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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 20

Passengers ride the Cross Bay Ferry during a promotional ride out of Tampa on Monday. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Passengers ride the Cross Bay Ferry during a promotional ride out of Tampa on Monday. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

Free Ferry Rides: Ride Free Sunday: The Cross-Bay Ferry is offering free "Test the Waters" rides for the 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown. St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center. The free rides are first come, first served and cannot be reserved in advance. See the website for departure times. Free Ride Sundays take place select Sundays Nov. 20 through April 16. Regular service will start Nov. 26 when tickets will cost $10 at 7 a.m., St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-1052.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors offering farm fresh produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods, plants, handcrafted items, live music, then stop in for breakfast or lunch at the nearby restaurants. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Novemberfest: The 47th annual Fall carnival with rides, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, live music, food and a beer tent. 12 p.m., Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon. Free admission (ride armbands additional). (813) 681-4608.

Santa Paws: Have your dog or cat photo taken with Santa. All pets must be leashed or in a cage with a harness. Park in the garage under Bay Street and enter through the double doors marked "Pet Photo Entrance." 7 a.m., International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. TBA. (813) 342-3790.

Pasco EcoFest: The annual festival features stargazing, nature walks, live music, drumming circles, yoga, vendors and more. For a complete schedule, go to 8 a.m., J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 385-5375.

Festival of Trees: Once Upon a Christmas: Explore hundreds of tree and wreaths decorated by local artists, businesses and community leaders. Also, music, live entertainment and visits with Santa. Benefits ARC Tampa Bay for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 10 a.m., The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. $5, 12 and younger free. (727) 797-8712.

Suds on Sunday: Get a free Tito's Vodka cocktail while your dog gets shampooed and a "pupcake" from Sprinkles. Benefits Vets4Pets. Noon, Ferg's Live, 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10, $15 bath and nail trim. (813) 545-4411.

Et Cultura: Festival of Creative Culture: Immersive experience at various St. Petersburg venues, featuring interactive sessions, music, films, pop up art shows, maker's markets, yoga and children's activities. Visit for a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets. Noon, Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 for 5 days. (727) 748-6451.

Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Dec. 25 with seven pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. Noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.

Ice Skating at Tampa's Winter Village: Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by ice skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. Open every day through Dec. 25. New this year is a cafe from Mise en Place with holiday snacks like roasted chestnuts, festive sweets and a full bar with themed drinks. Noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $12. (813) 966-5505.

Showtek: The Dutch EDM band is comprised of brothers, Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen. 2 p.m., Beach Bar, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $25-$30. (813) 281-8900.

Damien Jurado: The indie-rock singer-songwriter tours in support of the album, Visions of Us on the Land. Tickets available through Ticketfly. 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $12. (813) 241-8600.

Helmet: A '90s throwback night as the alternative metal band is joined by Local H. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.

iLuminate: As seen on America's Got Talent, the dance group utilizes a wearable, wireless lighting system to tell stories and wow audiences. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827.


Brickworld Tampa: Local Lego enthusiasts will fill 45,000 square feet of space with their brick creations. Activities include Lego and Duplo brick play areas, fighting robots and seek and finds. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $12, $9 military/first responders, 3 and younger free. (317) 572-5346.


SEASON PREMIERE: The Librarians, 8 p.m., TNT: In the third season premiere, the librarians clash with Egyptian god Chaos and must decode a succession of clues to defeat him.


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