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Live and virtual events for the week of July 13-19

Tampa Bay Times logo Tampa Bay Times 7/17/2020 By Kelly A. Stefani, Tampa Bay Times
a tall building: Epcot's Spaceship Earth sits at the entrance of the park, which will reopen after a four-month closer on Wednesday July 15. © ALLIE GOULDING/Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS Epcot's Spaceship Earth sits at the entrance of the park, which will reopen after a four-month closer on Wednesday July 15.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the Tampa Bay area continues to rise, but we still have plenty of live events happening. If you do decide to go, check to be sure they are still taking place and follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines. If you’d rather stay safe at home, we’ve also found a ton of virtual events. For more listings of events both in person and virtual, go to

Live events


Parking Lot Social: XL Event Labs will charge $29 to $59 per car for a variety of themed events geared toward an audience of automobiles spread across the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium. It kicks off Wednesday with a drive-in Comedy Night with host Steve Miller and comics J.J. Curry, Cam Bertrand and Brian Aldridge ($29 at 8 p.m. Wednesday). Thursday brings a Neon ’90s Movie Night with a throwback DJ on the main stage playing classic tunes and a screening of Back to the Future II on two 40-foot screens. Themed costumes are encouraged ($39-$49 at 9 p.m. Thursday). Friday and Saturday night at 8 bring the Parking Lot Social party ($49-$59), with three hours of entertainment, including Car-A-Okea, which uses two giant screens for a mass sing-along; a silent disco that lets guests use wireless headphones to select their DJ of choice; Boom Boom Bingo; and a trivia contest. Street food and drinks from local vendors will be delivered to cars. Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. brings Social Kids, a more family-friendly version of Car-A-Okea, a silent disco, bingo and a family trivia contest ($39-$49). There will be Midnight Movies and a live DJ on Friday (The Fast and the Furious) and Saturday (The Purge). Tickets are $39-$49. And Sunday at 9 p.m. is Family Movie Night, with sing-alongs and a screening of Grease. There is a limit of 250 cars per event. Raymond James Stadium parking lot, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500. Get tickets at

a woman sitting on a sidewalk: The 47th annual Sunrise Sale will bring out shoppers like this one in her bunny slippers to shop downtown St. Petersburg starting at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. This year also brings a \"best mask\" contest. © Times (2011)/Tampa Bay Times/TNS The 47th annual Sunrise Sale will bring out shoppers like this one in her bunny slippers to shop downtown St. Petersburg starting at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. This year also brings a \"best mask\" contest.

Aqua Nights: The Florida Aquarium has extended summer hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 8. There will be exhibits, animal encounters and costumed character appearances. The Splash Pad water play area closes at 8:30 p.m. The aquarium requires timed ticket reservations and the Splash Pad has a reservation kiosk. Face masks are required. $27.95, $23.95 children. Wild Dolphin Cruise Combo Ticket $44.95, children $38.95. 5-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Reserve tickets at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Sunrise Sale: This is the 47th year for this St. Petersburg tradition where shoppers are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Those who do are often treated to extra discounts or small gifts. This year there is going to be a contest for best mask as businesses enforce social distancing guidelines. The event sees downtown filled at dawn with yellow flags, bright balloons and eager shoppers checking out more than 38 merchants starting at sunrise at 6:43 a.m. Thursday and running all day. You can find a map of the businesses participating on the Downtown Business Association St. Petersburg Facebook page and at

Kids Camp “Island Adventure”: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can spend a week enjoying praise, dance, water play, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts. $59-$69. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 293-7673.

Drum Circle: Families can make beats, explore rhythms and play music-related games. Takes place in Pinewood Estate. Registration required. Included with admission. 10-11 a.m. Friday. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408.

Back to School Bash: Kids can get ready for the new school year at this celebration with hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, meet and greets with area mascots and information on school resources. Free backpacks for the first 250 kids. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. (813) 926-4644. Also 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center. (813) 661-5100.

Jenny’s Zoo: Take the family to a giant farm with a petting zoo, animal rides and feed that is available for a small fee. The animals are from a traveling show and need human interaction. Donations appreciated. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Jenny’s Zoo, 12611 Andrews Road, Wimauma. (813) 362-0336.


