Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Top things to do this weekend: Sugar Sand Festival, kids triathlon, Randy Rainbow, Katt Williams

SCULPTORS:

Sugar Sand Festival

Master sculptors will once again show off their skills at the Sugar Sand Festival, running Friday through April 22 on the powdery white sand of Clearwater Beach. This year’s theme is "Sea America: A Celebration of America’s Treasures," with sculptures lined up in an exhibit in a 21,000-square-foot tent. There will also be sand-sculpting classes, a giant sandbox for kids to play in, free concerts, buskers and fireworks on Saturday at 9 p.m. You can skip Clearwater’s notorious parking problems by riding the Jolley Trolley, which will be free through April 29 with free parking at Clearwater City Hall or the Harborview Center. Festival admission is $10, $8 ages 55 and older, $6 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free at Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. sugarsandfestival.com.

IRON KIDS:
Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon

Kids ages 6 to 14 will run, bike and swim in and around Adventure Island in the sixth annual Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon on Saturday. They will race through a grassy field next to the water park, bike through a loop set up in the Busch Gardens parking lot and swim a stretch of the Rambling Bayou (lazy river) — with the current. The first 400 registered participants get a free "Stay and Play" ticket for the water park that day. 7:15 a.m. Saturday. Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. $55. tampabaykidstriathlon.com.

INTERNET STAR: Randy Rainbow

Famous for his viral videos inserting himself into interviews with celebrities, satirist Randy Rainbow will bring a live show to Ferguson Hall at Tampa’s Straz Center on Friday. He has moved on from making fun of Mel Gibson to President Trump with parodies of show tunes like How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea? and the Roy Moore-inspired She Was 16 Going on 17. He will be singing some favorites, and there will be Q&A time with the audience, at 8 p.m. Friday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.75. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

COMEDY:
Katt Williams

In the season premiere of Atlanta, comedian Katt Williams is almost unrecognizable as Uncle Willy, an eccentric hothead who comes off as a touching version of Williams himself. But as a comic, Williams has long been arena-sized. Saturday’s show at the USF Sun Dome is his fourth booking there since 2014. Often clad in silk shirts and snakeskin boots, Williams tackles drugs, sexuality and race relations, among other polarizing topics, with his atmospheric brand of comedy. 8 p.m. Saturday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $49-$99. sundomearena.com.

   
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