:30pm with a variety of events happening throughout Ybor City.  The annual Bocce Ball Invitational will roll on across from the Italian Club of Tampa on the the corner of 7thAvenue & 18th Street for curious spectators.  Local songbirds will compete against one another at the Italian Idol singing competition at Gaspar’s Grotto, while wine enthusiasts will contend against one another at the Homemade Vino Competition at Carmine’s on 7th.  The weekly Ybor City Saturday Market in Centennial Park will offer the finest in local produce, arts and crafts, prepared foods and unique items.  All events are free and open to the general public of all ages.

The culmination of Festa Italiana Weekend concludes with the main event, 
Festa Italiana on Sunday, April 6 from 11am to 6:30pm at Centennial Park.  Over 35 of Tampa Bay’s top restaurants and catering companies will serve delicious dishes and tastings from 11:30am to 4:30pm.  Lena Prima headlines the main stage entertainment which will also feature Tre Bella, Paul Salos (as seen on America’s Got Talent), Johnny Charro & the Johnny Charro Dance Band, Città Dei Templi, SALVADOR LIVE and more.  There will be a Children’s Area with numerous games, activities and attractions, while the Club Italia Tent will offer adult patrons handcrafted Italian cocktails and wine pairings with small plates amid a party lounge atmosphere. Admission to Festa Italiana is $5 in advance, $10 at the gate on the day of the event.  Children under the age of 12 will receive free admission.  Food and beverage tickets will be available at locations throughout Centennial Park.

 to Wines of Italy and advance admission to the main event, Festa Italiana are available for purchase online at www.festaitalianatampa.com Proceeds from Festa Italiana Weekend will benefit The Italian Club Restoration Fund.

Festa Italiana Weekend started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day celebration that benefits The Italian Club Restoration Fund.  This year’s Festa Italian Weekend is being presented by Marathon.  For more information, please visit www.festaitalianatampa.com.

The Italian Club Restoration Fund benefits the national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City.  The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.  For more information, please visit www.italian-club.org
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February 19, 2014

Neon Trees @ The RITZ Ybor 5/28/2014


Neon Trees will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  Their third studio album, Pop Psychology will be released on April 22, 2014 which features the hit single, "Sleeping With A Friend."

Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10am online RIGHT HERE.

February 18, 2014

5th Annual DRE DAY @ The RITZ Ybor 2/20/2014



If you’ve still got those Dickies pants, snap-back Starter caps and flannel shirts sitting around from the ‘90s, Thursday is the night to throw them on and head to Ybor City.

The RITZ Ybor joins cities around the country this week hosting 49th birthday celebrations for Andre Young, better known as the hip-hop producer and West Coast culture icon, Dr. Dre.

Annual “Dre Day” parties started in Minneapolis in 2003, and have since spread to dozens of places including Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto and Austin, Texas, according to Vice’s music blog Noisey.

Dr. Dre won’t be at The RITZ Ybor, but DJs will play music and videos from his multi-platinum albums The Chronic and The Chronic 2001, as well as other Dre-related tracks, beginning at 10 p.m.


There will be a performance by M.C. Troi Benjamin and a special West Coast tribute performance by Louis Jr., according to The RITZ Ybor’s website. There will also be a “The Chronic” photo booth, a West Coast costume competition, dance contests with cash prizes and giveaways from event sponsors Pabst Blue Ribbon and Colt 45.

In tribute to the 1994 hit “Gin and Juice,” the bar will have a $3 gin and juice special during the event.

Dr. Dre, whose birthday is Feb. 18, rose to fame as a founding member of the seminal West Coast rap group N.W.A. As a producer, he’s credited with launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent.

In 2008, he teamed with music mogul Jimmy Iovine to found the headphones and electronics brand Beats By Dre.

February 6, 2014

Tyler, the Creator @ The RITZ Ybor 3/18/2014


Odd Future frontman, Tyler, the Creator will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.  His last album, Wolf, was met with positive reviews and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

Tickets for Tyler, the Creator go on sale on Friday, February 7, 2014 online RIGHT HERE.

Tech N9ne @ The RITZ Ybor 4/15/2014


American rapper Tech N9ne will perform at The RITZ Ybor on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  Tech N9ne has sold over two million albums, and has been featured in film, television and video games.

Tickets to his show go on sale this Friday, February 7, 2014 online RIGHT HERE.