Things to do this weekend: Father’s Day, Maroon 5, The Illusionists, Mr. Rogers film, fireworks at Busch Gardens

Published June 14 2018
Updated June 14 2018


Father’s Day: Sunday brings us a day to honor the guy who cheered us on, called us down and blamed us for his bald spot. It’s Father’s Day! A number of local attractions are offering free admission for dads if at least one ungrateful progeny tags along to pay full price. Among them: Glazer Children’s Museum on Sunday; the Florida Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday; and the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum on Sunday. For more Father’s Day events and freebies, click here.


Maroon 5: Adam Levine is bringing his Moves Like Jagger booty to Tampa with the rest of the Maroon 5 crew for a show Saturday at Amalie Arena. Lovers of the pop rock genre will get to see a The Voice judge up close (or from the nosebleed section). Issues singer Julia Michaels, a best new artist Grammy nominee and prodigious songwriter who contributed to a couple of new songs on Red Pill Blues, opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? To kick off the premiere of the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Tampa Theatre is having a neighborly block party on Thursday that starts at 5 p.m. Restaurants near Tampa Theatre, including Bavaro’s, Jerk Hut, Indigo Coffee and SoFresh, will sample house favorites on the sidewalk at each location. There will be a pop-up art exhibit and live painting. Tampa Theatre will collect new and gently used sweaters and sneakers for adults and children to benefit local charities. The Sweater & Sneaker Drive will continue throughout the film’s run, which ends June 27. The movie is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $11. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8981.

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Styx, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Nix the necktie. This Father’s Day, give Dad what he really wants: tickets to Styx and Joan Jett. Opening act Tesla takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, and the rest of the night promises a boatload of bangers from Dad’s salad days. He’ll pretend he doesn’t still have a crush on Jett, nearly 60 but sly and snarly as ever, as she yowls out Bad Reputation, I Love Rock ‘n Roll and I Hate Myself for Loving You. And when Styx comes on, he’ll do the robot on Mr. Roboto and discretely dab away tears during Babe. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.


The Illusionists: Look away from the Illusionists for even a few seconds and there’s a chance you’ll miss something incredible. They nearly drown each other, upside down in a claustrophobic glass tank. They saw each other in half. For materials, they draw on their own fears and phobias. They perform their magic at five shows this weekend Friday through Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 229-7827.


Visions of Dalí’s Spain: Many Floridians have seen the work of photographer Clyde Butcher, whose incredible black-and-white photographs of Florida’s swamps and marshes have been compared to Ansel Adams. The Dalí Museum picked him as the perfect candidate to shoot the dramatic vistas of Dalí’s home in Catalonia, Spain. In the exhibition opening Saturday, Butcher keenly captures some of the most recognizable sites from Dalí’s paintings, including the rugged region of Cap de Creus and Dalí’s house in Port Lligat. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and will remain on display through Nov. 25. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students/ages 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. theDalí.org.


Sunshine State Clusters: This huge dog show at the Florida State Fairgrounds features thousands of dogs in all breeds competing in showmanship, obedience and rally. Also includes a rowdie dock diving session, dog health clinics, scent work and a barn hunt. $5, children free; $6 parking. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday.

Theme parks

Fireworks at Busch Gardens: Nagging works, folks! Back "by popular demand," Busch Gardens will once again have a fireworks on weekends this summer. The fireworks will accompany special entertainment on Gwazi field starting at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 Fridays through Sundays through Aug. 5. And don’t forget free beer is also back this summer. Guests 21 and older get get two free 7-ounce beers daily at Garden Gate Cafe through Aug. 5.

PREVIOUSLY: Busch Gardens brings back-fireworks, free Adventure Island pass with Fun Card.

Take the kids

Summer Circus Spectacular: Sarasota’s Asolo Theatre once again this summer is bringing professional circus performers from around the world for seven weeks of shows in the city that served as home base for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for nearly a century. There will be clowns and aerialists, jugglers, stunt work and magicians. New this year, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons get $5 admission to the Ringling Circus Museum on the day they attend a show. Preview performances are $12 through Friday and shows, which run through July 28, are $16, $12 ages 12 and younger. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 360-7399.

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