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Plan your weekend April 4-6


Tampa Bay Rays It's our first weekend of baseball season and we have new hope, a new stadium feature, new sandwiches and, best of all, new free stuff! On Saturday, fans get a free Wil Myers Rookie of the Year Bobblehead. Nod your heads for that one, folks. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. Then Sunday is Family Fun Day, which features free parking for cars with four or more passengers. Stick around after the game, which starts at 1:40 p.m., for the DJ Kitty Dance Party with activities that include Kids Run the Bases. The concourse offers free activities for kids ages 14 and younger, including the Grand Slam Alley and Topps Make Your Own Baseball Card. A lineup of extra entertainers includes face painters, glitter tattoo artists, magicians, mimes, stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon artists. All kids get a free Desmond Jennings Baseball Buddy on Sunday. Ticket prices vary by game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Take the kids

Sugar Sand Festival The 10-day event will have sculptors working with 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach sand inside a 15,000-square-foot tent on the shore just south of Pier 60. It runs Friday through April 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are some free events, but the Sugar Sand Walk Exhibit is $8 for adults; $4 for students 6 to 17; and $5 for seniors 55 and older, military, police and firefighters. Age 5 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For a complete schedule, visit or call (727) 449-1036.


Cajun Crawfish Festival It's mudbug madness when Pinellas Park celebrates Cajun-style with zydeco music and dancing, plus free dance lessons and plenty of crawfish at Pinellas Park's Cajun Crawfish Festival. Greg Rapp, owner of Rapp Brewing, will serve six special Rapp beer varieties at 3 p.m. Saturday only. $10 Friday or Sunday; $15 Saturday (food/drink additional). 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Cajun Cafe On the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. (727) 546-6732.


Dunedin Highland Games The not-so-wee celebration is in its 48th year in Scot-loving Dunedin, complete with bagpiping and the popular caber toss where they heave giant light poles. There's also drumming and dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, a tug-o-war, Scottish wares, food, drink and games. Celtic bands include My Three Kilts, Lucid Druid and Arvel Bird, a violinist and Native American flutist. It runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. $15 advance, $17 at the gate.


Mobb Deep

This Friday show comes on the same week of a double LP release, where Prodigy and Havoc present a new album alongside demos from their breakout 1995 sophomore LP, The Infamous. A pair of new tracks, Taking You Off Here and All A Dream, find Mobb Deep scowling while chronicling NYC street life on top of the familiar, renegade production that made them legitimate hip-hop royalty. Crowbar can't hold even half the bodies that Jannus' courtyard can handle, so expect a possible sellout, and bank on a room packed with hip-hop heads paying tribute to some of the genre's living legends. With The Villanz, Queen of Ex on Friday at 9 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $18-$23. (813) 241-8600.


$1 admission to Chihuly Collection: For the grand opening of the new Chihuly Collection gift shop, 400 Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg, admission to the famous glass-art collection is just $1 on Saturday, instead of the usual $14.95. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Expensive toys

Festivals of Speed Motorsports Collection and Luxury Lifestyle Display The 11th annual gathering of some of the world's finest automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft will be in Vinoy Park. On-site cafes offer fine culinary treats, smooth jazz, wine tasting, cigars, luxury lifestyle displays and high-end fashion shows. Upgrade to VIP for premium open bar, lunch buffet and a VIP lounge. Entry is $12, $100 VIP. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (353) 385-9450. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Plan your weekend April 4-6 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:24pm]
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