Fathers’ Day weekend in the ‘burg: Music, superheroes, art and lots of beer

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Father’s Day rolls into the ‘Burg his weekend with a series of activities perfect for dads of all kinds, including a superhero-themed 5K, a nostalgic music event and a downtown exhibit that combines art and a favorite of many dads — beer.

Superhero 5K

On Saturday morning, June 14, caped crusaders, masked avengers and superheroes become the Father’s Day masters of the St. Petersburg downtown waterfront in the Barry University Superhero Bay 5K for Kids.

Proceeds from the run go to benefit Everyday Blessings, a local organization that provides high quality care for sibling groups through live-in caregivers.

Traffic congestion during the event should be minimal as participants will use Vinoy and North Shore Parks as well as sidewalks. A portion of Bayshore Dr. between Second Ave. NE and Fifth Ave. NE will be closed and parking restrictions will be in place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for the event.

Downtown visitors and owners of vehicles displaying Residential Parking Permits are encouraged to find  alternate parking locations to avoid parking citations or vehicle relocation if found in violation. The walking part of the event should conclude by 8:30 a.m., while park activities should be finished by noon.

90s Nostalgia with Summerland Tour 2014

Take a nostalgic journey through the ’90’s for Father’s Day when alternative hit makers Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog take the stage during the Summerland Tour 2014 in Vinoy Park.

The concert from 2 to 9 p.m. and admission is free with a ticket, available at www.summerlandtour.net. Reserved VIP seating is available for $29.75.

Arts, Crafts and the Beer Project

The art of beer will be on display with craft beer tastings, home brewing demonstrations and more, many inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts’ special exhibitions and its permanent collection, during The Beer Project.

On hand will be Gerard Whalen, author of Florida Breweries, or watch Portland crafting marvel Shawn Bowman create usable fishing lures from Dad’s favorite beer cans.

Then, board the free trolley for a ride on a special Father’s Day edition of the Second Saturday Art Walk and Warehouse District Trolley Tour featuring the Arts and Crafts (and Beer) Trail. Selected galleries along the route will feature complimentary tastings from local craft brewing companies. The Saturday Art Walk begins one hour earlier: 4 p.m. through 9 p.m.

For more Father’s Day weekend events in and around St. Petersburg, visit www.stpete.org/events.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.