Sanding Ovations: See 150 tons of sand turn into elaborate sculptures in this contest, with vendors and music, including Applebutter Express and the Black Honkeys on Friday. It runs Thursday through Sunday on Treasure Island. Free; $10 beach parking; $5 beer tasting.
Beaujolais nouveau day: Whether you consider the young wine a gimmick or serious stuff, it arrives Thursday. Look for it to pop at Cassis American Brasserie on Thursday evening and Mazzaro's, with samplings Friday and Saturday, both in St. Petersburg.
CraftArt: Two days of juried fine craft art in the streets outside the Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg. Also food trucks and craft beer by Cycle Brewing on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.
Craig Ferguson: In his ninth season on The Late Late Show, the comedian has carved out a niche delivering insightful monologues. See him at 7:30 tonight at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $55-$85. (727) 791-7400.
A Marvelous Party: American Stage puts on a bubbly celebration of Noel Coward, with wicked repartee and 33 of his songs. You can join the party with onstage seats. It opens Friday; $29-$49; (727) 823-7529. Wednesday's preview is pay what you can.
John Denver: This "Rocky Mountain High Concert" uses archival footage of the man himself, who died in 1997, a live string section and some of his old band mates Wednesday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. $55-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Big music: The Eagles dig into their extensive catalog Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $49-$177. (813) 301-2500. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bring hits Thrift Shop and Can't Hold Us to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Saturday. $35-$45. (813) 974-3004. And charming crooner Harry Connick Jr. plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday in a rescheduled show. $50-$175. (727) 791-7400.
Kids and Family
Ybor Tree Lighting: On Wednesday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joins Santa to light the tree at Centro Ybor. Hot chocolate and caroling. Free. And while you're in the holiday spirit, go for a skate on real ice, starting Friday in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. $10.
International Auto Show: Drool over the newest cars, from functional crossovers to ultra high-end exotics, Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. $9; $5 seniors, military and children 7-12; free kids younger than 6.
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