July – Best Of The Bay Events
Celebrate Independence Day Throughout Tampa Bay
Many of the communities throughout Tampa Bay have planned special events for the July 4 weekend celebration. Picnics, parades and (of course) fantastic fireworks are on tap for the event throughout the weekend from July 2 through July 4.
For information about many of the Tampa Bay events you will want to enjoy, see our special eNewsletter that will help you plan your family’s celebration activities or visit our special 4th of July event post on our site here.
Dunedin’s Annual Orange Festival July 9
Celebrate the City of Dunedin’s unique history with the Orange industry at the annual Dunedin Orange Festival on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Dunedin’s Edgewater Park. Miss Dunedin Orange Queen will be crowned and some of Dunedin’s best restaurants will compete in a MOJO Cook-off. New this year will be a “Craft Beer Brew Off” starting at 6 p.m., with Dunedin Brewery, House of Beer, Stilt House and Grind Haus Brew Lab competing for the honors.
Live Entertainment will continue throughout the day on the Edgewater Park stage with some of the area’s top bands, along with some family style fun events and a silent auction to benefit the Dunedin Historical Society and the Dunedin Chamber Foundation.
Oldsmar’s Fifth Friday ‘Caribbean Carnival!’ in RE Olds Park
Oldsmar is gearing up a Hot, Hot, Hot “Caribbean Carnival!” for its final Fifth Friday event of the city’s year-long Centennial Anniversary celebration on Friday, July 29. Kicking off the festival is Tampa’s favorite Reggae Band, Jahfari! They’ll perform a variety of reggae genres from Soca to Rock Steady. The Best in the Bay live entertainment will continue to heat up as The SakaBoyz will “Show It Off” performing a wide variety of Caribbean Dance music which includes Soca, Reggae, Cadanse and Bouyon.
So don your favorite Caribbean attire (Florida casual will do) to enjoy free live island music with food vendors and fun and games for the whole family at R.E. Olds Park at 107 Shore Drive West on Old Tampa Bay from 5 to 10 p.m. Visit www.Oldsmar100.com for information on other upcoming Centennial events.
Clearwater Threshers Plan Great July Events
The Clearwater Threshers have a busy schedule of special events scheduled for the month of July. Friday, July 1, will be a Threshers Free Shirt Friday with a Patriotic T-shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, presented by the Tampa Bay Times. Fans will want to stay after the game for a concert by The Greg Billings Band, presented by Budweiser. Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, will both feature the Threshers famous and Best in the Bay Fireworks Shows, presented by Budweiser.
Saturday, July 9, is Bark at the Ballpark. Fans may purchase a $6 ticket for their dog’s admission that benefits the Humane Society of Pinellas. There will be plenty of water stations and shade for the canine companions and pet-friendly vendors on the concourse.
Friday, July 22, is the return of the 11th annual Pitch For Pink, the Threshers fundraiser and breast cancer awareness night. The event has raised over $230,000 for the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. Highlights include a Survivors’ Lap around the feed a Pink Tumbler giveaway by Banquet Masters, a silent auction and a post-game concert by a Bon Jovi tribute band, presented by Courtesy Velet as part of the Threshers Summer Concert Series by Leinenkugel and New Belgium. For more information, call 727-467-4457 or visit ThreshersBaseball.com.
St. Pete Indie Market Summer Series
The St. Pete “Indie Market” is keeping it cool this summer with an indoor market held inside a historic train station, converted into the Morean Center for Clay, in downtown St. Petersburg. On Saturday, July , from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the market will feature a curated maker’s market indoors, a Pop Up bar by The Bends (featuring summer cocktails) and a Food Court concept presented by the Urban Restaurant Group (owners of Urban Brew, Comfort, Deli and Creamery) featuring a provisional menu based off summer comfort foods.
Shop. eat and be inspired from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in downtown St. Pete when a group of “independent” artisans offer their fine arts independent of commercial fine arts establishments.
Ted Nugent on Stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman. He was named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive, and his no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Ted delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance – it’s a fire breathing celebration and it starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater.
If tickets are still available, you can obtain them online at www.rutheckerdhall.com. Buffet Dinner before the show begins at 6 p.m. Reserved tickets are required for the dinner as well as the show.
Rowdies Soccer Opens Home Season with Jacksonville
Cheer on St. Pete’s own professional soccer team as it takes on Jacksonville Armada at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete on Saturday, July 2. This is the first of eleven matches scheduled to be played in St. Pete this Fall and the first of three scheduled for the month of July. The Rowdies will host Puerto Rico FC on July 16 and the New York Cosmos on July 23. The Saturday evening matches all begin at 7:30 p.m. Al Lang Stadium is located at 200 1st Ave. S in St. Petersburg.
