If you can't decide if you need a hug, a double-shot of espresso, a couple shots of tequila or two weeks sleep after the long weekend don't be too concerned, remember, it's a short week. And, it's already hump day with another weekend mere hours away. This weekend offers really cool adventures like teeing off the top deck at Raymond James Stadium, driving exotic cars, a survivor celebration, heartfelt charity events, concerts, beaches, beers and much more! Plus, several of these events are perfect for an early Father's Day!
Things to Do in Tampa Bay Friday, June 2nd
Stadiumlinks at Raymond James Stadium (Fri-Sun 7 am to 10 pm)
How cool is this, it's like Topgolf Tampa on steroids! Stadiumlinks is transforming the world’s most iconic stadiums into a one-of-a-kind 9-hole golf experience and this weekend Tampa, we get our 'shot'! Is teeing it up from the upper deck at Ray Jay something you'd like to check off your bucket list? Since a little friendly betting is sure to take place here's how it works: You add to your score at each hole based on where your tee shot lands, you get a birdie when you land inside the ringed target at the pin, a par for landing on the green, a bogey should you miss the green altogether and a double-bogey if you slice it into the stands. Nine tee boxes will be set up around the stadium, so, like me are you wondering if you'll be teeing off the Pirate Ship this weekend?
Call a family member or a friend, you must be a team of 2 to 4 players to book a tee time. Click the link above, then "Tickets" to register and complete your Player Information. VIP upgrades and Add-on can be chosen when selecting a tee time. Check in take place in the Clubhouse where the bar will be open. The Chipping Challenge is an add-on and an opportunity to win high-value prizes based on your score from chipping five balls at targets 20 yards away. Prizes for this challenge include a grand prize for the best score. The One-Putt Challenge allows you to show off your putting skills with three attempts to sink a long distance putt. Sink the putt and win merchandise. Experience Raymond James Stadium in an unforgettable way this weekend thanks to Stadiumlinks!
The 4th Annual Taste of Jazz (6 pm)
The 4th Annual Taste of Jazz is this Friday on 7th Avenue in historic old Ybor City on Friday at Ybor City Jazz House from 6 pm to midnight. Admission is $10 advance, $20 at the door. Click the link above to buy tickets. Live entertainment will be provided by The Beat Down Band and free gourmet Hors D'oeuvres will be provided by sponsors of the event, The Tampa Bay Chapter of The National Black MBA Association. Empowering local visionaries the NBMBAA is a non-profit organization of minority MBAs, business professionals, entrepreneurs and MBA student with thousands of members worldwide working in both private and public sectors, sharing a commitment to education and business. Tampa is one of 45 chapters in the United States and members-at-large in Africa, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. For a taste of jazz and much more, head to Ybor!
First Friday St. Pete (5:30 pm - 10 pm)
The first Friday of every month, the heart of downtown becomes St. Pete’s biggest block party showcasing great bands, great drinks, and great food. Organized by the Breakfast Optimist Club of St. Petersburg, the organization donates net proceeds to charitable efforts, with a focus on youth education and children’s health. First Friday St. Pete takes place in Downtown St. Petersburg on Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street on the first Friday of every month, the party starts at 5:30 pm and rocks on until 10 pm. Admission is free and the music is live as your favorite vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink. Head over to their website by clicking on the link above for June's First Friday line-up.
Things to Do in Tampa Bay Saturday, June 3rd
Joe Jackson at Capitol Theater Clearwater (8 pm - 11 pm)
Joe Jackson will make his way to Downtown Clearwater for his debut at the historic, Capitol Theatre now operated by Ruth Eckerd Hall. Jackson's set list includes hits like, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, It's Different For Girls, Steppin' Out, You Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want), and much more. Joe Jackson, known for his New Wave, Pop, Jazz, movie scores, and original classical compositions recently released Fast Forward to critical acclaim. Featuring four sets of four songs each recorded in four different cities – New York, New Orleans, Berlin, and Amsterdam – Fast Forward is unique in that with each city there was a different set of guest musicians. Tickets are $69.50, $49.50 & $39.50.
