Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Events

Plan your weekend: Florida Orchestra plays Mozart, India Festival, Home Show

Plan your weekend

Classical

The Florida Orchestra: Mozart's Jupiter Symphony: Considered Mozart's greatest symphony, it was also his last at No. 41. With Michael Francis conducting, the program includes Stravinsky's Symphony in C and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto, featuring rising star violinist Benjamin Beilman. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 362-5424. floridaorchestra.org.

Festival

River Rock Music Festival: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk headlines this music festival in Tampa's Water Works Park with Roadkill Ghost Choir, Max Norton and Gritt. Plus, there will be an outdoor market area with local vendors. All proceeds benefit the Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County and Voices for Children of Tampa Bay. 4 p.m. Saturday at Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. $15-$25; $85-$100 -VIP. (813) 275-9300. riverrocktampa.com

Get outside

Straz Live in the Park: For its National Opera Week celebration, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will bring stage performers to the lawn of Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday for a free community day that includes arias by Opera Tampa singers, music from Wicked performed by artists in the show and a performance by Shalyah Fearing, finalist from The Voice. It starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, and it's free.

Food

St. Pete Wine & Food Festival: The festival continues through Sunday. One of the main events, Beer Night St. Pete, is Friday under two huge, elegant white tents in North Straub Park. Top local, regional and national brewers will present their best craft beers and ciders, paired with restaurant cuisine, in a celebration of Tampa Bay's emerging craft beer scene. It runs 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Must be 21 or older. $65, $85 VIP (includes early admission). Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. stpetewineandfoodfest.com.

Shopping

Sparkle and Shine Holiday Boutique: Get a jump on your shopping Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Florida CraftArt. Check out the selection of handmade crafts from more than 300 artists while enjoying holiday music. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org.

Take the kids

All Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience: Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald will be among the dads having a day of play with their kids at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. On-field games will be mixed with practical fatherhood tips sponsored by ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy's charity All Pro Dad. $25 per family at allprodad.com/events. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Concert

Simply Three: With enormous crossover appeal, the trio Simply Three stops over at the Straz Center on Saturday. Glen McDaniel (violin), Nick Villalobos (double bass) and Zack Clark (cello) have covered Top 40 hits in viral videos. More than 10 million have viewed their peppy cover of Swedish electronic musician Avicii's Wake Me Up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center's Ferguson Hall. $32.50-$42.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Block party

Folkfest St. Pete: This fundraiser for the Creative Clay arts education program has turned into an annual contemporary folk art and music street festival. The lineup includes AJ Ghent Band, Ari and the Alibis, UNRB, Rebekah Pulley, Dropin Pickup, Dean Johanesen and a live WMNF broadcast. Lawn chairs and blankets allowed. $5 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Nesting

Tampa Bay Home Show: The largest home show in Florida's west coast brings the area's top home improvement experts, along with more than 500 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.

Culture

India Festival: The 29th annual India Festival returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. It offers about 150 food, clothing and jewelry vendors packed into the state fairgrounds' expo hall, plus dance performances, a fashion show and ethnic folk dancing competitions from noon to 9 p.m. $9, $5 ages 10 and younger. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. indiafestivaltampabay.com.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

 
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