Memorial Day: There are lots of free ways to remember the fallen today, from the salute at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, (727) 398-9426, to the symbolic Carry the Load at Tampa's Al Lopez Park, to the festive Memorial Day Parade in Land O'Lakes. It's also the first day of a summer promotion that gives military members and their families free admission to MOSI in Tampa, (813) 987-6000.
Free Frosty: To celebrate summer and to say "thank you," participating Wendy's restaurants in Tampa are offering one free Frosty Waffle Cone upon request from noon to 8 p.m. today.
Zac Brown Band: If you like your Chicken Fried, you'll love the folksy country band playing two shows this week at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Thursday and Friday, with Kacey Musgraves. $42-$95.40. (813) 740-2446.
Morrissey: The last time the English singer performed here was 1986 at St. Petersburg's Bayfront Center. He returns Friday to the Mahaffey Theater, the site of the former arena. $55-$89.50. (727) 893-7832.
Upon This Rock: The Magdalene Speaks: Actor Roxanne Fay researched historical and religious sources to create a novel and then this play about the biblical figure's journey. She performs it at St. Petersburg's Dalí Museum Tuesday and Wednesday, then Studio@620 Thursday through Sunday. $15-$20. (727) 895-6620.
Tampa Bay Rays Watch Party: St. Petersburg's Green Bench Brewing Co. tasting room turns into a family-friendly sports bar Friday to watch the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox, with music, food and games. Wear Rays gear for $1 off beer. Free admission.
AVP Pro Volleyball: Olympians Kerri Walsh-Jennings, April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers and more stop at Spa Beach in St. Petersburg to play on a special court Friday through Sunday. Add in music, food and interactive activities. $10-$18 (per day); $45-$65 VIP (per day); $35 three-day general.
Kids and family
Summer Classic Movie Series: 2001: A Space Odyssey kicks off the summer at Tampa Theatre on Sunday. Bonus! Times movie critic Steve Persall leads a discussion. $10, $8 members.
Crawfish Festival: Saturday's salute to "mud bugs" at Riverview's Winthrop Pole Barn features Cajun music, kids activities and other fare (kids get free hot dogs with food donation). Benefits local charities. Free admission. (813) 368-2699.
more to explore
For more to do on Memorial Day: tampabay.com/things-to-do.