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On your radar: Head to Gasparilla for the biggest party of the year, watch an impressive whale tale or hear Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite

Gasparilla: It's only the biggest party of the year. Thousands will line the Tampa waterfront about 11:30 a.m. Saturday to watch the pirate-draped Jose Gasparilla ship sail into Hillsborough Bay. Then the pirates get down to serious business: tossing thousands of beads in the parade along Bayshore Boulevard starting at 2 p.m. It's free; reserved seats start at $32. Pirate Street Festival all day near Curtis Hixon Park. gasparillapiratefest.com.

Tales from the deep: See and hear what it's like to have a whale the size of a bus headed right for you in this show by National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $19.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

Date night

Zac Brown Band: Donning a fuzzy knit cap instead of a pirate hat, Zac Brown invades the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa on Saturday, the same day as Gasparilla. $31.50–$57. (813) 740-2446.

Florida Orchestra: Hear Tchaikovsky's lovely Swan Lake Suite along with German pianist Markus Groh performing Bartok's vivacious Piano Concerto No. 2. Shows are 10 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15–$45.

Roberta Flack: Feel the love with the R&B/soul/pop songstress, including hits Killing Me Softly with His Song and Where Is the Love, Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $40–$65. (727) 892-5798.

Ron White: Give him a scotch and a cigar and you never know what the comedian will say in his shows Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Early show sold out; some tickets available for 10:30 p.m. $46.75–$56.75. (727) 892-5798.

Kids and family

UniverSoul Circus: An African-American circus with clowns, acrobats, high-wire acts, tigers, elephants and multicultural music and performers. Shows are Friday through Sunday in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium. $15–$28. www.universoulcircus.com.

Kumquat Festival: The charming Dade City fest is devoted to the tiny sweet-tart fruit with pies, cookies and jellies, plus crafts, farmer's market and kids activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. dadecitychamber.org.

Florida kitsch: Everything from alligator ashtrays to vintage furnishings to serious art at the Floridiana Festival and Highwaymen Art Show at 10 a.m. Sunday at Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $6, $3 kids under 3. hulahula.biz.

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On your radar: Head to Gasparilla for the biggest party of the year, watch an impressive whale tale or hear Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite 01/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 8:25am]

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