Sunday, December 17, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for July 17

Dave Matthews Band: The band has plenty of affection for Tampa, playing here nearly every year. Now the group known for tracks like Crash into Me, So Much to Say and Ants Marching comes for a summer show. Concert starts at 7 p.m. at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $40.50-$75. (813) 740-2446.

My Name Is Asher Lev: Preview performances begin tonight for American Stage's newest show about a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his artistic goals. The show opens Friday. Curtain is at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg. $29. (727) 823-7529.

Pride Fondue Party: Join friends for a four-course meal with raffles and complimentary drinks to benefit the SMART Ride to fight against AIDS. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Melting Pot Restaurant, 2221 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $38.50 (registration required). (727) 321-3854.

Tropicana Field Ballpark Tours: Take a 90-minute, wheelchair-accessible, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. See the Rays' dugout, Press Box, Touch Tank, 162 Landing, the Hitters Hall of Fame and more. Tour begins at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, 9 p.m., Lifetime Do we still enjoy guilt-watching rednecks do redneck things so we can identify with and/or feel superior to them? We do? Okay, here's a second season of it.

The 2013 ESPYs, 9 p.m., ESPN Jon Hamm is the host this year. Because Don Draper cares so much about sports.

more to explore

See the latest concert news and reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

Concerts: The Beach Boys are back in town Thursday, but only Bruce Johnston and Mike Love are in this tour. Tickets $69 at the Seminole Hard Rock, (813) 627-7625. Rocker Marilyn Manson returns to the Jannus Live stage Saturday. $44; (727) 565-0550.

$6 Day at the Zoo: Get there early on Sunday because it gets crowded for this deal at the Lowry Park Zoo, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa.

Snooty is a senior: Snooty, the manatee who makes his home in Bradenton's South Florida Museum is turning 65 this week. So there's a party for the oldest known manatee in captivity. Reduced $8 admission, $7 if you're Snooty's age and $6 for kids ages 4-12. It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 201 10th St. W. (941) 746-4131.

National Moon Day: Celebrate the first moon walk by Neil Armstrong in 1969 by meeting NASA rocket launcher Caley Burke at the Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. $9.50 children; $15 adults; $12.50 military and seniors.

Comments
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Love Never Dies: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $45. (813) 229-7827. Ice Skating at Tampa’s W...
Published: 12/15/17
Top things to do on Dec. 17

Top things to do on Dec. 17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum band is bringing an updated presentation of "The ghosts of Christmas Eve." This winter tour will be celebrate the accomplishments of the group’s late creator and composer Paul O...
Published: 12/15/17
Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A half hour to curtain, Al Pitrelli unwinds on a couch in his spartan dressing quarters, fresh off a loading-dock Marlboro. He’s deep inside an arena, about to play the 29th show in the 18th city of the Trans-Siberian ...
Published: 12/15/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Gasparilla Bowl: The postseason college football game at Tropicana Field on Thursday brings Florida International University from Conference USA to play the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference. ($40-$80). gasparillabowl.com. The 8 p.m....
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley theatrical show canceled at Straz Center in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that Tavis Smiley was slated to bring to Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has been canceled in the wake sexual misconduct allegations against the broadcaster.Death...
Published: 12/14/17
Updated: 12/15/17
This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

This week's top holiday events: Parades, Christmas lights, theme parks and more

PARADES Homosassa Christmas Boat Parade Parade begins at Marker 75 by Bird Island. Free. Homosassa Springs Marina, 10806 W Halls River Road, Homosassa. 6 p.m. Dec. 16.   Indian Rocks Beach Boat Parade It begins at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and...
Published: 12/14/17
Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Bar review: Spanish flair at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa

Take a second and try to think of a few of the world’s biggest drinking cultures. Ireland is a freebie, but then you’ll probably move onto Germany, Russia and possibly even South Korea (yep, South Korea goes hard).How about Spain? No, I’m not just ta...
Published: 12/14/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 15

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress is ready to Roar as she sets off on a tour in support of the album, Witness. Synth-pop duo Purity Ring opens. 7:30 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45.75-$195.75. (813) 301-2500.John Prine: T...
Published: 12/14/17
From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

From Crystal River to Brooksville, branch out to shop on these unexpected main streets

You don’t have to stare at a greeting card to picture a bustling old main street lined with decorated shops and lampposts. Historic small-town shopping districts are easy to find, and more charming than Walmart. Beyond the downtowns of St. Pet...
Published: 12/14/17
New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New locations for Tampa’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, plus a Mario Lopez appearance

New Year’s Eve fireworks in downtown Tampa will be a little different this year, as free, public viewing moves from Channelside Bay Plaza to Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park behind Amalie Arena due to ongoing construction. Meanwhile, the Pied Pipe...
Published: 12/14/17