Veterans Day: It's today, starting with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, a parade at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa and lots of deals for veterans to get in free, including at Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium and the Dali museum. Plus, Cadence: Home, a play that follows four veterans who recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan, is 7:30 tonight at the Straz Center in Tampa ($25, free for veterans and active military; (813) 229-7827). See more events at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Enjoy Arts & Tastes St. Pete: The three-day festival touts more than a dozen celebrity chefs — including Curtis Stone, Donatella Arpaia and Masaharu Morimoto — elaborate tastings, cooking demos, dinners and late-night parties at various venues Friday through Sunday. Tickets run $50 to $200 at enjoyarts andtastes.com.
Elf The Musical: Give in to the spirit of Christmas with this musical based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie. It tells the story of Buddy, a human raised as one of Santa's elves, who goes to New York to find his real family and, of course, the true meaning of Christmas. Shows are Tuesday and Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.
Florida Orchestra Let's Dance: The pops program features a night of award-winning hoofers, with St. Petersburg's own American Idol star Michael Lynche belting out R&B oldies such as Ray Charles' I Got a Woman and Sam Cooke's Twistin' the Night Away. Shows are Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at 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.
Kids and Family
Zootastic Family Fest: Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo partners with Great Explorations Children's Museum and Sunken Gardens to bring the adventures of the zoo to St. Petersburg. Guests at the two St. Petersburg attractions can mingle with the zoo's trainers and attend animal shows Saturday. $5.
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