Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

Published February 21
Updated February 22


Monster Energy Supercross Championship: The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing returns to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and 20 laps around the track and obstacles set up in Raymond James Stadium as the stadium sound system cranks out AC/DC and Motley Crue. There’s also laser lights, pyrotechnic blasts and 100-foot flames shooting out of the Monster Energy finish line apparatus. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$161. On Friday, you can get autographs and take pictures with top supercross riders for Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. Free. Barney’s Motorcycle and Marine of Brandon, 9820 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. (813) 628-9418. 5-8 p.m. Friday.


Lace up

Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa’s best-known road races, attracting Olympians, elite runners and first-timers alike, some 30,000 in all. The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners on an out-and-back course from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions and water views of Bayshore Boulevard. The 5K and 15K are Saturday, and Sunday features an 8K and a half-marathon. Runners take their mark at the intersection of Twiggs and Tampa streets in downtown Tampa. 6:40-10:15 a.m. Saturday, 6-9:15 a.m. Sunday. $40-$115. (813) 254-7



Los Lobos: In just a couple of years, the Attic has claimed the crown of Ybor City’s top club for singer-songwriters. Los Lobos will break from playing theaters and festivals to drop into this tiny little club off Eighth Avenue. Their long-running fusion of traditional genres like rock, zydeco and Tex-Mex folk still draws passionate fans. They play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $75 and up. (813) 241-0110.

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Free fun

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: The (mostly) free showcase of gulf treats and eclectic rock and blues artists brings a lineup of bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd, spitfire singer-songwriter ZZ Ward and electric blues guitarists Ana Popovic and Toronzo Cannon. Shepherd and Ward play Saturday with the Greyhounds, Super Doppler, the Steepwater Band and George Worthmore. Sunday’s bill offers Popovic, Cannon, Samantha Fish, Rusty Wright Band and David Julia. Gates open at noon both days. General admission is free, but reserved seating is $25 and up per day or $40 and up for the weekend at

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Lizard lovers

Repticon: Everything at Repticon slithers or crawls. Vendors will have reptile pets for sale and everything related to reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (863) 268-4273.

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Block party

Blast Friday: This block party in downtown Clearwater brings a free show by the Romantics the power pop new wave band that brought us What I Like About You and Talking in Your Sleep. There’s also a family-friendly food and craft vendor festival and a beer garden. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday on the 400 Block of Cleveland Street.


Slam poet

Neil Hilborn: Former College National Poetry Slam champion Neil Hilborn, whose work on substantive topics including mental illness have inspired others, comes to Ybor City this week. His viral poem, OCD, has racked up more than 62 million views on YouTube and covers the costs of caring too much. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 248-9500.

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Take the kids

Gasparilla Kids’ Film Series: This free film fest for kids in partnership with the Gasparilla International Film Festival is designed to inspire children through screenings of kid themed films and animations. This portion of the series takes place on the lawn and features a screening of Sandlot. Free. On the lawn of the Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

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Leave the kids

Parents night out: Two normally kid-friendly museum are turning the tables for a grownup date night. A Night at the Brewseum at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum 7-10 p.m. Friday will have a craft beer infused night of adult games and entertainment. $45-$50. (727) 821-8992. And the Glazer Children’s Museum is hosting Grown Up Night 5:30-8 p.m. Friday with a Pop Art party including photos, snacks, cash bar and activities with parachutes, hula hoops and Slinkies. $20 advance, $25 at the door. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.



Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This weekend’s theme is Pirates and Pets for ye olde festival that runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. This weekend brings a pet festival, pet demonstrations, swab the deck, a "Perfect Pirate" competition, pet costume contest, wiener dog racing and a pirate peg leg relay race. Available for an additional charge is Pig ‘N’ Swig ($15), Pub Crawl ($35), Royal High Tea ($20) and Henry’s Happy Hour ($20). $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 983-0111. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sun

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