Sugar Sand Festival: Nearly 1,000 tons of sand will be transformed into movie characters and scenes for a walk-through display under a huge tent. The 10-day festival also includes a sand sculpting contest and live entertainment. It starts Friday at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. $8, $5 seniors, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.
Rays Opening Day: The home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays is sold out today, but you can still party in the streets in front of Ferg's across from the Trop in St. Petersburg starting at 11 a.m. The free rally will feature DJ music, dancing and food.
Lily Tomlin: Phone operator Ernestine and precocious Edith Ann (from Laugh-In fame) are back, part of her show at Tampa Theatre on Thursday, which also includes standup and a Q&A. $45-$85. (813) 274-8982.
Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist was once music director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He's at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Thursday. $39-$59. (727) 822-3590.
Cajun Crawfish Festival: Mudbugs all around, along with craft ales and varieties from Rapp Brewing, Cajun-style music and dance lessons. Admission is $10 Friday and Sunday, $15 Saturday (extra for menu items) at Cajun Cafe On the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.
Florida Orchestra Benny Goodman Tribute: Clarinetist Dave Bennett and his sextet join the orchestra for a swinging night of classics such as Let's Dance, I Got Rhythm and Sing Sing Sing. Concerts are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
Best of Tampa Bay: On Saturday, sample food from 40 restaurants, micro brews and premium drinks along the Riverwalk in the fundraiser for the Straz Center in Tampa. $65 until Wednesday; $80 after. (813) 229-7827.
Kids and Family
Dunedin Highland Games: Lots of pipe bands, dancing, Scottish wares and food and drink, plus a sheepdog demo and a caber event (you know, like tossing a giant light pole), all Saturday at Highlander Park in Dunedin. $15 advance, $17 at the gate. (727) 465-6229.
Pawfest: Pamper your pooch with games, police dog demos, painting by Brody the border collie and vendors, all Saturday at Largo Central Park. Free.
More to explore
Peek inside the Trop before the Rays opener in our Play Tampa Bay video: tampabay.com/things-to-do.