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Things to do planner: MacDill Airfest, actor Tim Daly climbs Tampa building, You Must Love Dog Festival

 

SKY HIGH: MacDill Airfest

 

After a year off, MacDill Air Force Base once again opens its gates to the public this weekend for Airfest, the free on-base event that attracts hundreds of thousands. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with aerial shows starting at 11 a.m. With popular Air Force Thunderbirds and the GEICO Skytypers vintage WWII aircraft, you can also get close and even tour some two dozen aircraft. Among the planes on display are the F-15 Eagle storied jet fighter, the B-1 bomber and the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's newest fighter. You can meet the pilots and hear their war stories. Wear sunscreen and bring water. You can bring folding chairs — and an umbrella for shade isn't a bad idea, but no coolers. The crowds are usually massive so get there early and expect traffic at MacDill Airforce Base, 8208 Hangar Loop Drive. It's free but premium seats are $25-$125 at macdill.af.mil/airfest2016.

 

HUFFING IT: Fight for Air Climb

 

Actor Tim Daly (Madam Secretary, Wings) will join the Fight for Air Climb fundraiser for the American Lung Association in Tampa on Saturday when racers climb to the 42nd floor of Tampa's tallest building, the Bank of America Plaza. Daly has joined climbs around the country after his mother was hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia, and he joined the Who Pneu? campaign to raise awareness. In a recent telephone interview, Daly called his experience climbing Chicago's Presidential Towers "really weird" being stuck in a stairwell with a crowd. "But they raised a lot of money for research and spirits were really high." At the end of the public climb, which starts at 8 a.m., area firefighters will climb the 42 flights in full gear. Registration is $35, with a minimum of $100 in donations at fightforairclimb.org. Our interview with Daly is coming later today at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

You Must Love Dogs Festival

Organizers say Saturday's howler at Raymond James Stadium will be the largest dog festival in Tampa Bay history. The activities lined up for the You Must Love Dogs Festival sure seem to make it the leader of the pack. Country singers Jo Dee Messina and Jessica Lynn provide entertainment while you and your mutt watch dog competitions, a 42-foot dog diving pool, Frisbee performances, agility and K-9 demonstrations and dog-owner look-alike contests. For the humans, there will be face painting, inflatables, a beer tent and more than 100 vendor booths. Admission is $15, $10 kids in advance at eventbrite.com; $15-$25 day of; VIP $75-$100. Proceeds benefit SPCA Florida. It runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Things to do planner: MacDill Airfest, actor Tim Daly climbs Tampa building, You Must Love Dog Festival 03/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:12am]
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