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Plan your weekend April 22-24: Sugar Sand Festival, Blue Collar Comedy, Bloody Mary Festival

Plan your weekend

Take the kids

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: A walk-through display of nearly 1,000 tons of sand in music-themed sculptures, and adjacent free activities include sand sculpting classes at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; "speed sculpting" demonstrations at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; movies on the beach at dusk Friday and Saturday; fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and beach-front concerts Friday-Sunday evenings. There is free parking in downtown Clearwater and at the Harborview Center. Park and take the Jolley Trolley ($2.25 per trip; $5 all day) or the Clearwater ferry at 42 Drew St. to the beach marina ($2 each way). See schedules at clearwaterferry.com and clearwaterjolleytrolley.com. Admission: $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free. It's open at 10 a.m. daily through Sunday at Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach.

Author

David Sedaris: Fans can celebrate the paperback release of the humorist's Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls with the author at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Sedaris has released eight collections of essays and stories including the bestsellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. 7:30 p.m. Friday, $30-$55. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Brunch

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival: If you need a little more culinary comfort on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival celebrates all things brunch with unlimited samplings of the beloved cocktail. Area restaurants serve up their creative incarnations of the drink, along with fellow brunch staple the mimosa, and the edibles to go with those fine drinks. Admission ($40 advance, $50 day of) includes one full-size Bloody Mary, mimosa or beer. VIP tickets ($80 advance, $90 day of) get you unlimited full-size drinks and into the Brunch Bash under the VIP tent from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 870-2255. tampabloodymaryfest.com.

Home

Green Thumb Festival: The surest sign of spring is this annual festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, where you can get your tools sharpened, soil tested, browse a wide variety of plants, pick up free mulch and buy trees for $5. Don't miss the flower show and children's plant fair set up in the adjacent recreation center at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free.

Theme park

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival: The party is winding down as Busch Gardens heads into the last weekend of the park's two-month Food & Wine Festival with a free concert by Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona performing Saturday and pop singer Jordin Sparks on Sunday. The festival runs noon-9 p.m. this weekend, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50. Concerts are at 6 p.m., included with admission: $99, $79 for ages 3-9. BuschGardens.com.

Comedy

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: The longtime friends arrive at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The superstar Blue Collar Comedy charmers will each deliver their own shows of redneck jokes and Git-R-Done taglines before coming together on stage for what audiences love most: riffing off each other. $62.50. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Party

Downtown Tampa's Fourth Friday: Riverwalk just launched this party on the fourth Friday of each month, with museums and performing arts venues offering extended hours 4-10 p.m. with free, special or added value admission deals. You can even get a free Pirate Water Taxi ride to make your way down the Riverwalk. Maps and free wristbands can be obtained at venues including the Florida Aquarium, Glazer Children's Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art.

Beer

Bad A** Beerfest III: Beer, food and music come together 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Westchase outpost for the naughtily named celebration of some of the best local brews Tampa Bay has to offer. Sample craft beer from more than 50 brewers, and choose from an array of cuisines from the food court or food trucks. Features live music by Kings of Denmark, the Black Honkeys and all-brewer band the Fermenters. $35, $50 day of at Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. (813) 247-1422. tampabaybrewingcompany.com.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend April 22-24: Sugar Sand Festival, Blue Collar Comedy, Bloody Mary Festival 04/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:25pm]
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