Top 14 Tampa Bay Area Events for the Week of June 20-26


Watermelon Weekend: Bring your swimsuit and cool off at this pet-friendly festival with watermelon picking, wine and cider outing, watermelon activities, crafts, food vendors and water slides inflatables for all ages. No cover (food/drink extra). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. 813-752-9100.

LeAnn Rimes: The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter’s new tour looks back on his 25-year career and features some of his new music. $53 to $103. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Form: Known for their chart-topping hits spanning nearly three decades, the Grammy-winning band Train is touring in support of their 11th studio album, “AM Gold,” performing. The lineup includes Jewel and Blues Traveler. $35.50 and up. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Jamie Lissow: Actor-comedian Jamie Lissow, whose work includes “Real Rob,” an appearance on “Last Comic Standing” and his own half-hour Comedy Central special, performs. $27. 8pm-9.30pm and 10.30pm-midnight Friday, 7.30pm-9pm and 9.30pm-11pm Saturday. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Avenue, Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Watch a laser light show of Beatles songs at the Bishop Planetarium at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton Thursday through Saturday. [ Lifestyle Festivals and Events ]

Laser Light Nights at the Bishop: Bishop Planetarium is reviving a tradition from years ago. Watch sweeping laser light shows set to rock and roll music from yesterday and today. This part presents the music of the Beatles. $15. 7:00 p.m. Thursday, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Bishop Planetarium at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. 941-746-4131.

Free golf for children: Families who were unable to enroll their children in summer camp but still want them to be active can enroll them in a free summer golf program. Kids ages 5-15 get a free bucket of golf balls to hit on the driving range every day until August 31. Children are advised to bring their own clubs, but rentals will be available. Offer valid at Ace Golf locations in Riverview, Land O’ Lakes and Tarpon Springs. At the Riverview and Land O’ Lakes locations, kids can substitute a free round of mini-golf instead of a free bucket of balls. In addition to the practice program, children enjoy a free 18-hole round of golf after noon each day when accompanied by a paying adult. Free. From 9 a.m. daily. Ace Golf Riverview, 12910 Boyette Road. 813-672-7750.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Kids can escape the heat and watch their favorite family movies for $2 every Tuesday and Wednesday. Week four includes “Despicable Me” and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu.” Both films play on both days. $2. 11 a.m. Tuesday to Wednesday. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 US 19 N, Pinellas Park. 727-525-7777. Also held at Citrus Park, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa. 844-462-7342.

June 16 in Clearwater: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Saturday Morning Shoppe, an outdoor market for small businesses with a focus on growing them in individual cities. Free. 3-8 p.m. Saturday. Walter C. Campbell Park, 801 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. 833-480-7467.

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Paint N Black: Month of June 16: Six poets and six visual artists collaborate to present an all-black experience with music from DJ Solo, vendors, drinks and an open mic. Black outfit required. $5 to $10. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Creative Lounge, 13211 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-501-2960.

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch performs with La Lucha at the Muse Awards on March 4, 2022. Catch the band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ruskin's Firehouse Cultural Center.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch performs with La Lucha at the Muse Awards on March 4, 2022. Catch the band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ruskin’s Firehouse Cultural Center. [ XINA SCUDERI PHOTOGRAPHY | Courtesy of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance ]

The jazzy 80s party: La Lucha returns to the firehouse with a jazzy celebration of reimagined 1980s songs, including Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”, Joe Jackson’s “Stepping Out” and George Michael’s “Careless Whisper”. Singers Ona Kirei and Shella Siddiq will join the party, as well as James Suggs on trumpet. $23 to $28. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. 813-645-7651.

Summer Classics Film Series: The 31st Annual Classic Film Series features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ, sing-along songs and modern classics. This part presents the 1964 war thriller “Fail Safe” (112 minutes, unrated). $10 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans 14 and under receive a Raymond reversible headband while supplies last. The price varies. 1:40 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Tampa Bay Rays receiver Mike Zunino (10) reacts after being knocked out.  See how they fare against the Pirates on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Rays receiver Mike Zunino (10) reacts after being knocked out. See how they fare against the Pirates on Sunday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Summer Celebration Celebrity Talent Showcase: Busch Gardens’ Pantopia Theater sets the stage for an all-new talent show featuring the best performers from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” This week includes Chicago Boyz (Season 8 stunt team), Smoothini (Season 9 magician), iLuminate (Season 6 light dance team), and Charles Peachock (Season 6 juggler). The shows take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday until July 10. Included with park admission. Busch Gardens, 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Summer Glow: Spend your day at the beach and still have time to spend with the rescued animals at the aquarium. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is extending its hours of operation to 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through July 30. Activities include steel drum music, live entertainment, animal interactions, and free boat tours. Included with admission. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.


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