TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Celebrate Tampa’s diverse community at the 14th annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival from Jan. 16-25. The 10-day cultural celebration features local and national speakers, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople. The Festival traditionally begins the week before the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and concludes the week after to promote diversity and cultural sensitivity.
The festivities begin with the “Evening of Elegance” Heritage Gala on Jan. 17 at A La Carte Event Pavilion and continue with a free 5k walk on Jan. 18 from 7-9:30 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Also at Curtis Hixon, relax on the water while listening to jazz music at the free Music Fest on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., where the band Pieces of a Dream and guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne will perform. Preferred seating is also available for purchase.
Dance with the marching bands at the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Jan. 20 that will move through East Tampa from noon-3 p.m. Afterwards, visit the nearby Community Festival with entertainment, food vendors, a car show, arts & crafts and more at Belmont Heights Little League Park.
For those who’d rather be teeing off, also on Jan. 20 is the 8th Annual Heritage Golf Classic at the Historic Rogers Park Golf Course from noon-5:30 p.m. Registration is available until Jan. 15 and proceeds benefit First Tee of Tampa Bay.
Other Festival events include a leadership breakfast on Jan. 19, free youth night on Jan. 21, financial seminar on Jan. 25 and more.
For more information and events calendar, go to VisitTampaBay.com, or follow us on Facebook (Visit Tampa Bay) or Twitter (@VisitTampaBay). For more information on the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, visit TampaBlackHeritage.org.
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