Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 20-26

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Margarita Fest, Rascal Flatts and the Sunset Music Fest of EDM artists add to the fun.
Rascal Flatts will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 24.
Photo: David McClister
Rascal Flatts will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 24. Photo: David McClister
Published May 19

Rascal Flatts: One of the most popular country bands of all time brings its deep catalogue of hits to the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on Friday ($33.75 and up).

Memorial Day: For Memorial Day weekend, all military get two free admissions to the Florida Aquarium starting Friday and can bring up to four guests for half price. And active duty military can bring up to five family members to see the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio, Morean Arts Center and Morean Center Clay at no charge every day through Sept. 2. 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


Music: The Voice’s Nicholas David brings his soulful pipes to the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater ($30.50). Get out your best neon, the Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium for two days of top-tier EDM artists including Skrillex, Boyz Noize and DJs Zedd, Illenium ($104-$179). Local artists Grant Peeples, Kettle of Fish and more play tribute for Bob Dylan’s 78th birthday on Tuesday at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa ($15). Hall of Famer David Crosby will be at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($59.50-$99.50) and on Friday Billy Joel’s band, the Lords of 52nd Street will be at the Capitol ($29-$49). Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis blends humor, smart analysis for Inside Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Thursday at the Palladium Theater (pay what you can). English singer-songwriter Joe Jackson performs at the Tampa Theatre Saturday ($39). Shephard’s on Clearwater Beach will have a four-day Memorial Weekend party beginning Friday with Vincent, Jay Sean, 3LAU, Lodato and actress and singer Taryn Manning. $5-$35

Florida Orchestra: For its season finale, the Masterworks series closes with Tchaikovsky’s graceful Violin Concerto performed by Jeffrey Multer on Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. ($18-$48).

Comedy: Comic and actor T.J. Miller,known for roles in Deadpool and How to Train Your Dragon, performs stand-up at the Improv in Centro Ybor Friday and Saturday. ($25). Last Comic Standing winner Jon Reep best known as the “you gotta get a HEMI” guy from the Dodge commercials will be at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Thursday through Sunday. ($16-$18.)

Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival: Grab a cold one and catch performances by Nelly, Cold War Kids and Soul Asylum $25 and up Saturday at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa.


Clearwater Music and Arts Festival: A new two-day festival of art with a lineup of country performers comes to Coachman Park Saturday and Sunday with fireworks Saturday, artworks for sale, a car show and kids zone. Best of all, it’s free.


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