A lovely sunset is reason enough to head to the beach. Add free concerts by the Florida Orchestra, Grammy-winner Jon Secada and country newcomer Joey Daniels, and you have a great excuse to stretch out on the sand and enjoy.
The annual Sun, Sand and Symphony expands to two nights this year in honor of Treasure Island's 50th anniversary as a city. The orchestra, under the direction of Susan Haig, will play pops and patriotic tunes Friday evening, including selections from West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Saving Private Ryan.
On Saturday night, the orchestra is joined by Secada, who won two Grammys in the 1990s for Latin pop, and by Daniels, who is working on her first album.
Fireworks conclude the concerts both nights. The concerts take place on Treasure Island Beach, Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. both nights with concerts at 8 each night. Bring beach blankets and chairs and a picnic, or pick up food from the vendors who will be set up there. Admission is free. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.