TAMPA, Fla. — If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (May 31-June 2), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area.
Friday, May 31
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
When: May 31-August 11
Where: 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa
Info: As the sun goes down, the party heats up! It's your first chance to ride the all-new Tigris at night! Then dance the night away with DJs in Stanleyville and Cheetah Hunt Plaza. There will also be a special summer selection of food and drinks at locations around the park. Finally, cap off your Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a thrilling firework show at 9:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Burger Fest
When: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 5225 N Himes Ave, Tampa
Info: The Tampa Bay Burger Fest is back for its 4th year. The best gourmet food trucks in the Tampa Bay area (Off The Griddle, JB’s Sweet Addiction, Southern Munchies, and more) are doing "their take" on burgers. Come together to show up and show out!
Whiskey Business 2019
When: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: NOVA 535 at 535 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg
Info: Try unlimited samples of the best whiskey, scotch, and bourbon offerings to your heart's content. Plus, live music, burlesque shows throughout the night, bites by local restaurants like Noble Crust, a 24-foot cheese and charcuterie spread with whiskey pairings by SaltBlock Hospitality, sampling by Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company, interactive seminar opportunities and much, much more. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Blackbear—Dead 2 the World Tour
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jannus Live at 200 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg
Info: American singer, songwriter and record producer Matthew Tyler Musto, known professionally as Blackbear, is coming to St. Pete. Tour includes special guests Gashi and Harry Hudson.
The Southern Momma
When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Straz at 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa
Info: Country satire superstar and former 99.5 FM WQYK Tampa morning show personality Cledus T. Judd is back after a hiatus. The Southern Momma Cledus T. Judd Comedy Experience joins the parody icon with comedians Red Squirrel, Gary Cargal and one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2018, Darren Knight, also known as the Southern Momma.
Saturday, June 1
Clearwater Craft Beer Fest
When: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater
Info: Celebrating its third year, this free block party features the best local craft beers from Dunedin’s House of Beer along with food trucks, live art demonstrations, kids' entertainment, and interactive games. Plus, live music from Chris McCarty, The Rectifiers, JahFarI and more! This year's featured charity is Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay.
8th Annual Tampa Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival
When: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: University Area CDC at 14013 N 22nd Street, Tampa
Info: The Festival promotes and showcases Caribbean cultural activities, recognizes and encourages the diverse cultures within the Greater Tampa Caribbean-American community and fosters family and economic growth opportunities. The event will include live entertainment, performances from culturally representing artists, brands, and DJs, arts and crafts and activities for the entire family – all in an open-air environment.
Rosé by the Bay
When: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Station House at 260 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg
Info: Welcome the summer with friends while enjoying views of the downtown skyline from Station House's outdoor rooftop deck. Sip a wide variety of rosé wine, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and mingle with other like-minded winos. Tickets are limited, with room for only 250 people. Your ticket includes 5 tasting tickets and one full pour ticket with a number of wines to choose from, a commemorative wine tasting glass and complimentary light bites from Ichicoro Ane. Ticket price goes up to $65 on the day of the event, and designated driver tickets are only $30.
Sunday, June 2
Kids in the Kitchen with Ms. Alyna
When: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Armature Works at 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa
Info: This is a hands-on experience for kids ages 3-12. Learn how to make a mini calzone from scratch. Mix, stir, measure and pour while building cooking skills and vocabulary. Afterwards, enjoy your delicious creation! Parent participation is encouraged but not necessary.
TheXpos Wedding Show
When: 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: St. Pete Marriott Clearwater at 12600 Roosevelt Blvd N, St. Petersburg
Cost: $10 for brides, $7 for guests
Info: Meet over 60 of Tampa’s best wedding professionals! Enjoy a fashion show, cake samples, floral and décor designs, cash bar, free parking, shopping, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and more. Bridal ticket includes a bag and $500 in Bridal Bucks.
Dio Returns: Hologram Performance with Dio Band
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palladium Theatre at 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg
Info: The show features Ronnie James Dio’s hologram with his band he played with for over 20 years. The show also features additional singers Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest/Yngwie Malmsteen) and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob). From the show opener, "King of Rock N’ Roll", to the closer, "Neon Knights", this 90-minute spectacle, including all the fan favorites, takes viewers on the Dio journey! A new take on the traditional concert format – a show that has to be seen to be believed.