Mainsail Art Festival: St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park will have 250 professional artists, as well as the Young at Art student show, Kids Create activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors Saturday and Sunday. Free. mainsailart.org.
Sugar Sand Festival: Sculptors return to Clearwater Beach's Pier 60 for a 10-day festival starting Friday with nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand that will be transformed into music-themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a huge tent. There were be fireworks Saturday night and free beachfront concerts and movies Saturday and Sunday.
Music: It has been 25 years, and Pearl Jam is still Alive and performing at Tampa's Amalie Arena tonight ($67.75). On Friday, British rockers the Cult take the stage at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg ($35.50-$55.50), and Puddle of Mudd plays Jannus Live ($25-$30). Saturday, country star Billy Currington plays a rare club gig at the Ritz Ybor ($29.50 and up), while indie-pop singer Elle King performs at the State Theatre ($18-$20). Sunday, Air Supply brings all its soft-rock hits to the Capitol Theatre( $59-$89).
Comedy: Funny lady Iliza Shlesinger takes the Improv stage in Tampa Thursday-Sunday ($18-$22). Mr. Show himself David Cross hits Tampa's Straz Center on Friday ($28-$38). On Saturday, Bob Saget brings his not-so-wholesome act to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($35-$55).
Kids and family
Florida Blueberry Festival: The berries flow in downtown Brooksville this weekend featuring street entertainers and musicians, a market featuring Florida-grown blueberries and new this year, the Urban Slide, a 1,000-foot long slip and slide (tickets sold separately). Admission is $5-$8, and free for kids 5 and younger.
The Music Box: Tampa Bay: It's the last weekend to see the musical art installation at Tampa's Community Stepping Stones at Mann-Wagnon Park. It is open for exploration Thursday and Sunday, with an open mic and spoken word on Thursday, and performances by Gwan Massive on Friday and Saturday. Free; tickets required. cam.usf.edu/musicbox
More to explore
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