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Oldsmar Freedom Fest

A Memorial Day festival with two stages of live music by local bands, wing-eating contest, stein holding, kids carnival, a bike show and a Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans Park. Free. State Street E and Fairfield Street, Oldsmar. (813) 855-4233. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial Day Sand Bar Concert

Anchor your boat on the sandbar near the bridge off Weedon Island Preserve or wade from shore to a concert on a party barge featuring music by the Cross Creek Blues Band and other musicians. Viewing is from the water only, so wear a bathing suit and bring chairs or floats. Pets and coolers welcome. Free. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 224-1900. 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Carry the Load

Honoring American heroes during this walk on a 1.1-mile loop in the park. Participants can walk or run as much as they want. This event is part of a 1,700-mile relay from West Point, N.Y., to Dallas. Proceeds benefit service members and their families. Donations through sponsorship. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (813) 387-1384. 9-11 a.m. Monday.

Water Ski Show

This week's show features a Memorial Day theme. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Free. Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. (727) 480-9365. 6 p.m. Saturday.

Clearwater Memorial Day Event

The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance presents its annual Memorial Day event with an honor guard line march, a wreath-laying ceremony and presentation of the colors. Free. Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater. 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Armed Forces History Museum Memorial Day Celebration

The museum celebrates with a festival that includes face painting, rock wall climbing, power bungee jumping, military dress up, karaoke, a DJ and entertainment. Artist Michael V. Ralph will be on hand to discuss his exhibit, "Titanic — A Voyage In Art," and sign commemorative prints. The exhibit runs through July 15. $10, $5 ages 5-12. Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. (727) 539-8371, ext. 103. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.

Star Spangled Art

See an art show of works by current and past patients of James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. Free. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony

Join representatives from area veterans organizations as they post the colors for this memorial event with music, wreath presentation and keynote speaker Marvin L. Hill, Command Sergeant Major, United States Army. Free. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740. 7-8:30 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Florida Aquarium

Throughout the weekend all active duty, retired or drilling reservist or National Guard members can get two free tickets to the aquarium. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive $10 admission. $21.95, $18.95 for seniors 60+, $16.95 for kids 3-12. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Memorial Day at the Zoo

Free admission for active duty or retired military personnel with photo ID. Also good for free admission for up to three direct dependents. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

Memorial Day on the American Victory Ship

All active military and veterans can tour the ship at no charge. $10, $8 seniors/veterans, $5 12 and younger. SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 228-8766. 12-5 p.m. Monday.

Veteran Appreciation and Memorial Day Expo

Veterans can discover what services are available to them while they enjoy barbecued food, entertainment, health screenings, raffles and door prizes. Free. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 452-1300. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today.

Make Memorial Day event plans 05/23/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 5:30am]

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