Martin Luther King Jr. Day: St. Petersburg has one of the oldest and largest parades in the country, with its National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown. In Tampa, its parade steps off at noon at 15th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Martin Luther King III: Here's your chance to hear a free talk by the eldest son of the slain civil rights leader at 7 p.m. Thursday at the USF Marshall Student Center in Tampa. (813) 974-9057.
Scavenger Dash: It's like a mini Amazing Race in Tampa. Teams of two solve 12 clues and tackle wild challenges throughout the city starting at noon Saturday at Hattricks. $99-$130. Register at scavengerdash.com/tpa.html.
Drumline Live: The group mixes dance, hip-hop, Motown and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $34-$54; (727) 892-5798.
Barry Manilow: He writes and sings the songs that make you sob uncontrollably. The concert is 8 p.m. Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $9.99-$129.99. (813) 301-2500.
On stage: Just a small-town girl and a city boy star in Rock of Ages, a musical of classic '80s tunes opening at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $42-$72; (727) 791-7400. Also starting Tuesday is Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 p.m. at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $38.50; (813) 229-7827. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the next chapter in the August Wilson Century Cycle, opens Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg, with previews starting Tuesday. $29-$50; (727) 823-7529.
The Music of Queen: The Florida Orchestra will rock you with the ultimate Queen set list, including Bohemian Rhapsody and Somebody to Love. The concert, featuring a rock band, is 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg. $40-$60.
Rigoletto: For all you fans of operatic debauchery, St. Petersburg Opera presents Verdi's tale Friday, Sunday and Jan. 25 at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $20-$61.50. (727) 822-3590.
Kids and Family
Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: The G-rated festival for wee pirates starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with the big parade at 3:30 p.m. at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa. Free.
Monster Jam: There will be crashing and smashing, so the kids will love it. The megatrucks start flying at 7 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. $15-$35. (800) 745-3000.
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