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Lil Wayne performs during Tidal X: 10/20, a benefit for New World Foundation at Barclays Center in New York, Oct. 20, 2015. Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Usher and more than a dozen other artists all performed severely truncated sets in this concert, which was as much a nonevent as a show featuring several of the most important pop musicians of the 2000s could be. (Chad Batka/The New York Times) XNYT83

Lil Wayne performs during Tidal X: 10/20, a benefit for New World Foundation at Barclays Center in New York, Oct. 20, 2015. Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, T.I., Usher and more than a dozen other artists all performed severely truncated sets in this concert, which was as much a nonevent as a show featuring several of the most important pop musicians of the 2000s could be. (Chad Batka/The New York Times) XNYT83

HIT Music Festival: A slew of rappers will hit Tampa for the inaugural festival, headlined by East Coast hip hop legend Nas in a rare Florida appearance. He'll be joined by Fabolous, Lil Wayne, August Alsina, Tink, Cyhi the Prynce, Trae tha Truth and Tampa Bay's own Famous Kid Brick. 7 p.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $27.75-$107.75. (813) 974-3004.

Folkfest St. Pete: This annual contemporary folk art and music street festival features an array of musical acts including Have Gun Will Travel, Keith Jones, Rebekah Pulley and more, food trucks, a beer garden and a family area. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Benefits Creative Clay. 10 a.m., Creative Clay, 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 825-0515.

Whitney James: The jazz vocalist returns to sing the hit songs of Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. The concert also features Alejandro Arenas, John O'Leary, Mark Feinman and James Suggs. 8:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of show; $40 reserved. (727) 822-3590.

Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: Alice In Wonderland: A string quartet follows Alice down the rabbit hole to a world of songs, rhymes and music. All performances followed by an additional 11:30 a.m. show. 10 a.m., Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building, 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa. $5. (727) 892-3337.

India Festival: The 28th annual festival offers a glimpse of the real hustle and bustle of India with about 150 food, clothing and jewelry vendors, dance performances, a fashion show and ethnic folk dancing competitions. 11 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9, $5 ages 9 and younger. (813) 787-9656.

Florida Bug Jam: The 27th annual Florida Bug Jam transforms Dade City into BugVegas with craft beers, food, live music, new and used parts vendors and more than 800 VW's on display. New this year is Bugs On the Track, a dune style off road course. 10 a.m., Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. $10, $15 two days, $5 parking. (813) 817-4488. Tangerine Blues Fest: This eighth annual blues fest that exemplifies the free-living spirit of Gulfport features headliners including the Urban Gypsies, Charlie Morris, Karp Foley, the Hot Tub Club, Bridget Kelly Band and Marty Stokes. 12 p.m., Tangerine Greenway, 5022 Tangerine Ave. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 439-0164.

Brazilian Girls: A world-indie act, incorporating bits of reggae, electronica, jazz, bossa nova and you name it. The Hongs open. 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $20. (813) 241-8600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Treasure Island Kite Festival: The Veterans Day salute features a sky filled with red, white and blue kites of all shapes and sizes. The weekend long show features tricks set to music, precision flying, huge themed kites, a lighted night fly (Saturday only) and amateur fliers. 10 a.m., Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.

TO WATCH

Saturday Night Live, 11:35 p.m., NBC. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will crack some jokes and be the butt of others as he hosts/ The gig has stirred up plenty of advance controversy among protesters who have urged the network to dump Trump.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 7 11/06/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2015 11:42am]
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