Welcome to summer in Tampa Bay, the time of year when everyone avoids the heat, stays inside with air conditioning, and may come out at night after the sun goes down. Sure, most of the best events around the Tampa area happen in the cooler months but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on during the summer.

Take a look at upcoming events, festivals, and concerts in and around Tampa this summer and make summer 2016 the most fun you’ve ever had.

Mega Career Fair

June 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
George M. Steinbrenner Field

Ready to make a career change this summer? Graduated from school and looking for a job? Check out the area’s largest career fair with 38 top employers ready to find and hire the person for their open positions. Learn more.

American Kennel Club Dog Show

June 16 - June 19, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Florida State Fairgrounds

For a few days, ignore the cute dog videos on Facebook and watch beautiful dogs compete in multiple categories. This is where you can see some of your favorite breeds and find others you didn’t even know about. Learn more.

St. Pete Crab and Music Festival

June 18, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Vinoy Park, St. Pete

Come on out and celebrate all things crab and musical. Eat as much crab as you can hold while listening to great music like Sunshine Anderson, The Black Honkeys, Bus Stop Band, and more! Learn more.

Shark Con

July 9 - July 10, 2016
Florida State Fairgrounds

If all you know about sharks is what you’ve seen in Jaws or watched on the Discovery Channel during Shark Week, you’re missing out! Sharks don’t have to be your favorite, as long as you have a love for local marine life, you’ll find something to enjoy. Learn more.

Summer Sunset Celebration at Lowry Park Zoo

July 17 - August 5, every Friday
Beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Lowry Park Zoo

Make it a date night or a new way to enjoy the amazing wildlife at Lowry Park Zoo. Enjoy beer, wine, and enhanced dining options as well as an amazing Tampa sunset. Stay until the end for a great light show. Learn more.

Summer Concert Dates

Maybe festivals and outdoor events aren’t your thing. Take a look at just a few of the upcoming concerts this summer and listen to old favorites, current obsessions, or a new sound.

June 8, Cyndi Lauper at Ruth Eckerd Hall

June 10, Journey and the Doobie Brothers at MidFlorida Credit Amphitheater

June 15, Weezer and Panic! At The Disco at MidFlorida Credit Amphitheater

July 23, Counting Crows and Rob Thomas at MidFlorida Credit Amphitheater

July 30, Pitbull at the Amalie Arena

August 4, Maxwell at Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 29, Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Get showtimes and ticket prices