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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 25

Florida Strawberry Festival: Everything strawberry, midway rides, animal shows and skads of top-notch concerts come to humble Plant City starting Thursday. This week's music includes Chubby Checker and Foreigner on Thursday, Casting Crowns on Friday, Justin Moore on Saturday and Alan Jackson on Sunday. Concerts require extra ticket. Festival admission is $8, $4 ages 6-12 advance at the ticket office by Wednesday or at Sweetbay throughout the fest. $10, $5 ages 6-12 at the gate. Kids 5 and under free. Visit

Beer Week: The bay area is a hot spot for craft beer, so no wonder the second year of this festival has exploded to well more than 100 events. Some are one-of-a-kind pours, while others pair food with beer. Join in by taking an Instagram photo of your beer, tagging it #tbtbeer and going to to see them all plus highlights of scheduled events.


A Chorus Line: This long-running musical about 17 auditioning Broadway dancers has tunes that you can hum to from the late Marvin Hamlisch, including One. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater has three shows Tuesday and Wednesday. $50-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Pink: The colorful rocker will sing and swing in some high-flying feats of acrobatic derring-do Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $36.75-$96.75. (813) 301-2500.

Hilary Hahn: This quirky violin virtuoso can blog, tweet and videotape with the same brilliance she uses to play Brahms. See the Grammy winner Wednesday at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $45. (813) 229-7827.

Bon Jovi: The Jersey rockers bring their "Because We Can" tour with hits like Livin' on a Prayer and Wanted Dead or Alive to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Friday. $16.75-$136.75. (813) 301-2500.

Opera Tampa: Katherine Jenkins: The sultry British mezzo-soprano and former Dancing with the Stars finalist will do opera, Broadway and pop tunes, along with tenor Nathan Pacheco. A few tickets, which start at $100, remain for Friday's show at the Straz Center. (813) 229-7827.

Kids and family

DinoQuest 2: An exhibit of more than 20 life-size dinosaurs that move, blink and roar returns to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa starting Friday. Most, including the gargantuan Giganotosaurus, are new since the 2011 visit. It's $4 plus regular zoo admission. (813) 935-8552.

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. It's free Saturday and Sunday. No pets.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 25 02/22/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 25, 2013 12:17am]
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