In the span of three-weeks, much of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico has been ravaged by major hurricanes. Tampa Bay residents and all Floridians were assaulted by Hurricane Irma and now face days, weeks, [...]

The Last Sports Car You May Ever Need

The newly re-designed second-generation Panamera continues to offer the sleekness of the Porsche brand, but the roominess and comfort of a sedan, with four seats. By re-shaping the rear and lowering the roofline, the car resembles [...]

12 Places to View July 4th Fireworks in Tampa Bay

  12 Great Places to View Independence Day Fireworks in Tampa Bay     Light Up Tampa Bay Tampa’s Channel District celebrates the Fourth of July with live music by Southern Train, entertainment by DJ’s Xplicid [...]

Get Kool with The Rowdies

Kool & the Gang   The Rowdies will host a post-match FREE Kool & the Gang Concert to Ticket Holders. Head to ST. PETE for soccer AND a concert! This Thursday, July 6, 2017, Al Lang Stadium welcomes the Tampa Bay Rowdies as they take [...]

Celebrate Cyber Summer Travel Offers

NYAH, Key West   To celebrate the first day of summer, June 21, more than 40 hotels and resorts are offering amazing travel deals that can only be booked exclusively on June 21. From the local Sandpearl [...]

Sizzling Suits For A Hot Weekend

  The temps are ideal for a trip to the beach, nearby park or backyard pool party this weekend. Metro’s studio shot captured the latest fashion trends in swimwear styles to turn heads this season.   (LEFT-TO-RIGHT) TAYLOR: [...]

SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival

  Immerse yourself in a wine and food festival unlike any other in Tampa on Friday, May 12, 2017 at The Florida Aquarium! At SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival, enjoy wonderful wines and sample fantastic foods [...]

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Takes It To The Next Level

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s President Joe Lupo with Hard Rock Girls     The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa made a big splash at the ribbon cutting and opening of the new 700-space parking garage, as Seminole [...]

Hosting Your Own Wine Tasting Party

  How to host a wine party. Table set up and tips. Written and photographed by Krayl Funch   No time to plan, book and take that dream wine tasting vacation to Burgundy or Sonoma this [...]

METROHome Tour: A Redesigned, Rebuilt and Refined Davis Islands Estate.

  Designing an ideal home for entertaining and escaping By Mary Lou Janson  |  Photography by John Kantor   Located on a prominent, half-acre pinnacle of land offering enviable views of the nearby Davis Island Yacht [...]

Valspar Championship Returns To Innisbrook

    The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T. A PGA TOUR event that will be held March 6 -12, 2017 on the Copperhead at Innisbrook.     Golf fans will be cheering on more than 140 [...]

Morean Arts Center Celebrates 100 Years

  The Morean Arts Center Is Celebrating 100 Years Of The Arts In St. Petersburg With A City Proclamation.   The Morean Arts Center is celebrating 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg with a City [...]

Celebrate Hollywood Awards Night at Tampa Theatre

Movie lovers can bask Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party at the 18th Annual Hollywood Awards Night at Tampa Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The Red [...]

Love Is In The Air

Celebrate love with a few special happenings in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day 2017. METRO’s found some great happenings (vow renewal anyone?) and restaurants that will create a romantic experience to celebrate in the most romantic [...]

February is Heart Month

    February is Heart Month!   Tampa Bay METRO is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay and is delighted to share some events for the week of February 1 – February [...]

The Pirates Are Poised To Invade Our Shores!

  Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest January 28, 2017 Invasion starts at 11:30 a.m. | Parade at 2 p.m. Photos: ©Visit Tampa Bay     Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters [...]

HSN is Championing Heart Health

  Behind the Scenes with HSN’s Mindy Grossman at Tampa Bay METRO Photo Shoot   HSN‘s Mindy Grossman is a great supporter of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay.  Today METRO had a sneak peek behind the [...]

Best Selling Author to Speak in Clearwater

Glennon Doyle Melton    Photo by Amy Paulson Photography Best Selling Author, Glennon Doyle Melton To Speak in Clearwater   Kick start the new year with inspiration and hope by attending best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton’s first Tampa [...]

Tis the Season to Shop

  The 13th Annual Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market   click on images to enlarge or view as a slideshow   The holiday shopping season is upon us! One Tampa Bay volunteer organization is [...]

METRO Style: Floral & Fringe

  The season may say fall/winter, but these bright floral prints will certainly add a boost of color to the fashion scene. Pair with some fringe on a dress, boot or handbag and you’ll be right [...]

