Tampa Bay Margarita Festival: Get your drink on at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday with more than 40 margarita types for sampling from bartenders and mixologists. Blues Traveler headlines along with local acts including the Black Honkeys and Lions After Dark. Admission is $20 advance, $25 at the door. A special Tequila Tasting (2-6 p.m.) ticket is $20 extra. VIP tickets, though, are sold out. tampamargaritafest.com.
Memorial Day Sandbar Concert: The only way to get to this free floating concert in St. Petersburg is by boat. Listen to live music at the family-friendly event from performers, including Hal Hammer Jr. and the Cross Creek Blues Band, as they play from a pontoon boat stage anchored in the channel. It's in the "P" Channel, adjacent to 2189 Tanglewood Way NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 282-4425.
Light Up Tampa Bay: Remember our fallen heroes at Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza through this free combination Memorial Day celebration and summer kickoff party with live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display. channel sidebayplaza.com.
Music: Sunset Music Festival thumps Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, featuring EDM superstars Skrillex and Diplo, above, collectively known as Jack U, headlining ($159, $225 VIP). smftampa.com. Across the bay on Saturday, alt-rock festival 97X BBQ rocks St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, with Young the Giant leading the lineup. It's free, but you need a ticket, which can be obtained at ticket drops in various locations through Saturday. Or you can pay $20 for VIP. 97xonline.com. On Wednesday, C.J. Ramone plays the Local 662 in St. Petersburg ($10). On Thursday, Grammy Award-winning country musician Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives play Tampa's Straz Center ($35-$45). That same night, elusive guitarist Buckethead shreds St. Petersburg's State Theatre ($21-$25). R. Kelly Bumps n' Grinds at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Friday ($65-$105), while rising country star Brandy Clark plays for free across the street at Ferg's Live. On Saturday, Eagles' guitarist Joe Walsh joins fellow '70s hitmakers Bad Company at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($20-$119.95).
Kids and family
An Evening in Space: At MOSI's event in Tampa on Saturday, families can touch a meteorite that crashed to Earth 50,000 years ago, catch a screening of the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet and hear a space talk ($15, $10 members). mosi.org.
More to explore
Find more Memorial Day events at tampabay.com/holiday.