Make us your home page
Instagram

Things to do planner: Pops in the Park, sunflower mazes, CatCon DogFest for pet lovers

POPS PERFORMANCES: Free Florida Orchestra shows

As the Florida Orchestra's season winds down, the popular free Pops in the Park concert returns Sunday to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. Calling it a show of "Star Wars under the stars," the orchestra will have music from The Force Awakens, a tribute to the Beatles, the Olympic fanfare, Champagne Polka, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and a fireworks finale. It's all free at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, so pack a picnic — and don't forget canned goods for the annual Tampa Bay Harvest food drive. The park is at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. You can get a preview the night before with another free show that's more of a pop-up performance at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater. Christian Baldini conducts music from Star Wars, the Beatles and Tchaikovsky at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the lower level near Sears, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.

LOSE YOURSELF: Sunflower fields

What better way to welcome summer than to lose yourself in a field of sunflowers? Two farms have set up fun outings to that effect. Single R Ranch in Plant City has nice pathways for strolling through fields of giant sunflowers and colorful zinnias, plus games, swings, badminton, corn hole, rubber duck races and "corn box," like a sand box for kids, except filled with corn. It's open this weekend and next from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8, $7 children, 2 and younger free, $1 parking at Single R Ranch, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. (770) 862-0655. The Sweetfields Sunflower Maze in Masaryktown is a 6-acre labyrinth of sunflowers. Sweetfields Farm will also have hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, pig and rubber duck races, a tree fort and storytelling times from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of May. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free at 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.

PET POWER: CatCon DogFest

It's dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! But it's not the "disaster of biblical proportions" predicted by Ghostbusters, it's CatCon DogFest, a new event by Friends of Strays Animal Shelter at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. The event is expected to draw pet enthusiasts from throughout the Tampa Bay area on Saturday for a day when we can all get along. You'll find a puppy kissing booth and a kitten play zone, as well as flyball and police K-9 unit demonstrations, animal-themed vendors and artists, food trucks for the humans and treats for the four-legged friends 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $10, $25 VIP. (727) 459-0797.

Things to do planner: Pops in the Park, sunflower mazes, CatCon DogFest for pet lovers 05/04/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 17: Think 11 miles of nothing but straight trail and open, flat fields sounds easy? Think again.

    Travel

    Day 17: Villarmentero de Campos to Lédigos: 33.5 km, 10.25 hours. Total for Days 1-17 = 394 km (245 miles)

  2. Tom Sawyer with a revolver? Twain house has live 'Clue' game

    Attractions

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Was it Tom Sawyer in Samuel Clemens' billiard room with a revolver?

    In this July 14 photo, actor Dan Russell, left, portraying the character Arkansas from Mark Twain's book Roughing it, responds to a question from 10-year-old Emma Connell, center, of Arizona during a "Clue" tour at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn. The tour allows visitors to interact with Twain characters while playing a live-action version of the board game. [AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb]
  3. Until this song, Alan Parsons Project stood on much higher ground

    Blogs

    Listening to yesterday's Keats song made me pine for more Alan Parsons Project music and today we dig deeper into their catalogue with Standing On Higher Ground.

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 23

    Events

    Marie Antoinette: Freefall 411: A contemporary look at the historic pariah looks at Marie Antoinette through the lens of society's obsession with celebrity. Through August 13. A brief talk prior to the performance provides insight to the production. 1 p.m., show starts at 2 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central …

    Lucas Wells as King Louis XVI, left, and Megan Rippey as Marie Antoinette in Freefall Theatre's "Marie Antoinette."
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 22

    Events

    Snooty the Manatee's 69th Birthday Bash: Snooty, documented by Guinness World Records as the oldest known manatee in captivity, turns 69 and celebrates with children's games, art activities, cookies, drinks , interaction with Snooty the mascot and reduced price museum admission. 10 a.m., South Florida Museum, 201 …

    Snooty the manatee poses for a photo Thursday morning while three young manatees are unloaded from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Thursday morning at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.
PAUL VIDELA/pvidela@bradenton.com 12/20/07