Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 17

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Lynyrd Skynyrd: The second annual festival runs weekends noon-9 p.m. through April 24, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting at $7.50. Live entertainment is at 6 p.m., included with admission. There are food and wine "sampler" tickets available for $24.99-$44.99 that get you five to 10 smaller-sized samples of the food and drinks available at the festival. Noon, Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Mainsail Art Festival: In addition to 250 professional artists, Mainsail presents the Young at Art student show, Kids Create activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors. Sunday's music line up includes: the Vodkanauts (1 p.m.), Alan Darcy Group and the All Stars (2:15 p.m.) and the Charlie Morris Band (3:45 p.m.). 10 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7039.

MacDill Day: In celebration of the 75th anniversary of MacDill Air Force Base, get free admission to the Tampa Bay History Center to view displays of MacDill artifiacts and World War II era reenactors. Kids can meet and take photos with Blue, the Tampa Yankees' mascot. Everyone gets free Tampa Yankees souvenirs. 10 a.m., Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. Free. (813) 228-0097.

Alchemy Fest: Alchemy Fest returns, but this year it's free for you to enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food, dance performances, an organic vendor marketplace and more. Noon, First Unity Church, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 771-5656.

Taste of Dunedin: Take a taste tour of restaurants while browsing downtown shops. Redeem tickets for a two-ounce taste of signature items from more than 20 locations. 1 p.m., Downtown Dunedin, along Main Street, Dunedin. $20 for 10 tasting tickets. (727) 437-3569, ext. 3.

Family Favorites Film Series: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Young fans can see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free; $12, $10 ages 2-12 (for Labyrinth Quote-along film). (813) 274-8982.

Sugar Party: Billed as "The Sweetest Party in Town," this party features samples of delectable confections from more than 30 area restaurants, specialty cocktails and live entertainment. 6 p.m., The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 748-0069.

Air Supply: The pop duo comprised of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock celebrate 40 years of hits including, Lost in Love, All Out of Love and Sweet Dreams. Tickets are $59-$89. 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: The Firebird Suite: Under the direction of guest conductor Fawzi Haimor and accompanied by violinist Jeffery Multer, the orchestra presents Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy), Violin Concerto No. 3 "Strassburg" (Mozart), Dolly Suite (Faure) and The Firebird Suite (Stravinski). 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Spamalot: The American Stage in the Park production of the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Monty Python parody of the legend of King Arthur. No alcohol or pets are allowed, but concessions (including alcohol) will be available. Through May 8. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25-$38. (727) 823-7529.

KIDS AND FAMILY

The Lightning Thief: This family friendly show is adapted from the best-selling book, with Percy Jackson accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. 2 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $12.50. (813) 229-7827.

TO WATCH

Vinyl, 9 p.m., HBO. This long strange trip wraps up its first season as Zak (Ray Romano) hatches a risky scheme to topple Richie (Bobby Cannavale). Meanwhile, we're hoping they call the second season 8 Track.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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