Gasparilla Music Festival: The two-day fest is packed with 40 acts on four stages in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Saturday's headliner is the Flaming Lips (will there be a giant hamster ball?) and Sunday features Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Food from top restaurants, too. $60-$150. (813) 708-8423.
Tampa Bay Beer Week: It's so huge we lost count of the events. Learn the basics of beer tasting at Beer 101 and Dinner Pairing at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa on Tuesday ($85) or check out the OMG Bottle Release at Rapp Brewing Co. in Pinellas Park on Thursday. But you'll have to cry in your beer if you don't have tickets to the Hunahpu's Day festival Saturday, because it's sold out. tampabaybeerweek.com.
Fat Tuesday: Who needs New Orleans when you have Dunedin's Mardi Gras! The big street party Tuesday has a colorful parade, beads, music and plenty of beer and food for sale, all along Main Street. Free admission.
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Florida Strawberry Festival: Have another helping of strawberry shortcake (biscuit or cake?) as the Plant City fest continues through Sunday. Music includes Josh Turner (today), Kellie Pickler (Tuesday), Boyz II Men (Friday) and the Band Perry (Sunday). See flstrawberryfestival.com for concert prices, schedule. Fest admission: $10 adults, children 6-12 $5; under 6 free.
Harlem Globetrotters: The renowned court jesters come to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Friday. $19-$106. (813) 974-3004.
Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: Come to the three-day event at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park for entertainment, vendors and food, but don't miss the Swamp Monster contest Saturday. $8, $4 for ages 6-12, free for age 5 and younger.
Nude Nite: Tampa's annual three-day art expo celebrating the human body kicks off Thursday with a party at the VF Warehouse, 1601 N 39th St., Tampa. Look for body painting, nude sushi and skin-tastic art. $20-$25. nudenite.com.
Crimes of the Heart: Jobsite Theater presents the Southern Gothic comedy about three sisters who reunite in Mississippi after stints in jail, Hollywood and perpetual singlehood. It opens Friday ($28), with previews Wednesday and Thursday ($14) at the Straz Center in Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Dana Carvey: The comedian who got his start doing characters like the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live does stand-up at the Tampa Theatre on Friday. $49-$69. (813) 274-8982.
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Michelle and Sarah toast Beer Week in the Play Tampa Bay video: tampabay.com/things-to-do.