Stay after the Jacksonville match for a FREE SHOW from internationally famous recording artist FLO RIDA! For tickets and more information, call 727-222-2000 or visit www.rowdiessoccer.com.
FREE Dunedin Blue Jays Game July 3
Celebrate America’s favorite weekend with a FREE baseball game! The Dunedin Blue Jays will take on the Florida State League-leading Tampa Yankees in a three-game home series from July 1-3, with games at 630 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a FREE game on Sunday, July 3, starting at 6:15. Gates open on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Dunedin’s Auto Exchange Stadium at 371 Douglas Ave., so get there early to get your free ticket. Enjoy postgame fireworks to cap off the evening.
The Blue Jays are an advanced Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, which comes to Dunedin each spring for its spring training schedule.
St. Petersburg Opera To Present ‘South Pacific’
St. Petersburg Opera will depart from their usual operatic format to present one of America’s most beloved musicals of all times, “South Pacific,” with music by Rogers and Hammerstein on Friday, July 1; Tuesday, July 5; Thursday, July 7, and Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. and in Sunday matinee performances on Sunday, July 3, and Sunday, July 10. The performances will be given at Hough Hall at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College and will be directed and coordinated by Zeta Alderman.
The incredible Molly Mustonen plays Nellie, with Todd Donovan as Emile De Becque. This powerful duo is complemented by Carla Lopez-Speziale as Bloody Mary and handsome John Kaneklides returning to the SPO stage as Lt. Joe Cable, USMC. Ward G. Smith and Tyler Putnam join the cast as Captain Brackett and Luther Billis, respectively. Tickets are available only through St. Petersburg Opera by calling 727-823-2040.
Culture Club To Perform at Mahaffey Theater
Fronted by the ever-captivating Boy George, Culture Club was one of the most successful pop bands of the MTV era, racking up seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, and nine Top 10 singles in America, including “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (“Clock of the Heart”),” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and the iconic “Karma Chameleon.”
The group will be appearing in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, July 6. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Mahaffey Theater at 400 First Street S. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mahaffey Theater.
Cult Classics at the Dali:’ Monty Python and The Holy Grail’
The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair, don some inspired duds and enjoy a free flick -when The Dali presents the cult classic, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” on Thursday, July 7, at The Dali Museum. The fun goes on all summer long as The Dali presents free movies on the first Thursday of every month.
The event is held rain or shine (movies and tastings are moved inside during inclement weather).Bring only low-seating lawn chairs. No pets, coolers, outside food or beverages are permitted. Local food truck fare and cold craft brews will be on hand for purchase. Doors open and vendors start serving at 7 p.m. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. The Dali Museum is located at 1 Dali Blvd. in St. Petersburg.
Tarpon Springs ‘Night in the Islands’ July 9
Head to the world famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard for a night full of Greek dancing, outdoor dining and live music! The fun of Tarpon Springs “Night in the Islands” goes down from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Don’t miss the free dance lessons offered by Levendia Dancers from 6 to 7 p.m. to get you off on the right foot!
Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment at the Sponge Docks. Dine under the stars and enjoy some of the finest Greek food outside of Athens. The event features live music by Ellada and Odyssey and Greek dancing. To reserve a table for dinner, please contact participating restaurants Costa’s, Hellas, Mama’s, or Mykonos.
Rays Watch Party at Guy Harvey Outpost set for Sunday, July 10
Grab your family and your friends and head out to the beach behind Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Boston Red Sox on the BIG screen! First Pitch is at 1:35 p.m, but the pre-game fun starts at 1 p.m. Beverages and all your cookout favorites will be available for purchase, including buckets of beer and specialty cocktails from the Sand Bar. Rays Radio will be there broadcasting live and the Rays Street Team will provide some great giveaways.
The Rays will take on the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Angels, the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees in at home series at Tropicana Field in July. Free post-game concerts will present appearances by Bret Michaels after the Orioles game on Saturday, July 16, and by Hunter Hayes on the July 30 game against the Yankees. Game tickets are required to attend the concerts.
Summerland Tour Brings 90’s Rock to Madeira Beach
Get ready for a dose of nostalgia as some of your favorite ’90’s rock bands hit the stage at R.O.C. Park on Madeira Beach on Wednesday July 13. This is the second of two Florida appearances by The Summerland Tour, with the first being two days earlier at Hard Rock Café in Orlando. Rock out to your favorite songs from the popular bands Sugar Ray, Everclear, LIT and Sponge during their national tour.
