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

There's no shortage of Memorial Day celebrations planned, plus 'Hollywood Medium' star Tyler Henry comes to town next week.
Published May 22
Updated 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. themahaffey.com.

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 eventbrite.com. 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. starsandstripesuso.com.

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. seaworldorlando.com and buschgardens.com.

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