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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 20

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Barbarian Brew Fest: The 38th annual festival runs weekends through March 20 in a time-travel village of kings, and queens. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

Cycling with American Stage: Join the stars, staff and creative minds of American Stage for a 20-mile ride through downtown St. Petersburg with a stop at Green Bench Brewing for a beer tasting. 10 a.m., ABC Bicycles, 6633 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $12 day of. (727) 345-5391.

Cuban Sandwich Festival : International Smackdown: Who makes the best Cuban sandwich? Come taste the contenders, with cultural vendors, live entertainment, and world's largest Cuban sandwich attempt (goal is 115 feet). 10:30 a.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free admission, food and drink extra.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: MercyMe: The second annual festival runs weekends noon-9 p.m. through April 24, with gourmet food samples that start at $4, wine and cocktails starting 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. 12 p.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Country in the Park: Carnival: The city of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music, an arts and crafts show and carnival rides. No coolers allowed. 1 p.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk: An immersive multimedia spectacle brings to the stage the world of James Cameron's Avatar through the signature style of Cirque du Soleil. 1:30 and 5 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40-$110. (813) 301-2500.

Black Coffee: When a physicist dies after consuming a poisoned beverage, sleuth Hercule Poirot must solve the mystery, in this Agatha Christie tale. 2 p.m., St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $22, $10 students. (727) 866-1973.

Bullets Over Broadway: Written by Woody Allen, the musical tells the story of a desperate young playwright whose first production is financed by a mobster. 3 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Inherit the Wind: The great American drama of a science teacher put on trial for teaching evolution is loosely based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Through March 27. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$40. (813) 374-2416.

Abbath: The former frontman of legendary Norwegian black metal band Immortal, comes to Tampa alongside High on Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation. 6:30 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $29-$60. (813) 247-2555.

Judy Collins: The '60s singer-songwriter and Grammy winner is known equally for her country, folk, pop and rock 'n' roll hits as well as her social activism. 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $32.50-$46.50. (727) 791-7400.

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing is best known for his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair and his catchphrase "What's up, fool?" He's also set to appear in the movies Taco Shop and The Fix this year. 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000.

Get the Led Out: The tribute band captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $38-$43. (813) 274-8982.

Bar Rescue Viewing Party: Watch Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue team transform the former sports bar Dale 1891 into Cayman Cove. 9 p.m., Cayman Cove, 11742 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 961-2121.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Spring Break Festival: Bring the family for carnival rides, a battle of the bands competition, crafts, games, food and live entertainment. 12 p.m., ROC (Remember Our Children) Park, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Free; $17 advance, $20 day of (ride wristbands). (727) 392-0665.

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