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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 20

Henri Darling, of Massachusetts's lance breaks while jousting against Mark Desmond of Brandon during a Royal Joust performance at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.  The fair, which features seven themed weekends, over 100 booths, and live armored jousting among other events is open on weekends through April 6, 2014 from 10am to 6pm.

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Henri Darling, of Massachusetts's lance breaks while jousting against Mark Desmond of Brandon during a Royal Joust performance at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The fair, which features seven themed weekends, over 100 booths, and live armored jousting among other events is open on weekends through April 6, 2014 from 10am to 6pm.

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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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 20 03/18/16 [Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2016 11:15am]
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