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Florida Strawberry Festival: The delectable festival continues this week with heaps of shortcake and entertainment: Bill Engvall (7:30 tonight), Debbie Reynolds (3:30 Tuesday), Josh Turner (7:30 p.m. Tuesday), Oak Ridge Boys (3:30 p.m. Thursday), REO Speedwagon (7:30 p.m. Thursday), Smothers Brothers (3:30 p.m. Friday), Sara Evans (3:30 p.m. Sunday) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (7:30 p.m. Sunday). Festival admission is $10; $5 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger with paid adult. Reserved seats for concerts are extra.

Dining in the Dark: Venture blindfolded into a darkened ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg and try to put a fork in your dinner. Spaghetti anyone? All to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. It's at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with limited seating. $150. (727) 894-1000.

Driving Miss Daisy: The new American Stage production weaves the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rich Jewish widow and her black chauffeur. Shows start Wednesday and run through April 18 at 163 Third St. N in St. Petersburg. $26-$45. (727) 823-7529.

Cavalia: Think of it as Cirque-style acrobats on horseback in a dreamy, modern Renaissance setting, all under a ginormous white castle tent. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through at least March 21 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Adult tickets start at $44.50, plus service charges, with VIP packages reaching $190. Go to or call toll-free at 1-866-999-8111.

Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: There will be 10,000 pounds of "mudbugs" and a wooden dance floor for two-stepping to music by the Porch Dogs, Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie and more. Plus, crawfish races and eating contests. It starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday ($12), noon Saturday ($15) and noon Sunday ($12). 10 and younger free. Vinoy Park along St. Petersburg's waterfront. (727) 892-5798.

Navy Week Kickoff Party: Get to know your sailors better Friday night with free tours of the SS American Victory and the music of the Navy's own rock band, Pride. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at 705 Channelside Drive in Tampa; the music starts at 7:30 p.m. It's all part of a kickoff for next week as the sailors take over the bay with events and appearances every day. For information, visit

Michael Buble: The big-voiced Canadian crooner brings his "Crazy Love" tour to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa at 8 p.m. Saturday. $49.50-$89.50. (813) 301-2500.

Things to do in Tampa Bay 03/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 7, 2010 5:53pm]
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