Weekend in Tampa Bay: Pride, Watermelons and Boats

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s another busy weekend in the Tampa Bay area, from one of the nation’s largest Pride celebrations to many other festivals and events in the area.

From the Watermelon Celebration at Keel Farms to St. Petersburg Pride, there’s nothing less exciting in Tampa Bay this weekend.

These events are presented in no particular order. If you know of anything happening in the area in the future, email [email protected].

Location: Vinoy Park to Albert Whittard Park along Bayshore Drive

Saturday is the return of the St. Pete Pride Parade, one of the largest pride parades in the country. The parade will march from Vinoy Park to Albert Whitted Park along Bayshore Drive beginning at 4 p.m.

There will also be a festival of parades starting at 2 p.m. on both sides of the route. There will be local vendors, food trucks, a DJ and a beer garden in North Straub Park. South Straub Park will be a 21+ space, also with a DJ, food, bars and vendors.

The weekend will end on Sunday with the “Pride In Grand Central” street carnival. The street carnival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include multiple blocks of entertainment, vendors, food, community partners, and interactive carnival games. There will be entertainment on several stages and other performers will roam the streets during the event.

Location: 5202 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City

Keel Farms celebrates watermelon season with a weekend honoring the fruit on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission and parking at the festival are free.

Activities including a watermelon eating contest, water slides and a U-pick watermelon field.

Keel Farms has been growing watermelons for about five seasons now. The 40-acre farm also encourages families to visit while different crops are in season throughout the year, according to News Channel 8’s Brianda Villegas.

Location: 4800 US 301, Tampa

The biggest boating event in the Tampa Bay area will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds all weekend, starting Friday. Free entry.

Boat dealers, manufacturers, vendors and more will be on hand to provide the latest boating and water leisure technology and information.

Location: 12707 49th St N, Clearwater

C&C Lemonade Factory will host a pop-up lemonade stand at Big Storm Brewing on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The lemonade stand will raise funds for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

C&C Lemonade Factory is run by cancer survivor Caroline Gallagher, 8, and her sister Charlotte, 6.

Location: 440 N Falkenburg Rd, Tampa

The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is “significantly” over capacity and is holding an adoption event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The shelter will waive all adoption fees and the event will have sprinklers, wading pools and shaved ice.

A OneBlood truck will be on hand to allow for convenient blood donations.

The Pet Resource Center has been over 500% capacity for cats for over a week and over 130% capacity for dogs.

Location: 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa

Pride on the Riverwalk will take place on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DJ Mike Sklarz and the Tampa Bay drag performance will be in attendance.

Fourth Friday guests can enjoy a drink special at the Straz Center’s Riverwalk “SIP” Bar.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Location: 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road

100% of donations to the concert will go to the Emergency Organization, a non-profit organization that has been helping the European Union Humanitarian Partnership for two years. The effort supports medical aid and relief efforts for those in need in Ukraine.

“Hope for the Harp” will take place at Temple Sinai from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The suggested donation is $36 per adult and $18 per student.E

The Sarasota Orchestra’s principal harpist will also provide vocals at the concert.

The concert will be also be broadcast live. Ticket purchases and donations can be made on line.

Location: 7177 58th Street N, Pinellas Park

Regal Railways’ latest show takes place in Pinellas Park.

Vendors will sell model trains, collectibles, die-cast cars and more. There will also be a train track for children.

The show is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under get in free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Earnest A. Martinez