Gasparilla Music Festival: Five stages overlooking the water at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park host more than 50 bands Saturday and Sunday, including headliner Erykah Badu along with Greensky Bluegrass, MS MR, Talib Kweli, Savoy, Antibalas, Stephen Marley, Lucero, Carlos Varela and Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove City ($30-$150). Learn more at gasparillamusicfestival.com.
Music: Legendary crooner Tony Bennett jazzes up the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg today ($65-$150), while troublemaking rapper Machine Gun Kelly plays the Ritz Ybor ($41.08). Knock Three Times for Tony Orlando at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday ($30-$75). Better have your money ready when Rihanna visits Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sunday ($27.25-$122.75), the same day Jewel makes an intimate appearance at the Capitol Theatre ($65-$90).
Opera: The iconic La Traviata comes to the Straz in Tampa for two performances on Friday and Sunday ($49.50-$125).
Kids and family
The free, family-friendly Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade gets a jump on St. Patrick's Day in Ybor City on Saturday.
The Florida Strawberry Festival continues in Plant City, with musical acts including Cole Swindell, Tanya Tucker and the Band Perry ($5-$10). Buy concert tickets, which cost extra, at flstrawberryfestival.com.
St. Petersburg's SunLit Festival continues with a number of events, including the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair at the Coliseum Friday through Sunday ($6-$10, kids free). sunlitfestival.org
This week's Bay Area Renaissance Festival theme is Pirates and Pets at MOSI in Tampa on Saturday and Sunday ($9.95-$20.95; $10 dogs). bayarearenfest.com.
The Tampa Bay Boat Show at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg features three days (Friday to Sunday) of boats, trailers, watercraft, fishing seminars and exhibits. Free; $5 parking.
more to explore
Check out more early St. Patrick's Day festivities at tampabay.com/holiday.