Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 22-28

Singer Patti LaBelle, Margaret Cho, dragon boats, a Green Thumb Festival and the Florida Orchestra plays John Williams.
DANIEL WALLACE   |   Times (2012)
Dragon boats are adorned with a dragon’s head in front and a tail in back, a drummer up front keeps the beat as they model precise teamwork to win. Dragon boat racers will return to Garrison Channel to compete at the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival on April 27.
DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2012) Dragon boats are adorned with a dragon’s head in front and a tail in back, a drummer up front keeps the beat as they model precise teamwork to win. Dragon boat racers will return to Garrison Channel to compete at the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival on April 27.
Published April 21
Updated April 21

Dragon Boat Festival: It’s free for spectators to watch paddlers from across the globe at Tampa’s Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Green Thumb Festival: One of the biggest plant sales in the area returns to St. Petersburg’s Walter Fuller Recreation Center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

. Date Night

Music: On Thursday, Patti LaBelle brings her serious pipes to Ruth Eckerd Hall ($53.50-$133.50). There they go again, Whitesnake performs Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($38.75-$88.75). Also on Tuesday, RL Grime drops heavy trap beats at the Ritz Ybor ($35). On Wednesday, the classical crossover trio Simply Three perform at the Straz Center ($30). Country’s Big and Rich perform in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino’s north parking lot ($55). Rosanne Cash’s new album She Remembers Everything brings power to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Friday ($36-$76). Dream Theater plays the Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($39-$69). Blues man Selwyn Birchwood plays St. Pete’s Palladium Theater on Saturday ($20-$40). The Psychedelic Furs bring ‘80s punk to Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($35)

Margaret Cho: The ground-breaking comic returns to the Improv in Tampa on Friday and Saturday ($25).

Florida Orchestra Pops: Daniel Black conducts one mega-hit after another on The Music of John Williams in two shows Saturday at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater. ($18-$48). floridaorchestra.org.

Oz-Inspired Art Walk: Dress up, check out the art, including a ride, and you’ll find vendors, music and a screening of Oz the Great and Powerful at 7:30 p.m. in nearby at McDevit Park. It runs 4-8 p.m. Saturday on 5600 block of Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. Free.

Skating rink: A skating rink pop-up comes to Tampa’s Armature Works for the first time with live music, arcade games, a bar, popcorn and concessions. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. $10-$15 includes skate rental. eventbrite.com.

Taste of Science: The science community aims to make the rest of us more literate by holding talks in pubs and coffee shops today through Sunday. $5 at tasteofscience.org/stpete or tasteofscience.org/tampa.

. kids and family

Frozen Sing-Along: Belt out those songs at Tampa Theatre’s popular sing-along screenings at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $13; $11 kids. 711 N Franklin St.

Painting in the Park: The north lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg will be filled with kid-friendly art activities from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Spring Fest Garden Art and Faerie Festival: A flurry of pixies alight at Gulfport’s Clymer Park for this celebration of spring 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

. MOre to explore

Find date night ideas and things to do with the kids. tampabay.com/thingstodo.

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