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The new exhibit, Contemplating Character at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg on February 24, 2016.


The new exhibit, Contemplating Character at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg on February 24, 2016.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Museums across the nation partner with the Smithsonian to offer free admission for one day. Participating Tampa Bay museums include: Largo Armed Forces Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Henry B. Plant Museum. Museum hours may vary. To receive your free ticket, go to 9 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-2667.

Arts Alive Free Museum Day: Select St. Petersburg museums and galleries will offer free admission plus performances, demonstrations and arts discounts throughout downtown. For a complete list of participating locations and possible restrictions, go to 10 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-2667.

Central Avenue Solstice Street Festival: An all day celebration with art, music, food, antiques, local businesses and more that runs the entire Central Avenue corridor, beginning with Yoga at South Straub Park. 7 a.m., South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

Oktoberfest: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn taps the first keg kicking off the festival with special release beers including Oktoberfest, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, Ligero Black Lager, Gose and Berliner Weisse and German food. Party goes until 1 a.m. 9 a.m., Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). (813) 348-6363.

Chalk Walk: A celebration of Live Art as 10 commissioned chalk artists bring their favorite book character to life. 10 a.m., South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (813) 221-2787 .

Tampa Bay Fashion Week: To make up for skipping last year's show, this year will be two days of fashion with local designers debuting their spring/summer 2017 collections along with an exclusive retailer showcase and a special student showcase from Sanford Brown IADT School of Design. Runway show from Tampa Bay and surrounding area's fashion designers, plus exclusive showings Banana Republic and Neiman Marcus. 11 a.m., International Plaza and Bay Street, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $35, free general admission standing room. (813) 342-3790.

Skipper's Smokehouse Anniversary: The venue celebrates 36 years with performances by 12 bands including Reverend Billy C Wirtz, Peace of Woodstock, Uncle John's Band, Dukes of Juke and Ras Sparrow & Wildfire Roots Band. Noon, Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 971-0666.

The Illusionists - Live from Broadway: This fast-paced, wildly entertaining magic and stunts. The Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. performance will be Sign Language Interpreted. Through Sept. 25. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$95. (813) 229-7827.

Movies in the Park: Big: Bring a picnic and enjoy a classic movie screening on the waterfront. Families are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the films. Free and secure valet bicycle parking available. This portion features music by Florida's Troubadour Grant Peeples followed by a screening of Big. 6 p.m., Sunset Park, Park Street and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 463-4612.

Gov't Mule: Warren Hayes who played guitar in The Allman Brothers Band for 25 years has led the Southern jam-banders for two decades. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $31.50. (727) 565-0550.

Florida Orchestra Hispanic Heritage Concert: A full orchestra salute to Hispanic Heritage Month with Mambo from West Side Story, Lecuona's Malagueña, Piazzolla's Oblivion and Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. 7:30 p.m., Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. (727) 892-3337.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane: An aging mother sets out to destroy her spinster daughter's one last chance for love. Through Oct. 9. 8 p.m., West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $19. (727) 437-2363.

Coeds and MrENC: The garage pop quartet and Orlampa indie- rockers celebrate a duel album release show and party with guests, the Dawns. 8 p.m., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 248-4969.


$6 Admission Days: In celebration of the museum's sixth anniversary, everyone gets $6 admission through Sept. 30. 10 a.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. $6. (813) 443-3861.


Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, 9 p.m., Showtime. This is a compelling documentary about the computer antivirus software tycoon who relocated to a jungle compound in Belize, where his increasingly bizarre behavior led to allegations of murder and other crimes that were never prosecuted.


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