Veterans Day Events
Bay Pines VA Veterans Day Ceremony
The ceremony includes a performance by the Keswick Christian School Choir, a parade of colors, a firing salute, Taps, the posting and retiring of the U.S. flag and guest speaker U.S. Navy Adm. (Ret.) John Kirby. Free. C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and National Cemetery at Bay Pines, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 398-9426. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Veterans Day Freedom Fest
Two-day celebration includes live entertainment, food vendors, patriotic arts and crafts, resources for veterans, kids zone and more. Friday’s festivities include a Freedom Fighters Feast for invited veterans and dignitaries. Saturday’s festivities include a parade starting at 3 p.m. (starting at intersection of Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard, heading north on Grand around Orange Lane, and ending on Bank Street). A Veterans Day Boxing Throw-Down will be from 6 to 8 p.m. (tickets $30 civilians, $25 veterans). Free. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 939-8387. 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, 2-10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hillsborough Veterans Day Tribute
The event recognizes active and former U.S. military service members from all branches of service. Includes remarks by Col. S. Troy Pananon, Vice Commander, drill performances, taps and a rifle salute. Free. Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, 3602 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 744-5349. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Veterans Day Boat Parade
See the 21st annual Veterans Boat Parade through the waterways of Madeira Beach and Treasure Island Saturday from 10 a.m-1 p.m. There will be a 10 a.m. opening ceremony : at the docks of the American Legion Post 273 north of Tom Stuart Causeway. Parade watch locations: Elks Lodge No. 1912, ROC Park, and John’s Pass.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When the team plays the Jets there will be a "Salute to Service" themed game with military tributes throughout the game and a halftime induction ceremony for new service members. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500. 1 p.m. Sunday.
Testament of Freedom
Una Voce, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay, joins with the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds and choirs of Palm Harbor University High School to present a musical celebration honoring veterans. $20, $5 students, free veterans. USF School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 389-6313. 8 p.m. Saturday; Also taking place at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 389-6313. 7 p.m. Sunday.
Brooksville Veterans Appreciation Parade
The line-up starts at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind Brooksville City Hall. The parade will run from city hall on Howell Avenue through the downtown area. Free. 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. 10 a.m. Saturday.
Largo Veterans Day Ceremony
Join the city of Largo as it celebrates Veterans Day with a ceremony featuring music, a keynote speaker, military vehicle display, free flight bird presentations, youth activities and food trucks. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Clearwater Veterans Day Ceremony
Former Congressman David Jolly hosts the event honoring Navy Seal Danny Dietz, who died in Afghanistan, with the dedication of State Road 60 as a Purple Heart Trail. Free. Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater. (727) 464-4600. 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Gulfport Heroes Weekend
Veterans Day parade down Beach Boulevard (11 a.m.) to the opening ceremonies (noon) and a beach volleyball game. Free. Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. (727) 893-1118. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Dunedin VFW Veterans Day
Veterans, their families and friends enjoy Breakfast (8-10 a.m.) ($6), a Veterans Day ceremony and grand remodeling opening (11 a.m.), music and a free hotdog and hamburger cook-out. Free. VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.
Florida Humanities Speaker Series
In "Florida and World War II," Gary Mormino explores the role World War II played in developing new roles for women. $10, veterans/members free. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-2222. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Red, White and Bluegrass Festival
Wear red, white and blue to enjoy a barbecued country style meal with music by Sandy Back Porch and Blackwater Creek. $20. Elks Lodge West Gandy, 3616 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 503-3204. 2-6 p.m. Saturday.
Ruskin Veterans Day Parade
The Ruskin VFW hosts its 39th annual veterans parade with awards, raffles, music and food. Free. Ruskin Memorial VFW Post 6287, 5120 N U.S. 41, Apollo Beach. (813) 634-2315. 11 a.m. Saturday.
Veterans Day Concert and Movie
An outdoor concert with performances by members of the Carrollwood Community Chorus, Big Treble Youth Show Choir and MAS Theatre is followed by a screening of Hollywood Canteen. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. 4 p.m. Saturday.
Veterans Day Dance
Ages 45 and older are invited to this "Senior American Bandstand" Veterans Day dance with music by DJ Joey Royal. $10, $8 members. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. (813) 390-7160. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday.
Veterans Day Fall Fly: Kite Festival
Fly a kite to honor veterans as this festival with general kite flying, kite games, stunt kite lessons and demonstrations. Free. Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 320-9463. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Von Kessinger’s Express
Escape with General von Kessinger as his train races across France to allude capture. You’re actually part of a live World War II re-enactment. World War II veterans ride free. $14-$18. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. (877) 869-0800. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday.
Way Back Fest
Family-friendly event celebrates Veteran’s Day with activities, entertainment by Don Middlebrook and food and drink available for purchase. $20 advance, $25 at the gate. Admission is free if you bring an antique car. The Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, Brooksville. (352) 345-5940. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.
Deals for Veterans
Mastry’s Cheers to Veterans
All active duty and retired servicemen get their first drink on the house. Friday also features live music by Nick Sette. On Saturday, bratwurst and pretzels are served up starting at 4 p.m. and live music by Rhythm and Boone starts at 6 p.m. Sunday features live music by Lea Braun. Free. Mastry’s Brewing Company, 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045. 7-10 p.m. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
Free FMPA Admission for Veterans
Veterans and their immediate families enjoy free admission this weekend. Regular admission all others: $10, $8 students. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-2222. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Veterans Day at Glazer
Veterans, active military and their families get free admission. Regular admission all others: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, 1 and younger free. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Veterans Day at the Holocaust Museum
The museum will be offering free admission to veterans with ID. Active U.S. military members always receive free admission. Regular admission for all others. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/USF students/ages 6 and younger free. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Free Bus Rides for Veterans Day
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will provide free rides for all members of the armed services, both active and retired, as well as to their family members or dependents on Saturday. PSTA will also provide free rides on Friday. Riders are asked to show a valid military or veterans ID card when boarding any bus to qualify for a free ride.
American Stage Deals for Veterans
For this American Stage production of Much Ado About Nothing, a modern update of Shakespeare, active military receive one free ticket and 20 percent off companion ticket per show. Retired military receive $5 off single tickets through the run of Much Ado Much Ado or Shakespeare’s Lovers (Nov. 26). Use Promo Code: VET online or through the box office. Active military can attend for free and retired military receive $11 advance ticket to see Much Ado About Nothing on Nov. 21 at 7 p,m. Use Promo Code: VET11 online or at box office. The show runs through Dec. 10. $39. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
On Saturday, all veterans, active duty or reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
Admission is free for active duty military and veterans. Up to three guests can visit for $5. A live glassblowing demonstration at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop behind the Morean Arts Center is included with admission to the Chihuly Collection. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Chihuly Collection, 700 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Compiled by Kelly A. Stefani, Times staff writer