Friday, December 15, 2017
Events

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

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.

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