Plus, Fatburger opens on Monday, June 12.
 
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74º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:22 a.m. | Sunset: 5:49 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 11:16 a.m. + 10:01 p.m. | Low: 2:58 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 6:59 a.m. + 6:21 p.m. | Low: 12:16 p.m.

 
🏳️‍🌈 Got Pride?
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The Sunshine Skyway lit up for Pride Month last year. | Photo via St. Petersburg LGBT
Pride Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the LGBTQ+ community every June, is officially at our doorstep. Check out these six different ways to get involved with Pride Month in TBAY.

Note: Tampa canceled its annual Pride Parade — so we recommend crossing the Bay to observe.

Parades + celebrations

St. Pete Pride Flag Raising | Thursday, June 1 | 10-11 a.m. | St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 5th St. N., St. Petersburg | Free | Watch Mayor Ken Welch kick off this year’s St. Pete Pride Month celebration.
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Photo via City of Tampa

2023 Pride Month Kickoff Block Party | Friday, June 2 | 7-10 p.m. | 2200 & 2300 Blocks of Central Ave., St. Pete | Free | Groove out to some talented DJs, live performances, and enjoy cocktails crafted by the local LGBTQ+ community.

Tampa Bay Rays Pride Day Game | Saturday, June 10 | 4:10 p.m. | Tropicana Field, St. Pete | $32-47 | Watch the Rays take on the Texas Rangers. Pro tip: get the Pride Day package for lower-level seats and a limited-edition can cooler.

Friday Night Concert | Friday, June 23 | 6-10 p.m. | Jannus Live, St. Pete | $35 | Immerse yourself in a night of musical talent featuring “Frozen” star Idina Menzel and local faves Brianna Summers and Ashlee T. Bangkx.

TransMarch, Parade, and Festival | Saturday, June 24 | Downtown St. Pete | 2 p.m. | Free | This one’s set to be Tampa Bay’s biggest celebration yet, taking over the city from Albert Whitted Park to Vinoy Park + along Bayshore Drive. Enjoy local art vendors, food trucks, a DJ, and a beer garden.

Pride in Grand Central Street Fair | Sunday, June 25 | Grand Central District, St. Pete | 12-5 p.m. | Free | Looking for an adventure-packed day full of food trucks, merchants, and carnival games? Look no further than this fair.

LGBTQ+ resources

Here’s some additional resources + information about the LGBTQ+ community in TBAY:
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, June 1
  • Big John at the Glazer Children’s Museum | Thursday, June 1 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Intersection of Twiggs and Tampa Streets, Tampa | $18 | Check out the world’s largest triceratops skeleton — the exhibit is 66 million years in the making.
  • Bad Friends with Andrew Santino and Bobby Lee | Thursday, June 1 | 7:30 p.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg | $43-$147 | Enjoy the live podcast featuring the “Dave” star and former “MadTV” sketch comic.
Friday, June 2
  • 500K Egg Party | Friday, June 2 | 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Eggs Up Grill, 3920 US 301, Riverview | Free | Celebrate the breakfast spot’s 500,000th egg crack with door prizes and games.
  • Opera Tampa OUTloud | Friday, June 2 | 8 p.m. | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | $27-$215 | Opera Tampa Singers dazzle with tunes from Broadway to opera at this celebration of Pride.
  • Tampa Bruise Crew vs. Fort Myers Roller Derby | Friday, June 2 | 9-11 p.m. | Skateworld of Tampa, 7510 Paula Dr., Tampa | $0-$12 | Grab a brew and watch a hard-hitting, high-impact roller derby bout — plus there’s an after party at Bilmar Station.
Saturday, June 3
  • Saturday Speed Dating Singles Event | Saturday, June 3 | 1-3 p.m. | Kava House, 11141 US Hwy. 19 N. #408, Clearwater | $25-$40 | Skip the dating apps, get ready to break the ice, and possibly meet the love of your life — this event is for Tampans aged 55-65.
  • 2nd Annual Summer Rum & Seafood Festival | Saturday, Jun. 3 | 4-10 p.m. | Tampa Premium Outlets, 2398 Grand Cypress Dr., Lutz | $10-$75 | Sample rum from local and national distilleries, and taste fare from 12 seafood vendors and local Wesley Chapel restaurants.
Sunday, June 4
  • “Timeless” | Sunday, Jun. 4 | 12 p.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg | $31 | This Karl & DiMarco South performance celebrates the passage of time with numbers showcasing timeless artists, music, movies, and literature.
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News Notes
 
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Eat
  • Loosen that belt, TBAY. The new Fatburger in Riverview (9950 Upper Alafia Ct.) opens on Monday, June 12. The eatery serves customizable, made-to-order burgers, milkshakes, vegan options, and keto-friendly “skinny burgers.” (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
  • Red Mesa is opening another Mercado-style restaurant in St. Pete. The SoCal-inspired Mexican street food joint will live in the former Two Graces location (6001 Central Ave.). Pro tip: The french fry-stuffed Cali Burrito is our mid-week go-to. (St. Pete Catalyst)
  • Saturday Shoppes is hosting its inaugural Battle of the Breweries and Seafood Day Party (Lot 4, Tropicana Field) this Saturday, June 3. The free event pins TBAY’s best breweries against each other to determine a fan favorite. Plus, there will be crab pots and seafood hot plates. (I Love the Burg)
Development
Plan Ahead
  • Streetwear shop Curated Heat is bringing the fire for its first annual KckBck Fest. The kickback takes over Tampa’s Tabella’s on the Creek on Saturday, July 1, and features a live performance by Dani Leigh, multiple bars, flip cup, and tons of clothes. Tickets cost $50. (That’s So Tampa)
Outdoors
  • Reminder: Using fertilizer is a no-no during the rainy season. The ban begins today, intending to keep the chemicals out of our stormwater and, ultimately, our watersheds. (Spectrum Bay News 9)
Fun Fact
  • You can get $10 towards your tab at Jimmy’s Tacos when you become a member with Offline — a local restaurant club. Use the code “TBTODAY” to skip the waitlist and become a member so you can get dinner on them + more perks.*
 
 
Weather
 
⛈ The calm before the storm(s)
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is urging residents to get preppin’. | Photo via TBAYtoday
Did you know it’s been 102 years since Tampa Bay has taken a direct hit from a hurricane?

That being said, it’s important to get your ducks in a row just in case — especially considering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s prediction of 12-17 storms (including hurricanes and tropical storms) this season.

Here’s how you can prep for the season:
 
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