Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting June 14

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published June 8


HippieFest 2019: Now in its third year, the three-day fest will be noon June 14 through 6 p.m. June 16 at The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Features music on two stages, and will include original music, as well as music from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. There will be vendors on site. Musicians performing on stage receive free admission, as well as children 12 and younger. Pets on leashes welcome. Overnight parking/camping is $10. Admission is $5 Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday; $15 for all three days. Visit

Friday Night Live: The monthly event returns from 5 to 10 p.m. June 14 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring live music with Stone Buckle at 5 p.m. and Stereo FM at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Old Land Office Centennial Celebration: Derek Pontlitz of Pontlitz Asset Advisors and the City of New Port Richey will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the old land office on June 14. The 100-year-old building, located at 5728 Main St., New Port Richey, was known as the land office, then later the Milbauer Building. Events include a public recognition and commemoration at 4:30 p.m.; open house, 5 to 10 p.m., to include office tours, cake-cutting and light refreshments. There will be a self-guided, historic walking tour from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; tour guests can stop by participating historic locations to learn about their past. Ghost tours with Nicole Ferro will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m. Call (727) 359-0970.

Brooksville Blues-In Cruise-In: Brooksville Main Street and Hernando County Growers’ Association presents this new monthly event from 5 to 9 p.m. June 15 along Main Street, in front of the Hernando County Courthouse, in downtown Brooksville. Live music provided by Blue Z Band on the courthouse steps. The car show is coordinated by AK Customz Inc. Downtown restaurants will be open. Vendor spaces are available (merchandise only, no food or drink) for $15; vendors can register at To verify a vendor spot is available, text Angela at (352) 584-5773. Free admission, $10 car show entry. The event will be on the third Saturday of each month.

Juneteenth Celebration: The family festival celebrating the end of slavery will be from noon to 5 p.m. June 15 at the African American Club, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Includes a free water slide, bounce house, spades, dominoes, cornhole, horseshoes, voter registration, free ices for the kids, DJ dancing, educational exhibits, a car audio competition and appearances by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit and the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. Free admission. Call (727) 849-5582.

OPA Palooza: The third-annual Greek festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. June 14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Featuring live Greek music by Ellada, belly dancing, food, pastries and spirits. There will be a play area for children. Admission is free. The event is pet-friendly. Call (727) 322-5217. Visit

On stage

John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Includes an evening of singing, comedy and impression. Suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948.

Art events

‘A Summer Road Trip’: The exhibit continues through July 13 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Summertime Fun: The exhibit continues through Sept. 19 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

PHSC 10th-Annual Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show: Discover hidden talents of PHSC faculty and staff in this annual exhibit featuring a variety of artistic mediums. The exhibit continues through July 31 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.

Look ahead

SummerFest: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 22, Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Free. (727) 674-1464.

Family Field Day: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22, Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (813) 586-4769.


Other Hernando events

14 Friday

Women in Leadership Summit: This all day event features workshops focused on women’s empowerment and leadership strategies. $50. 8 a.m. Friday. Live Oak Theatre Company, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 796-0697.

Tech on Tap: Business techies are invited to relax and join the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce for a social hour. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. (352) 796-6000.

Hernando Pride Beach Potluck and Candlelight Vigil: Beach potluck followed by candlelight vigil for lost lives in the LGBTQ community. Look for the rainbow flags. Free. 6 p.m. Pine Island, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Weeki Wachee. (352) 610-1263.

Night Hike: This adult-only hike will be fast-paced, and off the beaten path to look for animals crossing trails, animal signs and other evening interests. A guide will provide all lighting necessary for this walk. The hike is approximately two miles. Register to attend. Free. 8 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

15 Saturday

Firearms Safety Class: This is an introductory orientation class for new shooters. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22 caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection. Pre-register at (352) 597-9931. Pre-registration required. 9 a.m. Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. (352) 597-9931.

Master Gardener Nursery: Find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants, all from healthy stock at budget prices at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Plant Nursery Plant Sale: The botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. On Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, find a sale of plants grown at the gardens with budget-friendly prices. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Bowling with Suncoast LGBT Social and Naturecoast Gay Friends Network: Come celebrate Hernando’s Pride Weekend by bowling and socializing. $2.75/game, plus shoes. Noon, Saturday. Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 610-1263.

Children in the Wild — Fairy Doors: Celebrate National Fairy Day (which takes place June 24) by creating a fairy door to take home. Invite a little fun and magic to your garden and take a walk through the Chinsegut gardens. Free (registration required). 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

16 Sunday

Hernando Pride Brunch: $5 at the door gives you Hernando magazine and free mimosa or comparable drink. Tiered pricing ($8-$22) on special Pride Brunch menu. $5 at the door; special menu prices $8-$22. 11 a.m. Broad Street Market, 4 N Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 610-1263.

Gay Bingo: Play gay trivia bingo to benefit Hernando Pride. Donation for play 4 p.m. Sunday. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. (352) 610-1263.