Q & A: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Head Coach Jon Cooper

Tampa, FL. June 16, 2015 The Tampa Bay Lightning engage with fans upon their return to Tampa following Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.     “Get us to the Dance”   Fans, along with [...]

People: Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall (click on image to enlarge)   Andrew Hall Gives More And Gets More People To Give   Andrew Hall is a regional director for AT&T, managing external and legislative affairs in Tampa Bay and [...]

Drive: The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

click on images to enlarge   Redesigned. Renamed. Refined.   The wind is blowing, the sun is shining and it’s a perfect day in Tampa Bay to test drive the brand new, two-seat convertible 718 Boxster [...]

Fashion & Art: A Discussion With Norma Kamali

   Merging Fashion, Fitness and Art  Metro Exclusive Interview With Norma Kamali by Ronda M. Parag   On June 6 in New York City, Norma Kamali received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council [...]

National Mojito Day Cocktails

  National Mojito Day is Monday, July 11 and what better way to beat the summer heat than sipping on a deliciously cold cocktail! This year, go beyond the standard muddled mint mojito and celebrate with the Cruzan Mango Mojito and [...]

Behind the Bar with Dean Hurst: All About the Spirits

  Metro Shares a Bar Chat with Dean Hurst. By Ronda M. Parag   Dean Hurst has a deep appreciation for the bartenders skill set, while creating a niche within the industry as a Spirits Specialist. [...]

Levante Preview at Maserati of Tampa

Mrs. Reeves, along with Kim Rogers and the Maserati team, hosted a party to unveil the new Levante – The Maserati of SUVs. Guests enjoyed cocktails, delicious culinary delights by Puff ’n Stuff including delightful cheese [...]

DRIVE: Discover The Undiscovered

  Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV   Land Rover’s history of luxury off-road vehicles continues with the 2016 Discovery. Upgrades this year include: new  powertrains, upgraded infotainment and connectivity systems and enhanced driver assistance features. The [...]

Behind the Bar: Justin Gray

  Live with Passion By Ronda M. Parag Born and raised in Tampa, Justin Gray is happy to share his passion and vision for Tampa. Whether bartending at Anise Global Gastrobar, or volunteering for a cause, [...]

Sneak Peek of Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach

  Opening in less than a week, METRO got the chance to see the stunning new hotel that is part of the transformation of Clearwater Beach. Announced today by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach was No. 1 in [...]

Come Ye Pirates Of All Ages!

The McDonalds Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. An alchohal-free event, celebrating the return of the Gasparilla Season to Tampa Bay!     Mateys of all ages jump and [...]

Good Morning America’s Amy Robach Speaks Out

  The Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s Hospital will host keynote speaker Amy Robach on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.   Robach was named News Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning [...]

Tampa’s Downtown Ice Rink Opens

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice presented by Tampa Bay Lightning Grand Opening Mayor Buckhorn laces up his skates Friday, November 20 and officially opens Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink in time for the holiday season.     [...]

David & Christina Laxer Release New Cookbook

    “Bern’s: Rare & Well Done” The Bern’s legacy continues to be honored with the latest release of a new cookbook, Bern’s: Rare & Well Done, by David & Christina Laxer. Written in collaboration with [...]

Naughty or Nice?

Pavilion XXX  Tampa Museum of Art  Pavilion XXX Chairs, Penny and Jeff Vinik       One of Tampa’s oldest traditions and most glamorous galas returns on November 7th to celebrate a 30 year milestone anniversary. [...]

5th Annual Tampa Pig Jig

The crowd at last years Pig Jig in Curtis Hixon Park   Set to kick off this Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, the Pig Jig will bring together barbecue and [...]

Unplug and Reconnect

Escape to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands By Chad H. Vorbrich Today’s life pace has heightened the need for clearing mind clutter, getting unplugged, and spending quality time with loved ones; and there’s no better [...]

Grab a Craft Beer at 5 Tampa Bay Area Brew Pubs

3 Daughters Brewing METRO found five local breweries serving up cold, local brews in hip, casual settings. From the oldest, continuous running microbrewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery, to the latest Ybor City brewery, Coppertail Brewing Co., [...]

DRIVE: Land Rover Discovery Sport

The New 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport   The New 2015 Discovery Sport offers a sleek, aerodynamic silhouette, legendary Land Rover capability and a flexible interior that can accomodate an optional 5+2 seating configuration that allows [...]

