1. Fun

Best things to do in Tampa Bay: Memorial Day weekend, free SeaWorld beer, medium Tyler Henry

Expect to see numerous flags, like the ones pictured in this 2010 photo, planted around the Tampa Bay area on Monday. Some 4,000 people are expected at St. Petersburg's Bay Pines National Cemetery. [Times (2010)]
Published May 22

MEDIUM: Tyler Henry

On his E! show Hollywood Medium, Tyler Henry has read countless celebrities, including Chrissy Metz, Jim Parsons, the Kardashians and RuPaul, so why not you? For his new live show called "Life Lessons I've Learned From the Departed," coming to the Mahaffey Theater, he vows to give several live readings and interact with the audience. He will discuss his unique gift and how it affects his everyday life. The night includes a multimedia video presentation and questions from the audience. $39.50-$79.50. 7:30 p.m. May 29. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

MEMORIAL DAY: Music to memorials

Memorial Day weekend brings both opportunities to honor heroes and let loose for the unofficial start of summer.

The Bay Pines National Cemetery commemorates the largest observance of Memorial Day in the Tampa Bay area with more than 4,000 expected. Veterans, their families and the public are invited. Speakers include U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, local leaders from Veterans Affairs and retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Scott Neil, who was portrayed in the movie 12 Strong, about the horse soldiers who were part of special operations in Afghanistan in the first days after 9/11. Shuttles will provide transportation from parking lots to the cemetery. Music will be provided by the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra. 10 a.m. Monday. 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg.

Remembrance ceremonies Monday are at 7 p.m. in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, and 11 a.m. at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a lawn chair or blanket.

• To kick off the summer, Shephard's Memorial Day Weekend has a four-day music party in three locations at the Clearwater Beach resort. Vincent will spin on Friday. On Saturday, it's a poppier show with Jay Sean, Bryce Vine, AJ Mitchell and NOTD. And on Sunday, it's 3LAU with Grandtheft, Lodato and actor Taryn Manning. (She's also a singer and songwriter.) A four-day pass is $35; $10 Friday; $20 Saturday; $25 Sunday; $5 Monday at 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-5107.

• The eighth annual Stars and Stripes: USO Show and Dance returns to St. Petersburg's Coliseum. This re-enactment of an authentic USO dance features swing music by the G.I. Jive Big Band, jitterbug lessons, taxi dancers, historic displays, period characters, a vintage fashion show and a cash bar. Military or vintage attire is encouraged. $30-$45. 7 p.m. Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5202.

CHEERS: Free beer at Seaworld Orlando

Belly up.Free beer is back atSeaWorld for the summer, starting Saturday through Sept. 2. Guests 21 and older can pick up one free 14-ounce domestic beer at Mama's Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar per day. Busch Gardens has been offering two free 7-ounce beers to guests all year to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Admission to both parks, owned by the same company, starts at $84.99. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424. and


FOOD EVENTS: From free ice cream, to a margarita festival

CONCERTS: This week's top live music around Tampa Bay

FREE OR CHEAP: 5 things to do this week for under $5

AT THE MOVIES: What's in local theaters this weekend

ON STAGE: Comedian TJ Miller, an O'Neill play and more


Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Friday


  1. On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Courtesy of Diego Pernia
    Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.
  2. Thunderstorms are expected this weekend in Tampa Bay, prompting the cancellation of several outdoor events. CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2014)
    MarineQuest and the St. Petersburg Science Festival have canceled their popular Saturday activities.
  3. Chad Mize, left, and Jay Hoff in front of the "Pride and Love" mural they completed with LGBTQ youth as part of this year's Shine Mural Festival. Courtesy of Annie West Ellzey
    The Shine Mural Festival continues in St. Petersburg, ‘Rocky Horror’ star Barry Bostwick hits Tampa Theatre and ZZ Top performs with Cheap Trick in Tampa.
  4. Susan Kelly of West Palm Beach puts the finishing touches on her "Harry Potter" chalk art at the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival in 2017. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2017)
    Peruse the chalk art festival in Clearwater Beach, ‘The Last Podcast on the Left’ visits Tampa Theatre and taste the Flavors of the Gulf at John’s Pass.
  5. Billy Joel will return to Tampa for his Feb. 7 show at Amalie Arena. Times (2016)
    Billy Joel, Graham Nash, the Queers, Andrea Bocelli and more.
  6. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  7. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  8. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  9. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. COLE BURSTON  |  AP
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.