There aren't too many great reasons to spend a whole day outside in West Central Florida in July. But the Vans Warped Tour is always worth a bit of suffering.
The year's area tour stop is set for Friday -- a de fact holiday, since Independence Day is Saturday -- at its usual local home in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
There are no really big-name bands on this year's lineup, but there are dozens of acts on 10 music stages, so there's a good chance that some bands you really like will be there. Besides, half the fun of Warped is discovering new bands, or catching established bands that you may have overlooked.
The heat and sun are probably going to be brutal, and Warped offers misting stations and places you can refill water bottles with cool, filtered water. There's also going to be a slip-and-slide this year.
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For the old folks, there's a "reverse day care" station. It's an air-conditioned area where parents who bring their kids to the festival can literally and figuratively chill.
Only the most hardcore fuddy-duddies will want to spend the entire day in there, though. There's always lots of great music and a great vibe at the Vans Warped Tour and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
Details: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 3, Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $36. Information: 727-893-7441, vanswarpedtour.com.
-- Marty Clear