Plan your weekend
The Avett Brothers After their breakout album, Emotionalism, the North Carolina folk outfit caught the eye of super-producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers), who helped make the Avetts a household name. The boys still (folk) rock and their live set — complete with loud twang, loads of foot-stomping and no shortage of hootin' and hollerin' — will translate well in the cavernous Sun Dome. See them Saturday at 8 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35-$47.75. (813) 974-3004.
Gasp! March is typically filled with various Gasparilla festivals, be it pirates, movies or music. But the last gasp of the festival season will unearth artists on the edge, smashing them into one wild Tampa experience called Gasp!, the Gasparilla Fringe Festival presented by Creative Loafing and the Tampa Museum of Art. It combines everything from dancers to poetry to painting, meshing live performances with the museum's visual exhibition from Graphicstudio. Gasp! is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. VIP $50 in advance, $60 at the door. cltampa.com.
Around the World in 80 Days Come along, ol' chums, on an irresistible journey — an expedition designed to delight you, a peregrination through various human vanities and foibles, and a whizzing ride of whimsy — Around the World in 80 Days. American Stage's rollicking production of Mark Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's famous novel will tickle you the way Monty Python did in its heyday. It is full of dry humor and double-takes, rubbery faces and razor-sharp repartee. And there's an elephant on stage! The play runs through April 13 at American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Pete. $39-$49. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
Firestone Grand Prix After four weeks of crews putting up concrete barriers and chain-link fences to turn downtown St. Pete streets into an IndyCar track, Firestone Grand Prix weekend is finally here. The noise really gets roaring at about 8 a.m. Friday, leading to Sunday's big race that will be broadcast on four channels in 200 countries, the season opener for the IndyCar Series. Don't miss the "Hero Zone," a challenging, free interactive obstacle course designed by the military for kids to test their skills, which is included with race admission. And it will be impossible to miss the huge 105-foot Ferris wheel for a suggested donation of $5 benefitting Alzheimer's research. Grand Prix tickets are $30-$55 general, $70-$135 reserved at gpstpete.com.
World's Largest Food Truck Rally Last year Tampa stomped Miami's record for the world's largest food-truck rally. This year, we're going to break our own record. Some 200 food trucks will gather at the Florida State Fairgrounds from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Organizers anticipate more than 35,000 attendees, with added enticements of 14 bands, a kids' play zone and adult thrill rides and games. Admission is free; parking is $6 per vehicle. See facebook.com/GenerationFoodTruck.
Nick DiPaolo The veteran comic is a regular on Louis CK's show and a favorite of Howard Stern. See him at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $18. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.