Thursday, August 16, 2018
Events

5 things to do under $5: Straz Live in the Park, Florida Orchestra Family Concerts

1Straz Live in the Park: For its National Opera Week celebration, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will bring stage performers to the lawn of Curtis Hixon Park, right, on Sunday for a free community day that includes arias by Opera Tampa singers, music from Wicked performed by artists in the show and a performance by Shalyah Fearing, finalist from The Voice. It starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

2Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: Take the kids to a Florida Orchestra chamber concert that's combined with story time aimed at preschoolers through second-graders. They will put on a musical version of The Three Little Pigs with special guest Charlie the pig, which the kids will be free to pet. Nearby is the Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can try out instruments. Orchestra musicians Saundra Buscemi on violin and Rebecca Bialosky on cello will teach young kids about the strings family. Pay what you can. Concerts are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg.

3 Folkfest St. Pete: This fundraiser for the Creative Clay arts education program has turned into an annual contemporary folk art and music street festival. The music lineup includes AJ Ghent Band, Ari and the Alibis, UNRB, Rebekah Pulley, Dropin Pickup, Dean Johanesen and a live WMNF broadcast. Lawn chairs and blankets permitted. It's $5 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

4Tampa Bay Home Show: Get out your honey-do list. The largest home show in Florida's west coast brings the area's top home improvement experts, along with more than 500 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.

5Streetcar Live: The rolling concert series aboard the TECO Line Streetcar System brings the acoustic, progressive, funk-fusion of Displace 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Trolly fare is $2.50 one-way ride, $5 all-day pass. Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16

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