1 Zoofari: Eat like a hungry tiger at Lowry Park Zoo's 27th annual food fest, from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2. For one ticket price — $75 to $85 (depending on purchase time) — guests can go on a sampling safari of the area's best restaurants, enjoy open bars, browse the "Art Safari" auction, and dance to music on multiple stages. (Animals will not be on exhibit during the event.) 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Follow Zoofari at facebook.com/zoofari. Buy tickets at your.lowryparkzoo.com/zoofari.
2 Conga Caliente: This free celebration (free parking, too) of Hispanic arts and culture from across the globe will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Al Lopez Park, 4810 Himes Ave., Tampa. If you get hungry or thirsty, there will be plenty of ethnic foods and a beer garden. After eating, you can buy a cigar or watch a domino tournament. The musical lineup will be Leslie Grace, Puerto Rican Power and — from America's Got Talent — Mariachi Nuevo Estilo A.D.M. There also will be a kids' area with Radio Disney. [email protected] congacaliente.com or (813) 353-8151.
3 One grain at a time: The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition will take place Nov. 15-18. The Crystal Classic has become a favorite of professional sand sculptors who have competed here and say the beautiful white sand makes their sculptures look like they are marble. They have 24 sculpting hours over four days to complete their works. crystalsand.org.
4 St. Armands Art Festival: More than 150 artists will display works in a broad spectrum of mediums, including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 at the 25th annual St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival. Admission is free. 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. artfestival.com.
5 For our veterans: Two very different art activities on the opposite sides of the Tampa Bay area honor the men and women who serve our country. The Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, opens its "Star Spangled Art" exhibit from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9. The exhibit will be on display at the gallery through December. Later that day (at 8 p.m.), the Carrollwood Winds Community Band will present a free program of patriotic music at "A Concert Honoring Veterans." carrollwoodcenter.org or (813) 269-1310.
Then, Nov. 13-18, the Sarasota Chalk Festival will take place along the streets of Burns Court. The theme is "Legacy of Valor: Honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism, and embracing freedom." It is a tribute to, and celebration of, freedoms and the people who make them possible. The festival aims to celebrate and honor veterans through numerous events and activities. chalkfestival.org.
Patti Ewald, Times staff writer