Summer Guide 2016: Your summer, week by week

There’s plenty of summer to go around. Here’s a few things on our radar you won’t want to miss.

MAY 26-JUN 1

 Launch yourself into summer with a dip in the pool and a drink in hand at the Epicurean Hotel to kick off Memorial Day Weekend with us at our Summer Guide Pool Party. May 26, 6-9 p.m. Epicurean Hotel Pool Deck, 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. cltampa.com.

JUN 2-8

School’s almost out, but if you can’t wait, check out Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Dali’s Cult Classics. Save Ferris, y’all. Food and beer available on-site. Free. June 2, 7 p.m. (8:30 p.m. movie) 1 Dali Blvd., St. Pete. thedali.org

JUN 9-15

The Colors of Summer shimmer in glass at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, featuring new works by internationally acclaimed glass artists. Glass-blowing demonstrations, live music and cash bar. Free. June 11, 5-10 p.m. 2342 Emerson Ave. S., St. Pete. 855-436-4527. dmglass.com.

Also happening: Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming celebrates a pop-culture icon. It opens June 10 at the Tampa Museum of Art. 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-274-8130. tampamuseum.org.

JUN 16-22

The University of Tampa’s speaker series, Lectores, features seven nights of readings, including CL’s Erica Dawson, Thomas French, and Annie Liontas, among others. June 16–23, 7:30 p.m. Falk Theatre, 428 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-257-3514. ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.

Also happening: Meet the Chefs at Coppertail Brewing Company. June 15, 6 p.m. 2601 E. 2nd Ave., Tampa. cltampacom.

JUN 23-29

Art is fashion and fashion is art. Come see why at Tampa Museum of Art’s Norma Kamali: New City — Fashion + Art + Cultures, a multimedia exhibit dedicated to Kamali’s groundbreaking fashions. 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-274-8130. tampamuseum.org.

JUN 30-JUL 6

Feel the Fourth and watch the fireworks from a boat. Some great ones: seascreamer.com in Clearwater, dolphinlandings.com on St. Pete Beach, yachtstarship.com in Tampa and pierdolphincruises.com in St. Pete. 

Also happening: Horst: Photographs at the Dali. Opens July 2. 1 Dali Blvd., St. Pete. thedali.org

JUL 7-13

Still feeling a little sunburned and hangy from the Fourth? Chill out inside Tampa Theatre with Welcome to Nightvale. Read our interview with creator Jeffrey Craner online round ‘bout now. July 7, 8 p.m. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. 813-274-8286. tampattheatre.org.

Also happening: Head to Haslam’s so Craig Pittman can sign your copy of Oh, Florida! (See Sunny Reads) July 10, 3 p.m. 2025 Central Ave., St. Pete. 727-822-8616. haslams.com.

JUL 14-20

Raft up! The Clearwater Island Party celebrates the sun and sand on Tree Island. Transportation available, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Expect volleyball, cornhole, music and dancing. July 16, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tree Island, Clearwater. Event on Facebook.

Also happening: PAVA’s 28th Annual Cool Art Show takes over the Coliseum Ballroom. Free. July 16-17. 535 4th Ave. N., St. Pete. pava-artists.org.

JUL 21-27

First Draft: Summer Camp Edition lets writers share their misadventures in summer camp. CL’s Cathy Salustri will share her camp story, “How I Gave Shelly Diabetes.” July 21, 8 p.m. Southern Brewing & Winemaking,  4500 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Also happening: Miss the camp of the original Batman TV series? Try One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody at the Straz. July 21-23, 7:30 p.m. 1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-STAR. strazcenter.org

JUL 28-AUG 3

Say goodbye to The Go-Go’s as they bring their farewell tour to the Cap in Clearwater. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

Also happening: Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show Jul. 30-31, 7 p.m. Straz Center,1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-STAR. strazcenter.org.

AUG 4-10

It’s time for the End-of-Summer Music Blowout at the Straz. Students from the summer music programs show their talents. Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Jaeb Theater, 1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-STAR. strazcenter.org.

Also happening: Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II at the Cap. Some call it the most influential rock album ever, and who are we to argue? Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com

AUG 11-17

Spend the Night with Alice Cooper. Think dark, think horror, think awesome. ​Aug. 13, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Also happening: Hippie Fest. Bring your own patchouli. Aug. 13, 11 a.m. Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Event on Facebook.

AUG 18-24

The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally may not be the largest in the world, but if you can’t find something you love here, you’re not even trying. Aug. 20, 11 a.m. Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Event on Facebook.

Also happening: Mud Titan: The 12 Labors of Hercules, an endurance test of your bad-assery. Aug. 20, 2 p.m. 1500 Prevatt Rd., Plant City. Event on Facebook.

AUG 25-31

Steven Tyler... Out on a Limb. Spend the night with a rock legend. Aug. 29, 8 p.m.Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

SEPT 1-7

It’s all over but the crying. Drown your sorrows with a $47 beer and your best friend at Dog Day at the Rays. Sept. 4, 1:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Pete. Event on Facebook.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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