Weekend Top Ten: Last Chances, Dutchman, Rosé All Day, and 246

Who says Summer is “slow” in Tampa Bay? With an amazing PRIDE month winding down, we look toward celebrating America’s 246 th birthday. (Though she doesn’t look a day over 225). Here are some calendar-worthy last-chance art closings, a big theater opening, a poolside concert, and where you can find the best fireworks displays.

Thursday

“Contact” – Oil on Canvas
Photo provided by Fred Woods


Storyteller on Canvas by Rootman – Closing Art Reception

The Factory, St. Pete

Contemporary Surrealist, and newly awarded Creative Pinellas Professional Artist grantee Frederick Woods, aka Rootman, closes his Featured Artist exhibition of paintings and prints on Thursday evening at The Factory St. Pete. “Each piece is my way of telling a story – stories of things I’ve seen or experienced,” says Woods. “The newest work Contact is the culmination – the story of my life.”5:30 – 8:30pm (Hors d’oevres will be served.)
2622 Fairfield Ave S, St. Petersburg.

Thursday – Friday

SPORES
The Wayward Goose, St. Pete

It’s your last chance to catch “SPORES.” No, it’s not a scary movie about a rampant fungal contagion, it’s a beautiful, newly created series of mixed media paintings and drawings by Miss Crit (Laura Spencer) at the Wayward Goose. This in-depth exploration of the biosphere of mushrooms utilizes fine art techniques (acrylics and charcoal), to produce very delicate and detailed studies of our weird, spongy, mostly delicious friends of the forest floor. (Plus cocktails)
Closes July 1st
48 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N., St. Pete

Friday

Photo Courtesy of American Stage


Opening of “Dutchman” at American Stage

Originally produced in the 60’s against the backdrop of the NYC Civil Rights movement, Amiri Baraka’s Obie Award-winning, Dutchman explores racial themes through the two-way conversation held between a black man and a white woman on the subway. Erica Sutherlin, the first black female director on the main stage, retells the thought-provoking story with a contemporary twist as she, herself, makes history. Opens July 1 st runs through July 31 st
163 3 rd St. N., St. Petersburg
Find tickets here

Saturday

Pied Piper Productions


Rosé All Day – Featuring Cedric Gervais

WTR Pool – Tampa

Grammy-winning re-mixologist, and Spotify sensation, Cedric Gervais will “cool” off your summer swelter with a fresh concert at WTR Pool on the Tampa side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. General admission and VIP passes are available. Tickets are available here.
7:30 pm

As promised, here are some of the biggest and brightest fireworks celebrations (and other stuff), throughout the Tampa Bay area.


Sunday
Hometown USA in Dunedin TD Ballpark


Dunedin Parks and recreation gives you a head start on Independence Day celebrating
with two live concerts (Bay Kings Band at 7 pm and 10:45 pm), an outdoor big screen showing of Angels in the Outfield at 7:15 pm, and of course, fireworks at 9:15 pm.
Full schedule and details here


Monday – Independence Day Holiday


Tampa’s BOOM by the Bay
Multiple Sites

The city’s official 4th of July event brings festivities to several locations and fireworks from multiple
sites spanning a 2.5-mile radius. Starting at 11 am, catch a water ski show and live music at Sparkman Wharf. Then, at 3 pm, head over to Armature Works for a hot dog eating contest, kid zone, and live music.

Friends of the Riverwalk brings you a boat parade from 6 pm – 7:15 pm There will be fireworks from multiple locations starting at dusk. Get a listing of all festivities with maps and times here (under events).


Clearwater Celebrates America BayCare Park


The Black Honkeys Band headlines the festivities at BayCare Ballpark (not Coachman Park), this
year starting at 6 pm. Giveaways for the kids and lots of classic American eats will keep everyone
happy, full, and dancing. Fireworks start at 9:15. More information and tickets here.


The Fourth at St. Pete Pier

Photo courtesy of The Pier


For decades, Spa Beach and the Pier have been the site of some of the most memorable fireworks displays and finales, ever. This year marks the second anniversary of the celebration at the “New”
Pier, and there is a schedule chock full of fun activities for all – including the St. Pete Pier Run, Craft
Beer Garden, food trucks, vendors, and live music.
4pm-10pm Find details here.


4th of July Celebration – Safety Harbor
Waterfront Park


Waterfront Park is the site for family-friendly doings in beautiful Safety Harbor. Children’s activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and just plain old fun. Fireworks start promptly at 9 pm at the Marina or Waterfront Park, so get there early for a good seat!
5 pm – 9 pm – Address and more details here.

Patriotic Picnic and 4th of July Fireworks – Tarpon Springs
Craig Park

Picturesque Craig Park will be the place in Tarpon Springs to celebrate the 4th with a full day of activities planned, including a live performance by Oysterbone at 11am, followed by a picnic in the park from 12:45 – 2pm. Bring your lawn chairs, swimsuits, and towels as you meet up with neighbors

and friends. There will be waterslides, a hot dog eating contest, and oh, so much more. Find details here.

Have fun and be safe out there! See you next week.
Cindy