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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 18-24

Drew Gadson of Sarasota helps carry an already-huge Hawaiian Ty Plant out for a customer while helping his girlfriend's mom at her booth, Esperanza's Garden Center, at the Green Thumb Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Environmental and horticultural exhibits, vendors (with every kind of plant imaginable), a Garden Club of St. Petersburg Flower Show and more were on display at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg's Walter Fuller Park this weekend.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Drew Gadson of Sarasota helps carry an already-huge Hawaiian Ty Plant out for a customer while helping his girlfriend's mom at her booth, Esperanza's Garden Center, at the Green Thumb Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Environmental and horticultural exhibits, vendors (with every kind of plant imaginable), a Garden Club of St. Petersburg Flower Show and more were on display at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg's Walter Fuller Park this weekend.

Green Thumb Festival: Spring is here and so is the annual plant festival. Don't miss the big flower show in the adjacent Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

St. Anthony's Triathlon: World-class athletes and Olympians will be racing through St. Petersburg on Sunday, while the Meek and Mighty Triathlon on Saturday will bring shorter-distance races for novices. Visit satriathlon.com.

Date night

Music: It's "Rockers Who Have Books Week," as legendary punk band NOFX signs copies of their biography at Tampa's Inkwood Books at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before they take the stage at the Ritz Ybor at 7 p.m. ($25). Sunday, Slipknot and Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor performs at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre and will also read from his new book ($36.50-$48.50). Lita Ford plays the State Theatre on Saturday ($30), and she also has a memoir about her time with the Runaways. Pop-R&B sensation Tori Kelly hits the Ritz Ybor for her first Florida appearance Tuesday ($27.50-$50). Ben Folds performs with the Brooklyn chamber sextet yMusic at the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday ($35.50-$55.50). Friday, nuevo flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook plays the Capitol Theatre ($25-$45), where jazz and bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding appears on Saturday ($45-$58). Legends of Southern Hip Hop at the USF Sun Dome on Saturday includes Juvenile, Too Short and Trick Daddy ($49.75-$77.75).

George Takei: Star Trek's king of social media tells stories of his fight for social justice at the USF Sun Dome at 8 tonight. ($27.75-$52.75).

Kids and Family

St. Pete Earth Day: Lots of interactive exhibits and educational activities for families with live entertainment, shopping from green businesses, an "urban bird experience," Mother Earth's Book Nook and a food court in Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: 1,000 tons of sand have been transformed into music-themed creations under a huge tent on Clearwater Beach. Free activities include sand-sculpting classes, fireworks Saturday and Sunday, and beachfront concerts. $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, under 5 free.

More to explore

Discover Earth Day events at tampabay.com/earthday.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 18-24 04/17/16 [Last modified: Sunday, April 17, 2016 6:43pm]
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