Plan your weekend
Aficionado Days Get a taste of Ybor history at The Columbia, New World Brewery and the Bricks — just some of the 18 stops on the Tapas Trail, which offers the chance to sample classic Ybor cuisine as part of the seventh annual Aficionado Days, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. An after-party smoker at the Italian Club, 1731 E Seventh Ave. in Tampa, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. will feature rum, beer and wine samples, cigars, desserts and door prizes. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door, and include the after-party smoker. Aficionado Days continues Sunday with a Spanish brunch at the Columbia Restaurant and the Tapas Cooking Challenge. See ybor.org for details. (813) 241-8838.
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour After playing more than 25 shows on a 40-city tour that began in January, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour stops at the Straz in Tampa on Saturday. Six top-shelf musicians — acclaimed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bass virtuoso Christian McBride, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green and drummer Lewis Nash — aim to capture the feel of the California festival, one of the biggest and best gatherings of its kind. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $36.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Bullstock USF's free spring concert lands on Friday with All-American Rejects, Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Variance and South Of Holly. Most of today's undergrads were barely hitting puberty when All-American Rejects broke through with their hit 2003 single Swing, Swing, so it's pretty impressive to find the Oklahoma outfit headlining. The Rejects can credit a pair of über-catchy singles (Dirty Little Secret, Gives You Hell) with helping them retain and grow a rabid fan base over the past decade. It starts Friday at 4 p.m. at The Meadows at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 974-1001.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival Now in its 18th year, this festival — once named "Best U.S. Blues Festival" by the Blues Foundation — welcomes back a handful of its most storied performers to Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Friday brings Florida-born Allman Brothers alumni Dickey Betts with his longtime backing band to deliver Southern-fried country blues. Saturday the headliner is Jonny Lang, and Sunday the festival celebrates New Orleans with a bang-up lineup that features Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tab Benoit and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The rest of the lineup includes Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys. Starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 and up per day advance, $40 at the gate; weekend passes available. Cash only at the gate. (727) 895-6153. tampabaybluesfest.com. There are after-concerts on Friday and Saturday, a short walk and relatively small fee (five blocks and $20) get you into additional intimate, late-night performances at the nearby Palladium Theater.
Take the kids
Discover the Dinosaurs The Florida State Fairgrounds' Expo Hall will be stampeded by more than 60 moving animatronic dinosaurs for families to get a close look, touch and even ride on. "Exhibit only" tickets include the dinosaur exhibit, dino dig, theater, coloring area and a scavenger hunt. Upgrade your child to "exhibit plus" for rides on a T-Rex or Triceratops, mini golf and inflatables. Face-painting and gem and fossil mining available for an additional charge. $17, $15 seniors, $12 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free (exhibit only); $20 ages 2-12 (exhibit plus). Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (651) 766-2800. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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