British Invasion! In their first U.S. tour in several years, Brit superstars Coldplay will fill the Tampa Bay Times Forum with anthem rock Thursday ($49.50-$97.50.) (813) 301-2500. On Friday — squeeeeee! — one of the hottest acts on the planet, British X Factor's One Direction, prove that boy bands are back. 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa; $29.50-$59.50; (813) 740-2446. On Sunday, Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band puts a few Beatles tunes in the mix at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($56-$153). (727) 791-7400).
St. Pete Pride: Thousands in rainbow colors will crowd Central Avenue in St. Petersburg for the annual Promenade Parade and Street Festival, which kicks off Saturday morning. Headliners are singer-songwriter and actor Deborah Cox and comedian Christine O'Leary. After the parade, nearly 200 vendors from across the state will line Central Avenue between 21st and 28th streets. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. stpetepride.com
More music: Rock it old school when Def Leppard teams up with fellow '80s hair metal band Poison on Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa ($33-$123). (813) 301-2500. Stay after the Rays game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday for a concert by Earth Wind & Fire at the Trop in St. Petersburg. Included with game ticket, which start at $19 Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. Sorry, Boston at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday is sold out.
Kids and Family
LEON Festival: That's Noel spelled backward, because it's never too early for Metropolitan Ministries to think about Christmas. Cool off with a 60-foot snow slide, photos with Santa, holiday music, inflatables and the Tampa Bay Storm cheerleaders Friday at the Tampa bay Times Forum. Free admission, but every $10 donation or new toy gets a free Tampa Bay Storm ticket and "fun tickets" for rides.
Free and cheap movies: A bunch of good ones: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a special tween Dive-In Movie night Friday at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center (BYO floatie for 10 and older only) $4-$5; Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach on Saturday for free; Hugo at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales on Saturday for $5; and The Princess Bride at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Sunday for $5.
More to explore
Fourth of July: No, it's not until a week from Wednesday, but why wait to have a blast? Both Freedom Fest in Pinellas Park and Main Street Blast in New Port Richey have music, kids activities and fireworks Saturday. Free. For more events, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.