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Best of Tampa Memorial Day Weekend Events 2013

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Memorial Day Weekend is about honoring our fallen Military heroes and it’s also a long holiday weekend that most American’s use to welcome the beginning of summer. This three day weekend is full of events that will keep you busy and out of the house or hotel room.

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New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Yankees Vs. The Rays
FRI – SUN | May 24-26
Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Dr  St Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 825-3250 | www.raysbaseball.com

3rd place Rays host a 3 game series against AL East first place team the New York Yankees. Tickets start at $19.

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Photo credit::www.sunsetsatpier60.com

Photo credit::www.sunsetsatpier60.com

Sunsets at Pier 60
Free Movies & Fun
10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
(727) 449-1036 | www.sunsetsatpier60.com

The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival is a nightly sunset celebration that show free movies on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also artisans, crafters, street performers and musical entertainment plus a free movie on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday the free movie is “The Lorax”rated PG and Saturday the movie is “The Guilt Trip” which is rated PG-13. Movies start at dusk (8:19). Beach chairs are welcomed.

Related: Best Pinellas County Beaches With Lifeguards

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2013 Big East Baseball Tournament
TUES – SUN,  May 21-26 | Tickets: $8
Bright House Field
601 N. Old Coachman Rd | Clearwater FL   33765
www.milb.com

The championship will be Sunday, May 26 at noon, televised on ESPNU.

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Farewell St. Pete Pier
FRI – MON, May 24-27
800 Second Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.stpetepier.com

Memorial Day Weekend is the last blast for St Petersburg Pier.
FRI – A Salsa Celebration from 7-11p
SAT -  Street Performers and live music all day
SUN – Live 60′s music with Solid Core
Monday Memorial Day: The Tempests play from 1-5p, Water Ski Shows at noon and 2:30 and FIREWORKS at 9:45

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Sunset Music Fest – Electronic Dance Music
SAT, May 25 | Time:  Noon to 11PM
Price: $63.09 – $121.49
Parking Lots open 11AM Price:  $15-$25
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway | Tampa 33607
 www.smftampa.com

Related: Best 18 & Up Night Clubs In Tampa

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Bands on the Sand – Free Concert
SAT – SUN , May 25 – 26  Noon – 10PM
In Front of Bilmar Beach Resort
10650 Gulf Blvd. | Treasure Island 33706
www.mytreasureisland.org

Free two-day event features 12 bands plus,  arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage concessions. Fireworks on Saturday at 8:45pm. All-day parking on the beach $10 (enter at 112th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard). No pets

Related: Best Beach Party Bars & Beaches

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Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
SAT, May 25 | Tickets Start at $25
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N Ashley Dr. | Downtown Tampa
www.tampamargaritafest.com

Drink fresh made Margaritas of every style and taste you can imagine while listenting to live music and watching Volleyball on Tampa’s first ever downtown urban beach volleyball court. Fireworks at 9:45PM.

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Credit: armedforcesmuseum.com

Credit: armedforcesmuseum.com

Memorial Day Family Funfest
MON, May 27, 10am – 4pm
Armed Forces Military Museum
2050 34th Way N. | Largo

Family festival includes rock wall climbing, bounce house, power bungee jumping, face painting, military dress-up, karaoke, a DJ and music. Food vendors will be on hand. Admission: Adults $10 / Youths 4 -12 $5.

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Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/OldsmarFreedomFest

Photo Credit: facebook.com/OldsmarFreedomFest

Oldsmar Freedom Fest 2012
FRI – SUN,  May 24-26
100 State Street West | Oldsmar
http://www.facebook.com/OldsmarFreedomFest

Bike shows, food vendors, live music and a kids fun zone. Bands include Greg Billing, The Alter Eagles, The Black Honkey’s and Stormbringer. Hours: 5 to 10 pm – Friday, 10 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Venice Brew Bash
SAT,  May 25,  4 – 8PM
Miami Ave. / Downtown Venice
www.brewbash.com

Taste different craft and import brews while enjoying great music. This event is the perfect for beer aficionados, beer lovers or just the casual beer drinker. Up to 80 different brews. Price: $40 at the gate.

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 (Photo credit JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Equestrian Speed Show
SAT, May 25, 2013at  6:00pm
Helen Howarth Community Park Horse Arena
6301 94th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

If  you horses this is the event for you. Horses and riders racing the clock with barrel & pole racing, hairpin, jackpot, Texas barrels and flags benefits the Pinellas Park Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit and their volunteer mounted unit.

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Free Floating Concert Memorial Concert
MON, May 27  from 1PM – 4:30PMParrot Heads Gather at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre for the Jimmy Buffett Concert - Photo by Geno Knight 45
Weedon Island Preserve / Riveria Bay
1800 Weedon Drive NE / St. Petersburg 33702
(727) 224-1900

Bring your boat, beer, chairs and floats to a sandbar near the cut bridge off Weedon Island Preserve and PARTY in the water during a free floating concert. Drop anchor or wade from shore to the floating party barge concert stage. Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr. will keep you rocking. Viewing is from the water only so you gotta get wet to rock with us! Pets & coolers allowed… no glass.

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Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Bay Pines VA Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
MON, May 27 at 10AM
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd | St Petersburg, FL 33708
(727) 398-9426 | www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES

This is the only National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the largest observance of Memorial Day with over 3,000 expected attendees. Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend.

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