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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 2

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. Among the new trucks joining the party this month are Street Surfer and Jimmy Sliders. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Florida Orchestra Coffee Concert Series: Stuart Malina conducts pieces including Ives' Variations on "America," Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, Weber's Four-Hand Music and others. Concert is at 10 a.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $15.


Meet Sawyer of Dolphin Tale: Nathan Gamble, the 16-year-old star who portrays Sawyer in Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 will make special appearances today through Saturday for photographs at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure. For a schedule, go to It's at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. Admission to the aquarium is $19.95, $17.95 ages 60-older, $14.95 ages 3-12, ages 2 and younger free.

Easter Bunny Arrives: The Easter Bunny arrives at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel today at 10 a.m., bringing live entertainment, children's activities, a bouncehouse and face painting. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.


Toy Hunter, Travel, 9 p.m. Being a one-hit wonder of the MTV Generation must earn you reality show tenure. How else to explain how Vanilla Ice pops up on reality shows?

The Americans, FX, 10 p.m. A dangerous Navy officer is the key to Philip and Elizabeth's latest mission.


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Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist, former music director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will be at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Thursday. $39-$59. (727) 822-3590.

Cajun Crawfish Festival: Mudbugs all around, along with craft ales and varieties from Rapp Brewing, Cajun-style music and dance lessons. Admission is $10 Friday and Sunday, $15 Saturday (extra for menu items) at Cajun Cafe On the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 2 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:29pm]
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