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25+ summer events happening around Tampa Bay

Make the most of (or just survive) the warm weather with this list of the best local events and activities happening this summer in Cowtown.

The sun shines at the beach. One person is visible in the shallows of the ocean, and waves are lapping onto the sand.

Summer is coming.

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Make the most of the warm weather with this list of the best local events and activities happening this summer in the Tampa Bay area.

Here are 25+ TBAY events happening between May and August, including ideas for Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

Memorial Day

Honor Our Heroes 5K | Saturday, May 25 | 100 State St. W., Oldsmar
Lace up those sneaks alongside 600+ other runners and walkers to raise money for local veterans. Register before it’s too late.

Clearwater Memorial Day Parade | Saturday, May 25 | Cleveland Road, Clearwater
This fun and patriotic family-friendly display starts at 10 a.m. + is followed by a free music festival in Coachman Park. Reserve your spot.

Memorial Weekend Beach Silent Party | Saturday, May 25 | Caddy’s Madeira Beach, 14080 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach
Get your groove on by the beach at this silent disco to make the most of the long weekend. Headpone rental costs $10.

Sundress Szn Tampa | Saturday, May 25 | 7th + Grove, 1930 E. 7th Ave., Tampa
Pull on your fave sundress and head to the popular Ybor City spot for a day party featuring drink deals + delectable food choices.

Memorial Day Service | Monday, May 27 | American Legion: USS Tampa Post No. 5, 3810 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
The 90th annual event will honor our fallen heroes with a solemn hour of reflection, before turning into a celebration of our freedoms.

A helicopter flies over Raymond James Stadium before Super Bowl LV. Tampa's skyline is visible in the background.

Tampa Bay has a lengthy military history.

Juneteenth

4th Annual Juneteenth Festival | Saturday, June 15 | Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
Get ready for the yearly family-friendly festival featuring a KidsZone, live music, food vendors, and community resource booths.

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration | Saturday, June 15 | Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
The museum is offering free admission for the day in its newly expanded galleries, plus food trucks, arts activities, and family portraits.

The PWRTRC 2024 Juneteenth Music Festival | Saturday, June 15 | Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE, St. Petersburg
Celebrate with live music, ranging across genres + featuring jazz, soul, and R&B tunes, hosted by the Phyllis Wheatley Rise to Read Campaign.

AfroCAN 2024: Juneteenth Fest | Sunday, June 16 | Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E. Harrison St., Tampa
This cultural celebration features fashion, arts, music, and Black-owned businesses.

The entrance to Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Downtown Tampa. There are several artsy sculptures playing musical instruments, apartments in the background, and palm trees lining the park.

Perry Harvey Sr. Park is named after the famed Civil Rights activist.

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Fourth of July

July 4th Boat Parade | Thursday, July 4 | Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa
Friends of the Riverwalk is putting on a show, featuring a parade, water ski show, and of course, fireworks.

“The Fourth” Independence Day Celebration | Thursday, July 4 | Spa Beach Park and Family Park, St. Pete Pier
The City of St. Pete-sponsored fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and is visible all the way along downtown’s waterfront.

July 4th Fireworks Cruise | Thursday, July 4 | Departs from Tampa Convention Center Dock
Cruise along the Hillsborough River to soak in the fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

4th of July Celebration | Dates TBD | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa
Although this year’s dates have not yet been announced, the theme park usually runs five days of patriotic fun around the holiday.

The flotilla at Gasparilla. There are hundreds of boats behind the pirate ship, all riding toward the City of Tampa during the annual event. There is smoke emerging from the pirate ship.

We know a thing or two about boat parades in TBAY.

Photo by Kiera Andrews

Concerts

Chris Stapleton | Friday, May 10 | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Break out the "(Tennessee) Whiskey, because the soulful country artist is making his way to TBAY.

21 Savage | Friday, June 14 | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
The rapper brings his “American Dream Tour” to the outdoor venue.

Justin Timberlake | Friday, June 14 | Amalie Arena
Don’t be so quick to walk away from the chance to see JT bust out his iconic moves + vocals.

Bad Bunny | Tuesday, June 21 | Amalie Arena
The Puerto Rican superstar is set to light up the stage in the Cigar City on his “Most Wanted Tour.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers | Friday, June 21 | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Here’s your chance to see the legendary rock band in TBAY, whose decades-long discography offers nostalgic sounds for all.

Morgan Wallen | Friday, July 12 | Raymond James Stadium
Get a peek of the country star as he continues his ascent through the music industry, having first gained fame on “The Voice.”

Zach Bryan | Wednesday, August 14 | Raymond James Stadium
Another country star taking the US by storm, Bryan’s mix of intricate lyricism + relatable worldview make this a show not to miss.

A full crowd watches on from the lawn at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. It is night time and people are mostly sitting on blankets.

The MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre is a magical place to catch a show.

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Outdoor fun

Food & Wine Festival | Through Sunday, May 19 | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa
Treats + eats await at the iconic TBAY theme park, alongside thrill-seeking opportunities and animal adventures.

St. Pete Tacos and Tequila Festival | Friday, May 10 + Saturday, May 11 | Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg
What a combination. Sample flavors by the Burg’s waterfront while soaking in live tunes, good vibes + awesome views.

Uptown Music and Arts Festival | Saturday, May 25 + Sunday, May 26 | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa
Enjoy two days of tunes, eats, vendors, and visual arts by the Hillsborough River. Get your tickets.

Cuban Sandwich Festival | Sunday, May 26 | Centennial Park, 1800 E. 8th Ave., Tampa
Head to Ybor City for the 13th annual event, where the world’s best Cuban sandwich will be awarded.

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival | Saturday, June 1 + Sunday, June 2 | 415 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach
Calling all art enthusiasts. The 30th annual event showcases some of the country’s best jewelers, crafters, potters, and painters.


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