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Mango Festival in Wimauma: Celebrate the super-sweet tropical fruit at a party held under the oak trees on the 20-acre Colorfield Farms nursery, which offers fruit trees for sale. There will be mango samplings, seminars, live music and food trucks. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the nursery at 8221 SR 674 in Wimauma, near Sun City Center. $5; under 6 or older than 80 are free.
Preseason USF Tailgate Party: Drape yourself in green and gold and join other Bulls fans for an appearance by head coach Skip Holtz. Watch last season’s video highlights, buy merchandise from Bulls Outfitter, play games and win prizes starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at Capogna’s Dugout, 1653 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free admission. (727) 776-6309.
Capitol Classics Family Movie Series: The Wizard of Oz: When's the last time you watched this classic? Well, you've probably never seen it on the big screen. It's only $5 to watch it at 3 p.m. at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.
Antiwarpt Music Festival: Nearly 100 bands and DJs will perform in 10 different venues throughout St. Pete at this annual alt-music fest. The lineup includes a who's who of Tampa Bay's best bands, in addition to its biggest headliner to date: The Mountain Goats, who packed out Crowbar earlier this year. Also on the bill are Adriane Younge, a hip-hop/soul producer and artist best known for scoring the cult film Black Dynamite; Jacksonville trip-poppers SUNBEARS!; and Ohio alt-country-punk outfit Two Cow Garage.
But as usual, it's the Florida artists who are the stars of the show: Tallhart; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Groves; Sleepy Vikings; The Semis; Set and Setting; Kaleigh Baker; Alexander and the Grapes; Palantine; Poetry N' Lotion; Car Bomb Driver; Lauris Vidal; Andy Matchett and the Minks; a reunion performance by Mouse Fire; Roadkill Ghost Choir; Auto!Automatic!!; Greenland is Melting; Dukes of Hillsborough; Sounduo and many more. Venues include State Theatre, Local 662, Morean Arts Center, Fubar, Cafe Bohemia, Emerald Lounge, Sake Bomb, Star Booty, Ramblin' Rosies and Octave. It starts at 3 p.m. all over downtown St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $30 at the door. (727) 895-3045.
Vans Warped Tour: A daylong mashup of punk, hardcore, reggae-rock, and more make up this long-running annual fest. Bands performing at this year's event include: headliners New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, We The Kings, Breathe Carolina, All Time Low, Streetlight Manifesto, Mayday Parade, Senses Fail, Bayside, Miss May I, Yellowcard, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong and rapper Machine Gun Kelly. Other notable names on the bill: Of Mice and Men, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Transit, blessthefall, Motionless In White, Man Overboard, Memphis May Fire, Chelsea Grin, Every Time I Die, I Fight Dragons, iwrestledabearonce, Polar Bear Club, Sick of Sarah, the Constellations and Title Fight.
This year also features a special visit by the orange "Truth Truck," the youth smoking prevention campaign, with DJ dancing, games, dance and singing contests and facts about tobacco use. It kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $40. warpedtour.com.
Rays Watch Party: When the Rays are out of town, catch the game on the beach at a family-friendly watch party with a giant screen set up on the sand. 620-AM WDAE will broadcast live starting with their pre-game show. The Rays Street Team will also be on hand with giveaways. The Rays travel to Los Angeles today for a game against the Angels. Game starts at 3:35 p.m.; see it at Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (727) 367-6461.