Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 18

Fabulous Fathers: Dad gets free admission and kids can visit gift making stations to make a popper game, "Super Dad" mask or picture frame. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, $9 seniors, one and younger free. (727) 821-8992.

Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party: This free community event will have craft demonstrations and make-n-take projects for all, vintage items for sale and raffles. The first 100 attendees get a swag bag. Raffle benefits NOMAD Studio's Art Bus project. 11 a.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 914-7449.

Gelatin Plunge: More than 500 people will plummet down a slide into 2,000 gallons of colored gelatin. Benefits the Children's Cancer Center. 11 a.m., AAA Auto Club, 1515 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Plungers must raise $500. (813) 367-5437.

St. Pete Crab and Music Festival: Ronald "Winky" Wright hosts this festival with crabs and crab dishes, local seafood, a dance competition and live music by Lyfe Jennings, Shawn Brown, Jahfari, the Bus Stop Band and Fanta-C. Benefits Advantage Village Academy, Bristol Temple Ministries, the Children's Dream Fund, Creative Clay and Our Village of Success. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $20-$150.

Americana Fest: WMNF presents 11 bands including Laney Jones and The Spirits, Cory Branan, Nikki Talley, Big Shoals, Roy Schneider and Connor Zwetsch. 3 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $13-$16. (813) 971-0666.

Bud and Burgers: Change of Venue: Alt-rock station 97X hosts a party with Budweiser (hence the name), burgers and music by rising rockers X Ambassadors of Renegades and Unsteady fame. The event has been moved from Al Lang Stadium to the Mahaffey Theater due to weather. 4 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Free, $30 VIP. (813) 221-9797.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Fray: The Rays play the Giants. It's "Turn Back the Clock Night" with players in vintage uniforms, music from the '70s, and vintage entertainment. Then Stick around after the game for a free post-game concert by The Fray. Field access passes available at raysbaseball.com/concerts. 4:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Beerfest: Hoppy Gilmore: This year the annual fundraiser carries a tongue-in-cheek "Hoppy Gilmore" theme with craft and local beer samplings, snacks and tastes from top area restaurants, live music, themed food and a screening of Adam Sandler's golf farce Happy Gilmore. Premium (VIP) tasting start at 7 p.m. and Grand Tasting at 8 p.m. Costume encouraged. Benefits Tampa Theatre. 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $40-$50; VIP $65-$75. (813) 274-8982.

Damon Wayans, Jr. : The younger generation of the famous Wayans comedy empire made his name in movies like How To Be Single and Let's Be Cops, as well as television series like New Girl and Happy Endings. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

Spring-Summer Concert Series: Voice Play: From Elton John to beach music, to the country sounds of Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash with a bit of a capella thrown in, the series has something for all musical tastes. 8 p.m., Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $20, $15 advance. (727) 369-5746.

Rock the Yacht: Enjoy a rockin' party on the open water with live entertainment, food and drink specials on board. Must be 21 and over. This portion features a dance party with live music by Lovestruck Robot. 9:30 p.m., Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $30. (813) 223-7999.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Chimpanzee Art in the Park: Besides being able to see all the primates and other animals at the sanctuary, enjoy viewing original chimpanzee art created by great apes, art classes, art vendors, a silent auction, games, face painting and a petting zoo. Dogs are welcome on leashes. 10 a.m., Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. 19, Tarpon Springs. $10; $5 children; 2 and younger free.

TO WATCH

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger, 8 p.m., Lifetime. James Franco, right, made a lesbian vampire movie inspired by a 1996 TV flick starring Tori Spelling. That's all we need to know. We're in.

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