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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 24

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Jordin Sparks: Gourmet food samples start at $4, wine and cocktails start 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. $99, $79 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Green Thumb Festival: The annual plant festival, now in its 30th year, will have loads of flowering plants, fruit trees, garden art and accessories for sale. There's also children's programs, free mulch and 1,200 trees available for $5. 9 a.m., Walter Fuller Park & Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7441.

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival: Sample unlimited Bloody Mary concoctions from area restaurants including Oystercatchers to Elevage, and vote for your favorite to win the coveted Golden Celery award. Includes one full-size Bloody Mary, mimosa or beer and music from Busted Blues. VIP adds unlimited full-size drinks and a Brunch Bash under a VIP tent. 11 a.m., Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45-$90. (813) 870-2255.

Take...The First Step: Social Gathering: Get dressed up in your Derby Day finest for a day of racing with a buffet lunch. 11 a.m., Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $21. (813) 855-4401.

All Things Women: From fashion, to yoga, massage and specialty foods, nearly everything a woman could want to enhance her life can be found at this festival. Noon, Harbour Island, 700 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa. TBA. (813) 451-7936.

Top Local Chef 2016: Taste local chefs' culinary creations made with Florida valencia oranges and vote for your favorite Top Chef. This year's competing chefs include Sean Ford of Tryst, Olive Davis of Stella's, John Riesebeck of Smokin' J's Real Texas Barbecue, and is hosted by Janet Keeler, University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor and former food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times. 5 p.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $25; $60 (VIP). (727) 637-5586.

Corey Taylor: 98ROCK presents the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman. In addition to a performance and lecture, he will read from his new book, You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Sense Left. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36.50-$48.50. (727) 791-7400.

Skindred: The punk-reggae-metal outfit perform along with opener, Soil. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $18-$20. (727) 895-3045.

Spamalot: Celebrate Local Night: 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. Present a receipt fro $10 or more from a locally owned St. Petersburg business, and receive a BOGO drink special from the Park bar. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25-$38. (727) 823-7529.


Painting in the Park: Gain inspiration from the fresh air at this outdoor event to explore methods of painting through hands-on activities including bubble painting, kite flying, face painting and an adult activity. Noon, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-2667.


Veep, 10:30 p.m., HBO. Season 5 begins on the morning after Election Day with President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) locked in an Electoral College tie. Now, everyone in the White House is freaking out, including Meyer, whose face has sprouted a hideous stress pimple.


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