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Things to do in Tampa Bay for March 2

Florida Brewers Guild Beer Fest: This event kicks off Tampa Bay Beer Week, running through March 10. Beer lovers can taste the best that local craft brewers have to offer, from brewers and distributors to taverns and home brewers. There's also live music. Remember to use #tbtbeer if you're tweeting! It starts at 2 p.m. in Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30, $75 VIP.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: This prestigious outdoor show is one of the biggies, with 230 artists blanketing Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, along with food trucks like Taco Bus and Wicked Wiches, and a children's activity area. The festival begins at 9 a.m. Free. (813) 876-1747.

Tweed Ride: Put on your finest tweed or fashionable vintage for an upscale bicycle ride around downtown St. Petersburg. Tea and scones will be served before the ride; after, gather at the Shuffleboard Club for a party with a cash bar, dancing to music by 6 Volt Rodeo and prizes. Be at the Shuffleboard Club at 3 p.m., 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Ride: free; after party: $10, $5 members. (727) 822-2083.

KIDS AND FAMILY

The Harlem Globetrotters: The Globetrotters have hosted greats like Wilt Chamberlain, had their own movie and even appeared on Scooby-Doo and Futurama. Now the exhibition basketball team will make the renovated Sun Dome their court. Game starts at 7 p.m. at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa. $24.50-$111.50. (813) 974-3004.

Florida Strawberry Festival: It's the first weekend for this annual fest with fun on the midway, sweet treats and live music. Today, Alan Jackson — the country music superstar behind hits like Chattahoochee — and Randy Houser (Anything Goes and Boots On) perform. Tickets: $15-$20 for Houser, $45 for Jackson. Festival admission required: $10, $5 ages 6-12 at the gate, children 5 and under free. It's at 10 a.m. at 303 N Lemon St. in Plant City. (813) 752-9194.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Blackboard Wars, 9 p.m., OWN The only thing worth watching on Saturday that isn't sports or reruns is this reality show about saving a New Orleans school. But if Oprah puts it on her channel, it must be good.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for March 2 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 11:16pm]

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