Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday March 21

Ismael Gerena with the Country Market and Deli in St. Petersburg slices a Cuban sandwich during the 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City on Saturday. The contest had three categories: traditional, non-traditional and popular vote favorite, which was determined by Facebook and text message votes. There were 20 restaurants competing in the contest, which was in conjunction with the Ybor City Saturday Market. Michelle Faedo's On The Go, a Tampa food truck, won both the traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwich categories. Organizers said the popular vote will be tallied Monday. DANIEL WALLACE   |   Times
Ismael Gerena with the Country Market and Deli in St. Petersburg slices a Cuban sandwich during the 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City on Saturday. The contest had three categories: traditional, non-traditional and popular vote favorite, which was determined by Facebook and text message votes. There were 20 restaurants competing in the contest, which was in conjunction with the Ybor City Saturday Market. Michelle Faedo's On The Go, a Tampa food truck, won both the traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwich categories. Organizers said the popular vote will be tallied Monday.DANIEL WALLACE | Times
Published March 20 2015
Updated March 20 2015

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Local restaurants and celebrities join together in an attempt to build a 105-foot long Cuban sandwich. 11 a.m., Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 North 15th St., Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). TheCubanSandwichFestival.com.

Spring Beer Fling: A nostalgic-retro-surf rock festival featuring fireworks, seasonal spring beers and drinks, a lineup of surf-rock bands, including headliner The Black Lips. 21 and older only. Opens at noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $25 at the gate, $125 VIP.

Tampa Pro: Some of the best professional skateboarders in the country are here for the biggest event of the year at Skatepark of Tampa. Opens at 9 a.m., Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $10-$15.

Baconalia Celebration of Bacon: This inaugural festival at the Ybor City Saturday Market will have extensive bacon samplings, bacon artwork, bacon competitions, bacon awards, live entertainment and shopping. 11 a.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 241-2442.

Meet Dr. Oz: In part of Westfield's ovarian and breast cancer awareness efforts, heart surgeon and Emmy-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz will participate in a meet and greet and a panel discussion. Takes place near Macy's. 10 a.m., Westfield Citrus Park , 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. Free.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: A kind traders port for this weekend's High Seas Adventure theme will have spices, jewelry and clothing from far away lands. There's also kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. Dress like a pirate for a beard competition, best dressed pirate contest. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12; $10 dogs.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The original Gambler Kenny Rogers performs today at this all-new festival with Florida-inspired food, wine. See BuschGardens.com for deals on food and drink tickets. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

Country in the Park: Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show includes live music, an arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show, tree and plant sale and children's activities. No coolers allowed. 10 a.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 541-0895.

Parade for Fair Food: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers invite the community to join the parade through downtown St. Petersburg in defense of farm laborers and wages. It disbands at Vinoy Park for a free concert by Ozomatli, the Latin funk-rock fusion kings. Starts at noon at Bartlett Park & Frank Pierce Center, 2000 Seventh St. S, St. Petersburg and concert is a 3 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

John Heffron: The winner of Last Comic Standing Season 2 performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

Sander van Doorn: The Dutch DJ and producer is known for cranking out dance floor destroyers. 9 p.m., Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Norman Rockwell Family Day: Admission is "pay what you will" today and docent led tours will take place at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Families will also enjoy live music by the Dixieland band trio, Sono Cafe tastings, checkers in the atrium and an art spot. Opens at 11 a.m., Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids ages 8 to 17 can actually take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight. Weather will be monitored; check eaa282.org for possible cancelation. 8 a.m., Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Free.

Tree Climbing Championship: Watch professional tree climbers from around the world compete. Then, grab a limb and try your hand in a fun climb. Also includes Tree Circus educational entertainment, birds of prey demonstration and live music by the Island Boys. 9 a.m., Rowlett Park, 2401 E Yukon St., Tampa. Free. (217) 355-9411.

Fossilfest: Florida's largest prehistoric show features fossils found right here in Florida, as well as artifacts left behind by Florida's first people. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $7 adults, 12 and under free.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: See Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) on a big screen on the beach. Bring blankets or low lawn chairs. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free.

Roosevelt Rowing Regatta: The annual outdoor festival named after President Theodore Roosevelt features an intercollegiate water race on today and dragon boat, kayak and paddle-board races on Sunday. 8 a.m., Marjorie Park on Davis Islands, 81 Columbia Drive, Tampa. Free.

Chasco Fiesta: This year's nine-day festival carnival has a midway with a special area for younger children offering them more minimally frightening rides. 11 a.m., Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides is $20 today-Sunday.

Day Out With Thomas: Take a 25-minute ride on a full sized, 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine to meet Sir Topham Hatt. Activities include storytelling, live music, miniature train rides, magic shows, inflatables and building with Mega Blocks. Rides depart numerous times daily. 9 a.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $19. (877) 869-0800; www.frrm.org.

Community Block Party: Families can eat, jump and play at this event with live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, balloon sculptures, hair braiding, corn ball toss, trampoline, photo booth, drawings, $2 personal pizzas, beer and wine. 10 a.m., Westchase Town Center, 9622 W Linebaugh, Tampa. Free. (813) 792-1516.

TO WATCH

Outrageous Acts of Science, 9 p.m., Science If you're not into March Madness, there's not a lot of viewing choices tonight. Still, you could do worse than this can't-look-away video-clip series. The fact that you might learn something from these scientists/talking heads? Now that's really some March madness!

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