1Clearwater Sea Blues Festival: This weekend is a golden opportunity to satisfy your seafood cravings while enjoying live blues music. The annual Sea Blues Festival is bringing in Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who can let his lauded guitar-playing skills do the talking. Hear his grimy and piercing blues-rock riffs as he headlines the festival on Saturday. Sunday features Coco Montoya, Ruthie Foster, Moreland & Arbuckle, Trampled Under Foot and Selwyn Birchwood. Other attractions include jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and gumbo. The concerts are free; reserved seating starts at $25 advance, $30 day of. There's also a Blues Walk kickoff concert in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street district Friday night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with live music and some of the restaurants selling food. The festival starts at noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in Coachman Park. See clearwaterseablues.com.
2Paddleboard Social: This new Wednesday night gathering for folks who like the standup paddleboards involves a casual paddle around the Pier and into the flats and marshes surrounding the North Shore area of St. Petersburg, starting at 5 p.m. Bring your own board for the free paddle, but boards are available for rental at an additional fee. Free. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 510-1921.
3Tampa Vacation Expo: You can meet Regina and Pat, the stars of the PBS travel show Grannies on Safari, at this event where AAA travel consultants and representatives from cruise and tour partners introduce various vacation destinations and provide onsite bookings. Free. It's 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 289-5800, ext. 6542.
4Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta: More than 1,000 sailors from across the country and Canada hit the waters of Tampa Bay for three days of competitive sailboat racing in the first leg of a series in which sailors compete for a trip to the British Virgin Islands to race in the championship regatta. Boats will be moored at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg Sailing Center. The best spectator viewing is available from the east end of the Pier and from Demons Landing in St. Petersburg. Spectators free. It starts at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Toll-free 1-866-436-2460.
5Black History Month events: The West Tampa Branch Library will be showing children and families how those seeking freedom used quilting in the Underground Railroad as a secret code for fugitive slaves. The Freedom Quilts demonstration is at 4 p.m. Friday in celebration of Black History Month. You can also contribute a quilt square for Hillsborough County's urban libraries' freedom quilt project. Free. West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St., Tampa. At the Tampa Convention Center, WFLA Ch. 8 news anchor Rod Carter will emcee the "25 Years of Excellence" celebration including speeches by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick, a community expo and performances by the Tampa Gospel Choir and Ardail "Sam" Allen. It's free and starts at 11 a.m. Friday. (813) 274-7032.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer