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Gasparilla Music Festival

Six thousand fans came to GMF in 2012; that figure swelled to 9,700 in 2013. This year, the festival will expand to two days, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in more than 40 artists, including its biggest headliner yet, the Flaming Lips. The vibe is great, there's food from nearly 20 of Tampa's best-known eateries, and children are welcome throughout the day, particularly at a kids' fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, there will be a Yoga Rhythm Lounge, a yoga and dance session in Kiley Garden. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Advance tickets are $40 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday or $60 for the weekend. More info and a full schedule is at gasparillamusicfestival.com.

More suds

Tampa Bay Beer Week The beer is flowing more than usual in the bay area. Tampa Bay Beer Week wraps up on Sunday and the Renaissance Festival's theme this weekend is Buccaneer Beer Fest. Oh, but don't even think about going to the superhot Hunahpu's Day Imperial Stout release party Saturday at Cigar City. It's sold out. But you can go to the Bacon and Beer Bash hosted by Bell's Brewery that gathers food trucks to compete for best bacon inclusive dish and dessert paired with a Bells' beer variety starting at 6 p.m Friday at World of Beer Downtown St. Petersburg, 100 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Or board the Brew Bus for round trip transportation to Peg's Cantina in Gulfport for the Barrel Aged Beer Day celebration. Includes Brew Bus Brewing craft beer on the bus and a "growler" of Cycle Brewings Barrel Aged Beer. $45. Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Go the tampabaybeerweek.com for full lineup.

Get wild

Wild Splash Prepare to sweat this year at Wild Splash because Saturday's festival may be the closest to a non-stop dance party it has been in years. Radio station sponsor WiLD 94.1 still has tickets available through contests, but it's otherwise sold out. Sage the Gemini (Gas Pedal, Red Nose), Rich Homie Quan (Some Type of Way) and Far East Movement (The Illest) and headliners Wiz Khalifa and B.oB. Clearwater's Coachman Park will be rocking from 2:30 p.m. when Ty Dolla $ign takes the stage until Pittsburgh's-own Wiz Khalifa comes out to close at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit, wild941.cbslocal.com/ws2014.

Berry blast

Florida Strawberry Festival It's the final weekend for huge vats of berries, shortcake and whipped cream lots of live entertainment. Every concert has an allotment of free seats available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show. Friday brings Boyz II Men (7:30, $20-$25), Saturday is Jerrod Niemann (7:30, $20-$25) and Sunday The Band Perry (7:30 p.m., $40). Festival admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12; under 6 free at 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. (813) 752-9194.

Theme Park

Bands, Brew & BBQ With Daddy Yankee on Saturday and Steve Miller Band on Sunday, Busch Gardens has managed to evade the curse of the negative press brought by the documentary Blackfish that prompted music acts to cancel appearances at SeaWorld and its sister park Busch Gardens. The concerts are free with park admission and it's the series' last weekend, so get your licks in while you can. 5 p.m. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Free with park admission. (813) 987-5600.

Yikes

Great Bull Run The quick and brave — and somewhat crazy — who can't afford a trip to Spain for the running of the bulls can risk life and limb in Dade City instead. The inaugural Great Bull Run is Saturday at Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. If leaping out of the way of stampeding bulls isn't your idea of a good time, trade lesser danger for messier fun with a giant tomato food fight! The Tomato Royale uses about 30,000 pounds of tomatoes, modeled after a Spanish festival called La Tomatina. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the bull runs start at 11, with Tomato Royale at 3 p.m. The day also features music, food, beer. The cost to participate in a bull run is $65 and includes the Tomato Royale. The cost to participate solely in the Tomato Royale is $40. Spectators can watch the bull runs and the tomato fight for $10. Parking is $10. For information, visit thegreatbullrun.com.

Art

Nude nite: Now it its fifth year in Tampa, this three-night, 21-and-older sensual art event has moved to a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, with more parking. It's billed as a tasteful celebration of the nude form, with burlesque performances, live art by body painters, nudes wearing edible art, aerialists, pole dancers, explicit photography, live music and a cast of adult-themed strolling characters. It's 6 p.m. to midnight today through Saturday at the VF Warehouse, 1601 N 39th St., Tampa. $20-$25. (321) 229-8110.

Take the kids

Harlem Globetrotters They flip, they dribble, they slam dunk and they'll make you laugh. The stunt team brings us this year's star squad including Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, said to be the world's tallest pro basketball player at 7 feet, 8 inches; Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, said to be the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-feet-2; and Fatima "TNT" Maddox of Temple University, the team's first female player since 1993. $19-$106. University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004. 7 p.m. Friday.

Suit up

Adventure Island Grand Opening Tampa's water park brings back the "Tropical Wildlife" when it reopens the water slides and wave pool for another season. This year the park is again offering its Fun Card for Florida residents — pay for a day and come back all season. $46, $42 ages 3-9, 2 and younger no fee. Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 987-5600. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

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