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Things to do planner: Disney Gay Days, Grilled Cheese Festival, Minor League Baseball


SAY CHEESE: St. Pete Grilled Cheese Festival


It doesn't take much to melt our hearts with a gooey glob of grilled cheese. Sunday's St. Pete Grilled Cheese Festival brings 20 food trucks to Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill to serve up gourmet grilled cheese and desserts at a benefit for Wheels 4 Purple Hearts, a Sarasota-based charity that provides custom wheelchairs for wounded veterans. The day will also include a festival with arts and crafts vendors and entertainment by the Black Honkeys and Shovonne and the Bad Boys. The pet-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard next to Ferg's at 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


BARGAIN BALL: Major fun with Minor League Baseball


There have been times the combined attendance of the Tampa Bay area's Minor League Baseball outdrew the average Tampa Bay Rays game, and it's no wonder, with all the fun promotions. The Tampa Yankees have a regular Friday night wing deal for $15 in which fans can get a lower reserved ticket and all-you-can-eat chicken wings from 6 to 8 p.m. And Saturday brings a post-game fireworks show and free upper reserved seats for military members, and kids can run the bases before the game at 5 p.m. And unlike the New York crew, these Yankee tickets are only $4 to $6 at or at the box office at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. At 6:16 p.m. Friday, the Clearwater Threshers have a free T-shirt giveaway and a concert by the Black Honkeys (man, those guys are busy). At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, they have on-field ceremonies, military vehicles and equipment on display, parachute jumpers and fireworks. Monday brings a Wing Fest Feeding Frenzy at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 to $10 at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.


MAGIC RAINBOW: Disney Gay Days


What started as an unofficial gathering back in 1991 has grown into a weeklong series of designated theme park days, pool parties, pageants and concerts for Disney Gay Days, which by some estimates brings more than 100,000 people to Walt Disney World just for the LGBT crowd. It's not an official Disney event, but the highlight for parkgoers is on Saturday when an estimated 50,000 red-shirted Gay Days attendees pack the Magic Kingdom, and the 3 p.m. parade down Main Street is lined by red from one end of the park to the other. That might get overshadowed this year by pop star Kesha headlining the One Magical Weekend party at Hollywood Studios. Tickets start at $110 at o, which includes entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Opening the show will be DJ Dee Martello and former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant DJ Nina Flowers. See for parties and events around town.

Things to do planner: Disney Gay Days, Grilled Cheese Festival, Minor League Baseball 06/01/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:14am]
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