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INDIO, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Musicians Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers perform onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on May 01, 2016 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

INDIO, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Musicians Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston and John McFee of The Doobie Brothers perform onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on May 01, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Ribfest: Saturday features live music by the Black Honkeys, Whiskey Myers, Blackberry Smoke, Fire & Ice, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and The Doobie Brothers. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 528-3828.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: More than 45 authors will be giving talks and signing books at this annual festival. Among them will be Tampa resident and bestselling author Michael Connelly, whose detective Harry Bosch is the title character of the Amazon TV series. Also, essayist and author Joyce Maynard, political thriller novelist Brad Meltzer and famed sportswriter Frank Deford. See the full lineup at the festival's website, 10 a.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8435.

Elle King: The Grammy-nominated singer is known for the hit, Ex's and Oh's. Paul Cauthen opens. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24. (727) 565-0550.

King's X: Metal, funk and soul infused rock. Crush Tone, From This Fire, New Tattoo and Aegea open. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22. (727) 895-3045.

Ottmar Liebert And Luna Negra: The Grammy nominee formed Luna Negra in 1989 and he has become one of the most successful instrumental artists. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $34.50-$64.50. (727) 791-7400.

Kristian Nairn: The actor who played Hodor on the Emmy-winning HBO drama Game of Thrones will perform a DJ set dubbed "Rave of Thrones". 10 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2555.

Sponge Docks Seafood Festival: The three-day, outdoor seafood festival features fresh local seafood, arts and crafts show, continuous live music, retail shops and family activities. New this year, free shuttle service from the city's splash park at Live Oak Street and Safford Avenue. 10 a.m., Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 322-5217.

Repticon: Vendors will be on hand with reptile pets and everything related to reptiles. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (863) 268-4273.

Our America Family Day: In conjunction with the museum's exhibition of Latino-American artists, experience the food, music and artistic traditions of Puerto Rican, Mexican-American and Cuban-American cultures. There will be activities, live music and food to purchase and sample. Included with museum admission. 10:30 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667.

Florida Bug Jam: The theme of the 28th annual event is Marvel comics. It includes a poker run, VW parade, craft beers, food, live music, new and used parts vendors, more than 800 Volkswagens on display, and the Bugs On the Track off road course. Sunday is show day, featuring the southeast's largest VW car show and swap meet. 11 a.m., Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. $10, $15 two days. (352) 588-4697.

Palm Harbor Museum Bluegrass Festival: The second annual event features music by Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys, Dreamcatcher, Penny Creek Band, Big Cypress Bluegrass and Stump Hollow, museum display tables and children's activities. 11 a.m., John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. $15 advance, $20 day of. (207) 724-3054.

Veterans Boat Parade: The annual boat parade honors veterans and active service men and women in all branches. Decorate your boat with red, white and blue and join the daytime parade. The route starts heading north to the canal off Redington Drive, turns south onto the canal behind Madeira Beach City Hall, then enters Boca Ciega Bay, John's Pass and the large canal of Isle of Palms and Capri Isle. 11 a.m., American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach. Free, $25 boat entry. (727) 212-0543.

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk: Meet the artists and gallery owners during this casual, festive evening as over 40 studios and galleries in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District and the Warehouse Arts District come together as one arts destination. Be the first to see new works since many galleries host opening receptions. Free trolley available. Map available at 5 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Songs of the Sea: Featuring Britten's Four Sea Interludes, Elgar's Sea Pictures and Debussy's La Mer. It also dives into TFO premiere The Work at Hand by American Jake Heggie, 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 893-7832.


Treasure Island Kite Festival: Competitors send their kites to the sky in this festival featuring dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying set to music. The weekend long show features tricks, precision flying, huge patriotic themed kites, kite games, kite making classes and a lighted night fly. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies. Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. 10 a.m., Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.


Green Room, midnight, Amazon Prime: One of the best movies of the year centers around a punk band trapped in a venue and forced to fend off neo-Nazis after a murder.


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