Plan your weekend
Florida State Fair It's the last days of the fair and $30 unlimited ride armbands are on sale all weekend. Boasting the largest independent midway and the largest traveling roller coaster in North America, the fair also offers animals and livestock, sword swallowing, fire eating, an FMX Motorcycle Thrill Zone and plenty of food, deep-fried and otherwise. Regular admission: $11-$13 adults, $6-7 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Whigfest For the first Whigfest last year, some patrons took the name to heart and, without prompting, actually dressed up in period costume from the 1700s. Expect more of that as Whigfest organizers double down in Year 2, expanding the festival to two days, Saturday and Sunday, and bringing in some 50 indie rock bands, including national headliners Surfer Blood and Pinback and a top-notch lineup of locals. The music and arts festival starts at 1 p.m. Saturday (with headliner Surfer Blood) and Sunday (with headliner Pinback) on five stages in and around Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Advance tickets are $20 per day, $35 for the weekend or $60-$75 for weekend VIP; day-of tickets are $25 per day, $45 for the weekend or $80 for weekend VIP. The festival will include a beer garden, St. Pete Indie Market and the vaudevillian variety show 20 Penny Circus. For a full schedule, see whigfest.com.
Bands, Brew & BBQ The kickoff to Busch Gardens' annual Bands, Brew & BBQ series has gotten off to a rocky start. Several artists canceled appearances due to sister park SeaWorld's negative portrayal in the controversial documentary Blackfish. For Week 2, the park has lined up legendary funk masters Earth, Wind and Fire (September, Shining Star, Let's Groove) for Saturday and '90s radio-rock throwbacks Sugar Ray (Fly) and Gin Blossoms (Hey Jealousy) for Sunday. Throw in a craft beer festival featuring more than 100 brews — including local brewers Florida Avenue, 3 Daughters, Big Storm and Tampa Bay Brewing Company — and this might be the weekend Bands, Brew & BBQ escapes all the controversy and gets back to, well, bands, brews and barbecue. Shows start at 5 p.m., included with park admission .
Sea-Blues Festival The two-day music festival offers different styles of blues, including that of Robert Cray, Ana Popovic, and Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds. As the name of the festival implies, there also is food — seafood, Cajun cuisine, Cuban — from some of the area's most popular restaurants. Saturday: Robert Cray (8:15 p.m.), Vintage Trouble (6:05), Peter Karp and Sue Foley (4:15), Marquise Knox (2:45), Steve Arvey and the Delta Swamp Rats (1:30). Sunday: Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds (7:40 p.m.), Ana Popovic (6), Eric Lindell (4:15), Samantha Fish (2:45), Lauren Mitchell Band (1:15). It's held at Coachman Park, at 301 Drew St. Gates open at 1 p.m. Admission is free; bring towels, blankets or chairs. VIP tickets are $25 to $130. Visit clearwaterseablues.com for details.
Tweed Ride Put on your finest tweed or fashionable vintage for the Tweed Ride, an upscale bicycle ride around downtown St. Petersburg. Tea and scones will be served before the ride; afterward, gather at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for a party with appetizers, jazz music, a photo booth and prizes for best dressed lady, most dapper chap, most marvelous mustache and tweediest bike. $15, $10 members. 4-9 p.m. Saturday. 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2083.
Florida Superstars Dancesport Championships The competition draws dancers from all over the world, this year including Louis van Amstel from Dancing With the Stars. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $25 day, $45-$110 evening. (863) 668-9668; www.flsuperstars.com.
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Roosevelt Rowing Regatta It's free for spectators to watch this annual outdoor festival named after President Theodore Roosevelt with an intercollegiate water race Saturday and dragon boat, kayak and paddleboard races on Sunday. 8 a.m., Marjorie Park on Davis Islands, 81 Columbia Drive, Tampa.
Arts Splash Six downtown St. Petersburg galleries will be having an open house and live demonstrations in a family-friendly setting with activities geared toward children. A free chocolate fountain will be flowing at Craftsman House Gallery Cafe and Pottery Studio, 2955 Central Ave. There will be art demos at Nuance Galleries; kids activities at Morean Arts Center Bank 719 Central Ave.; painting Valentine hearts at The Clay Center, 400 23rd St. S; teapot building at Charlie Parker Pottery, 724 Sixth Ave. S; more than 20 artists on display at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave. 12 p.m., Nuance Gallery St. Pete, 2924 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 209-2125.
Take the kids
Dinosaur Train-Live! A theatrical experience based on the hit PBS series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Co. Lush, projected backgrounds and vistas; magical special effects that fill the theater; a full-sized replica of the Dinosaur Train; unique puppets and costumes will make this adventure larger than life. 2 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $22.50-$42.50. (727) 893-7832; mahaffeytheater.com.