17 Monday

PHSC Summer Safety: This is a one-day camp experience. Campers receive training and certification in CPR/AED by a certified instructor. Students are to bring lunch. There is a $6 fee per certification, due to the instructor at the camp. $100; includes a camp T-shirt. 9 a.m. Monday. Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (855) 669-7472.

Live Oak Theatre’s Summer Theatre Camp: This is Live Oak Theatre’s week-long beginner and intermediate camp that runs June 17-21 for youth ages 7-18. Campers learn various concepts of musical theater, including vocal technique, song interpretation, dance and movement to music, auditioning skills, stage makeup, and various acting skills such as characterization, improv, stage movement and more. Space is limited. An advanced camp will be offered June 24-28. Tuition is a suggested donation of $150. 10 a.m. Monday. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.

PHSC Digital Photography Camp: Campers learn how to take creative photos on their personal digital camera through use of basic terminology and camera functions. (Students must bring their own digital camera to this camp.) Visit $100; includes a camp T-shirt. 1 to 4:30 p.m. June 17-20. Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Brooksville. (855) 669-7472.

18 Tuesday

Free ear wax removal: Provided by St. John’s Hearing Institute. 10 a.m. at Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; (352) 544-6022. Also at 1:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill; (352) 684-7568.

Tobacco Cessation Class: Free. 1:30 p.m. Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7568.

19 Wednesday

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program provides the tools needed to help you quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for you, ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect, and how to cope with them effectively. Also, four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges is provided while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 813-929-1000 to register. Free. 5 p.m. Wednesday. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6317.

20 Thursday

American Eagle Day: Raptor specialist Sue Bathauer talks about bald eagles and what you can do to help them. A drawing for a behind the scenes tour follows. Included with regular park admission prices. 10:30 a.m. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.


Other Pasco events

14 Friday

Pasco Vet Center 40th Anniversary Community Open House: Veterans, active-duty service members, families and the community are invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Vet Center program. The centers were established on June 13, 1979, in response to Vietnam-era veterans not accessing VA services at the same levels as Korean and World War II veterans. Today, there are 300 Vet Centers and 80 mobile vet centers providing community-based counseling to eligible veterans. Free. 10:30 a.m. Pasco Vet Center, 5139 Deer Park Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 372-1854.

Pelvic Prolapse: From Silent Suffering to Relief: This program is part of the For Your Health seminar series. Dr. David DiPiazza will discuss options for those experiencing symptoms such as vaginal pressure, chronic urgency and frequency to urinate. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Free. Noon. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. (727) 834-5630.

15 Saturday

Chill Out and Grill Out: A free Father’s Day barbecue with Beyond Burgers, sausages and hot dogs. Free. 11 a.m. Nutrition Smart, 1821 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 341-4444.

Toy Story Movie Marathon: In celebration of the fourth Toy Story movie, the first three will be shown at the library. Popcorn and water will be provided. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

16 Sunday

Father’s Day Brunch: Enjoy a full brunch, including a carving station, in a beautiful waterfront setting. A complimentary champagne cocktail is included. Reservations are required. $25.95, $19.95 members, $8.95 ages 10 and younger. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. (727) 849-4559.

Father’s Day Dinner Dance: The Polish American Social Club hosts this event. The entree choice is roast beef or baked chicken, served with soup or salad, vegetables, dessert, coffee or tea. Dancing will start at 2:15 p.m. with music by Dave Massatto. A cash bar is available. $12 members, $13 guests. Noon to 5 p.m. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave, Hudson. (727) 372-0509.

17 Monday

Read with Charlie at Land O’ Lakes Branch Library: Join the library reading dog, Charlie. Reading dogs help children develop the skills they need to read in a relaxed environment. Free. 2 p.m. Monday, 2 p.m. Thursday. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Giddyup Junction Vacation Bible School: This program is from June 17-21 and is for children ages 4-18. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bible Baptist Church, 6628 Cecelia Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 848-7778.

18 Tuesday

Pasco County Community Job Fair: Hosted by Pasco County Schools and community partners. There will be hiring managers from local schools, district departments, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, tax collector, clerk of court and others. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. Visit to register. To view job listings, visit Free. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. JW Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road, New Port Richey.

19 Wednesday

Summer Safety Seminar: Dr. Danielle Albritton will discuss how to keep safe during the summer months. Reservations required. Free. 11 a.m. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (833) 300-2371.

Drag Queen Bingo To Benefit The SPCA Suncoast: Proceeds to benefit the care of shelter animals. There will be raffles and prizes. 7:30 p.m. The Asylum, 6153 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1048.

20 Thursday

Baby Storytime: A lap-sit program to instill the love of reading in children. Free. 8:30 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Investigation Station: Investigation Station presents “From the Sun to Pluto,” a program exploring the solar system that includes fun activities for kids and the family. Geared for youth in kindergarten through seventh grade, accompanied by an adult. Free. Noon. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.