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Top Tampa Bay area events for the week of June 5-11

By Kelly A. Stefani,

Performances such as this silk act can be seen in the Summer Circus Spectacular in Sarasota. [ MICHELE MILLER | Times ]

Summer Circus Spectacular: Beat the heat of summer while experiencing world-class circus acts including clowns, bounce juggling, hand balance, crystal balance and aerial rope. $20, $13 ages 12 and younger. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday (June 9); 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday (June 10). Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-360-7399.

Hammock Festival: A local company, Coast to Coast Hammock Co., broke the record for world’s largest “hammock hangout” last year. The group once again joins with the St. Pete Pier for a party with hammocks available for lounging, live music, local vendors, local beer, food trucks and an afterparty. Includes six beer sample tickets and first-come, first-served hammock stands. $20-$25. 6-10 p.m. Saturday (June 10) St. Pete Pier, 600 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-822-7437.
Last October, the St. Pete Pier event attempted to break the world record for the largest hammock hangout. The Hammock Festival returns June 10. [ Coast to Coast Hammock Co. ]

Annie: One of the best-loved musicals of all time returns in a new production directed by Jenn Thompson, featuring the Tony-winning book and score. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. Starting at $29.50. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (June 6-8); 8 p.m. Friday (June 9); 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (June 10); 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 11). Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Summer Classics Movie Series: Now in its 32nd year, Tampa’s longest-running classic movie series celebrates a century of extraordinary filmmaking. It includes silent films, sing-alongs, Disney classics and more. This portion features “Vertigo” (1958) (PG) (128-minutes) (thriller). $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Sunday (June 11). Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813-274-8981.

Oz: A New Musical: After it was preempted from the 2019-2020 season, FreeFall presents the story of a dreamer and the reinvention of a world where witches are sometimes good and what you are seeking is already inside you. $25. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday (June 8-9); 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday (June 10); 2 p.m. Sunday (June 11). FreeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205
Check out thousands of fishing rods, reels, lures and other memorabilia. [ BILL VARIAN | Times ]

Antique Fishing Reel and Lure Tackle Show, Sale and Auction: Join more than 100 of Florida’s top collectors of vintage fishing tackle to examine thousands of historic lures, reels, rods and memorabilia with some dating back to the 1800′s. Hundreds of rods and tackle for sale starting at $2. Dust off Grandpa’s old tackle box to have it auction off for top bids. Free appraisals also available. $5, children free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (June 10), Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 407-496-7940.

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical: There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres — and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. $15-$50. 8 p.m. Friday (June 9); 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday (June 10); 3 p.m. Sunday (June 11). Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-374-241.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia (21) and Tampa relief pitcher Jason Adam (47) celebrate closing to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-10 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sunday, May 28, 2023. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays come up against the Texas Rangers. Fans ages 14 and younger get a free Raymond squishy while supplies last on Sunday (June 11) at 1:40 p.m. $10-$152. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 727-825-3137.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights: The park has extended park hours every night (9 p.m. weekdays, 10 p.m. weekends) and themed party zones throughout the park. There will be a fireworks show set to music on the Festival Field at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday this month plus July 2-4. Runs through Aug. 6. Included with admission. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Laser Lights Nights: This was all the rage in the ‘80s, and it’s back again. Catch music soundtracks by popular bands from all eras set to a wild laser light show in the planetarium. This week features Rage Against the Machine (7 p.m. Thursday), Metallica (9 p.m. Thursday), Motown mixture (7 p.m. Friday), Outkast (9 p.m. Friday), 2000′s Pop (7 p.m. Saturday) and Taylor Swift (9 p.m. Saturday). $15. 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (June 8-10). The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. 941-746-4131

Pride Immersive Experience: Have you ever wanted to step inside a rainbow? Round up your friends and family and immerse yourselves in the second annual Fairgrounds St. Pete Pride Immersive Experience radiating rainbows for Pride month, through June 30 only. See Mermaid Star Motel attractions in an array of new colors. $25. 5-10:30 p.m. Monday (June 5), noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday (June 8), noon-10:30 p.m. Friday (June 9), 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday (June 10), 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 11). Fairgrounds St. Pete, 2606 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Crowns: Following last season’s successful run, this musical celebration of African American heritage and the glory of looking your Sunday best returns. Witness the power of the crown as a group of strong, small-town “hat queens” teach a wayward young sister from the city to survive and thrive through tragedy, love and healing. Starting at $20.50 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday (June 7-9); 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 10); 2 p.m. Sunday (June 11). Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

$1 Golf for Kids: All summer long, kids ages 4-15 can get a $1 small bucket of range balls and a $1 round of miniature golf to practice golf skills. Golf clubs are available to rent. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Offer valid approximately 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. Ace Golf Riverview, 12910 Boyette Road, Riverview. 813-672-7750.

Horns for Howard: Honoring Robby Steinhardt, one of the founding members of the band Kansas and renowned violinist, vocalist and longtime Tampa resident, the Robby Steinhardt Foundation presents this concert featuring AR Connection, a USF alumni jazz trio, as well as guest horn player and trumpeter James Suggs. Benefits the Steinway88Keys fundraising campaign for the Howard W. Blake School of the Arts. $35-$50. 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday (June 10). Friday Morning Musicale, 809 W Horatio St., Tampa. 813-272-3422.

Glass and Glamour: Area drag queen Miss Bak Lava takes adults on a comedic tour of the Chihuly Collection. Includes a reception with music, food and cocktails. 21 and older only. $60, $55 members. 5:30 p.m. Saturday (June 10). Morean Art Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872.

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