Rays Fan Fest: Forget about all that stadium talk, this free event Saturday at Tropicana Field is always jammed with fans eager to get ready for baseball season and meet Tampa Bay Rays players and coaches. Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joins for a talk, and there will be interactive zones and various games. Free entry, autograph pass $25 per player at raysbaseball.com.
Experience Hendrix Tour: To crank out some of Jimi Hendrix's signature hits, some of the world's best guitarists convene Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, including Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa and Eric Johnson. $49.50-$175 at rutheckerdhall.com.
Music: Country fans will have a tough time Wednesday deciding whether to go to Travis Tritt at the Mahaffey Theater ($35.50-$55.50) or watch Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($48.75-$125). Rosanne Cash performs with John Leventhal at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($35-$75). Friday, Kristin Chenoweth gets Wicked at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($25-$100). Gainesville ska punk legends Less Than Jake perform Friday and Saturday at State Theatre ($20). Cameron Carpenter flexes his organist muscles at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday ($25-$45) while Richard Marx will Hold on to the Nights at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday ($44.50-$59.50).
Comedy: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his puppet squad invade Amalie Arena on Wednesday ($46.25), veteran of comedy Robert Klein performs at the Capitol Theatre on Friday ($30-$50), and Creed Bratton, the offbeat character from The Office, brings a night of comedy and music to Local 662 in St. Petersburg on Saturday ($20-$40).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: There are two performances of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's enduring musical Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $35-$100.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: The broad comedy that earned rave reviews while on Broadway starts its Straz run Friday; strazcenter.org. $28.
Hollywood Awards Night: For Oscar night Sunday, dress like a movie star and head to the Tampa Theatre for the historic movie house's annual Academy Awards viewing party. $15-$20 at tampatheatre.org.
kids and family
Matilda the Musical: The family-friendly Tony-winning musical about an extraordinary girl runs at the Straz from Tuesday through Sunday. $60-$130.
Cinderella: Moscow Festival Ballet brings the beloved story to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday. $35-$75.
more to explore
Find more date night ideas and family fun at tampabay.com/thingstodo.