Friday, December 15, 2017
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 20

Impact Wrestling Live: It's the show you know from Spike TV coming live to the USF Sun Dome on Thursday. It features Tampa Bay's very own Hulk Hogan, daughter Brooke Hogan, Kurt Angle and Sting. $17.50-$127.50. (813) 974-3004.

Memorial Day Weekend at Shephard's: Of course, there is a solemn side to the holiday, but this isn't it. This kick-off to summer mixes sun, bikinis, drink specials and throbbing music for four days at the Clearwater Beach resort. Music from Iyaz, Kidd Leow, Jason Derulo, DJ Ray, DJ Skribble and Jaime Ferreira, Friday through Monday. $10-$20. (727) 441-6875.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium: All active duty, retired or drilling reservist or National Guard members can get two free tickets to the aquarium in Tampa. The deal runs Saturday through Monday. (813) 273-4000.

Date Night

Steve Martin: The once Wild and Crazy Guy is a full-time bluegrass banjo picker now. This show with Edie Brickell features their new album, Love Has Come for You, Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater. But alas, it is sold out, so you're on your own for tickets.

The Rite of Spring: The Florida Orchestra wraps up its masterworks concerts honoring the 100th anniversary of the Stravinsky piece that inspired a riot. The concert opens with Messiaen's Le offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings) followed by Debussy's La Mer. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa and Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Sunset Music Festival: For its second year, the hot electronic dance music craze comes to the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday with headliners David Guetta and Steve Aoki, along with Knife Party, Flosstradamus and lots more. $89-$149. (813) 350-6545.

Margarita Festival: They're building a beach volleyball court right in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park for this extravaganza, with hip margarita flavors such as mango jalapeno and pomegranate. Also live music and fireworks Saturday. $15-$100. tampamargaritafest.com.

Kids and Family

Music and E.T.: How cool it would be to watch Elliot and E.T. fly across the moon while you're sitting in the park under the stars. Also hear music by the Dead Ichs, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in North Straub Park along St. Petersburg's waterfront. Free, but donations appreciated.

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Let Michelle and Katie plan your weekend with their Play Tampa Bay video, new each week at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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