Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Skateboarders at Tampa Pro, Cocktails on the Courts, Sunshine Skyway 10K, Nude Nite

Published February 28


If you arenít deep into the skateboard scene, you might not realize what a big deal the Skatepark of Tampa is, or that this weekendís Tampa Pro is considered one of the top skateboarding events of the year. Skaters like Nyjah Imani Huston, who won here in 2014, went on to become the highest-paid skateboarder in the world. Rapper Lil Wayne, a huge skateboarding fan, has been in attendance several times, so be on the lookout for Weezy. In addition to all the skating action, spectators can watch tricks, qualifying and semifinal rounds and thereís also a late-night party Saturday with an open bar and concrete jams to celebrate the competitionís 25th anniversary. Admission is $10-$15 at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Some days sell out, so check for tickets.

HISTORY: Cocktails on the Courts

Bowing to the cityís weird history, itís no surprise that the St. Petersburg Museum of Historyís big fundraiser, Cocktails on the Courts, would be held on the Mirror Lake shuffleboard courts, that retro spot taken over by hipsters in recent years. The party will be populated with live mermaids, the sounds of the Coo Coo Ca Choo band and the museumís famous two-headed calf, an oddity born in Safety Harbor in 1925 with two heads and six legs that was later stuffed and donated to the museum. Local artists will be painting scenes on the shuffleboard "biscuits," or discs, and they will be available at the silent auction. Tickets are $75 at or (727) 894-1052. 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N.


More than 7,000 runners will be racing north over the Sunshine Skyway, Floridaís tallest bridge, Sunday morning for the first Sunshine Skyway 10K. While the race is sold out, there will be free family-friendly activities at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, including music and a live feed of the race. Northbound traffic on the bridge will be shut down from 4 to 10 a.m., but southbound traffic will remain open.


The three-night, 21-and-older sensual art event known as Nude Nite returns to Tampa Thursday through Saturday and itís all about art. Really. Founder Kelly Stevens launched the first Nude Nite in 1996 in Orlando as kind of a joke after she noticed how her artist friends werenít selling work at galleries with nudity or couldnít even get them displayed. The event grew each year and arrived in Tampa for the first time in 2009 and regularly had sold-out nights. The popup event in a warehouse in Tampaís Channelside district brings more than 200 contemporary works that explore nudity and the human form in thoughtful ways, from transgender issues to rape and cancer. And there are some interactive, thought-provoking installations on this yearís theme, "Connections," such as encouraging couples to connect by joining the dots on a Kama Sutra puzzle. But it also throws in some features not usually found at art shows, including burlesque, aerial performances, body painting and a full bar. $25-$30. 6 p.m.-midnight Thursday through Saturday at 1400 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (321) 229-8110.