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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 17-23

Published Jun. 12

Warrior Games 2019: This is Tampa's first time hosting this Paralympics-style competition and all the stops are out. Comedian Jon Stewart is coming to host the Opening Ceremonies at Amalie Arena on Saturday ($15) with country artist Hunter Hayes performing before 10 days of competition. All the competitions are free to watch. See the lineup at

St. Pete Pride: The festival and parade return to downtown St. Petersburg and this year it has its first pop entertainer, Lisa Loeb (Stay) Friday night in Straub Park, its first title sponsor for the Tech Data St. Pete Pride Parade on Saturday on the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg. On Sunday, the action moves to the Grand Central District in the 1800 block of Central Avenue where vendors line the street and there will be live entertainment, art displays and food, all in support of the LGBTQ community.


Music: Stoner-rock icons Sleep with Big Business perform today at the Ritz Ybor. The popular tribute act Brit Floyd returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday with a 40th anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd's The Wall. ($38.75). O.A.R. brings its polyglot blend of funk, jam, reggae-rock and pop to the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday ($30-$80). The UK-based singer-songwriter and Youtube darling Cavetown plays his poppy ballads Friday at Crowbar in Ybor ($18). Dubstep DJ and producer Brondo plays a free show Friday at Ritz Ybor for those who RSVP on Facebook.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Have a honey-do list to complete? You can learn about and buy the latest home products and services from more than 600 exhibits spread across Tropicana Field 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free.

Heathers: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is bringing back its summer series of cult classics and they encourage moviegoers to bring a low lawn chair for seating and dress in themed attire. It kicks off Thursday with the dark 1988 comedy Heathers, so pull out your preppiest blazers and remember the girl who wears the scrunchie is the leader of the pack. Free. Food trucks on site at 7 p.m.

Summer Plant Festival: As the heat gets worse, you can learn how to grow things in the tropics. You can also shop for tropical plants, fruit trees, butterfly plants and cactus. $5, 11 and younger free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the USF Botanical Gardens in Tampa.


Flick and Float: Two pools in the area are hosting nights where you can kick back on a float and watch a movie . Bring a chair or float Friday at 6:30 p.m. to Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, where it will be $5. In St. Petersburg they will be showing Captain Underpants at 7 p.m. Friday at the Shore Acres Pool, 4142 Shore Acres Blvd. NE. The price is $3, $2 ages 3-12.


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  1. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  2. On Tuesday, the Straz Center will host the Super Scientific Circus. Times
    The Super Scientific Circus visits the Straz, plus Titus Andronicus perform at Crowbar and Vintage Trouble at Ruth Eckerd.
  3. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
    Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105′s Guitar Pull.
  4. Two Disney employees and a former middle school assistant principal are among the 17 accused of possessing and sharing child porn. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
  5. Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Invision/AP
    Eric Andre appears at Tampa Theatre, plus the Veterans Day Fall Fly in Treasure Island and AJR plays the Yuengling Center.
  6. This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo, shows a manhole cover surviving from communist times in Berlin, when Volkseigene Betriebe, or Publicly Owned Enterprises, manufactured manhole covers for East German streets. MARKUS SCHREIBER  |  AP
    Travelers, look closely for signs that the city was once split in half.
  7. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
  8. The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. Times (2002)
    Eat around the Tampa Greek Festival or check out standup performances from Cristela Alonzo at the Straz and Dane Cook at the Mahaffey.
  9. Journey will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 21, 2020. Erik Kabik Photography
    Plus, Lyle Lovett, ‘The Dollop,’ Tower of Power and more.
  10. Alice Cooper will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Thursday. Courtesy of Rob Fenn
    Alice Cooper stops by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Skatepark of Tampa welcomes Tampa Am and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ comes to the Straz.