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

Rascal Flatts will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 24. Photo: David McClister
Published May 16

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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  1. On Saturday, Disturbed will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa. TRAVIS SHINN  |  Warner Records
    The Bucs Beach Bash goes down in St. Pete Beach, Disturbed plays Amalie Arena and the Dance Hall Festival continues at the Studio@620.
  2. Visitor Sara Crigger of Nashville views the Dali masterwork painting "The Hallucinogenic Toreador" (1969-1970) this month with the aid of the the Dali app on her smartphone. "Using this is like holding an art history class in your hand," Crigger said. The "Visual Magic: Masterworks in Augmented Reality" exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    With augmented reality, 19th century prints, bronzes and food photography, a well-rounded experience awaits.
  3. Salman Rushdie is the author of "Quichotte." Rachel Eliza Griffiths
    The acclaimed author will talk about the book at Tampa Theatre on Sept. 25. | Review
  4. Aaron Shulman is the author of "The Age of Disenchantments." Ecco Books
    The author is reading ‘City of Quartz,’ a history of Los Angeles.
  5. A scene from a balcony cabin on a 2017 Alaskan cruise. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Tampa Bay Times
    You can have the trip of a lifetime without paying for it for the rest of your life.
  6. Margaret Loflin leads Maggie on the Move, one of the local food trucks set to serve at Flavors of Asia. Tampa Bay Times (2012)
    Food trucks offer Flavors of Asia in St. Petersburg, plus the Palladium presents ‘Crossing the Bay’ and Howl-O-Scream invades Busch Gardens.
  7. REO Speedwagon will perform at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 1, 2020. Courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas
    REO Speedwagon, Gladys Knight, Kidz Bop, Art Garfunkel and more.
  8. Michael Francis leads a community chorus during one of the Florida Orchestra's Sing Out Tampa Bay sing-alongs. MICHAEL FRANCIS  |  Florida Orchestra
    The music director is entering his fifth year with the orchestra, which has a Beethoven-heavy season opening Sept. 27 in Tampa.
  9. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  10. On Thursday, Spymonkey's "Hysteria" will bring absurdity and physical comedy to the Straz Center through Nov. 3. Courtesy of Jane Hobson
    Spymonky’s ‘Hysteria’ opens at the Straz, the Capitol Theatre celebrates ‘Abbey Road’ and a banned books drag show hits St. Pete Shuffle.