1 Gasparilla Criterium and Cycling Festival: Downtown Tampa will be buzzing Saturday night as speeding cyclists fly by in waves during the Gasparilla Criterium, their colorful jerseys and bikes creating a bright blur as they race a 1K course that starts and ends at Tampa and Madison streets. It will be a daylong festival in Lykes Gaslight Park, where a health expo will be set up, along with beer and food tents, starting at noon. There will be amateur and family rides from noon to 4:30 p.m., followed by a 3K run and a corporate charity relay before the featured race of professional riders at 7 p.m. It's free for spectators at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. See gasparillacrit.com for a schedule and registration.
2 Blast Friday — Firefall: The free monthly party brings Firefall (You Are the Woman, Just Remember I Love You) that has saturated the airwaves for 30 years with their harmony-laden rock. The family-friendly event features vendors, family activities, contests and the free concert in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
3 Fuzzy Vodka Tasting and Bottle Signing: Two-time PGA champion Fuzzy Zoeller and Ed Carpenter, owner/driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car, will be on hand to invite guests to sample their premium vodka and offer bottle signings of purchased Fuzzy's Vodka's Checkered bottles and limited edition Checkered Flag bottles. Free admission from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tosti's Spirits & Fine Wine, 5125 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 867-7772.
4 NOVA CON — When Birthdays Collide: The founders of Conceptbait and Nova 535, Frank Clemente and Michael S. Novilla, share the same birthday. To celebrate, they are throwing a joint party with appetizers, DJ music and a cash bar. There will be free valet parking plus several live performances throughout the evening at Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. The party starts at 7 p.m. Friday.
5 Free Ja Rule show: The only thing that would make this throwback concert hosted by WPOI 101.5-FM any better would be an appearance by one of the female counterparts that turned his songs into hits including Ashanti and J Lo, who sang on some of the rapper's most popular tunes including, Always On Time, Mesmerize and Ain't It Funny. Look for ticket drop locations to guarantee entry at hot1015tampabay.com/s/springbreak. It's free at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer