What's happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? June 15-17

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (June 15-17), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.

Friday, June 15

Sunshine State Cluster Dog Show

When: July 13-17
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds at 4800 U.S. Highway 301, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information 
Info: Attention dog lovers! The 2018 Sunshine State Cluster will feature dozens of dog breeds competing in specialty K9 shows. From dock diving and obedience classes to best show puppies, there’s something for everyone. 

 

Ride the world’s tallest swing ride

When: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. 
Where: 8265 International Drive, Orlando
Cost: $12
Info: Florida is now home to the world’s tallest swing ride! Standing at 450-feet tall, the ‘Orlando Starflyer’ seats 24 people and can reach a max speed of 60 miles per hour.  And the giant swing is officially taller than its famed ferris wheel neighbor, the Orlando Eye. The thrill ride is located at Vue at 360 on International Drive. It costs $12 to ride and lasts about five minutes.

 

The Illusionists - Live from Broadway

When: 8 p.m. 
Where: The Straz Center at 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa
Cost: $35
Info: Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Tampa! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists. This show has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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Dancing at Lughnasa

When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Straz Center at 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa
Cost: $18
Info: Memories and storytelling interweave into a stunning portrayal of provincial Irish life for five unmarried women in the summer of 1936. Michael Evans, now a grown man, recalls this life-changing summer: he is seven years old, in the care of his unmarried mother and her four sisters – as his father and radicalized uncle unexpectedly return during the pagan festival of Lughnasa. Their arrival upends the already precarious existence of wild Irish women tethered to a Catholic-controlled life in post-war Ireland. The summer colors Michael’s world forever after. Winner of both the Tony and Olivier awards for Best Play, Brian Friel’s autobiographically-inspired work captures the confounding tension between the free-spirited lyricism of the Irish soul and the harsh boundaries of religious and colonial rules.

Saturday, June 16

The Sleeping Beauty with Tampa City Ballet

When: 6 p.m.
Where: America's Ballet School at 15365 Amberly Drive, Tampa
Cost: $25
Info: America’s Ballet School and Tampa City Ballet will be performing Sleeping Beauty this Saturday! This Spring performance costs $25 and begins at 6 p.m. 

Gelatin Plunge

When: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: Children's Cancer Center at 4901 W Cypress Street, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: The 6th Annual Gelatin Plunge is your chance to make a difference in the lives of the children and families supported by the Children’s Cancer Center (CCC). Plummet down a slide on a warm summer night into a pool filled with 2,000+ gallons of orange gelatin and enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and family-fun activities. Spectators are welcome to join in the fun as well!

Maroon 5 at Amalie Arena

When: 8 p.m. 
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: Maroon 5 is playing in Tampa this weekend! The 3-time Grammy Award-winning band will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena. 

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Paranormal Cirque

When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Riviera Dunes Marina at 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto
Cost: $20
Info: Get ready for the new Paranormal Cirque! Under this clown castle, the black and red big top tent features acrobats of the air, illusionists, freaks, mysterious creatures and all the elements that make one spooky circus experience. A crazy yet fun fusion between circus, theatre, and cabaret in perfect harmony with the evolution of a show that brings you back to your darkest nightmares. This is truly a paranormal experience like no other.

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium

When: 9:30 a.m. 
Where: Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 
Cost: $28.95
Info: Dad’s can enjoy FREE admission to The Florida Aquarium during Father’s Day weekend! Fathers get in free with the purchase of any full price paid admission. Take a stroll with dad through the Aquarium's many exhibits including the Dragons Down Under exhibit and learn how seahorses are the Mr. Moms of the sea!

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Check out Armature Works

When: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
Where: 1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa
Cost: Free
Info: Armature Works is a food-lover’s dream and a truly innovative concept in Tampa. The 22,000-square-foot industrial Heights Public Market features an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by 14 bars and restaurants showcasing the top chefs in the Bay Area. 

 

Ride Roaring Springs at ZooTampa

When: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Where: ZooTampa at Lowry Park at 1101 W Sligh Avenue, Tampa 
Cost: Click here for ticket information
Info: Get ready to kick your summer off with a splash! ZooTampa at Lowry Park has opened its brand-new family water adventure, Roaring Springs. The water ride allows guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of unexpected adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring and then suddenly feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown.

 

Styx, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Tesla

When: 7 p.m. 
Where: MIDFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre 
Cost: $29.50
Info: It's a trio of epic classic rock acts as Styx, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Tesla come to MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sunday! With two full sets from Styx and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, featuring hits like "Mr Roboto" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", it's going to be a wild night, so unleash your inner rebel and get ready to rock hard! 
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