Plan your weekend
Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition: This annual competition and festival on Treasure Island brings master sand sculptors who work for hours using 150 tons of sand. Artists this year hail from Ireland, Singapore, Netherlands, Russia, Canada, Lithuania and the United States. It runs from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free.
Craig Robinson: Better known for his roles in The Office, Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine, you can see him do stand-up comedy and play the keyboard this weekend in Centro Ybor. $32. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
Et Cultura Festival of Creative Culture: Running now through Sunday, this series of immersive experience at various St. Petersburg venues will bring interactive sessions of music, films, art shows, markets, yoga and children's activities. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Ave., serves as a hub. Visit etcultura.com for a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets.
Take the kids
Brickworld: Lego enthusiasts will fill 45,000 square feet of space with their brick creations at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Admission is $12, $9 military/first responders, 3 and younger free. It opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the fairgrounds' Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.
iLuminate: As seen on America's Got Talent, the dance group utilizes a wearable, wireless lighting system to tell stories and wow audiences. $35-$45. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org. 8 p.m. Sunday.
Chillounge: Guests at the elegant outdoor party can dance under the ten-foot rotating disco ball, with music by Smooth D and The Hunks (6-11 p.m.). Enjoy laser technics, a fashion show; cuisine from Parkshore Grill and 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House is on sale. The evening ends with fireworks. Benefits Creative Clay and the Woodson Museum. VIP includes complimentary food and beverage in the VIP Lounge area. Must be 21 or older. $25 advance, $35 day of, $120 VIP. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (941) 448-0995. 6-11 p.m. Saturday.
Shopapalooza: The sixth year for the Black Friday alternative event brings two weekends before and after Thanksgiving to shop local with almost 150 vendors, artists, and local businesses with specials, food and children's entertainment. Straub Park, at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5586. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and also Nov. 26.
Winter Village: The new holiday setting for Curtis Hixon Riverfront Village opens Friday with the park all decked out in holiday decor, but also an ice rink, pop-up shops and a cafe. It runs through Dec. 25 at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. The Winter Village Shops are open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. It's free to attend, and $12 to ice skate for 90 minutes. wintervillagetampa.com.