Chris Stapleton: The country artist took the music world by surprise with his 2015 debut Traveller, which swept the CMA Awards and earned him a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. He and his wife/muse/backup singer, Morgane, just announced they’re expecting twins in early 2018, and if you’ve ever seen Stapleton live, you know he’s focused on Morgane the whole time. And if she’s not on the road, he might not be either. So catch his fire while you can. Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb open at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
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Ribfest: Bring Wet-Naps and earplugs for St. Petersburg’s annual salute to barbecue, classic rock and country, which returns to Vinoy Park this weekend. Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers headlines Friday, Saturday brings Styx’s Dennis DeYoung and Sunday’s headliner is the Charlie Daniels Band. A selection of award-winning ribbers from across the East Coast and Midwest are slated to bring the heat. Gates open at 11 a.m. dailym with headliners performing at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per day at Circle K stores through today; $30 and up at the gate. ribfest.org.
Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: The free event for book lovers is back for its 25th year. Literary names visiting the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg on Saturday include crime fiction writer Michael Connelly, children’s author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie) and former Fox News broadcast journalist Gretchen Carlson. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the USF campus at 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. Find a schedule and author info tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading.
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Veterans Day Tribute: At the Bay Pines VA Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, there will be a parade of colors, a firing salute, Taps and guest speaker U.S. Navy Adm. (Ret.) John Kirby. 11 a.m. Saturday at 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Also on Saturday, Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park and Museum will recognize active and former U.S. military service members with remarks by Col. S. Troy Pananon, Vice Commander, drill performances, Taps and a rifle salute. 3602 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 11 a.m. Saturday.
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La La Land in Concert: What does a multiple-Oscar-winning hit musical do for a second act? Go on tour. With La La Land in Concert, the Mahaffey Theater will have a live symphony orchestra playing the score while the movie starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling plays on a big screen. Damien Chazelle’s valentine to movie musicals has developed a cult following, as evidenced in past tour stops by the sea of yellow dresses in the audience — similar to the one worn by Stone in the film’s posters. The show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $45-$125. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.
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Tampa Am: Considered the premier amateur event in skateboarding, the Skatepark of Tampa’s annual Tampa Am contest is the place some of the world’s best street skateboarders were first brought into the spotlight. The winner will automatically qualify for the 2018 SLS Nike Pro Open. The event brings a weekend of parties, bowl jams, concrete jams, tricks and plenty of PBR. Admission is $5-$10 daily or $30 weekend, opens at 9 a.m. today through Sunday’s final. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793. skateparkoftampa.com/tampaam.
Holiday Gift Market: The Junior League is kicking off the holiday season today-Sunday, and it could be the biggest one of them all. It returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo and Entertainment Hall, but this year they’ve added 55,000 square feet of shopping space to accommodate more than 180 vendors. They’ll have fun activities and special events as well. Tickets are $8, and can be purchased at the door and at jltampa.org, where you can also find more information. 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.
Take the kids
Kite Festival: The sky behind the Thunderbird Beach Resort on Treasure Island will be filled with kites Saturday and Sunday for the Veterans Day Fall Fly. The free, family-oriented event will feature general kite flying, kite games, stunt kite lessons and demos. It runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday on the sand behind 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 320-9463.
Tiny Home Show: The home craze made for Pinterest on Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College SouthShore campus in Ruskin aims to show what the Circle Pond Tiny Home Community under way near Sun City Center can deliver. You’ll also be able to tour a tiny firehouse featured on HGTV and Nawaka, the Victorian Tiny Home (tiny homes often have nicknames). There will also be some "skoolies," former school buses that are now homes. Vendors will be on hand to talk about furnishing living spaces of 100 to 400 square feet and there will be talks on sustainability, solar power and becoming debt-free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 551 24th St. NE, Ruskin. Admission is $5, free for veterans and students. (813) 892-2990. circlepondtinycommunity.com.
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