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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 3

Sand mandala.

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Sand mandala.

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala: Drawing of the Mandala: Losang Samten, renowned Tibetan scholar and monk, and former attendant to the Dalai Lama, will spend nearly two weeks at the museum creating a sand mandala. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. It's free to watch the mandala process; museum admission is $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. (727) 896-2667.

Hyde Park Village Fresh Market: Outdoor market takes place at the fountain the first Sunday of every month. Includes live music, cooking demos, take-home ready-to-eat food items, locally grown produce and art. 10 a.m., Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa. (813) 251-3500.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 3. noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

Yoga + Dali: The vinyasa/ashtanga-based classes are held in the Community Room or Avant-Garden with views of the waterfront. Bring a mat and a towel. 12 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. $15, $10 members. (727) 823-3767.

FYA Fest III: A hardcore festival featuring more than 20 bands including, Turnstile, All Out War, The Rival Mob, Blistered, Criminal Instinct, Crisis Unit, Day By Day, Detain, Forced Order, Freedom, Fury, God's Hate, Head Creeps, Hit List, Ice, Jesus Piece and more. 12 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $35-$65. 1-877-987-6487.

Drag Queen Bingo: Drag queens call the numbers for 10 games of flamboyant bingo. Benefits Rescue A Dog. Benefits Rescue A Dog. 5 p.m., Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-6279.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dade's Battle Reenactment: Includes period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, as well as 19th century games and activities for children. The battle re-enactment will be at 2 p.m. 9 a.m., Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Parking $3; admission $5, 5 and younger free. (352) 793-4781.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Downton Abbey, 9 p.m., PBS. As the final season opens, there's anxiety in the air.

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