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Things to Do Planner: Sand sculptures, Chillounge, bourbon and beer fests


Once again, the massive expanse of beach at Treasure Island is about much more than making castles. Master sand sculptors have been working all week on works of art that will soon wash away. They have taken 150 tons of sand, using shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes to compete for $12,000 in cash prize and a "people's choice" pick at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival running through Sunday. It's free for spectators to check out the creations behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.. Sculpting stops at 2 p.m. Saturday before the awards are announced at 7 p.m. The night ends with a fireworks display. The completed sculptures remain on protected display until 6 p.m. Sunday before Mother Nature takes over.


Ever wanted to sit around and watch 50 Cent drink? The rapper-turned-impresario is swinging by the Drynk at 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa, on Friday for a quick appearance promoting his preferred vodka brand, Effen. At the moment, he's not planning to perform, but we've all had nights where a round of shots emboldens us to grab the karaoke mic and give Candy Shop a spin. The night kicks off with an Effen open bar from 9 to 10 p.m.; Fiddy is slated to pop in sometime before 3 a.m. Tickets start at $15 at (813) 251-5552.

Jay Cridlin, Times pop music/culture critic


Rise above the average cocktail party this weekend and check out the Bourbon and Brew Festival at Tampa's Water Works Park, or maybe try a more old-fashioned vibe at the Crafts and Drafts party at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, where 30 craft beers will flow while artisan vendors show off their crafts. The bourbon brew-ha-ha gets under way from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission ($40 and up) gets you unlimited samplings of more than 40 bourbon, whiskey and scotches, and entertainment includes Craig Campbell, Thomas Wynn and the Believers and more. 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. The crafty folks setting up at the shuffleboard courts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday include brewers from Green Bench Brewing to Big Storm Brewery, plus kids activities and a pop-up shop from Daddy Kool Records. There will be a bike valet and it's pet friendly given that a portion of the proceeds benefit Humane Society of Tampa Bay. VIP includes early admission (10 a.m.), two beer tickets and a tote bag. $5, $25 VIP, $30 at door. Kids 12 and younger free. 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.


The upscale outdoor Chillounge party returns to downtown St. Petersburg with chic daybeds set up in Straub Park and a Cirque du Soleil-style twist that includes aerialists, jugglers, a cube performance, the wheel of destiny and fire. Bonus: from America's Got Talent, see Alexandra Nock's AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show with the artist floating under a giant orb. There will also be live music, a runway fashion show, and fireworks all set on the downtown waterfront at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $25, $120 VIP at

Things to Do Planner: Sand sculptures, Chillounge, bourbon and beer fests 11/18/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:25am]
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