Backyard Father’s Day Brunch

Dote on Dad with a Backyard Brunch     (Family Features) Brunch isn’t just for mom. This Father’s Day, make eggs, toast and bacon on the grill for a breakfast that’s sure to spoil the man [...]

DRIVE: The Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan Spirited performance even in base trim; athletic and engaging to drive; comfortable and quiet ride; highly customizable. The 2015 Porsche Macan is an all-new compact luxury crossover SUV. Given the great success Porsche [...]

Discover the Festival of Lights

Lowry Park Zoo Extends Zoominations Festivities                           Due to popular demand, Tampa Lowry Park Zoo has announced that the lights will continue to shine [...]

Easy Escape to Gaming Fun and Fine Dining

Easy Escape to the Mississippi Coast The Beau Rivage Offers Gaming Fun and Fine Dining     It has never been easier than right now to have a convenient getaway to MGM Resort’s AAA Four Diamond [...]

3 Recipes to Shake Up Cinco de Mayo

Swap out the tequila this year for smooth, crisp and refreshing Ketel One Vodka Cocktails. Try Ketel One’s take on a Margarita with the Ketel One Dutch Margarita, keep it simple with a Ketel One Mexican [...]

Open Your Heart

Together, we can change lives and saves lives. Tampa Bay METRO is once again a proud sponsor of the Tampa Bay Heart Ball (Saturday, April 11, 2015) — a celebration of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) [...]

Start Your Engines

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Returns With A Roar     The downtown waterfront provides the perfect backdrop for the The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that kicks off today in downtown St. [...]

Elegant Wedding Showcase Returns

    Elegant Wedding Showcase Returns March 15 Calling all brides-to-be to the Tampa Westshore Marriott on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from Noon – 3:30 p.m. For those that got engaged over the holiday season, it’s [...]

Tampa Theatre Salutes the Movies

    As a fan of the movies, there is no better place to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscar Awards, than at the Tampa Theatre’s 16th Annual Hollywood Awards Night. Guests are encouraged to wear [...]

10 Tips To Talk Like a Pirate

    If you are going to party like a Pirate this Gasparilla, it helps to speak the language. In your best Capt. Jack Sparrow voice, as you navigate the streets of Tampa, use the following phrases [...]

Giving Back: Vivek & Sharmila Seth

    Giving Back Meet Children Across Borders Co-Founders, Vivek & Sharmila Seth     Tampa couple, Vivek and Sharmila Seth, founded the children’s charity, Children Across Borders (CAB), to give back to the community they [...]

Metro Improvements

The Ongoing I-275 Expansion Project In Tampa Has An End In Sight At Least In Video Format … The ongoing I-275 improvement project that involves the stretch of interstate from Howard Frankland Bridge to the Hillsborough River in [...]

Exploring America’s First Frontier

Northeast Tennessee’s Fall Splendor | By Patricia Vorbrich                 Fall is the perfect time to visit the picturesque Northeast Tennessee area of the Sunny Side Trail. Begin in the [...]

From a Tampa ER To Hollywood

  On The Red Carpet with ER Doctor Juan Gallego By Cindy Cockburn   On the Red Carpet in Hollywood — local Tampa doctor & filmmaker Juan E. Gallego M.D. and his wife Jill Leonti. Photo [...]

CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture

  CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture Friday, September 19, 2014 Tampa Museum of Art 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza       Guests of “CITY” will enjoy a live runway show featuring of the moment fall fashion looks from Neiman [...]

Fall Fashion Trends

  FASHIONABLE PURPOSE                   Fall’s 2014 fashion barometer reads hot and reflects the season’s most coveted finds, which are both refreshingly down-to-earth and out of this world. Think [...]

Hot Walks

It’s time to let those toes show in a great pair of summer shoes — from jeweled  flats to striking wedges.   Summer WhitesEnjoy the crisp look of all white with a white tunic, white ankle [...]

Libation Celebration | Cool Off With A Summer Festival

    Time to hit the great outdoors and celebrate the season. Festivals abound this time of year and it’s a time to enjoy the spirits or a cold brew. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo hosts the 19th [...]

Revitalizing Tampa Heights | Richard Gonzmart

    Local history buffs and Tampa Heights residents may be the few who knew the Ulele (You lay lee) name, well before it became synonymous with a multi-million dollar project. It first gained fame for [...]

Paradise (No Passport Required)

  San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino By Ronda M. Parag         Enjoy the beautiful island of Puerto Rico with a quick, easy flight from Tampa to San Juan in under three [...]