16 events to look forward to this summer

Dade City's new zipline park, Chris Hardwick, Sheryl Underwood and more.

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The Adventure Park at Sandy Springs
16 events to look forward to this summer (2)


Here’s a look at comedy shows, visual art events, performances and movies defying the season’s usual slump.

Just announced this week, TreeHoppers, a new aerial adventure park, is set to open in Dade City in August.  Indiana-based White River Zip Lines purchased a 60-acre wooded tract in Dade City that will feature dozens of zip lines, rope bridges and aerial climbing elements. The attraction will have eight unique courses and nearly 100 aerial features catering to adults and children ages 5 and older. The property features several acres of scenic, hilly forest and a  five-acre lake in the back of the property. Opening date is still to be determined, TreeHoppers will be open year-round, seven days a week at 27839 Saint Joe Road Dade City (35 minutes north of Tampa). For more information, visit treehoppers.com.

Here are some more events to look forward to ...


May 30 — All You See Is ... See a showcase of Tampa graffiti artists & bombers at MF Arts Ybor. Music by Bangarang, Mushmind and Samurai Shotgun. facebook.com/mfartsybor.

June 10 — Second Screen Cult Cinema Summer Film Series Enjoy some of the best-all-time edgy, foreign and classic cinema the second Wednesday of the month. The event starts with a relaxing, swanky happy hour with  first-rate cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Films include the original Cape Fear (June 10), Shaw Bros.’ The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (July 8) and the Brazilian classic Black Orpheus (Aug. 12). The Vault, Tampa, secondscreencultcinema.org

June 12 — Sheryl Underwood The bawdy straight-shooter and co-host of The Talk brings her big mouth and sassy charm to the Tampa Improv, improvtampa.com

June 12 — Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Nick Offerman plays the dad in this Sundance winner, which looks to be a poignant coming-of-age story about a teenage filmmaker who befriends a classmate with cancer. meandearlmovie.com

June 15 — The War on Drugs with The Everymen One of the most ambitious indie acts teams up with a great Florida band on the rise. A must see. The Ritz Ybor, Tampa, theritzybor.com

June 20 — The Ybor Stories Performances get us up close and personal with Ybor City’s past. CL Space, Tampa. Click here for event page.

June 27 — LGBT Pride Parade  & Pride in the EDGE Because there’s much to celebrate and still too much to rally for. This official St. Pete Celebrate Pride all-day at the EDGE district-wide event noon to midnight, hosted by the EDGE Business District Association. The celebration will include live music and special activities at participating businesses.  Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, stpetepride.com

July 4 — Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Atlanta Silverbacks Fourth of July Celebration Celebrate America enjoying an international sport at Al Lang Stadium. rowdiessoccer.com

July 8 — The Occupation Jobsite Theater presents a play about Florida being occupied by the Chinese. It's set “against the backdrop of economic catastrophe, when the U.S. government finds an unexpected savior.” Through Aug. 2 at Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa, jobsitetheater.org

July 15 — Permanent Makeup, Round Eye, Mr. Clit/Pink Cigarettes & Chris Barrows A balls-to-the wall music show with fun and fury, New World Brewery, newworldbrewery.net

July 17 — Trainwreck The buzz is that Amy Schumer and Bill Hader’s rom-com directed by Judd Apatow is off-the-rails funny. Co-stars Tilda Swinton and LeBron James (never thought I’d write that ...). trainwreckmovie.com

Aug. 5-9 — Varekai: Cirque du Soleil Dazzling acrobatics, otherworldly costumes and special effects and oh-so-intense instrumental music. Amalie Arena, Tampa, amaliearena.com

Aug. 8 — Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable Tour Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful. The hashtag prince charming is very funny, too. Straz Center, Tampa, strazcenter.org

Aug. 13 — Weird Al Yankovic The parody master gets better, whiter and nerdier with the years. Catch him live. He puts on a fun, energetic show. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, rutheckerdhall.com

All summer long — Ride, Slide and Dine Includes two visits to Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island and two meals at Busch Gardens or Adventure Island for $99. buschgardenstampa.com

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