Where To Celebrate Mother's Day This Weekend Across Tampa Bay


The events and descriptions below were compiled by Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events reporter Sharon Wynne. To check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times, click here.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday. You’ve been warned! Call your mother. Or better yet, give her the gift of your time and attention. We have this guide to Mother’s Day brunches.

Also, there are a number of places in Tampa Bay offering free admission so you can give her the gift of spending the day together:

  • Dinosaur World
  • Glazer Children’s Museum
  • Tampa Bay History Center: Your loved one gets in free with one paid adult admission Sunday. In a special Mother’s Day scavenger hunt, discover the stories of notable women throughout Tampa Bay’s past.
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Chihuly Collection Saturday and Sunday. Gorgeous glass collection and ticket includes entrance to the Morean Arts Center, Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio.
  • Tampa Museum of Art, and get free mimosas in the Riverwalk Cafe.


  • Free Pops in the Park: A great excuse for a picnic, this free show by the Florida Orchestra is on Friday at Clearwater’s Coachman Park and on Sunday at Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Bring some canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest. Here’s your one and only tip: Do NOT make Mom pack her own picnic basket. Beyond that, you’ve got a ready-made Mother’s Day evening that’s fit for the whole fam when the Florida Orchestra stages its popular free Pops in the Park concerts of film scores and Broadway tunes. floridaorchestra.org
  • Millennium Tour coming to the Amalie Arena ‘90s nostalgia on Saturday brings B2K (Bump,Bump Bump) , Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Chingy (Right Thurrr), Bobby V and the Ying Yang Twins (Halftime) ($49.50 and up).
  • Thrash metal gods Slayer perform along with Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse on Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa ($25 and up).
  • Tom Jones may be turning 79 in a month, but his velveteen purr is absolutely timeless. And his show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall is Sold Out! Polish up your Carlton Dance moves when Jones brings classics like What’s New Pussycat, Delilah, She’s a Lady and Sex Bomb to Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater, at 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Country’s Dylan Scott (My Girl) plays the Dallas Bull ($15), and legendary crooner Tom Jones has a sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, both on Friday.
  • Christian music’s hippest act, Hillsong United, plays the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on Saturday ($22.50). 


BASEBALL: The Tampa Bay area’s other home team — the New York Yankees — come to the Trop for a promotion-filled weekend series with games Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (6:10 p.m.) and Sunday (1:10 p.m.) On Saturday, all fans get a Tropical Rays shirt while supplies last. See below for the arty hat giveaway on Sunday.

The Rays and Yankees sit atop the AL East standings, so this will be a good early-season test for Tampa Bay. $20 and up. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS. mpv.tickets.com. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

PLUS, PM Tampa Bay will be broadcasting live from the Trop Friday from 6-8:30p for Bats N' Brews during the Rays vs. Yankees game. The show will feature special guests from the Rays organization throughout the evening.


  • Dali Lives: Using artificial intelligence technology, the Dali museum has resurrected the likeness of Dalí himself. “Dalí Lives” on a series of screens throughout the museum, talking to viewers about his paintings and even commenting on contemporary subjects. It’s a collaboration between the museum and Goodby Silverstein and Partners, which in past created a virtual reality experience that transported viewers into a Dalí painting for Dalí’s image was created by using archival footage of the artist to create an algorithm to learn his face. An actor with the same physical characteristics was filmed reading from Dalí’s writings, along with present-day messages, and an algorithm generated a version of Dalí’s likeness to match the actor’s face and expressions. The resemblance is uncanny. Fans of Dalí will love it. $10-$24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. Thedali.org
  • Rays and local artists: The Tampa Bay Rays are showing support for our local art scene with an Artist Print Series. The team selected eight artists to design posters for specific series during the season.This month, the featured artist is Carrie Jadus, who designed the painterly throwback to the Devil Rays series against the New York Yankees. The print will be available for $30 in the Rays Republic Team Store at Tropicana Field, where you buy the other prints in the series. THe other cool artsy thing is Sunday’s giveaway, which is a Snapback Hat of Chad Mize’s doodle designs (found on his murals around town), which are also on the First Base and Third Base Food Halls at Tropicana Field. Because of that connection, the doodles have landed on a Tampa Bay Rays snapback hat - a nifty giveaway on Sunday for kids 14 and younger.

