Plan your weekend
Martini Fest Lovely Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa will have good-natured singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, the guy behind contemporary soul-pop hit Keep Your Head Up, and of course martinis. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, presented by Mix 100.7. $50 advance, $60 day of event. ticketmaster.com.
Aaron Lewis The man behind mope-metal act Staind has crossed over to country. His debut single Country Boy featuring Charlie Daniels and George Jones sold more than 20,000 digital singles in its first week. This week, Lewis released The Road to rave reviews. He performs with Randy Montana at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $37.50 and up.
Light it up
Ybor City Heritage and Cigar Festival The annual event on Saturday includes live cigar rolling demonstrations, food trucks, a special appearance from former Buc Chidi Ahanotu and live music featuring a musical tribute to Amy Winehouse from Gwan Massive. $5 advance, 12 and younger free; $10 at the gate. Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1434. 10 a.m. Saturday.
Shopapalooza Looking for a local alternative to mall madness? The Black Friday alternative event known as Shopapalooza has dozens of local, independent vendors with Black Friday-type specials, entertainment, raffles and special surprises. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5586.
Chillounge Night This is an easy date night. Just pick someone you want to cozy up to in the chic, South Beach-style furniture under the twinkle lights in Straub Park, along the St. Petersburg waterfront. The party starts at 6 p.m. Saturday with food vendors and cash bars, a Brazilian samba parade, fashion show, Cleopatra parade on daybeds, jazz and fireworks. $25 advance, $35 at the gate, $80 VIP. Toll-free 1-888-695-0888
Take the kids
Downtown on Ice When the outdoor ice rink in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park opens Friday, it won't exactly be like skating in Rockefeller Center, but consider: On Friday it will be in the mid 40s in New York City; in Tampa, it will be in the mid 70s. So why doesn't the ice melt here? It's a Christmas miracle! Or a super-duper, high-tech chiller set to 5 degrees. Give it a try for $10 for 90 minutes, including skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 5. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday; 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Closed Thanksgiving. (813) 966-5505.
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