Plan your weekend
More than castles
Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival: Master sand sculptors have been working all week on works of art on Treasure Island's white sandy beach as they compete for $12,000 in cash prize and a "people's choice" pick at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival. It's free for spectators to check out the creations behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd. Sculpting stops at 2 p.m. Saturday and the awards are announced at 7 p.m. The night ends with a fireworks display. The completed sculptures remain on display until 6 p.m. Sunday.
Florida Orchestra salutes Sinatra: Saxophonist and vocalist Curtis Stigers teams up with the Florida Orchestra to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 100th birthday. Hits he'll be performing include Come Fly With Me, You Make Me Feel So Young, The Lady is a Tramp and Fly Me to the Moon. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
Tampa Bay International Auto Show: New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill the Convention Center for three days. You can test drive the latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Cadillac and more. New this year, children ages 6 and younger can get a feel of being behind the wheel on a 3- to 5-minute test drive. Price: $11, $5 seniors/military/ages 7-12, 6 and younger free.
Florida CraftArt: Now in its 18th year, this weekend show in St. Pete features more than 100 craft artists whose handiwork includes the purely whimsical and the whimsically utilitarian. On site will be artist demonstrations and make-and-take activities. Inside Florida CraftArt are more holiday shopping possibilities from its galleries, converted to a boutique for the season. The CraftArt Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.
Bourbon and Brew Festival: At Tampa's Water Works Park, this bourbon brew-ha-ha gets under way from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission ($40 and up) gets you unlimited samplings of more than 40 bourbon, whiskey and scotches. Entertainment includes Craig Campbell, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, and more. 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. bourbonandbrewfest.com.
Chillounge: The upscale outdoor Chillounge party returns to downtown St. Petersburg with chic daybeds set up in Straub Park and a Cirque du Soleil-style twist that includes aerialists, jugglers, a cube performance, the wheel of destiny, and fire. Bonus: from America's Got Talent, see Alexandra Nock's AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show with the artist floating under a giant orb. There will also be live music, a runway fashion show, and fireworks all set on the downtown waterfront at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE . 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $25, $120 VIP at chilloungenight.com/st-pete-2015.
TobyMac: The Christian pop superstar brings his blend of hip-hop and rock along with openers Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon and Hollyn to the University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, Friday at 7:30 p.m. Price: $25-$75
Take the kids
All-Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience: Fathers and their children can step onto the field at Raymond James Stadium for an afternoon of bonding through games and practical fatherhood tips to take home. $15 per family. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 222-8300. 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Heather McDonald: The comic and bestselling author who wrote for — and appeared often on — Chelsea Lately performs this weekend at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. She also has collaborated with the Wayans Brothers and starred in her own Showtime special. See her at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Shopapalooza: The sixth year for the Black Friday alternative Shopapalooza event, hosted by Local Shops 1, brings double the fun with two days of shopping local. Almost 150 vendors, artists and local businesses with specials, food, children's entertainment, a gift wrapping area, beer tent, raffles and special surprises. Free (items individually priced). This is Part 1 (Part 2 takes place Nov. 28 ). 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5586. localshops1.com.
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