There’s a decent chance you could catch an incredible Tampa sunset while jamming out. | Photo by @smftampa
Move over Electric Daisy Carnival.
Sunset Music Festival is this weekend, Saturday, May 27 + Sunday, May 28. Tampa’s massive electronic music dance party takes over Raymond James Stadium’s North Lot from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. — but you have to bring the party.
This year’s lineup includes DJs like AC Slater, Audien, Adventure Club, Bear Grillz + Bad News Bears, and Dr. Fresch. Check out the other acts.
Get ready to pull out those crochet dresses, sparkly cowboy hats, and all the glitter — we’re laying out some tips to make the show stress free.
Make sure to keep hydrated (with water) before and throughout the festival. There’s free water stations littered throughout the festival grounds — and you can buy a reusable water bottle to sip on while you jive. Preorder one now. Pro tip: Fill up a camel bag with water, so you don’t have to navigate through crowds in order to drink up.
Keep the summer vibes flowin’ at the festival’s preparties and afterparties. There’s events booked for the Ritz Ybor and TK Lounge. Buy tickets.
Don’t want to worry about losing your wallet or keys while dancing? You can rent lockers (with chargers for your phone) for $50. Reserve online.
We recommend earplugs if you love the music but want to protect your ears.
Staying into the night? Consider packing a hoodie or scarf to wrap up when it cools off.
Set up that ride before the weekend arrives. Getting out of RayJay can be extremely difficult (hello fellow “Eras Tour” attendees) so plan on walking to the Rooms To Go, Hooters, or another spot a little ways from the stadium to call that Uber or Lyft.
Carpooling for the day? There’s parking available for $43 per day (VIP $54) in the lot south of Raymond James Stadium on Tampa Bay Blvd., according to the festival. Book online or bring a credit or debit card, they’re cashless.
Tickets run $105 for a two-day pass, and there’s deals for those buying four tickets for the whole friend group. But hurry, tickets are going fast.
Chamber Cheers at Grove Soho | Thursday, May 25 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Grove Soho, 406 S. Howard Ave., Tampa | $0-$10 | Mingle with South Tampa Chamber members and their guests — make sure to register.
Beethoven x Coldplay | Thursday, May 25 | 8 p.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg | $21-$50 | Join conductor Steve Hackman as he melds “Fix You,” “Paradise,” and “The Scientist” with Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony.”
“ALICE” | Thursday, May 25-Sunday, June 4 | Times vary | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | $45 | Take in Jobsite Theater’s cabaret spectacle based on the work Lewis Carroll with music, puppetry, and circus acts.
Friday, May 26
Dodgers vs. Rays | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | 6:40 p.m. | Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg | $40-$187 | Chow down on a ballpark frank while watching the teams face off.
Saturday, May 27
Mindful Movement Yoga | Saturday, May 27 | 9-10 a.m. | Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Learn yoga postures, meditation, breathing techniques, and positive affirmations at this weekly practice.
Veteran Civilian Arts Ensemble Showcase | Saturday, May 27 | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | Free | Check out the artwork of local veterans and learn about their experience in the community.
Sunday, May 28
26th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance | Sunday, May 28 | 10 a.m. | Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 US 301 N., Tampa | Free | Hillsborough County’s annual event includes patriotic music, a fallen hero name reading of Garden of Gold flags, and a rifle salute.
Memorial Day BBQ | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. | Bayboro Brewing, 2390 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Kick off the afternoon with a performance from Cross Junction, a raffle, a silent auction, and an art exhibition by No Good Deeds Art — veterans enjoy an open tab.
Memorial Day Solemn Salute | Monday, May 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater | Free | Honor fallen soldiers with a salute + remarks from retired 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilly.
Meet Skyway Village. Developers hope to build a series of apartment buildings and retail spaces at the former Ceridian campus in the Skyway Marina District. Check out the plans. (St. Pete Rising)
A new 35-story tower could be in the works for Downtown St. Pete. The building would sit next to the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement + include more than 300 apartment units, a parking garage, and commercial space. (St. Pete Rising)
Tampa Bay has a seagrass problem. St. Pete leaders hope to ease the loss + support the regrowth of the area’s dwindling supply. The project calls for building a mitigation bank next to the Vinoy Park beach. (St. Pete Catalyst)
The vice president and chief of the Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute recently completed the first living donor liver transplant on Florida’s West Coast.
Ready to spend your summer at Busch Gardens? The TBAY theme park just announced 27 firework shows, a review show at Dragon Fire Grill, and Summer Nights Elite VIP Tours. (That’s So Tampa)
Wondering what’s happening to the old Chief’s Creole Cafe? The Catalyst on the Deuces is opening in the space next month. The restaurant will serve tasty Jamaican eats, drinks, and host events. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
So long, Brewers Tasting Room. The St. Pete taproom closes its doors this weekend. Stop by the craft beer bar’s final night tomorrow, May 26 for $20 all-you-can-drink beer + eats from The Cheesesteak Company. (I Love the Burg)
The famed mermaids of Weeki Wachee may become internationally famous. The underwater dancers are featured in a new Netflix docuseries called “MerPeople.” Read more about the show. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
The annual plant festival at USF’s Botanical Gardens is almost here. The massive plant sale is booked for Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (That’s So Tampa)
Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
A couple weeks ago, we told you about Remora, a new app developed by Eckerd College professors that allows you to track your usage of single-use plastics (think Starbucks cups, straws, and grocery bags). The app prompts you with questions that help calculate your current footprint and compare it to the national average.
Remora also lets you add friends, so you can track your progress together — or make it a challenge.
As you know, we like a little competition around here. So, we had to join in. Your friendly city editors will compete to see who can use less plastic during the month of June. And at the end of the month, we’ll share how we did — good or bad.