Shapes in the sand: See what emerges from 150 tons of sand at the Sanding Ovations Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival starting Thursday on Treasure Island. Plus, music by Idol finalist Danny Gokey on Friday and fireworks Saturday. Free; $10 parking.
Fastest Bartender: Part of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg turns into a block party this evening to see who can mix the best drink. Start at the Garden Restaurant. No cover.
Beaujolais day: The frenzy starts Thursday, when the youthful Beaujolais nouveau wine arrives in stores. Find tastings at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Organ virtuoso: Olivier Latry goes from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the University of Tampa's Sykes Chapel for free concerts at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday.
Art: Florida Craftsmen's annual CraftArt runs alongside the fine art of ArtScape, closing streets around the Craftsmen gallery on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday.
Ybor City Heritage and Cigar Festival: With food, beer and wine garden, music and a cigar exhibit Saturday in Centennial Park. $5, 12 and younger free.
Mahaffey Grand Opening: New management shows off a spiffed-up Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, with Don Henley concert ($50 and up), after party with Chillounge and fireworks on Friday, Marc Anthony on Saturday (sold out) and Cedric the Entertainer ($55 and up) on Sunday. (727) 892-5798.
More music: Last Damn Show 13: with Drake and Public Enemy on Friday at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa ($25–$175; (813) 301-2500). Buckcherry and Hinder at the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday ($28.50 and up; (813) 229-7827). Folksy Kathy Mattea at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Sunday ($40–$55; (727) 791-7400).
An Ideal Husband: The Oscar Wilde play about political scandal rings true today. Opens Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg. $29 and up; (727) 823-7529.
Kids and family
Festival of Trees: These arty Christmas trees are better than your Charlie Brown tree Friday through Sunday at the Long Center on Belcher Road in Clearwater. $5, 10 and younger free.
Tampa Bay International Auto Show: Lots of shiny high-end sport cars and alternative fuel vehicles at the Tampa Convention Center on Friday through Sunday. $9, $5 seniors/ages 7–12, 6 and younger free.
More to explore
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