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Things to do in Tampa Bay for May 18

Raise a Toast to the Pier: St. Pete's inverted pyramid landmark is set to be demolished May 31, so this day-long celebration pays tribute with live music, water ski shows, bagpipers and children's activities. The evening party begins at 6 p.m. with celebrity sunset toasts and the Ultimate Pier Cocktail competition. Festivities begin at noon at the Pier in St. Petersburg. Free; $10 VIP (includes a poster of the Pier, cocktail samples, cake and a commemorative glass). (727) 637-5586.

Pride and Passion: This official kick-off to St. Pete Pride includes food from Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar, free cocktails and beverages, live entertainment and access to the museum's galleries. Ticket includes valet parking and a one-year membership to the museum. Party starts at 8 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $85. (813) 421-8370.

Pet-a-palooza: It's a dog's life at this day filled with pets, food and more than 30 local animal rescue groups. Plus, who can resist Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel? It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free.

Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation: It's opening day for Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins, who are bringing a vacation adventure to life in Busch Gardens' new 20-minute show featuring a live band and character meet-and-greet. Included with park admission: $80, $72 ages 3-9. Park opens at 9 a.m. in Tampa. (813) 987-5600.

Craftology: The Science of Craft Beers and Cocktails: This adults-only after-hours party fills three floors of the museum with live music, craft drinks, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from bars and restaurants across Tampa Bay. Benefits the museum's Title 1 School Program. It begins at 8 p.m. at Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $50. (813) 443-3805.

TO WATCH

SEASON FINALE Saturday Night Live, 10:30 p.m., NBC Ben Affleck oversees Bill Hader's final show. Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen will probably be mugging for the camera, too. Also, somebody sings.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for May 18 05/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 4:39pm]

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