Date Night

  • Anastasia: The Broadway show by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, set in the twilight of the Russian empire and in Paris about the legend of an empress, runs through Sunday at Tampa’s Straz Center. $75 and up, but there is a digital lottery for $25 tickets at luckyseat.com/anastasia.
  • Buyer and Cellar: The absurdist comedy set Barbra Streisand’s infamous basement mall opens Saturday at St. Petersburg’s Freefall Theatre and runs through June 9. Have you heard about Barbra Streisand’s infamous basement in her Malibu home? She converted it to look like an old-timey street lined with shops, including one to house her not-creepy-at-all collection of dolls. It’s the setting of the one-man show at Freefall Theatre, Buyer and Cellar. Alex More, a struggling actor in Los Angeles, takes a job working in this “mall,” and one day, Babs comes down to play. The absurdist comedy takes a look at the solitude of celebrity, the relationships between gay men and divas and the underlying sadness of narcissism. Opens Saturday and runs through June 9. $29.50-$52.50. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. For showtimes, visit freefalltheatre.com.
  • Avenue Q: The warped puppet comedy is definitely not for kids Friday through May 19 at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center. ($28.50 and up.) The list of song titles alone: If You Were Gay, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist, The Internet Is for Porn. and What Do You Do With a B.A. in English? The music, penned by double EGOT winner Robert Lopez (Frozen, The Book of Mormon, Coco), helps a lot. The Eight O’Clock Theatre production runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 17-18, and 2 p.m. Sunday and May 19. $28.50 and up. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. largoarts.com.
  • Celebrate vintage Florida at Cocktails on the Courts, a fundraising party for the St. Petersburg Museum of History with dancing under the stars, live music by the Black Honkeys, unlimited Florida cuisine and cocktails, a vintage fashion show, a live art demonstration, a charity auction and shuffleboard. St. Petersburg’s quirky past plays a part, of course. That includes Lorelei, the giant porcelain mermaid featured on the facade of the famous Webb’s City drugstore, and the stuffed, two-headed calf born in the 1920s that fans named Half & Half. Proceeds help the museum’s campaign to fund the renovation and raising of the painted porcelain Lorelei on the building’s exterior wall. $75. 7 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. (727) 822-2083. Historystpete.org.
  • Tampa Riverwalk Food and Art Festival: Centered around Water Works Park, more than 80 vendors will be lined up on the Riverwalk with a collection of food, art and crafty gifts for sale. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. (813) 451-7936.
  • Southeast Food Fest Marketplace, More than 100 specialty food artisans and other makers drive the two-day which also features farmers, craft breweries and wineries. Don’t miss the chef demonstrations, workshops or mobile kitchens, either. $5.50-$7.50, free for 12 and younger (food and drink additional). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 

For The Kids

  • Train Day: The event at Tampa’s Union Station commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike — the ceremonial final spike to join the rails of the first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869. The historic Tampa train station will have history exhibits, model train displays, live music and food trucks. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 601 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 445-3493. tampaunionstation.com
  • AirCinema: Planes - Tampa International Airport is on a real run of love from the locals . To kick off their collaborative, family-friendly movie series, AirCinema, Tampa Theatre and Tampa International Airport show Disney’s Planes. for free in the airport’s new event space between Airsides E and F on Level 3 presents the Disney/Pixar film, so bring blankets and lawn chairs. Airplane!, the 1980 disaster parody, is planned for the next screening in the fall. Free. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 4100 George J. Bean Parkway. Tampatheatre.org

This Week In Dress-Up 

LibCon: Library fans meet comic book fans at this celebration of comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and the world of fandom. The day includes special guests, cosplay contests, a Super Smash Bros. tournament, art contests, trivia, tabletop gaming, kids crafts, face painting and robotics demonstrations. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. Hcplc.org



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