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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 17

St. Patrick's Day: You've been partying all weekend, but today's the day, so don't stop now! The Dubliner in Citrus Park and South Tampa, O'Keefe's in Clearwater, Flanagan's in Dunedin, O'Brien's in Tampa, Mac-Dinton's — just to name a few Irish bars — all have festivities today.

Date night

2 Chainz: The hip-hopper full of braggadocio and wicked one-liners hits Jannus Live in St. Petersburg tonight. $39.50-$42. (727) 565-0550.

Evita: All you need to know: Eva Perón, arms outstretched, singing Don't Cry for Me Argentina on the balcony. The musical opens at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Tuesday. $46.50-$92. (813) 229-7827.

Around the World in 80 Days: Five actors portray 33 characters in Mark Brown's adaptation of the Jules Verne novel about adventurer Phileas Fogg and his manservant. Opens Friday at American Stage in St. Petersburg, with pay-what-you-can preview Wednesday. $39-$49. (727) 823-7529.

Miley Cyrus: Had enough of the little twerker? But you haven't seen her go down a tongue slide coming out of a huge image of her face. That's the tamest thing she'll do on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday. $19.50-$89.50. (813) 301-2500.

Stefan Sanderling: He returns to conduct his final concert with the Florida Orchestra, featuring Markus Groh performing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 1, Sibelius' Symphony No. 4 and the world premiere of Euphemism No. 3 by Tampa Bay composer David Rogers. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-(800)-662-7286.

Kids and Family

MacDill Airfest: It's back after a one-year break because of budget cuts. Expect gigantic crowds for two days at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to see the Thunderbirds and all types of aircraft in the air and on the tarmac. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, but you'll want to get there way before that. Free.

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Who has the best Cuban? Restaurants, delis and food trucks will vie for the title in traditional and non-traditional categories in the fest that includes music and more than 100 food, art and cultural exhibitors. Kicks off at the Ybor City Saturday Market and moves to Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus on Sunday. Free, food and drink extra.

more to explore

Michelle and Sarah visit their fave Irish bars in this video:

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 17 03/16/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:41pm]
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