The ‘burg heats up this weekend with Vans Warped Tour, Rays & Rowdies

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The ‘Burg turns up the heat this weekend, with live music at the Vans Warped Tour, the Tampa Bay Rays taking a shot at Boston and the Rowdies facing San Antonio for their third straight win.

2014 Vans Warped Tour

Thousands of Ska, punk and rock fans will descend on Vinoy Park for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, the annual all-day music festival. The Warped Tour features top acts in alternative and other genres.

Gates open at 11 a.m. for in the longest running music show in North America makes its St. Petersburg stop, in a show that has visited the Bay Area every year since 1995. Two main stages, as well as a number of smaller stages, feature as many as 100 bands.

Along with music, there will be band meet-and-greets, autographs and a number of “socially-conscious” vendors. Fans can keep cool with hydration stations and misting tents, while cellphone charging stations make sure concert goers are charged and ready to go.

An air-conditioned Reverse Daycare tent, complete with cool drinks and family-friendly, interactive activities, is available free to adult chaperones until 6 p.m.

Among items concertgoers can bring to the show: a single sealed bottle of water; a small backpack and sunscreen; cameras, either disposable or small digital; a Sharpie for autographs; and a fully charged cellphone.

Not allowed are pets, chains (like wallet chains), umbrellas, coolers, professional cameras, recording devices, firearms, weapons, knives and any illegal substances. Alcohol is not permitted outside the gates.

Promoters recommend purchasing last-minute tickets from the on-site Warped Tour box office, to avoid buying false tickets from scammers. For more information on the Vans Warped Tour, visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Visitors to downtown Friday will likely see heavier than normal traffic, especially on I-375 at the I-275 interchange. Visitors to the area may avoid interstate congestion by using Fourth Street N. or I-175, if coming from the south, and exiting at Third or Second Sts., during peak concert hours.

Long-term parking, including accessible spaces, is available in the SunDial garage, 117 Second St. N; the South Core garage, 100 First Ave. S; or the Beach Drive and Pelican parking lots, located on the Pier Approach, for an all-day rate of $5.

Parking will be restricted on streets surrounding Vinoy Park and on both sides of Fifth Avenue NE from Bayshore Dr. NE into the park; on both sides of Bayshore Dr. from Fifth to Seventh Aves. NE; and on the east side of North Shore Dr. NE from Seventh to 15th Avenues. NE during the event.

Fans, visitors and owners of vehicles displaying Residential Parking permits should obey posted signage and find alternate parking to avoid citations or possible vehicle relocation. Access to the Vinoy Hotel and Vinoy Place Condos will be available via a cone line. Temporary road closures will also be in place around the event footprint.

Go Rays!

On Friday, the Rays hope to add to their eight game winning streak, welcoming Boston for three games at 7:10 p.m. Other games are set for Saturday at 7:10 and Sunday at 1:40 p.m.

Tickets for all three games are available at www.raysbaseball.com.

Sunday’s ticket includes a postgame Christmas in July concert by the Imagination Movers.

Get Rowdy With The Rowdies!

The Tampa Bay Rowdies go after a third straight win when they host San Antonio Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. game are available at www.rowdiessoccer.com.

For information on other events in and around St. Petersburg this weekend, visit www.stpete.org/events.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.