Plan your weekend
St. Patrick's Day Get ready to turn green or watch the river turn emerald at least. Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, but the whole weekend is filled with green beer, green beads, a green river and even a green Gasparilla-style parade through Ybor City. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. it's the River O'Green Fest dyeing the Hillsborough River with a bright green, biodegradeable dye. There will be Irish entertainment, beer and food trucks in Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Then Saturday night, the annual Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade rolls through Ybor City starting at 8 p.m. like a Gasparilla turned green. For a complete list of parties and events see TampaBay.com/things-to-do.
Kenny Chesney Mr. No Shirt No Shoes No Problems kicks off his tour in Tampa and he's picked Eric Church as his 2013 touring pal, making the year's biggest concert extravaganza interesting. The strange bedfellows kick things off Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa — tailgating starts at 10 a.m., the show at 4 p.m. Chesney's suburban good-time fans and Church's rural hard-core faithful should make things as intriguing in the stands as they are on the stage. Tickets are $25-$250; Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.
MOSI After Dark The food trucks are rolling back to MOSI for this food-truck rally Friday night as part of the date-night-worthy MOSI After Dark series, where you can jump on a zip line or climb the Sky Trail Ropes Course. Admission to the food-truck rally is free, and it's just $5 to check out the MOSI exhibits. The newly opened Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition, however, is regular price at $18.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors and $12.95 for ages 2-12. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa. mosi.org.
Treasure Island Spring Fling and Carnival This four-day fest dubbed "The Greatest Show on Surf" will have carnival rides, midway games, live entertainment and lots of food vendors today through Sunday. On Saturday at 2 p.m. the Michael Allman Band, with the look-alike son of rock icon Greg Allman, takes the stage, and at 8 p.m. country hitmakers Sawyer Brown (Step That Step, Some Girls Do) perform before the fireworks at 9:30. It's free admission, and you can get ride wristbands for $20 at Treasure Island beach, 10400 Gulf Blvd.
Chalk Walk This wash-away art festival Friday through Sunday in Hyde Park Village will have more than 50 chalk and plein air artists covering the sidewalks with original works and competing for $3,000 in cash prizes. The Tampa Bay Times and tbt* Chalk Tail Party on Friday night features a performance by 10th Concession. Ms. Lisa's Dance and Ted Wray will perform Saturday; Grey Beard will perform Sunday. Busch Gardens' animal ambassadors will be there Saturday. The festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa, 1621 W Snow Circle.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]