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Mayan or may not

End of the World parties Tampa Bay hotspots are not about to let the world end without one last party. With tongue firmly in cheek, several parties and even a day of meditation are planned around the bay area Friday to mark the date — Dec. 21, 2012 — when an ancient Mayan prophecy says the world will be destroyed. Among them is a draft launch at The Independent in Seminole Heights for the Canadian beer La Fin du Monde, which is French for "The End of the World." The award-winning Belgian- style ale is being offered on draft for the first time to mark the Mayan occasion. The party starts at 8 p.m. Friday, and to put you in an apocalyptic mood, the lights will be out for a candle-lit evening of hoarding beer rations. No cover, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa.

The Tampa Pitcher Show is testing the fates and throwing a party with drink specials, Mayan inspired cocktails and a mix and mingle with stars from the Hell Cats Burlesque Show. 11:30 p.m. Friday. $10 show ticket required. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For more end of the world parties see

Touchdown at the Trop

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Formerly the St. Petersburg Bowl, this matchup at Tropicana Field will pit the Ball State Cardinals against the University of Central Florida Knights at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This is the bowl's fifth year, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Tickets are $35-$200. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. See


Zombie Run Run for your brains! Runners won't just be racing each other, they'll be fleeing from flesh-starved zombies through wooded trails, murky swamps and obstacles at the 5K Zombie Run, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. People have two options when they register: to be a zombie, or be bait (runners). Benefits the Moffitt Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Shriners Hospital for Children. $25-$115. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. (352) 521-3661. Register at

Floating festivus

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Tampa It's the last big boat parade before Christmas. Watch festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer as they motor and sail around Davis Island, Harbor Island and through Garrison Channel. Best viewed from Channelside, Davis Islands, Harbor Island and the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. The parade is free to watch at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, but you can enjoy some of the best seats in the house aboard the SS American Victory, 705 Chanelside Drive. Listen to music and gaze down on the illuminated boats as they travel through the channel. $12, $7 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. Or board the Yacht StarShip for a festive holiday buffet and a great view of twinkling lights on decorated boats as they float by. $59.95, $29.95 children. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999.

Tampa punk

We Can't Help It If We're From Tampa Tampa's punk roots are traced in this documentary, which will screen at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum, with a concert by bands featured in the film, such as Fang and No Fraud, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City.


Wynonna's Rockin' Christmas A rockin' redhead and frequent Oprah Winfrey Show guest, Wynonna Judd will perform hits and Christmas cuts with her full band The Big Noise Friday. One half of famous mother-daughter duo the Judds, and a woman Rolling Stone once called "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline," Judd pumps fiery country-blues into seasonal favorites on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$69.

Plan your weekend 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:51pm]
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