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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 29-March 6

Florida Strawberry Festival: The huge Plant City celebration returns Thursday with exhibits, games, rides and another juicy lineup of concerts with headliners Big and Rich, Cheap Trick and more taking the stage at 7:30 every night. ($5-$10, concert tickets extra at flstrawberry festival.com.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The food festival returns Saturday through April 24 along Gwazi Park, offering small plates of gourmet foods, more than 120 wines, beers and cocktails and a concert series that starts with country's Gary Allan and Huey Lewis and the News. $92-$97, plus the cost of food and drinks. buschgardens.com.

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Music: Chubby Checker is at Busch Gardens today through Saturday (free with park admission). Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall has a busy musical lineup this week, with the Beach Boys and John Stamos today ($43.75-$78.75), Josh Groban on Tuesday ($95) and the Steve Miller Band on Wednesday ($53.25-$165). Friday, it's Willie Nelson and Family ($53.25-$103.75), and the Moody Blues perform Saturday ($68.75-$128.75). Festivals abound over the weekend, the largest being the Bonnaroo-like Okeechobee Music Festival from Friday to Sunday with headliners Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar. okeechobeefest.com. ($249.50-$599). Wild Splash 2016 returns to Coachman Park on Saturday (sold out) headlined by Lil Wayne, while things get irie at the Reggae Rise Up Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday ($45). Young adult tenors Il Volo hit Tampa's Straz Center on Sunday ($49.50-$110).

Bobcat Goldthwait brings the funny Friday and Saturday to the Improv in Tampa ($20).

Tampa Bay Beer Week: The celebration kicks off Friday at Pour House in Channelside and runs through March 15 with many events. tampabaybeerweek.com.

KIDS/FAMILY

Tampa Pro: The 22nd annual pro skateboarder event runs Thursday through Sunday at the Skatepark of Tampa with a Spike Jonze photo exhibit and Yelawolf concert ($15, $30 weekend pass; $16 concert only).

The Harlem Globetrotters spin into Amalie Arena on Wednesday ($20-$110 at amaliearena.com).

SunLit Festival: The celebration of literature throughout St. Petersburg runs Friday through March 13. Most of the more than 40 events are free . sunlitfestival.org.

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