TAMPA BAY RAYS: Retro night and The Fray
Saturday brings the Tampa Bay Rays' popular Turn Back the Clock Night with players in "vintage" uniforms and a postgame concert by the Fray, the first in the Summer Concert Series. The Rays play the Giants at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, and you can expect lots of music from the '70s and free '70s-themed posters for the first 10,000 fans. Concession prices will roll back for a day, including $2 popcorn, peanuts and Pepsi drinks. After the game, the Grammy-winning foursome the Fray (How to Save a Life, Over My Head) takes the field. The concert is free with game admission (which starts at $25) but if you want to get closer, field access passes are available at raysbaseball.com/concerts.
BEERFEST: Hoppy Gilmore
The Tampa Theatre holds its annual movie-themed BeerFest fundraiser on Saturday, this time celebrating bad golf outfits and craft beer with "Hoppy Gilmore." Outlandish golf attire is encouraged and there will be craft beer samplings, food from area restaurants, live music, themed food and a screening of Adam Sandler's golf farce Happy Gilmore. For the first time, BeerFest expands out onto N Franklin Street, where two interactive chipping and putting games will be set up. BeerFest will be one of five official sites where aspiring amateurs can compete in the U.S. Open Mini Golf Challenge on a three-hole miniature golf putting course. The top five competitors will win prizes and be invited to compete Sunday at the Patio sports bar, 421 S MacDill Ave, Tampa. There is no extra cost to compete, and players are encouraged to bring their own putters. All the silliness benefits the historic Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. Tickets are $40-$50; VIP $65-$75 at tampatheatre.org. (813) 274-8982.
DANCE FEVER: Maks and Val dance to stardom
Brothers Maksim, right, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, bring a theatrical dance tour that is based on their lives called Maks and Val Live on Tour: Our Way. The hunky Ukrainian brothers have said it is a story about two brothers who never really fit in, but thanks to dance and the arts they were able to persevere (and even did a guest spot on Fuller House). 8 p.m. Friday, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $41.75-$81.75. (727) 791-7400. r utheckerdhall.com.
THEME PARKS: New attractions
We are now in the heart of summer vacation season and several Florida theme parks will be opening new attractions. They include:
• Busch Gardens' much-anticipated Cobra's Curse spinning roller coaster opens Friday, with cars that turn riders around and twirl freely, along with an exotic snake exhibit in the queue.
• Also highly anticipated is Frozen Ever After, Disney's first attraction based on the blockbuster film, opening at Epcot on Tuesday. It includes a newly built Royal Sommerhus, a meet and greet area for Anna and Elsa
• Soarin' reopens Friday at Epcot, now called Soarin' Around the World with lots of technology upgrades and more capacity to reduce the chronically long lines for the bird's-eye view of the world's wonders.
• At Hollywood Studios, the new Stars Wars Galactic Spectacular fireworks show also opens Friday, using projection mapping technology to add images, lasers and over-the-top pyrotechnics set to John Williams' score.
• King Kong conquers Universal's Islands of Adventure this summer in Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Universal hasn't officially announced an opening date, but Twitter was abuzz this week with reports of a soft opening.