Hyde Park happenings

A wide range of activities can be enjoyed in Tampa’s historic neighborhood.

click to enlarge MAKING A SPLASH: Eva, 4, and Carmen, 2, cool off in the fountain while their dad looks on at the Hyde Park Market. - CHIP WEINER
MAKING A SPLASH: Eva, 4, and Carmen, 2, cool off in the fountain while their dad looks on at the Hyde Park Market.

From South Howard Avenue to Hyde Park Village to those little venues dotting Platt Street, Hyde Park offers a slew of activities geared to everyone — from stay-at-home parents to twentysomething adults getting their nightlife on and seniors wishing to hone a new artistic medium. Two resources for HP happenings include the Village’s website at hydeparkvillage.com/events and the Old Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, ehydepark.org.

Here’s a smattering of events to start you off:9th Annual Taste of South Tampa Head to the Village April 13 for a smorgasbord of good eats. A “signature event” of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the outdoor festival offers live entertainment plus food and beverage samples from some of the area’s newer and most frequented restaurants. The event also has a business expo for local businesses to showcase their services. Tickets are $20 and $35. tasteofsouthtampa.com.

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Get together to have breakfast and listen to area movers and shakers at Hugo’s in SoHo. The meeting agenda is “relaxed, non-partisan and respectful,” and the restaurant requests that attendees order beverages and/or breakfast at the counter when on arrival. On April 11, Sara Leonard, Non-Profit Leadership of Tampa Bay, is the featured guest. Fridays at 8 a.m. at Hugo’s Restaurant, 931 S. Howard Ave., Tampa.

SoHo Easter Egg Hunt Pub Crawl Hop on this pub hop/scavenger hunt to find bar tabs, gift cards, merchandise and a Golden Egg with a pair of Dropkick Murphy tickets. Participating venues include the SoHo Tavern, The Du

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bliner, Yard of Ale, World of Beer and MacDinton’s. macdintons.com.

From Ballast Point to the Moon: A Jules Verne Tea The Tampa Historical Society invites you to a birthday celebration at the Peter O. Knight House. Verne is connected to Tampa history. The Ballast Point Park in Tampa was originally named Jules Verne Park in recognition of the author’s selection of the town as a likely launch site in his novel From the Earth to the Moon. Sat., May 18, 5-8 p.m. 245 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa. 813-831-5214.

The Hyde Park Village Fresh Market One of the Tampa Bay area’s best markets convenes the first Sunday of the month 10 a.m.-3 p.m., year-round, rain or shine. More than 100 vendors hawk their local and regional farm and agricultural products, prepared foods and handmade crafts — and more. Village shops open early for business include Downtown Dogs, Francesca’s Collections, Pottery Barn and Juxtapose. HydeParkVillage.com.

Kids Night Out Moms and dads can take the night off with the help of Color Me Mine at Hyde Park Village. The artsy-fun spot presents a for-kids-only experience from 6 to 9 p.m. on select Saturdays, where children 6 and older will meet new friends, paint something nifty, eat some pizza and popcorn, and watch a movie. 1609 W. Snow Circle, Tampa. 813-258-8368, colormeminetampa.com.

Ladies’ Night at Timpano Italian Chophouse Hey, gals — if the workweek is off to a rough start and you need to kvetch with your BFFs, head to Hyde Park Village’s swanky Italian restaurant (across from Cinebistro) on Tuesday evenings any time from 6 p.m. to close. Timpano will treat you to $3 select martinis, house wine, bubbly and a complimentary appetizer. 1610 W Swann Ave, Tampa, timpanochophouse.net, 813-254-5870.

Open House and Victorian Tea at the Peter O. Knight House Kick off Tampa’s Archives Awareness Week with a visit to the honeymoon home of one of Tampa’s most historic figures. The wood-frame honeymoon cottage, built in 1890, is now headquarters for the Tampa Historical Society and is th oldest maintained bungalow of its type in Hyde Park. On display are photographs, furniture and artifacts from the Tampa Historical Society collection. July 13, 4-6 p.m. 245 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa. 813-831-5214.

Arturo Sandoval at the Friday Morning Musicale See the master horn player live at Hyde Park’s intimate, historic concert venue. Sandoval is a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and 10-time Grammy winner. Fri., April, 11, 8 p.m., 809 W Horatio St., Tampa, $65-$100, 813-251-1990, atthemusicale.com.

Save the Radio CD Relase and Tax Day Party Those who waited for the last minute to get their taxes done can let someone else do it while knocking back a pint or two (or three) and celebrate a local band’s latest release. Features complimentary appetizers, $3 Yuenglings, $3 Three Olives vodka cocktails and karaoke 10 p.m.-close. 6-9 p.m. April 15, MacDinton’s, 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. macdintons.com.

Watercolor Class Artist and instructor Donna Morrison — who was named one of the top 10 watercolor painters in the country to watch by Watercolor Artist magazine — joins the Tampa Regional Artists to lead a class on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon, starting in June. All experience levels welcome. $12 per session with month-long registration; $15 a class otherwise. [email protected], 813-286-0373.

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