Dalí’s Sacred Science — Religion and Mysticism: This exhibition presents five mixed-media print suites, with additional mixed-media objects, that deal with science, religion, mythology, alchemy and mysticism. Remains on display through Nov. 1. $10-$25. Prepurchased timed tickets are required. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Summer Sunday Special: The museum offers $5 admission to everyone every Sunday through Aug. 30. $5. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

Passages by Bertil Vallien: Explore the mythical dreamlike world of the Swedish master. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: This traveling exhibit from the Florida Museum of History uses lavishly illustrated historic panels to tell the story of the fight for equal justice in Florida. Masks and social distancing are required. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402.

Chillin’ at the Chihuly: Indulge in a chilly treat as glass art and ice artisans converge to present Chihuly-inspired sweets for you to eat. Included with admission. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872, ext. 2123.


Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini yoga uses breath work (pranayama), exercise sets (kriyas), meditation, chanting and gong vibration. $10-$15. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 914-4900.

Cardio Drumming: Use a ball and drumsticks to exercise to a beat. $7. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Saturday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 520-5543.

Intermediate and Advanced Kayak and Paddleboard: Get paired with a master instructor to brush up on your skills or learn more advanced techniques. Closed-toe shoes required. $65-$130. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 422-0042.

Gong Meditation/Relaxation: Bring your own mat, blanket and pillows for a short stretching and breathing exercise followed by sound wave and vibration relaxation set to gongs. $10-$15. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 914-4900.

Pickleball: Ages 15 and older can play the racket sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. $3, $25 10 sessions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000.

Golf and a Meal: Enjoy a round of golf along with a bratwurst, sauerkraut and a beer. $28. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760.

Golf Clinic: Get matched with a professional golfer for a one-hour skills development clinic. $20, members free. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760.


Extended Hours and Sundown Special: Visit Winter the Dolphin and all of the rescued animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with extended hours during the Sundown Special. $15.99 (boat rides additional). 6:30-8 p.m. daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Winward Passage. (727) 441-1790.

Epcot and Hollywood Studios: Disney reopens Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Regular admission applies. Park reservation required. 9 a.m. Wednesday. Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-7639.


Shawn Brown: Happy hour from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with music by the Shawn Brown Band from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. 10 p.m. Monday. Ruby’s Elixir, 15 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 490-9835.

Soulyard: Grab a drink and something to eat as you listen to live funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll by Soulyard. Free. 7-11 p.m. Friday. Front Porch Grille and Bart’s Tavern, 5924 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 751-6274.

Tampa Bay Dance Club: Dance to mixed music by DJ Mike Unwin. Masks are required and participants must follow CDC guidelines. $12. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa. (813) 390-7160.


Florida-Friendly Landscape Design: What’s Next? Your local Florida-Friendly Landscaping team recaps the landscape design process and answers questions about next steps. Topics include: plant selection, proper planting techniques and establishment. Free (registration required). 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2517.

Florida-Friendly Friday: Backyard Habitat for Birds: Join an extension specialist to find out how you can attract birds to your yard and provide them with additional habitat. Recommended for adults and youth over 12. Free (registration required). 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Friday. Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 582-2517.

Lecture Series: Nesting: Learn how you can keep endangered sea turtles and nesting birds safe. Free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Alligator Attraction, 12973 Village Blvd., Madeira Beach. (727) 329-8751.


Pay It Forward: Project No Labels presents an LGBT waterfront mix and mingle with all-you-can-drink cocktails. $20. 5-7 p.m. Friday. Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (727) 490-9835.

Open Air Craft Market: A weekly market with 100 vendors. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Oldsmar Flea Market, 180 Race Track Road. (715) 347-5703.

Ybor City Historic Walking Tours: Hear about the history and diversity of Ybor City on this walking tour. $20, $10 children. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Ybor City Historic Walking Tour at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 505-6779.

