Plan your weekend
Beyoncé: This is not a drill, people. Queen Bey is in Tampa Friday night, with DJ Khaled opening the show at 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets start at $45 via Ticketmaster. The stadium box office will open at 10 a.m., parking lots at 4:30 p.m., gates at 5:30. Stuff you can bring: Signs and banners that won't obstruct the views of those around you; decorative lights that use no more than 3 batteries. Stuff you can't bring: GoPro or video cameras, professional cameras and lenses, selfie sticks, lasers, umbrellas, strollers, drones, beach balls, backpacks or large bags. For a full list of rules and more details about the show, see r aymondjamesstadium.com.
RiverFest: For its second year, RiverFest will highlight the Tampa Riverwalk with loads of activities along the 1.8 mile path by the Hillsborough River. See the full lineup at tampariverfest.com, but highlights include Tampa's first Balloon Glow as the finale to Saturday's festivities with light hot air balloons surrounding Curtis Hixon Park. The third annual Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown is free to attend 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Curtis Hixon Park. Tasting tickets are $13 for five tastings and free water taxi rides; $30 VIP. Sunday brings the Riverwalk Brunch Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with gospel music in the park. And Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park will have dragon boat races Saturday and the Gasparilla Stand Up Paddleboard Invasion 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Take the kids to We Built This City, next to the Straz Center, where kids can build and tear down a giant cardboard city of thousands of boxes.
Beautiful —The Carole King Musical: The Broadway hit now running at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, tells the journey that took Carole King to New York in 1959 at age 16, hoping to become a songwriter. The show is bringing home Rosharra Harris, who was born in St. Petersburg and graduated from the arts magnet at Gibbs High. Look for her in the ensemble. Beautiful runs through May 1 in Morsani Hall at th Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $70-$155. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Tropical Heatwave: Will it still feel like Tropical Heatwave without the Cuban Club? We'll find out Saturday, as WMNF-88.5 moves its long-running festival from the historic complex to venues around Ybor City. It'll mean a slightly shorter walk between venues, from New World Brewery (1313 E Eighth Ave.) to the Italian Club (1731 E Seventh Ave.). On the outdoor main stage, at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street, you'll find New York indie pop quintet Ra Ra Riot, Americana singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet and Texas psych-freaks the Bright Light Social Hour, but in all, more than 40 artists will perform on 10 stages up, down and all around Seventh. The music begins at 5 p.m.; tickets are $35 online (will call is at Cigar City Cider and Mead, 1812 N 15th St.) or the Ritz box office, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Get a schedule at tropicalheatwave.org.
Star Wars Party: While Wednesday will bring cries of, "May the Fourth be you," the Red Star Rock Bar in Seminole Heights is getting into the Jedi mindset early with a family-friendly party at noon Sunday with a Star Wars-themed art show, pet costume contest, face painting, a pinata and food trucks. Costumes are encouraged, of course, at Red Star Rock Bar, 5210 N Florida Ave., Tampa.
Chris Kattan: Versatile comedian Chris Kattan was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1996 to 2003, one of the head-bobbing Butabi Brothers with Will Ferrell and he did wicked impersonations of Clay Aiken, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and gymnast Kerri Strug. Kattan performs today through Sunday at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $22. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Sea Grapes Wine and Food Festival: One of the Florida Aquarium's biggest fundraisers, the Sea Grapes Wine and Food Festival supports the aquarium's youth education and conservation programs with more than 120 types of wine available to sample and 20 local restaurants including Armani's, Brio and Roy's, in attendance. The party is 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $85-$105 at flaquarium.org. (813) 273-4000.
Sunscreen Film Festival: Opening today through Sunday at the Palladium, Sundial 19 and American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, this is the 11th year for Tampa Bay's longest-running mainstream showcase. This year's celebrity guests are actors Paul Sorvino, who'll accompany the road trip dramedy Detours (Saturday at Sundial, 6 p.m.), and Gary Busey, in town with the thriller CandiLand (Saturday at Sundial, 3:15 p.m.). Each actor will join Q&A sessions after the screenings. Tickets $8, with daily ($50) and weekend ($150) VIP passes available. For a complete schedule, see sunscreenfilmfestival.com.
Ikea giveaways: To celebrate the nationwide re-opening of Ikea restaurants (those in-store cafes where you find the Swedish meatballs), there will be giveaways and discounts Friday to Sunday at the Tampa store. On Friday, look for early bird giveaways starting at 5 p.m. The first 100 visitors to the restaurant receive mystery prizes including gift cards ranging from $5-$100. On Saturday, the first 30 people in line at the store get a goodie bag with Swedish Food Market organic products (a value of $45). There are also plenty of food deals, including a Swedish-American breakfast for $1.49, half-off any dessert from 2 to 4 p.m. and dinner for $4.99. And Sunday, start your shopping day with a buffet brunch for $9.99, until 2:30 p.m. The first 100 people in line when the store opens will receive prizes, too.
Tampa Bay Pet Expo: Take the dog out Saturday and Sunday to see the Tampa Bay Pet Expo. It will feature Fido-friendly exhibitors, retailers and rescue groups, demonstrations in obedience training, pet care and activism, plus giveaways, prizes and discounts on pet products. Those who come prepared can take part in talent and costume contests as well at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free, $6 parking. Toll-free 1-800-977-3609. tampapetexpo.com.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.