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Honolulu is not only the state capital of Hawaii, but also a hub for the entire Pacific Rim. Here, the creative forces blow as steadily as the trade winds, with a constant energy and movement that attracts culture seekers.

Travelers will encounter artists both emerging and well-known, as well as top-notch museums to roam and lively cultural events. Want in on this artsy action? Here are the best places to experience Honolulu’s booming art scene.

Pow! Wow! Hawaii

Kakaako is a post-industrial neighborhood, transforming from a mishmash of car dealerships and body shops into a bohemian hotbed of art, shopping and dining. The Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival, which takes place every February, has been a main driver of the change.

Pow! Wow! Hawaii pulls in more than 100 international and local contemporary artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Kamea Hadar and Eminem, for artist talks, pop-up shops, exhibitions, concerts and the crowd-pleasing attraction of watching the muralists paint the town red (and every other color). When you get droopy, stop to recharge at one of Kakaako’s many bars and restaurants, such as Honolulu Beerworks or Moku Kitchen.

Can’t make it to Pow! Wow! Hawaii? You can still explore Kakaako any time of year to see the eye-popping murals. The Honolulu Night Market is a monthly block party in Kakaako, with fashion shows, music, food trucks and art. Another free monthly festival, SALT at Our Kakaʻako’s Paakai Marketplace, has Hawaii artists, products by local crafters and demonstrations by cultural practitioners.

Art After Dark

The Honolulu Museum of Art is serene by day, but come the last Friday of the month, January through October, ARTafterDARK throws a party that’s loud, flirty and fun. Held on the museum’s grounds, this soiree features a different theme each month, like the Bollywood-inspired “Kiss, Kiss Bang Bhangra.”

You’ll enjoy a smorgasbord of live music, DJs and specialty cocktails while mingling with Honolulu’s young creative set. (Tickets, $30; free for museum members.)

Honolulu Biennial

Focusing on contemporary artists and artist groups from the Pacific, Asia and the Americas, the Honolulu Biennial roars back into town every other year from March through early May at a dozen locations scattered throughout Honolulu. The theme of 2019 Biennial is “To Make Wrong / Right / Now,” and the robust lineup of programming includes installation art, workshops, artist talks and digital media presentations.

First Friday

Downtown Honolulu stays up late the First Friday of the month to showcase its galleries, local boutiques and restaurants. The crowd meanders from gallery to gallery enjoying live music and staying afterward to hit the bars.

Esteemed, well-established galleries — such as Louis Pohl, The Arts at Marks Garage and Pegge Hopper — promote Hawaii artists and art, but don’t forget to check out some of the more unusual venues, like Black Cat Tattoo Studio, which celebrates First Friday with live tattooing in addition to art installations.

Over at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), the galleries stay open late on First Fridays, with live music and other activities, such as fashion shows. Admission is always free to HiSAM, so swing by during the week if you can’t make a First Friday.

Even More Ideas

Spalding House, a second branch of the Honolulu Museum of Art, is worth a visit for its sculpture-filled gardens. Spalding House has work by Deborah Butterfield and David Hockney, among other contemporary artists.

Many people associate the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum with cultural artifacts and biological specimens, and it indeed has a vast treasure of those. But the museum is also attentive to visual art of the present.

Take, for example, rotating exhibits like “Ka Ui: Contemporary Art from Rapa Nui,” which features works by eight Rapa Nui-based artists who explore Rapanui identity, politics and the environment via sculpture, photography and painting.

The new app Art World Escape (AWE) connects visitors with artists in Honolulu for personal, behind-the-scenes experiences. You might find yourself in an artist’s studio or on a walking tour as you learn more about the creative process.

Beer, Bites and the Occasional Pirate: These Are Tampa’s Must-See Spring Festivals

Is it any surprise that Tampa is at its most festive during those perfect winter-into-spring months?

When the most comfortable season for being outside descends on this cosmopolitan city, locals and visitors step out to enjoy downtown’s lively waterfront parks, Ybor City and other areas while experiencing a run of fun and quirky festivals that make springtime ideal for a visit.

Gasparilla Season

Stretching four miles long, the third-largest parade in the United States turns waterfront Bayshore Boulevard and nearby downtown Tampa into a swashbuckling scene during the annual pirate festival known as Gasparilla.

The event celebrates the legendary pirate, José Gaspar, who terrorized Florida’s Gulf Coast in the late 18th century and early 19th century. And while Gasparilla Pirate Fest, in late January, is the main event, it’s also the kickoff (along with the children’s parade, which takes place the weekend before) for “Gasparilla Season” in these parts.

Mark your calendar for Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, when hundreds of artists display their wares at downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. And local and national acts headline the Gasparilla Music Festival, performing for the crowds on four alfresco stages by the water.

Bern’s Winefest

Tampa’s most venerable restaurant, Bern’s Steak House, hosts this annual homage to wine at various locations in the city’s trendy SoHo neighborhood. Visitors and locals mingle for winemaker dinners, wine blending seminars and all manner of gourmet food and wine worship.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Visitors are transported to the 16th century when they stroll through the gates into the castlelike backdrop of the area’s largest and liveliest Renaissance festival. Playing out over several weekends in February and March, the festival spotlights rotating themes, so you can plan your visit according to your interests.

The Highland Fling weekend, for example, features Highlands Games and a Men in Kilts contest. A pet costume contest and wiener dog races are planned during Pirates & Pets weekend. Whenever you visit, you can enjoy the environment meant to conjure up a European village and the chance to see live armored jousting throughout the day.

Florida Strawberry Festival

Just east of Tampa, Plant City is a hot spot for the country’s strawberry harvest. And roughly half a million visitors arrive during this old-school festival that fetes the berries at the height of their seasonal deliciousness.

The setting is fairlike, with live music, a carnival midway with more than 80 rides and games, and even a youth livestock show where the kids in your gang will love the chance to see cows, sheep, rabbits and chickens up close. It’s Americana at its tastiest, to be sure.

Tampa Pride

Downtown Tampa’s Pride parade is one of the earliest events of the year to kick off the pride parade season across the nation. The parade winds its way through the bricked streets of historic Ybor City with lots of fanfare, a general sense of inclusivity and much flying of the rainbow flag.

Things kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a performance by the Tampa Bay Pride Band and culminate with the parade, which takes to the streets at 1 p.m. An arts and crafts show and community health fair round out the events. And you can count on the party atmosphere continuing long into the night, too, at Ybor’s lively bar scene.

Cuban Sandwich Festival

Miami may beg to differ, but Tampa claims to be the birthplace of the delicious Cuban sandwich. The ingredients — ham, roasted pork, cheese and a smorgasbord of other possible additions that usually includes pickles and mustard, too — are a worldly nod to the immigrants who settled in Cigar City in the late 18th century and early 19 century.

The city’s annual homage to this tasty pressed sandwich takes place at Centennial Park in Ybor City, where contestants from as far away as South Korea and London put forth their best versions of a Cuban sandwich to try to win over judges.

The event also features the assembling of what’s hoped will break records as the world’s biggest Cuban sandwich (stretching to a goal of 170 feet long), which is later donated to feed the homeless. Domino tournaments, dancing and live Latin music round out one of Tampa’s most fun spring fiestas.

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