Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 13-19

St. Patrick's Day: The green beer will be flowing Friday, and even more so on Saturday, when the Hillsborough River is dyed a deep shade of emerald for a daylong celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Find loads of events, parties and parades running through the weekend at tampabay.com/holiday.

Rough Riders St. Patrick's Night Parade: For more than 20 years, this Teddy Roosevelt-minded krewe has washed Ybor City in green for St. Patrick's Day. From 6-9 p.m. Saturday, krewes from across Florida roll down Seventh Avenue with beads, floats and more. Free. tamparoughriders.wixsite.com/rrevents.

Date night

Music: The Edgar Winter Band teams up with guitar great and vocalist Rick Derringer on Tuesday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($39.50-$59.50). Friday, singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot blends music with anecdotes about his 50-year career at the Capitol Theatre ($49-$70). Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs performs a free show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pinellas Park's England Brothers Bandshell. Sunday, tribute project Florida Björkestra plays a selection of hits from David Bowie and namesake Björk at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($20-$35). mypalladium.org. The Florida Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with soprano Alexandra Batsios, mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay from Friday-Sunday ($15-$45). floridaorchestra.org.

Chili Blaze: Friday is the Pinellas Park firefighters' annual chili cook-off with live entertainment, craft show and children's activities. Fireworks end the night. Free; $10 tasting ticket. 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

Saturday Night Fever — the Musical: You should be dancing when the show based on the 1977 film arrives at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, stuffed with your favorite Bee Gees songs. ($49.50-$69.50.) mahaffeytheater.com.

Once: This Tony Award-wining musical is about a Dublin street musician whose career skyrockets from the spark of a new romance. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Kids and family

Bolts Family Carnival: Amalie Arena serves as a big top for the Tampa Bay Lightning's celebration Sunday with games, meet-and-greets and activities. $40, $20 children. Benefits the Lightning Foundation. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

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