Joel Stein on wine: Witty Time magazine columnist Joel Stein is promoting his book Man Made about his quest for masculinity. He'll bring food trucks to Tampa's Hyde Park Village on Wednesday to judge the best wine to pair with street food. It's free from 6 to 8 p.m., but RSVP to StarkRavingTampaRSVP@TaylorStrategy.com for entry.
The Color Run: See color bombs lobbed at white-clothed runners along St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Register at thecolor run.com/stpete; $35-$55.
Mark the date: Wednesday is 12/12/12 and the Armed Forces Museum in Largo is just $12 (normally $17.95) Wednesday through Sunday. See its extensive collection of military displays, 2050 34th Way N, Largo.
Music lineup: When Aerosmith comes to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday, fellow arena-rock warriors Cheap Trick will open the show, making it a double dose of classic rock awesomeness; $46.75-$146.75. Sky Blu, the LMFAO party boy, is hosting a DJ gig on Saturday at the Amphitheatre in Ybor City; $15. Stephen Lynch is more of a musical-based comedy than a concert at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday; $32.50-$39.50.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Like a progressive rock opera, Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. make a concert immersive with an awesome light show; $30-$68 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Sister Act: The national tour, with a score by Disney's music master Alan Menken, comes to Tampa's Straz Center from Tuesday through Sunday. Instead of the Motown music of the Whoopi Goldberg movie, this one stars a 1970s disco diva. Tickets start at $46.50.
John Heffron: The likable Detroit comic who won season two of Last Comic Standing performs at the Improv at Centro Ybor Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $17-$20.
Kids and family
Holiday parades: We've got parades on both land — Tarpon Springs (10 a.m. Saturday), Safety Harbor (1 p.m. Saturday) and Ybor City at 8 p.m. Saturday — and sea. Boat parades happen at Apollo Beach (6:30 p.m. Saturday) and Indian Rocks Beach (7 p.m. Saturday), and Sunday decorated kayaks, canoes and more leave the Lowry Park boat ramp at 6 p.m.
Presents for Primates: Watch Lowry Park Zoo primates monkey around with specially wrapped presents from the zoo staff. Included with admission Friday at 11 a.m.
More to explore
Holiday events are in full swing at tampabay.com/thingstodo.