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Plan your weekend, Thanksgiving edition: Turkey Trot, Black Friday alternative, Seaboard Seafood Fest

Plan your weekend

Get moving

Turkey Trots: Earn your Thanksgiving calories at Turkey Day races. The Goody Goody Turkey Gobble, a 5K out and back course across the Platt Street bridge and along Bayshore Boulevard, benefits Tampa YMCA. $32 on Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 784-2266. 7 a.m. Thursday. The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot features 1-mile Gobbler, Wingding 5K, 5K Fun Run and the 10K Turkey Trot. The turducken of all is the Clearwater Challenge, with runners doing three races. $14-$45 on t Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4700. 7 a.m. Thursday.

Get shopping

Shopapalooza: The sixth year for the Black Friday alternative event in Straub Park brings 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) at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday.


Microgroove's Fourth Anniversary The record store celebrates with live music by Rahim Samad and Old Vices, plus a 20 percent off storewide sale. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Commune and Co. coffee, Fries Above food truck, and more. Free starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Microgroove Records, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 667-7089.


Don't Stop St. Pete: Organizers are staging it on Small Business Saturday — the day we're all supposed to eschew the over-commercialization of Black Friday and support our local economy. You can do that at Don't Stop St. Pete — more than half of the 40 acts on the bill are from Pinellas County, including garage popsters Luxury Mane, frenetic psych-punks Sonic Graffiti, post-punk noisemakers Permanent Makeup and melodic alt-pop group Goodnight Neverland. Venues include three stages in and around Sly Bar, 2061 Central Ave., and one at the Loft, 2036 Central Ave. It kicks off at 3:15 p.m. Get a full schedule and tickets ($10 advance, $12 day-of) at Or, in keeping with the all-things-local spirit, get them at iClinic, 1241 First Ave. N.


All right, now it's Christmas: Once the turkey is put away, we'll stop whining that the tree went up in Ybor last week (before Thanksgiving!) Now it's St. Petersburg's turn and Mayor Rick Kriseman flips the switch to illuminate the city's Christmas tree in North Straub Park on Friday along with live entertainment, interactive games and food. Also on Friday, more than a million twinkling lights will transform Busch Gardens in Tampa from an African-themed amusement park into a holiday wonderland known as Christmas Town. The Christmas Town festivities are Fridays and Saturdays and then every day starting the week of Dec. 20, included with admission (and you can buy your 2016 Fun Card early) at Price: $97, $92 for ages 3-9. For more holiday events, see


Billy Gibbons: Best known as one half of ZZ Top, Gibbons is touring in support of his debut solo album Perfectamundo, which veers into hazy, funky Afro-Cuban territory, diving all-in on syncopated rhythms and collaborations with rappers. The show is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $42.50 and up. (727) 892-5767.


License-free Saltwater Fishing Day: This Saturday, you don't need a license to go saltwater fishing. The requirement is waived for all recreational anglers statewide, and it applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license, such as crabbing, lobstering or scalloping.

Take the kids

Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Yes, you can ice skate outdoors in Florida. The rink is open almost daily through Jan. 3 in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, and each $12, 90-minute session includes skate rental. (813) 966-5505.


Seaboard Seafood Festival: For some poultry-free fun, check out the annual outdoor waterside festival at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which showcases seafood dishes by local restaurants, including shrimp boil and stone crabs. Live entertainment, cash bars, games and a Florida vs. Florida State football game viewing area. Upgrade to the Captains' Club for reserved seating, open bar and a seafood buffet. $15 per day, $85 per day Captain's Club, 11 and younger free. The festival takes place Saturday noon to 8 p.m and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. at 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (813) 251-0500.


Bright Nights at Glazer Children's Museum: The Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park is opening a new after-hours playtime called Bright Nights where the museum's top exhibit areas are lit up and in tune with holiday classes set among a dazzling light show. Held Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 18, it is $10 for members or $15 for general admission at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

Theme park

Universal Anniversary Concert Series: Universal is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Central Florida. Included with admission are concerts by Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) at 8 p.m. Friday and Home rocker Daughtry at 8 p.m. Saturday. $102, $97 child. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 1-800-837-2273.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at or (727) 893-8595. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend, Thanksgiving edition: Turkey Trot, Black Friday alternative, Seaboard Seafood Fest 11/24/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 4:20pm]
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