Summer is here! Although Tampa weather may feel like summer year-round, there’s still something special about the season’s official arrival. It’s a time for barbecues, pool parties, day drinking, and all-out Americana. Some of our favorite childhood memories invoke the unfortunate taste of salty ocean water and the smell of heavily-applied sunblock. June in Tampa brought summertime events that we will fondly remember in the years to come. But don’t worry if you missed some of the fun! Summer is here for another two months, and our beautiful city is always offering exciting events. For now, we’ve got you covered on all Tampa happenings in June – in case you missed it.
Rounding out the month of May was the Voices for Children Benefit Event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 27th. The event featured a charity slot tournament with 50 percent of the ticket proceeds benefitting Voices for Children. The event also included a red carpet ceremony, a concert by Ben Torres, and a check presentation of the funds raised by the property during the month of May for the charity.

Girls just wanna have fun, and they certainly did when Cyndi Lauper paid a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall to perform her classic female anthem and more in front of a sold-out crowd on June 8th. Guests reveled in ‘80s nostalgia as Lauper delivered her signature glam pop-rock tunes.

Brews and barbecue are two summer staples. On June 11th, Tampa residents got a taste of the former, if not also the latter, at Dunedin Brewery’s 8th Annual IPA Festival in Dunedin. The $50 ticket to the festival included a commemorative tasting glass, a meal, and a tasting of more than 30 local and national IPAs on draft. The event also featured live music by The Lee Boys featuring Roosevelt Collier, a band hailing from Miami.

June is LGBT Pride Month nationwide, and Tampa did not miss out on the celebrations. St. Pete hosted many Pride-related events including a Stonewall Commemorative Reception at the Museum of Fine Arts in Downtown St. Pete on June 22nd. On June 25th, St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade were free events that attracted many celebrants along Grand Central. The month’s festivities culminated in the St. Pete Pride Festival along Central Avenue from 22nd Street to 28th Street on June 26th. The festival began at 8 a.m., and featured over 350 vendors in addition to art, food and music.

Tampa offered many other events during the month, such as the monthly Fourth Friday along the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa. If you couldn’t make it to Fourth Friday during June, you always have next month. If you missed out on these other events during June, you’ve got the entire summer! Raise a glass, and let’s cheers to summer in Tampa – in case you missed it.

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