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By Katie Lamont, East Lake High
I've been staring at my piggy bank for a while now, hoping it will tell me what to do this summer. Lately, it's been telling me I can't afford to go to somewhere exotic, like Mexico. So Mr. Piggy makes a much more logical suggestion: Why not stay in town? We do live in Florida; why not explore this state? Here's a list of some of the coolest things going down in the area this summer that you can expect to find me at.
2. Vans Warped Tour
I highly doubt any of you don't know about this, but just in case you don't, the highly popular concert in Vinoy Park this year will be rocking as always. With a line-up that's pretty solid, the high-energy outdoor event doesn't disappoint. Check out the lineup and info here.
3. Katy Perry
Among Florida's summer concert line-up is Katy Perry, who will be bringing her cotton candy-influenced California Dreams tour to the St. Pete Times Forum on June 10. Tickets may still be up for grabs so hurry and get some for the show at 7:30 p.m. She's touring with Swedish dance diva Robyn, who puts on an awesome show.
4. Natasha Bedingfield
The Brit pop singer will be at the Ritz in Ybor on July 14.
5. Cellmate Confessions
If you watch COPS, CSI, Law & Order, anything involving an arrest... this show might be fun to check out. At the Straz Center, June 30 through July 10, ten of Tampa's top actors will portray characters during their arrest. This rather different kind of show should prove very interesting.
6. Pier 60 Sunset Cinema
I don't know what I like more, the beach or the movies. I don't have to worry, though, because this event combines my two summer loves. From June 3 until Aug. 27, Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach will be showing FREE movies every Friday and Saturday at dusk. From Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1 to Charlie St. Cloud, the movies are ones you want to watch. Click here for all dates and movies.
7. Dallas Bull Teen Night
If you're between 13 and 17 (which most of us are) and looking for a fun and safe/parent-friendly night out, check out the Dallas Bull's Teen Night on June 12. Admission is only $10 and they spin the best of country and hip-hop music from 7-10 p.m.
8. Mamma Mia!
This is one play I am definitely marking my calendar for: July 12-17 at the Straz Center in Tampa, the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! will be performed. Hits like Dancing Queen and S.O.S. came from this musical. Safe to say, this one is great for a Me and Mom day...or Me and Dad, cat, aunt, grandma, cousin... heck, bring the whole family.
9. Cuban Sandwich Art Show
The Artists and Writers Group presents this month-long series of cultural events about Tampa. All of the art presented is about Tampa and/or Cuban sandwiches. The organizers tend toward the whimsical, satirical, political, hysterical, surprising and wacky. Let's face it, we could all use a bit more creativity in our lives, after months of FCAT/AP/SAT testing. Be sure to check it out.
10. Double Dino Days
So, Plant City is a bit of stretch for some of you, but if it's for 150 life-sized dinosaurs? Um... I say it's worth the gas. Dinosaur World is offering a free pass for any day in December (excluding Christmas) when you buy a ticket during the month of August. So come when it's hot, and when it's...semi-cold... for one price! Admission is $12.75 for adult.
How are you spending your precious summer days?