Sunday, February 25, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 7

Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa. New trucks among the dozen this month are Kool Breeze and the Latin-inspired Mixed Breed. It kicks off at 11 a.m. at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa. Menu prices vary.

All New People: Tonight is the premiere of this comedy from Scrubs actor and Garden State writer Zach Braff. It's about a hired beauty, the townie fireman, and an eccentric British real-estate agent who find themselves tangled together in a beach house. Show is at 8 p.m. at Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $28. (813) 229-7827.

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and charitable organization guru Tony Dungy serves as keynote speaker for the 43rd annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. It starts at 6:30 a.m. at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $30. (727) 533-5196.

Affordable Care Act Presentation: Carol Gentry serves as guest speaker for this luncheon focusing on the impacts the health care overhaul has had on Florida residents. It's at 11:30 a.m. at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 864-8836.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Jungle Boogie and Earthy Afternoons: Children ages 3 to 4 can enjoy a nature story, crafts and outdoor exploration for $3 Jungle Boogie at 11 a.m., while at 3:30 p.m. the $10 nature class for ages 4 to 9 explores Florida species diversity through tram rides and educational art projects. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326.

TO WATCH

Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC First lady Michelle Obama makes a guest appearance on this episode, in which Rayna (Connie Britton) organizes a charity concert after finding out Luke was injured in Afghanistan. Hope they've got the first lady signed up to perform — did you see her mom dance with Jimmy Fallon?

TO NOTE

The Walking Dead Escape event scheduled for Saturday at the USF Sun Dome has been postponed. No details available at this point.

MORE TO EXPLORE

See reviews of upcoming and currently showing movies at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

COMING UP

National Train Day: Choo-choo lovers celebrate Saturday at Tampa's historic Union Station with railroad equipment on display, live music, model railroad exhibits, food trucks and a history program. Free.

Walking Dead Escape Tour: Let makeup pros at the USF Sun Dome transform you into a walking corpse for an obstacle course based on the hit TV show Saturday. $75-$150; $20 spectator. ticketmaster.com or thewalkingdeadescape.com.

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