Outback Bowl: Today is Beach Day for the marching bands and cheerleaders for the Louisiana State University Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes to compete in friendly contests at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., before the game at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday. Tuesday brings a parade in Ybor City at 5:30 p.m.
First Flight: Wednesday will mark 100 years since Tony Jannus' first flight carrying a paying customer across the bay. The founder of Fantasy of Flight will re-enact it in his reproduction of the original Benoist airboat biplane. After a 9 a.m. celebration in St. Petersburg's yacht basin, the plane heads to Tampa's Peter O. Knight Airport.
New Year's Eve: We've got loads of parties to consider, including Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff at the Seminole Hard Rock ($85 advance, $95 day of). There will be fireworks on Clearwater Beach, downtown St. Petersburg, Tampa's Channel District and Apollo Beach to ring in the new year. For more New Year's events, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
B.B. King: The blues legend and his equally fabled guitar Lucille will put on a New Year's Eve show and an encore two days later at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre; 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. $65-$200.
Carl Labove: Side Splitters is bringing in the veteran comic, a friend of the late Sam Kinison, for New Year's Eve shows ($17-$75) and performances through Sunday ($14-$18.50) at sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Neil Sedaka: The singer, pianist and composer who made breaking up hard to do brings 56 years' worth of songs to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $39-$80.
Ballet: The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre will bring Sleeping Beauty, a three-act ballet of the classic fairy tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky, to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday at 3 p.m. ($39-$80).
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Circus: Elephants and other animals parade through downtown Tampa starting at 10 a.m. today when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to town. The circus opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $16-$70 at ringling.com.
Barkarilla the Pooch Parade: Check out the doggies trying to look daring as they parade at 2:30 p.m. Saturday down E Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. The $5 admission to the party at The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave. benefits local animal rescue organizations.
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