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Things to do in Tampa Bay for week of June 25

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.

Date Night

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

Things to do in Tampa Bay for week of June 25 06/24/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:48pm]
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