Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hope for sun for Memorial Day fun

ST. PETERSBURG — Try to avoid the rain and hope for sunny skies this weekend to soak up all the Memorial Day festivities.

Related News/Archive

Kick off the weekend Saturday with the radio 97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 2 at Vinoy Park. Starting at noon, the event will feature live music from the Spill Canvas, 10 Years, and local bands Aversia and Mr. Bella, among others. There will also be volleyball tournaments, food and a beer garden. Tickets are $10 and are available through Ticketmaster or through radio station appearances.

Later that night, Richard Kaufman will conduct Star Spangled Pops, a collection of patriotic songs and marches performed by the Florida Orchestra Super Pops. The program will include a 100th-anniversary salute to American composer Leroy Anderson.

Tickets are $21 to $56 for the 8 p.m. performance at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

On Memorial Day head over to the Pier for the Salsa En St. Pete Summer Celebration to dance up a storm to salsa and other Latin music from 4 to 9 p.m.

Dagny Salas can be reached at or (727) 893-8872.

There are performances of Star Spangled Pops in Tampa and Clearwater, too. Here's a list.


Star Spangled Pops: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m., 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $21-$56.


97X Memorial Day Backyard BBQ 2: Noon, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. Tickets $10.

Star Spangled Pops: 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $21-$56.


Star Spangled Pops: 7:30 p.m., Richard B. Baumgardner Center, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets: $21-$56.


Salsa En St. Pete Summer Celebration: The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

>>Fast Facts

Holiday events

Hope for sun for Memorial Day fun 05/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Video: Loggerhead sea turtle found in Islamorada resident's pool


    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on Monday, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys.

    An adult female loggerhead sea turtle, discovered in an oceanside residential pool in Islamorada on June 22, 2017, has been rescued and released off the Florida Keys. [Photo from video]

  2. What Wilson Ramos will mean to the Rays lineup, pitching

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer was stumping for all-star votes for Corey Dickerson during a live interview Wednesday morning on the MLB Network when he lifted the right earpiece on his headset and said, "I hear a buffalo coming."

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waves to the crowd after being presented with the Silver Slugger Award before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
  3. Deon Cain, Duke Dawson, Derrick Nnadi among SI's top 100 players


    Sports Illustrated's countdown of the top 100 players in college football continues with three more local players.

  4. She doesn't care if you accept her, as long as you respect her

    Human Interest

    Mary Jane Taylor finds strength walking quietly among the dead.

    Mary Jane Taylor,18, visits Oaklawn Cemetery in downtown Tampa when she is feeling low. "When I hit my low points in life I go the the graveyard," she says. "people are afraid of the graveyard. I love the graveyard." The transgender teen recently graduated from Jefferson High School. She is  enrolled in summer classes at Santa Fe College in Gainesville studying international business. She plans to transfer to the University of Florida, attend law school and become a civil rights lawyer. (JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times)
  5. Few new details in state investigation of Tarpon Springs officer-involved shooting of Nick Provenza

    Public Safety

    TARPON SPRINGS — An investigative report, released this week by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, into the officer-involved shooting that killed 25-year-old Nick Provenza included largely the same narrative prosecutors released this month that ruled the shooting a "justifiable homicide."

    Stopping while riding by on his bike Michael Prater, 15, hangs his head after looking at the memorial at Safford and Tarpon avenues for Nick Provenza, a 25-year-old who was shot and killed there during a car show Saturday by a Tarpon Springs police officer. Investigators said Provenza pulled a knife on the cop who shot him. Friends find it hard to believe a man they described as a peaceful vegan and musician would be capable of such an act. Prater didn't know the victim but was at the car show.