It's a crazy mix - Boy George, A Rodeo, Shark Con, - All right here in Tampa Bay! And that's just the start. Look no further to plan your weekend fun, and check out the #RegistrySpotlightEvent.
Tampa Bay Rodeo & Family Festival
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Dover
Grab your cowboy boots & hats! The best entertainment in Western sports gallops into the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds when the Tampa Bay Rodeo & Family Festival arrives. The 2-day extravaganza chock-full of bull riding, bronco busting and barrel racing brings cowboys and cowgirls throughout the south to test their skills against some of the best bucking horses and bulls in all of rodeo. Seven-time International Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year Matt McGee will present lively and hilarious entertainment between competitions that will have fans stompin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ with excitement. Come early for the Family Festival with good grub, spirited games, LIVE music and entertaining activities sure to thrill the entire family
Friday, July 14th & Saturday, July 15th @5pm (Rodeo @8pm) Tickets and more information here.
***Registry’s Spotlight Event***
Here’s to Jobsite, for continued excellence in theater and for bringing us this bloody good summer fun show.
Lizzie rocks our socks off and gets our #RegistrySpotlightEvent
Opening Night – Lizzie: The Musical
Jobsite Theater at the Shimberg Playhouse – Straz Center, Tampa
Back by popular. demand, Lizzie: The Musical tells the Victorian era story of Lizzie Borden, fabled “40 whacks” axe murderess of her stern father and evil stepmother. (She was acquitted, BTW.) It’s told in a Tommy-style rock musical format that delivers the belts big time. The all-female cast, featuring Colleen Cherry reprising her role as Lizzie and music direction by Jeremy Douglass. brings down the house on the nightly, so get your tickets now, because they’re selling out fast.
Friday, July 14th @ 8pm (Runs through August 6th). Tickets and more information here.
MAD Theatre, Tampa
The USF troupe brings us another fun show. Oh, the lengths washed up, yet still remarkably egotistical, Broadway stars will go to to drum up a little publicity – Such is the premise of the Prom. It’s a crazy high school coming of age comedy where love is love, but in too many instances, only if you fight for it. Support these talented young actors and enjoy great theater.
Friday, July 14th – July 22nd Tickets, performance times and more information here.
Third Saturdays at Pinewood
Pinewood Cultural Park, Largo
There’s no better day of exploring for free than at Pinewwod – Home to the Florida Botanical Gardens, Heritage Village, and the Gallery at Creative Pinellas. Third Saturdays have special events at each venue throughout the day. I’m mentioning it this week because it is the final weekend of the amazing Emerging Artist’s Exhibit at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas. See beautiful work from some truly talented Artists on the rise. The gallery is opened from noon to five. Don’t miss it.
Saturday, July 15th @7am – 5pm More information here.
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
SharkCon is a full-fledged, 2-day extravaganza of all things undersea. There numerous FREE engaging activities for you and the kids to sink your teeth into, but that’s just where the fun-frenzy begins. There are speakers from Shark Week, National Geographic, and Animal Planet. There are over one hundred vendors of shark and ocean related merchandise, including, but not limited to jewelry, art, clothing, & collectibles. Learn how you can enjoy the ocean even more with indoors scuba diving with professionals as well as other water sports. Celebs include cast of Jaws 3-D (including a screening), and Lea Thompson of Back to the Future fame.
Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th @9am – 5pm
Tickets and more information here.
Stand Up Spotlight
The Off Central, St. Pete
Everyone can use a good laugh. The Off-Central has you covered. Once again, some of the most talented comics and performers in the Tampa Bay area appear on the Off Central Stage for one night of laughs and music!
Vien Phommachanh, Kye Saunders, Scott Bird, Ward Smith, and special musical guests!
Saturday, July 15th @8pm Tickets and more information here.
MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre, Tampa
Friday, July 14th @7pm Schedules and tickets here.
Boy George & Culture Club
MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre, Tampa
Saturday July 15th @7pm Tickets here.
Jannus Live, St. Pete
Sunday, July 16th @7pm Tickets and more information here.
Tampa Bay Ice Cream Festival
The Pier, St. Pete
I scream, you scream….we all know the rest. Ice cream is just that good, though, isn’t it? Definitely worth at least a squeal. It’s National Ice Cream Day, so pack up the kids and head down to the Pier for a full day of beating the summer heat with the coolest, sweetest, creamiest treat there is. There will be over 25 vendors offering every conceivable version of our favorite dessert. there will also be live music all day and lots of family friendly activities. It’s a sweet Sunday, funday, to be sure.
Sunday, July 16th @11am – 8pm More information here.
Bourbon, Bacon & Blues
Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection, Dunedin
Check out this cool evening event for a hot Summer Sunday. The ever charming and historic Fenway hosts this evening of tasting, sipping, and listening enjoyment. Specialty curated bacon items, an assortment of the best bourbon brands and specialty cocktails, and menu items by the executive chef that feature bacon in every conceivable incarnation from peach & bacon chutney to mac & cheese. Listen to live blues while your taste buds celebrate. It’s a perfect end to the weekend.
Sunday, July 16th @4pm – 8pm Reserve your spot here.
Nate Najar’s Swing Guitars
The Palladium, St. Pete
A Palladium perennial favorite, Nate Najar teams up with guitarists, Carl Amundson and Dominic Walker, with the addition of bassist Joe Porter, and drummerJean Bolduc. Tonight’s musical menu features a mix of blues, big band and bebop – a fun combination of great music. You’ll love it after a big brunch. Think of it as dessert.
Sunday, July 16th @4pm Tickets and more information here.
Have fun and stay safe out there!
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