War Horse: The play follows the odyssey of Joey the horse, but the most remarkable part is the life-sized horse puppets. It opens Tuesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $44.50-$94.50. (813) 229-7827.
Khaotic Kon: Three days of games and dance parties for anime, video game and sci-fi fans. The year's guests feature voice talents from Fullmetal Alchemist. Runs Friday through Sunday at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. $25 a day; $40 weekend. (813) 223-2222.
Don't miss these: Have a mint julep Saturday for the Kentucky Derby, when you'll find festive crowds at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa and Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. That's also May the Fourth Be With You day for Star Wars geeks. And have a margarita Sunday for Cinco de Mayo, which Red Mesa Cantina in St. Petersburg stretches into a whole week of festivities, starting today. At the Lodge in Tampa, you'll be rewarded for wearing a sombrero Sunday for Cinco de Drinko.
Willie Nelson: If you see the living legend's show Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, wish him a happy belated birthday. He turns 80 on Tuesday, but he still brings the hits: On the Road Again, Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain. $48.50 and up. (727) 791-7400.
Funshine Music Festival: It's yet another music festival, this one featuring Train, the Smashing Pumpkins, Phillip Phillips, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, New Found Glory and Kix Brooks over three days at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. It has midway rides, too, all included in the ticket price. It runs Friday through Sunday; $25 per day, $65 for weekend; $15 children 6-12; under 5 free. (813) 621-7821.
John and Jen: The musical revolves around a brother and sister divided over the war in Vietnam. Opens Friday at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. $37-$44. (727) 498-5205.
Kids and Family
Florida Blueberry Festival: The trendy little fruit takes over downtown Brooksville on Saturday and Sunday with everything blueberry, 14 bands, a zip line, arts and crafts and car and motorcycle shows. $5, $2 ages 5-16; free for ages 4 and younger; parking $10-$12.
Dog Challenge: About 50 dogs from around the East will compete Saturday at Spa Beach in St. Petersburg for the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. The crowd favorite: dog diving, where dogs take a running leap off a dock into a pool. Local dogs can get into the act Friday (see barknetwork.com). Free.
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Check out our video of tips for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the park, at tampabay.com/things-to-do.