This show will bring a variety of talented musicians to the stage in the newly completed ROC Park in Madeira Beach. This concert appeals to music lovers of all ages and will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.summerlandtour.net.
Professional Women’s Bowling Association Event at Seminole Lanes
Up to 150 of the country’s top woman bowlers will come to Tampa Bay for a four day tournament hosted by the Professional Women’s Bowling Association at Seminole Lanes in Seminole from Thursday, July 14, to Sunday, July 17. . The Clearwater Open will feature six games of qualification, a cashier’s round, round-robin match play, and a stepladder final. The finals will be taped and are scheduled to air Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. For information regarding admission fees, please contact Cory Krauss at Seminole Lanes by calling 727-392-2271.
A Pro-Am tournament will follow the finals on Saturday and Sunday. See the full tournament schedule and additional details at PWBA.com.
Summer Exhibits Open at the Dunedin Fine Art Center
An opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 8, will follow an Artists Talk at 6 p.m. by presenting artists Todd Still (#EPIC) and Shane Hoffman (DRAWN to Greatness). The event will highlight a series of special exhibits that will be ongoing at the Dunedin Fine Art Center throughout the summer. The reception will be held in the Entel Family Gallery, where an exhibit entitled “Dignity: Tribes in Transition” will display black and white portraits of indigenous peoples by photographer Dana Gluckstein from July 1 to September 25.
The three other exhibits will continue at DFAC from June 4 to August 21 in the Gamble Family Gallery, the Douglas Whitley Gallery and the Pat Rossi and Meta B. Brown Galleries. For more information, visit www.dfac.org.
Julie Black To Perform at Safety Harbor’s Third Friday
Venture out to Main Street in Safety Harbor for shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family! The free street festival goes down from 6-10 p.m. every Third Friday of the month. The theme for the event on Friday, July 15, will be “Red, White and Blues,” with live music provided by New Port Richey songbird Julie Black, who is known for her renditions of blues and soul music. Black was nominated for a Grammy award for a song she co-wrote with legendary vocalist Shaun Murphy in 2013.
Safety Harbor’s Main Street will be closes from 6th to Bayshore and businesses will remain open during the event. The Safety Harbor Professional Fire Fighters will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from the July Third Friday event.
‘Cool Art’ Show at Coliseum July 16 & 17
Some outstanding works by 75 fine artists and craftsmen will be on display at this year’s Cool Art Show in the Ballroom of St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17. This highly anticipated annual art show is the coolest place to see these works on display by such outstanding artists, including many international museum exhibitors and award winners.
This free show takes place indoors in the Ballroom of St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Road Runners Present St. Pete Beach 5K
Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St. Pete Road Runners club with an evening 5K along beautiful St. Pete Beach. This is race #2 of the three-race Friday evening series. The race will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22. All participants are invited to a post-race party at the famous Hurricane Restaurant on Pass-a-Grille Beach for a buffet, beverages, live DJ and a spectacular view of the sunset. Registration is $30 and includes a race t-shirt.
Registration is now open at www.racersignup.com/st.-pete-road-runners-5k-beach-series/.
DTSP Summer Cinema Presents ‘Best in Show’
This summer, enjoy FREE movies each month at various locations around downtown St. Pete. This month, the theme is “Bark in the Park” and the movie will be shown on the lawn at the Museum of Fine Arts with live music, food trucks, beverages and more beginning at 7 p.m. The movie starts at dusk. Of course, four-legged friends are welcome!
The movies return to the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Pete on Sunday, July 31, for a “Bark In The Park Dog Party.” Best In Show (PG-13), a mockumentary comedy written and directed by Christopher Guest, begins at dark. Before the movie, browse the dog vendor booths and get some yummy treats for your pup to enjoy. This is another Certified Fresh event – arrive early to enjoy some tunes to get your tail shaking. Music begins at 7 p.m.
Summer Festival of Racing & Music
On Friday, July 1, The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Tampa Bay Downs for the Summer Festival of Racing and Music. Racing starts at 12 noon and music starts at 6 p.m. with The Black Honkeys and followed by Soul Circus Cowboys. Tampa Bay Downs has scheduled two days of live racing on June 30 and July 1 in addition to its regular schedule of events.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the event at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road in Oldsmar. VIP seating $10.00 and regular admission is $5.00.
Rebelution To Perform at Vinoy Park
The wildly popular reggae rock band Rebelution returns to Vinoy Park in St. Pete for an afternoon of music, including performances by The Green, J Boog, Stick Figure and Through the Roots. This event will double as the official release party for Rebelution IPA, a specially created craft beer made for the band by Tampa Bay breweries Rock Brothers Brewing and Cigar City Brewing. The jams kick-off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.