Plan your weekend
Mix 100.7 Acoustic Christmas This special show brings stripped-down sets from the Goo Goo Dolls, the Fray, Michael Franti, Colbie Caillat and ZZ Ward on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $41.50-$141.50; (727) 893-7832.
Holiday parades By land, Ybor City (with snow, too!), Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, St. Pete Beach, Pinellas Park, New Port Richey and Brooksville all have parades, many with festivals, too. Then by sea, watch illuminated boat parades in St. Petersburg and Madeira Beach. All are free on Saturday. See tampabay.com/things-to-do for a complete list.
Nineties rockers and calendar girls The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is bringing out '90s singers Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth to perform at the unveiling party for the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Girls calendar, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Also expected to appear are Brandi Glanville and Jennifer Gimenez from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Tickets are $40. (813) 627-7757.
Jingle Bell Run Shake your jingle bells (and get bonus points for blinky Santa hats) at the Friday evening 5K run and 1-mile walk along the St. Petersburg waterfront with live music. It all raises money for the Boley Centers for disabled. It starts at Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg this year, since the Pier is closed. $20, $15 ages 11 and younger. (727) 821-4819.
50 Shades! The Musical This parody opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. The show is full of dance numbers, 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance. Like the book series, this is not for those under 18. Tickets start at $39. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Faith and football
MercyMe At Sunday's Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers game at Raymond James Stadium, Christian rock superstars MercyMe will perform the national anthem and then take the field for a free postgame concert. Game tickets start at $30, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The game starts at 1 p.m. (813) 350-6500.
Andrea Bocelli One of the world's most famous Italian tenors will be joined by Bulgarian tenor Svetla Vassileva and Trinidad-born American vocalist Heather Headley in this tour supporting Bocelli's latest album Passione. The show is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $75-$350. (813) 301-2500.
Tour de Clay The annual ceramics studio tour that stretches from north Pinellas County and into Hillsborough and Pasco counties has special appeal for those deep into clay art. Five studios will feature 23 ceramicists on Saturday and Sunday who will be on hand to talk about their craft. Saturday is kiln-opening day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday is demonstration day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when potters will be working in the studios. Some of the studios are participating in fundraisers for area not-for-profit organizations. The tour kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pottery Boys Clay Studio, 30 Bogie Lane, Palm Harbor. For a complete list of studios, see tampatourdeclay.com.