Jimmy Buffett (8 pm to 1 am)
Buffett's I Don't Know Tour 2017 is coming to Tampa Bay this weekend bringing with it a Margaritaville state of mind! Get tickets before they sell out and get there early for the party in the parking lots as thousands of Parrotheads party Buffett style outside MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.
4802 US Highway 301 North, Tampa FL, 33610.
Rock the Yacht Live Music Party Cruises ( 10:30 pm - 2 am)
Rock the Yacht is BACK aboard Yacht StarShip this weekend with DJ Cardinal and DJ Mello Vibes at 10:30 pm. Say bon voyage with two fly mix-masters as they spin the very best in reggae, dancehall, house, EDM, dubstep, and grinding club remixes. General Admission is only $30 per person, VIP is $50 per person and includes red carpet boarding, (2) premium cocktails and access to private VIP areas on each deck of the Yacht with a dedicated cocktail server! Drink Specials are available for general admission party-goers on each cruise. It's time to Party like a Yacht Star this weekend in Tampa Bay! Note: You must be 21 and older with valid ID to cruise!
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BayCare Strike Out Cancer Night (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
The Tampa Yankees are teaming up with BayCare for "Strike Out Cancer Night" on Saturday in support of cancer awareness and research. The gates at George M. Steinbrenner Field open at 5:00 p.m. as the Tampa Yankees take on the Jupiter Hammerheads in Florida State League play. Head to the concourse from 5:40 pm - 6:00 pm for player autographs and watch for players and coaches, they will be wearing custom jerseys to be auctioned off in a silent auction. Player jerseys will be auctioned during the game and all coaches jerseys are live for auction now. Proceeds from the auction benefit BayCare cancer research. If the fire marshal allows it, after the game, fans can stay for a fireworks show, presented by Avis and AIG. All Military members receive a FREE upper reserved ticket with valid I.D. To purchase tickets for "Strike Out Cancer Night," click over to George M. Steinbrenner Field to purchase online or visit the Box Office. Tickets start at $5 for upper reserved seating, $8 for lower reserved seating, and parking is always free.
Enjoy a fun night at the 2017 Grand Finale event to celebrate the culmination of LLS's 10-week Man and Woman of the Year campaign with a plated dinner, cocktails, music, dancing, silent and live auctions. During the night's festivities, LLS will also recognize the Boy and Girl of the Year - both survivors of a form of Childhood Leukemia called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Individual tickets are $200 for a memorable evening of fun at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, corporate tables are available. Email Jennifer Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or click over to the event page through the link above to make a donation.
Things to Do in Tampa Bay Sunday, June 4th
Beaching For Brews 2017 (8 am - 10 pm)
Returning again, this family-friendly event sponsored by Running for Brews takes place on North Clearwater Beach allowing you to be a beach bum, slacking off with your friends watching the activities or to dive in and compete! Try some of these scheduled group activities this weekend:
- 8 am Boot Camp with a team of trainers from Camp Gladiator Tampa Bay
- 9 am Yoga with Instructor Olivia of Warrior ONE Dunedin. Bring your beach towel & get your stretch on.
- 9 am Open Water Swim with Jennifer Sullivan, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach. Bring swim goggles & a swim cap. :)
- 10 am Cycle the 13-mile, 3 bridge loop. Beach cruisers to road bikes welcome.
- 11 am Beach Walk/Run. 1-mile & 5K distances.
- Noon-2 pm Ultimate Frisbee from Instructors of Clearwater Beach Ultimate. 1-2 beach fields will be set up for 4 on 4 games. Yes, they will teach you.
- 2 pm-4 pm Beach Volleyball. Details TBA.
Bring your own lunch, or share a meal with friends at Frenchy's, Palm Pavilion, or any one of many walking distance restaurant's on Clearwater Beach then stay for Sunset Dancing to a live band. If you plan to participate you need to fill out a waiver form online.
Tampa Greyhound Park Exotic Driving Experience (8:30 am to 5 pm)
Get behind the wheel of an exotic car at Tampa Greyhound Track with The Racing Experience! Limited spots are available, you must book in advance, click over to their 813area business page and head to their website or call.
- 3 Lap Autocross Driving Experience $199
- 5 Lap Autocross Driving Experience $299
- 7 Lap Autocross Driving Experience $499
- 2 Lap Ride Along Experience $119