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Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became a federal holiday in 1971. As Memorial Day 2017 approaches, try to find a special way to express gratitude to all our service men and women for their great sacrifice. 

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May 26 | 7 p.m.
One of the most engaging frontmen in rock, Pat Monahan, brings along O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield for their annual trip through Tampa.

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
4802 U.S. 301 N.
(813) 740-2446

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May 27 | 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
The Barenaked Ladies will headline this festival with opener Cowboy Mouth. Enjoy more than 50 varieties of margarita drinks including a Sriracha strawberry, a bacon rita and even a jalape ño Cabo rita. There's beer and vodka for the non-tequila drinkers.

Curtis Hixon Park
600 N. Ashley Drive
(727) 452-6984
May 28  | 6 p.m.
Light Up Tampa Bay
Tampa celebrates our fallen soldiers with live music, entertainment and family friendly activities. Fireworks have been canceled this year, however, because of the burn ban.

Channelside Bay Plaza
615 Channelside Drive
(813) 345-5881

May 28 | 7 p.m.
The country music all-timers hit the road for the Southern Drawl tour with The Charlie Daniels Band opening.

Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive
(813) 301-2500

May 28 | 2-8 p.m. 
Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party
2Lit presents the Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party at Aloft in Downtown Tampa. Music by DJ Nano & Bodega Flee.

Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel
100 W Kennedy Blvd

May 30 | 7:30 p.m. 
Finding Neverland
The hit Broadway show follows the story behind playwright J.M. Barrie as he struggles to find inspiration to create Peter Pan, until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. MacInnes Place
(813) 229-7827
June 2 | 8 a.m.
Golfers will be teeing off from the upper level at Raymond James Stadium in this weekend setup allowing players to shoot for nine different holes created on the field hundreds of feet below. There will also be putting and other short game contests after. Runs Friday through Sunday.

Raymond James Stadium
4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway
(813) 350-6500

June 3 | 1 p.m.
Craft Beer Clash
Bay area brewers showcase their fan favorite beers with you voting for the winner. Includes food, live entertainment and an auction. Benefits All Children's Hospital Guild.

Rialto Theater
1617 N. Franklin St. 
(813) 205-5996

June 3 | 8 p.m.
Jimmy Buffett
Local Parrotheads will have the chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience as the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" singer embarks on the I Don't Know Tour.
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
4802 U.S. 301 N.
(813) 740-2446

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June 6 | 6 p.m.
Chow and Ciao
Explore Italian culture, savory cuisine and lively language lessons, with dinner at each class. This a four-week series that takes place Tuesdays from June 6-27. $250 per person, or $480 per couple.

Trattoria Pasquale
4334 S. Manhattan Ave.
(727) 492-6653