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Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade: Before the raucous pirates take over Tampa, Saturday's G-rated parade brings an alcohol-free day of family activities, including a bicycle rodeo at 11 a.m. on Bayshore Boulevard followed by a preschooler's stroll at 1:30 p.m. along Bayshore between Howard Avenue and Rome. Then the parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Bayshore at Bay to Bay Boulevard and proceeds north to Edison Avenue with more than 100 units with dance groups, marching bands, Krewes, an air invasion and a fireworks extravaganza about 7 p.m. It's free, but there's reserved seating for $35-$49. gasparillatreasures.com.
Our Town: One of the most produced plays in the United States, set in the mythical Grovers Corners at the turn of the century, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning play is ready-made for any theater that wants to serve up a wistful slice of small-town Americana. Freefall Theatre takes a shot at a different take, with its theater in the round. The show runs through Feb. 14 at Freefall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $21-$43. (727) 498-5205, freefalltheatre.com. Friday evening Q&A sessions with director, staff and cast after Friday's shows (This Friday and Jan. 29 as well as Feb. 5 and 12); also free enrichment lectures, 1 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, main auditorium.
Tampa Bay Veg Fest: Take a break from the meat beat and celebrate all things vegan and vegetarian at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest, a festival with local veggie-friendly vendors, vegan and vegetarian bites, healthy living talks, yoga workshops and other activities. VIP tickets include early admission, two drink tickets and a tote bag. $5, 12 and younger free (general). $25-$30 (VIP). Creative Loafing Event Space, 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. tampabayvegfest.org. (813) 739-4879.
ARTPool's I Love St. Pete Party: Fashion and music and art, oh my! ARTpool Gallery unfailingly has it all. Saturday, the boutique event space and cafe combo is celebrating 10 years of celebrating its city, and the art/music/fashion show is the gallery's premiere event of 2016. This all-ages bash will kick off a year of fun with a runway show featuring clothing from bay area boutiques and design houses. Expect vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options at the ARTpool cafe, not to mention 30 craft beers, wine, mimosas, sangria and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the runway show is set to go on at 10 p.m. General admission, standing-room-only tickets are $10, and VIP are $15. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.
Disney's The Lion King: Broadway's perpetual favorite is in town, running through Feb. 14 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, it features music by Elton John and lyrics by Oscar winner Tim Rice. Tickets are $35-$195. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Mozart and More: The Florida Orchestra Masterworks concert this weekend includes an unusual contemporary work that changes a little each time it is performed. Third Construction by John Cage allows the orchestra's four full-time percussionists to play a variety of instruments from paint cans to animal bones. The orchestra will also contrast the works of Mozart and Stravinsky. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.
Jaume Plensa: Jaume Plensa is one of the world's finest and most famous artists working in public spaces. His enormous figurative sculptures, clean and serene of line, belie complex conceptual ideas. An exhibition of his work opens at the Tampa Museum of Art on Sunday and will be one of 2016's must-see exhibitions. His work will be seen in the museum's galleries but sculptures installed outside and in the atrium, on view to everyone with admission or not, are a gift to the community from the museum, located at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. The museum is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with extended hours to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 adults, $7.50 seniors, Florida educators and active military and $5 students. Children younger than 6 free. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
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