Virtual events


Testimony Tuesday: Join the Florida Holocaust Museum for statements from a Holocaust survivor or second-generation survivor. A question-and-answer session follows. Watch it on TheFHM Facebook page. Free. 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Artifact Wednesday: The Florida Holocaust Museum highlights artifacts from its collection. A question-and-answer session with the curator follows. Watch it on TheFHM Facebook page. Free. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Virtual Tour of the Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling: Check out what members have been creating during the pandemic. Visit the Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling Facebook page and website for a Zoom ID to take the tour. Free. 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa. (727) 460-5872.


Imagine our Florida’s Virtual 5K: Run or walk at your own pace and on your own time. Sign up at for the link to self-report your time. You can run on a treadmill, around the block or out in nature. You have until Dec. 31 to complete your run. $25. Anytime daily. (727) 742-2029.

Save the Manatee Virtual 5K: Run, walk or bike your favorite course near home and receive a manatee T-shirt, finisher’s medal and race bib. Benefits Save the Manatee Club’s manatee conservation efforts. Sign up at Donations appreciated. Anytime daily. (407) 539-0990.

Suncoast Hospice Beach Stroll — Let’s Get Virtual: Take a walk on any beach anytime. Proceeds from fundraising benefit Suncoast Hospice and Empath Health. Go to to register. (727) 523-3420.

Chakras for Beginners: The Rev. Kimberley Harrell teaches you which organs correspond with each chakra. Find it on the First Unity Facebook page. Free (donations appreciated). 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. (727) 322-4610.

Virtual Medicare Education: SHINE provides an overview of the Medicare Advantage Plan Part C. Find it on Zoom at Free. 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Mindfulness Meditation: Learn mindfulness practices to help you reduce stress, focus your intention, experience greater happiness and improve your health. Tune in on the First Unity Facebook page. Free (donations appreciated). Noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 322-4610.

Mindful Meditation for Professionals: Learn mindfulness practices to help you reduce stress, focus your intention, experience greater happiness and improve your health. Join the session on the First Unity Facebook page. Donations appreciated. Noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday. (727) 322-4610.


United Way of Hernando County’s Stuff the Bus: This year’s Stuff the Bus for Hernando County goes virtual. Go to and shop online for school supplies through July 31. In August, United Way will receive a shipment of purchased items to distribute evenly among Hernando County schools. Donations appreciated. Anytime daily. United Way of Hernando County, 4028 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 688-2026.

FRIENDS Virtual Dance Party: Special-needs families can burn some energy with a virtual dance party via Zoom. Disney attire encouraged. Join at Free. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. (813) 245-2782.


Job Fair: Various employers from Central Florida counties post available positions from entry level to professional. Visit Free. 10 a.m. daily.

Chat With a Career Coach: A one-hour virtual session with tips on preparing cover letters, talking about salary and more. Call to register and get a Zoom ID. Free. 11 a.m.-noon Monday. (813) 344-0200.

Virtual Career Event for Students and Entry-Level Workers: Servers, baristas, Uber drivers, cashiers, customer service reps and interns are invited to learn about federal training and service learning programs. No degrees or experience required. Sign up at eventbrite. Free. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

How to Ace Your Video Interview: Learn how to prepare for video interviews and get tips on how to make yourself stand out and proper followup techniques. Call for a Zoom ID. Free. 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday. (813) 344-0200.

Career Insights: Digital Workshop: The Career Shaman teaches this interactive workshop that covers various economic and technological trends that impact our careers. Topics include: How to hyper grow your career; resume building; and how to recession proof your career. Register at eventbrite. Free. 8-9 p.m. Thursday.

Other Cultural

Calendar Contest: Gulfside Healthcare Services is holding a photo contest for its 2021 calendar. Photographers are invited to submit up to five photos of iconic Pasco County area sites, wildlife, sunsets and more. All photos must be taken in Pasco County and be sizable to 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. Send submissions to Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Winners will be notified by Oct. 15 and receive five printed calendars and a gift certificate redeemable at any Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe. Free. Anytime daily. (727) 845-5707.

Interview With Michael Francis: Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis talks about his history as a musician, conductor and educator, the power of music and future plans for the orchestra. Hear it live on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page. Free. 3-4 p.m. Tuesday.

