Sunday, February 25, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 27

Drake: The superstar singer who had a monumental nine-week run at No. 1 this summer with his Views album brings along Future, Roy Woods and DVSN. The show is essentially sold out, but more seats may open up closer to the event date. 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.50-$149.50. (813) 301-2500.

Brantley Gilbert: One of only four country acts to have back-to-back platinum albums, Gilbert embarks on the Take It Outside Tour with Justin Moore and Colt Ford. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$49.75. (813) 740-2446.

Wearable Art 12: Dunedin Fine Art Center's annual event showcases art that can be worn. An after party includes music and meet and greets with the artists. 7 p.m., Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. $20-$75. (727) 298-3322.

Sawyer Fredericks: As part of Team Pharrell on NBC's The Voice, the contemporary folk singer emerged as the youngest victor in the show's history at just 16 years old. 7:30 p.m., TECO Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $25. (813) 229-7827.

U.S. National Championship AFGL Florida Qualifier: U.S. National Championship AFGL Florida Qualifier 3 p.m., Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Largo. $20 members; $25 non members. (760) 501-0100, Ext. 135.

Gecko Ball: The eighth annual Gecko Ball takes a "20,000 Geckos Under the Sea" theme with special appetizers, cocktails, dancing to live music by Big Night Out and a costume contest. 6 p.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. $35. (727) 623-0524.

Tampa Bay Rowdies: Vs. OKC: 7:30 p.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $17-$40. Toll-free 1-877-769-3437.

Selwyn Birchwood: The blues guitar and lap steel player delivers his original songs with the intensity of a revival tent preacher. $16 advance, $19 day of. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Destiny Community Con: People from all over the world gather to celebrate Destiny gaming, its community and what it means to them. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $8. (813) 621-7821.

TO WATCH

Summer of Dreams, 9 p.m., Hallmark. In the new TV film, 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson plays a 1980s pop star named Debbie Taylor. Yes, it's a stretch, but we hope she can pull it off.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

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Published: 02/23/18
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Published: 02/23/18
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Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/24/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 24

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Pirates and Pets: A time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95...
Published: 02/24/18
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Published: 02/22/18
Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

Review: John Dufresne gives an entertaining short course in ‘Flash! Writing the Very Short Story’

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Plan your weekend: Monster Energy Supercross. Gasparilla Distance Classic, Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, slam poet Neil Hilborn

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Updated: 02/22/18
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Published: 02/21/18
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