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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
Rascal Flatts will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 24. Photo: David McClister
Published May 16, 2019

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. Yacht StarShip, a dining and water taxi company, has added the Lost Pearl pirate ship to its fleet just in time for Gasparilla. [Yacht StarShip]
    After years entertaining tourists in Virginia Beach, the Lost Pearl is settling into its new Tampa Bay home.
  2. Dave Bautista, shown here at his South Tampa office, has been named grand marshal of the 2020 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.
    The Guardians of the Galaxy star will lead the Pirate invasion along with Tampa police Lt. Travis Maus, who recently served in the Middle East.
  3. Halsey performs during the European MTV Awards in Seville, Spain, in 2019. [Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP]
    A mix of new hits and blockbuster blasts from the past.
  4. Roberto Gomez, of Puerto Rico, dressed as Darth Vader, attends the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
    The massive fandom was built on the strength of a universe that continues to expand beyond the movie theater.
  5. Fashions by De Johnea Bianca, a designer involved in the Fashion Market that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 18. [Courtesy of De Johnea Bianca]
    Plus, a pre- Gasparilla fashion and hair event and markets dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
  6. Clay Goodison, of Brandon, pulls sons Parker and Davis and wife Krissy in a pirate ship float after the Gasparilla Preschooler's Stroll in Tampa in 2015. The stroll took place before the Gasparilla children's parade on Bayshore Boulevard. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    Kids plunder the Gasparilla children’s parade, the best college players are here for the East-West Shrine Bowl and more.
  7. British actor Charlie Chaplin performs on the high wire during the filming of "The Circus." Theater organ virtuoso Tom Hoehn will perform at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center while the film plays on Jan. 17. [AP]
    Watch a theater organ pro perform or wheelchair rugby, attend a steel drum party and more.
  8. Employees working inside Tabanero Cigars, which is one of the stops on a new self-led audio tour produced byt Visit Tampa Bay. [Times 2016)]
    Hillsborough tourism bureau launches audio tour of historic Cuban district.
  9. Jan. 13• Arts & Entertainment
    Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN  |  Columbia Records]
    Celine Dion brings her pipes to town, the Gasparilla children’s parade starts rolling and bands get ready for next week’s big MLK parade.
  10. Rod Stewart performs at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, in 2018. [BALAZS MOHAI  |  AP]
    Starting Friday, you can secure a spot at a few upcoming shows.