Mary J. Blige: The modern soul singer and nine-time Grammy Award-winner brings her vast catalog of hits to the arena including, No More Drama, Not Gon' Cry, Real Love and more. Keyshia Cole opens. 7 p.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $47.75-$127.75. (813) 974-3004.
Author Lauren Groff: A National Book Award finalist for her recent novel, Fates and Furies, the novelist will begin the afternoon with a talk followed by a Q & A session and book signing. 2 p.m., Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-0222.
St. Jude Fall Festival: The school's annual festival brings us a giant midway, food, entertainment, arts and crafts. 11 a.m., St. Jude Fall Festival, Corner of 66th Street N and Ninth Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free; $20 daily ride bands, $60 four day ride band. (727) 347-8622.
Crafty Fest: This monthly market with an artsy slant includes local arts, etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, jewelry and plants. 11 a.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 324-3878.
Mad Beach Bike Fest: Bike enthusiasts will show their classic, antique, new and customized motorcycles at this 10-class festival with live music, chance drawings, food and vendors. 10 a.m., Madeira Beach, 15004 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach. Free. (727) 322-5217.
Heroes Weekend: The salute to our national and local heroes starts with a community Veteran's Day parade down Beach Boulevard (noon) to a beach volleyball game between VetSports and Gulport firemen and police officers (1 p.m.). 11 a.m., Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1118.
Local Loop: Hop on the brew bus for a tour of area brew pubs. Start your journey at any location and get on and off as much as you want. No beer is served on the bus, but unlimited water is available. 12 p.m., Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10. Toll-free 1-888-945-2739.
Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond: Inspired poetry: A 100 photo and multimedia exhibition showcasing life as seen through the eyes of journalism students at Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High schools. Remains on display through Nov. 18. Midtown poetry slam. 3 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620.
Motionless In White and The Devil Wears Prada: The metalcore outfits team up for a co-headlining tour with openers, The Word Alive, Upon a Burning Body and The Color Morale. 6 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 247-2555.
Shawn Brown: A Man With A Purpose: Musicians come together to celebrate one of their own as he launches his own charity, The Shawn Brown Foundation headlined by the Family Stone, funk-soul icons from Sly and the Family Stone, along with Sound Parlor, Christina Pepin and The Black Honkeys with special guest Theo Valentin. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $38.50-$103.50. (813) 274-8982.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Treasure Island Kite Festival: The Veterans Day salute features a sky filled with red, white and blue kites. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies. 10 a.m., Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 320-9463.
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