If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (June 23-25), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, June 23
Art of the Brick opens for the summer
The world's largest, most elaborate display of LEGO art will debut in Downtown Tampa this weekend. The exhibition titled 'The Art of the Brick' will feature 100 incredible artworks made out of LEGO bricks by award winning artist Nathan Sawaya. The Art of the Brick will be on display at 802 East Whiting Street from Friday, June 23 through Monday, September 4.
Leslie Odom Jr. at the Straz Center
Direct from his Tony-winning role as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s hottest hit, Hamilton, Leslie Odom, Jr. appears in this solo concert for one performance only. His self-titled album dropped in June 2016 to wild critical and popular acclaim, launching an exclusive tour of his original works and beloved jazz standards. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Straz Center with tickets starting at $35.50.
Rays host Orioles for weekend series
The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Baltimore Orioles for a weekend series at Tropicana Field. If you swing by 7-Eleven on Friday, you can buy tickets for only $7.11. Saturday’s game will hand out Kevin Kiermaier STAR WARS bobble-heads to the first 15,000 fans. On Sunday, kids 14 years or younger will get a free Rays Fidget Spinner.
Arturo Sandoval at Mahaffey Theater
A 10-time Grammy winner, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will be showcasing his talents on Friday night at the Mahaffey Theater. Sandoval has evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Tickets begins at $39.
TECO streetcars are free with Fourth Friday wristbands
Fourth Friday, a monthly celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts and culture scene is Friday, June 23. If you have a free Fourth Friday wristband, you can ride the TECO streetcars between downtown and Ybor City.
Saturday, June 24
Thousands will line the streets of downtown St. Pete Saturday night for Florida's largest LGBT celebration. The celebration will stretch for blocks on Bayshore Drive with a dazzling array of sequins, beads, leathers and feathers to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity. The 15th Annual St. Pete Pride Parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with other events happening throughout the day.
Saturday Azalea Park Market
Looking to go shop local this weekend? The Saturday Azalea Park Market sells local fresh produce, arts n’ crafts and foods of all of sorts. There’s also live music and activities for the kids. The market is at the Azalea Recreation Center and begins at 9 a.m.
Sunday, June 25
Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival
Bloody Mary fans, rejoice! The Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival will celebrate the most beloved brunch cocktail. Enjoy unlimited samples of the best bloody mary concoctions from Tampa Bay's best restaurants and vote for the best one to win the Golden Celery Award! Mimosa's and brunch food are also available for purchase! The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Tampa Garden Club. General admission tickets cost $30 and you must be 21 years or older to attend.
The celebration of pride continues! With more than 40,000 people expected to attend, the St. Pete Pride Street Festival will be one of the largest community events of the season. There will be live performances, entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food and drinks. Support diversity and make your way down to downtown St. Pete for this exciting event. The festival begins at 9 a.m.
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