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Plan your weekend: Memorial Day fun, MOSI meteorite, R. Kelly, EDM at Sunset Music Fest

A dancer gets ready for the evening at last year’s Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium’s parking lot in Tampa.
Published May 25, 2016

Plan your weekend

Holiday

Memorial Day weekend: The long weekend brings family-friendly parties, military salutes and Light Up Tampa Bay, a free celebration and summer kickoff party with live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display at Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa 6-10 p.m. Sunday. 97X brings its annual Backyard BBQ at noon Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg with dynamic California headliners Young the Giant. For full details, including a list of ticket drop locations, see 97xonline.com. And Largo's Armed Forces Military Museum is having a Memorial Day Family Funfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday with kids activities as well as World War II re-enactors, a 21-gun salute, and wreath laying at the museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for youths 4 to 12. (727) 539-8371. armedforcesmuseum.com. Find more Memorial Day events at TampaBay.com/holiday.

Concert

R. Kelly: He titled his most recent album The Buffet, a good name for his all-you-can-eat smorgasbords of Caligulan desires that are as awesome as they are ridiculous. His myriad legal troubles over the years have made his sweat-laden sex jams feel awkward. But he is the king of '90s R&B with a gift for penning over-the-top booty-knockers. He performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $65 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

Take the kids

An Evening in Space MOSI space programs director Antonio Paris leads an interactive presentation and unveiling of the meteorite that smashed into Earth 5,000 years ago. The program is Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($15, $10 for MOSI members) The ancient iron meteorite that's about the size of a large microwave oven was unearthed in Argentina and you can go ahead, touch it. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.

EDM

Sunset Music Festival With the Chainsmokers and their smash single, Don't Let Me Down, soaring up the Billboard Hot 100. Toss in fellow headliners Jack U (a.k.a. Skrillex and Diplo), Hardwell (voted multiple times as the world's No. 1 DJ), and Galantis (the rising Swedes behind Runaway), plus dozens of other top DJs, and you've got another fiery lineup for one of the biggest events on Tampa's music calendar. See smftampa.com for the lineup and after party info.

Lime time

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival: For its fourth go-round, the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival brings Blues Traveler as the headliner and promises more shade and seating in Curtis Hixon Park. Also new are cashless wristbands designed to make lines move faster. Once in the gates from noon to 11 p.m., you'll find 40 margarita types in a range of flavors, and the night ends with a fireworks show. General admission ($20, $25 at the door if available) allows in and out access to the festival. Add-on treats include a $20 tequila tasting (2-6 p.m.). $100-$125 VIP tickets are only sold in advance. tampamargaritafest.com.

Party

Downtown Tampa's Fourth Friday: Museums and performing arts venues around downtown Tampa offer extended hours 4-10 p.m. Friday with deals or special programming, including free admission to the Henry Plant Museum, tours of the historic Germany Public Library, and "pay what you will" admission at Tampa Museum of Art, 4-9 p.m. There are also deals at participating restaurants and free Pirate Water Taxi rides. Maps and free wristband locations at fourthfridaytampa.com. Free. (813) 276-8250.

Cars

Corvettes in the Park: The annual show in Straub Park brings nearly 200 sleek Corvettes ranging from stock to full custom and race-prepared models. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Straub Park, at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 560-6918.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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