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Plan your weekend April 26-28

Garrison Channel will be full of colorful dragons this weekend.

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Garrison Channel will be full of colorful dragons this weekend.

Plan your weekend

Enter the dragons

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races Saturday is the 10th annual gathering of these swift rides, with paddlers from across the United States and Canada hitting Garrison Channel in the colorful boats. Each one holds 20 paddlers (trust us, it's not as easy as it looks) for the 450-meter races, with heats running every 12 minutes. The first round of racing starts at 8:30 a.m., and it's free for spectators. Just head in the direction of the Marriott Tampa Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 223-3700. In conjunction with the races is Asia Fest, with dance performances, traditional music, martial arts and food in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. (813) 864-4500.


98 Rockfest The rock station is on its 23rd year of bringing active rock's biggest names to join Seattle grunge institution Alice In Chains for Rockfest. Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome are on the bill. A free outdoor pre-show at 3 p.m. features In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware Of Darkness and Surrender The Fall. Tickets are as low as $24.50 (for four-pack deals). The show is Friday at 5:45 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.


SeaGrapes Fine Wine and Food Festival Wine and penguins? What could be better? The Florida Aquarium's SeaGrapes Fine Wine and Food Festival is at 8 p.m. Saturday, giving you the chance to sample some of more than 140 wines, plus food from more than 20 local restaurants. There will be a silent auction, live music and more — all under the sea. (Well, not quite, but close.) Tickets are $95-$105, $225 VIP and $85 for members through Friday. For info, see


St. Anthony's Triathlon Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the St. Anthony's Triathlon mobs the downtown waterfront. Festivities include a sports and fitness expo, clinics, live music, a Meek and Mighty Triathlon and the race itself, which draws world-class competitors. $45-$190. Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-7790. Events start at noon Friday, 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 6:50 a.m. Sunday. For details, see


To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection Time is running out to see a terrific art collection. Sunday is the last day for one of the best art shows of the season, 107 paintings that serve as a survey of American art from the 1850s through the 1960s by some of the most important names in the genre, among them Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. It's at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.


Chris Kattan Don't go shouting catchphrases at all at once — although as the creator of some hugely popular recurring characters on Saturday Night Live, including Mango, Mr. Peepers and one of the Roxbury dudes (what is love, anyway?), we know you'll be tempted. See him at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20-$22. (813) 864-4000.

Plan your weekend April 26-28 04/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:11pm]
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