Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 17

Paul Anka: The legendary singer-songwriter was one of the biggest teen idols in the late '50s with songs, including Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Heard on My Shoulder. For this show tickets are $35-$130 at VanWezel.org. 7 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $55-$100. (800) 826-9303.

Miss Tampa Pride: 2015 Grand Marshal Kurt King and Miss Tampa Pride Emeritus Esme Russell serve as hosts for this drag queen pageant in which contestants are judged on presentation, creative pride, talent and gown. 8 p.m., The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10 spectators, $100 contest entry. (813) 247-4663.

Brooksville Raid Re-enactment: The annual event portrays the 1846 raid of federal troops into the interior as the union forces attempted to destroy a confederate salt works. Activities include shopping on Suttler's Row, battalion drills, the Ladies' Tea and Brooksville Raid Battle Re-enactment. 9 a.m., Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. $8, $4 ages 6-12, 5 and younger and scouts in uniform free. (352) 799-0129.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest: In part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, this weekend celebration features music by national, local and regional acts including Jonathan Butler and Angie Stone, health and wellness seminars, cultural activities, displays and vendors. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. 1-888-224-1733 ext. 3143.

Suncoast Arts Fest: More than 125 juried artists present their creations at this annual festival with live music, sidewalk chalk art, an interactive youth art area and a maker space. 11 a.m., The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (863) 337-4256.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Treasure Island Kite Festival: Competitors send their kites to the sky in this Martin Luther King holiday weekend salute featuring dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying set to music. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies. 10 a.m., Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.

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