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On your radar: Taste of Pinellas cranks up, May the Fourth Be With You sets up Cinco de Mayo and the Beach Boys and New Edition play live

Taste of Pinellas: The reinvigorated fest kicks off with Big and Rich on Friday, headliner Sheryl Crow on Saturday and All-American Rejects on Sunday in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. Also food from local restaurants and Family Fun Zone. $20 Friday-Saturday, $15 Sunday; $45 for all three days;

Celebrate …: This is a good weekend for Latin Wookiees who love mint juleps. The Bricks in Ybor City is celebrating May the Fourth Be With You on Friday (May 4, natch) with costumes and drink specials. On Saturday it's Cinco de Mayo, with a street festival at Casa Tina in Dunedin, including a Latin costume contest and parade of 20-foot tall puppets. (For more Cinco de Mayo parties, go to And don't forget the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Watch it on the 30-foot screen at Tampa Bay Downs horse track, with mint juleps and a hat contest. Free admission; $45.95 VIP.

Free Art Friday: If you see artwork you like around downtown St. Petersburg on Friday, take it. For free. It's a way for artists to promote their work and get people talking. Distribution times will vary during the day.

Date night

Pops in the Park: Pack an elegant picnic worthy of classical music under the stars Thursday in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. The Florida Orchestra will play familiar favorites including John Williams' Superman March and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. It's free — but bring canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest.

Music of Billy Joel: Michael Cavanaugh — the piano man in the Broadway musical Movin' Out — joins the Florida Orchestra for classics such as Just the Way You Are and It's Still Rock and Roll to Me on Friday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. $35–$75. (727) 892-5798.

Together again: All six members of the '80s boy band New Edition, including Bobby Brown, reunite Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa ($52.50–$125; (813) 301-2500). And on Saturday, the Beach Boys — even Brian Wilson — bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa ($49.50 and up; (813) 229-7827).

Kids and family

Florida Blueberry Festival: It's kind of like the big strawberry or kumquat festivals, but with blueberries. Inaugural fest has a parade, blueberry stomp, 150 vendors and live music on stages throughout Brooksville from Friday through Sunday. Free admission; charge for parking and some concerts;

Target Tuesday: Thanks to a Target grant, the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa is again offering free admission, 2 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

On your radar: Taste of Pinellas cranks up, May the Fourth Be With You sets up Cinco de Mayo and the Beach Boys and New Edition play live 04/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:26am]
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