Stonewall Conversation Artist Avram Finkelstein: Avram talks about his book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through Its Images, which explores the ’80s AIDS epidemic and iconic images devised during the movement. Go to to register and get a Zoom ID. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Poetry Open Mic: Bring your poetry to the mic virtually. Takes place on the Studio@620 and Keep St. Pete Lit Facebook pages. Free. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Friend of a Friend: Creative Pinellas connects artists, inspirations and mentors in the Pinellas County creative community. This portion features artist Akiko Kotani. Find it on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday.

American Stage Presents Virtual Stories: New Shorts: Each evening, enjoy two unique and entertaining short plays from some of today’s hottest playwrights, and take part in a talk-back with the actors, director and playwrights. Call the theater for a Zoom ID and registration information. Donations appreciated. 8-9 p.m. Thursday. (727) 823-7529.


Tampa Virtual Game Night: Sessions of virtual trivia, charades, drawing and more. Go to Let’s Roam’s YouTube page. Free. 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Toll-free 1-833-202-7626.

Central Pasco Democratic Club: The Central Pasco Democratic Club July meeting will use the Zoom remote meeting application and focus on the Democratic response to the current crisis in government. Contact or call (813) 383-8315 for details. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Virtual Wine Tasting: Go to to buy a wine or cheese-tasting package for curbside pickup. Then, go to the Vintage Wine Cellars Facebook page for a livestreamed tasting. Watch for free; wine and cheese packages $70-$150. 7-8 p.m. Friday. (813) 879-2931.

Pasco County Nonpartisan Candidate Forum: Hear from the candidates running for judges, the school board and mosquito control in Pasco County. You must register to attend. Email or for the registration link. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. (727) 378-4368.


Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema: Tampa Theatre’s virtual film festival features the following art house films available for streaming at home:

You Don’t Nomi (92 min.): The 2020 documentary looks at the cult following of the 1995 film flop Showgirls. $9.99.

The Surrogate (93 min.): In the 2020 drama, the relationship of a gay male couple and the surrogate babies’ mother is tested after questionable results of a prenatal test arise. $12.

Sometimes Always Never (91 min.): In the 2020 comedy, a man struggles to find the right words to bring about family healing. $12.

My First and Last Film (69 min.): In the 2020 documentary, a woman shooting a film of her life is forced to choose between continuing the film or grieving the upcoming death of her friend. $9.99.

Aviva (116 min.): In the gender fluid 2020 drama, a young Parisian and a New Yorker fall in love. $12.

Runner (88 min.): The 2020 documentary tells the story of a young refugee struggling to compete in the Olympics without representing his birth country. $12.

Miss Juneteenth (103 min.): In the 2020 drama, a former Miss Juneteenth winner grooms her daughter to also take the title, even though she doesn’t want it. $12.

Quarantine Cat Film Festival (70 min.): A compilation of cat videos created during the COVID-19 crisis. $12.

The Audition (99 min.): In the drama, a violin instructor neglects her life for the benefit of a student, who fails his audition test. Filmed in German and French with English subtitles. $12.

House of Hummingbird (138 min.): The 2020 drama follows a teenage Korean girl as she moves through life searching for sweetness. Filmed in Korean with English subtitles. $12.

Beats (101 min.): The Scottish comedy explores friendship, rebellion and the power of music. $12.

The Last Tree (98 min.): In the 2020 Sundance Festival favorite drama, a young Nigerian man returns to his home country to regain his roots after growing up in London. $10.

All I Can Say (102 min.): Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself up until a few hours before his death at the age of 28. $12.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (90 min.): The 2018 biography traces the performer’s life from being a 15-year-old street kid who won a talent contest, to stardom. $12.

One Small Step (84 min.): The family-friendly 2020 animated film is actually a compilation of 12 short animated films. $7.99.

A Regular Woman (90 min.): The 2018 drama portrays a glimpse of life for a free-spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. $10.

Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (83 min.): The 2020 documentary profiles the openly gay singer and Hong Kong human rights activist. $12.

To watch films, register at Films are available anytime until approximately Aug. 1.


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