Plan your weekend
Snoop Dogg, T.I. show postponed
When the Halftime Music Festival announced its inaugural edition in Tampa earlier this spring, we noted that the rate of success for first-year festivals in this town is not high. Sure enough, days before the festival, Halftime organizers said that the fest, scheduled for Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, has been postponed. Festival producer Reese Caezar said the problem was a "double booking by the agent of Snoop. It literally was Snoopís office that messed this up." The 8,000-plus fans who purchased tickets to Saturdayís festival can use those tickets in June, or seek a refund through the festivalís organizers, NoNaNi Entertainment.
RiverFest: Now in its fourth year, the two-day RiverFest brings tons of activities along Tampaís Riverwalk, many of them free. New this year is Fridayís Taste of the Riverwalk (wristbands are $25 advance, $30 at the gate) 4-9 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. includes live music, wiener dog races, a standup paddle board invasion and a Taco Fest. The event culminates with a hot air balloon glow Saturday evening in Curtis Hixon Park. thetampariverfest.com.
Free beer at Busch Gardens: After almost a decade of drought, Busch Gardens is once again offer freeing beer samples to visitors, at least for the summer. For 50 years, one of the coolest things about a visit to Busch Gardens was its hearty sample of former owner Anheuser-Buschís products. And these arenít those puny two-finger samples you get at most beer tastings. This is a full 7-ounce cup of beer. And you can have two of them now through Aug. 5 at the Garden Gate Cafe, which was formerly known as the Hospitality House.
Cinco de Mayo: Every bar in town will have a taco or margarita special on Saturday, but the most authentic celebration is the Cinco de Mayo Street Festival and Dance Party in downtown Dunedin, presented by Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican and Vegetarian. Itís a street festival with salsa dancing and lessons, a giant puppet parade of 20-foot tall puppets, drum line and a dance party with live music. 4-11 p.m. Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian, 365 Main St., Dunedin. Free.
Kentucky Derby: Don your oversized hats and place your bets at a real race track. Thereís a party at the horse track at Tampa Bay Downs with a simulcast from Churchill Downs on Saturday ($10-$25). Thereís also one at the greyhound track at Derby Lane thatís free admission. The party takes place 4-8 p.m. Saturday. 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg.
Free Comic Book Day: Saturday is the biggest day of the year for comic book fans. Shops in the Tampa Bay area will not only be handing out the special titles from the 50 published just for this day, but also have cosplayers, raffles, sales and artists making appearances. Check out Emerald City Comics, 4902 113th Ave. N, Clearwater; Uncanny Heroes, 12904 N 56th St., Temple Terrace; and more. Go to freecomicbookday.com to find the shop nearest you.
Star Wars Day: It started as a joke among Star Wars fans who would greet each other with the calendar pun, "May the Fourth be with you." But now Star Wars Day has morphed into a full-fledged holiday that falls on a Friday this year. And some Jedi masters are throwing Revenge of the Fifth parties on Saturday. Some of the galactic choices: Get photos taken with characters from the 501st Legion at the Threshers game Saturday night at 6:15 p.m., and there are post-game fireworks. 601 N Old Coachman Road. $6-$10. The Castle will have a costume contest, a Chewbacca howl-off, blue milk and BB-8 shots starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 2004 N 16th St., Tampa. $13. And The Bricks in Ybor is having back-to-back parties Friday and Saturday with a Star Wars-themed art show at 9 p.m. Friday and a family and pet-friendly party at 2 p.m. Saturday. 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. No cover.
Tampa International Fringe Festival: The alternative theater festival running for 10 days at various Ybor City sites is back, bigger and more experimental than ever before. The second year of the nonjuried, anything-goes event had more than 100 performers or groups apply, and more than 30 were chosen in a lottery system. Thatís part of the fringe ethos, which caters to performers who like to color outside the lines. Tickets range from free to $13 each. For show times, go to tampafringe.org.
Tellurideís Mountainfilm Festival on Tour: A roving iteration of the famous short-film showcase in Telluride, Colo., the Mountainfilm Festival on Tour makes a stop at the Don CeSar Hotel this weekend. The tour is laid out in three themed, two-hour documentary film blocks, featuring Ice Call by Sam Favret, showing a surreal landscape inside glaciers, to the hilarious Owl Dance-Off Part II. It kicks off with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday has shows at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $65 for a two-day pass, $50 for students. (727) 360-1881. eventbrite.com.
Take the kids
The Little Mermaid Singalong Version: As if we werenít going to be singing along anyway when that reggae crab Sebastian urges the prince to Kiss de Girl. The 1989 hit won two Oscars for best song (Under the Sea) and best score. With Sundayís special sing-along version, you can come dressed as your favorite character, follow the words on the screen and sing as loud as you like because youíll be part of her world. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 12 and under. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.
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