Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Oct. 17-23.

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: Friday-Sunday, more than 40 chalk artists adorn the sidewalks and promenades of Beach Walk (301 S Gulfview Blvd.) with creative works of art as they compete for prizes and awards. Also, a kids zone, vendors and music. (727) 447-7600.

Schooner America: A replica of the 139-foot yacht that won the Royal Yacht Squadron's first "100 Pound Cup" regatta around the Isle of Wight in 1851 will be open for free dockside tours at St. Petersburg's Harborage Marina at Bayboro (1110 Third St. S) Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets also available for daily sunset sails aboard the yacht ($42.50-$85). harbor agemarina.com.

Stone Crab Weekend Block Party: Stuff yourself with stone crab claws Friday and Saturday at the annual festival at Frenchy's Cafe on Clearwater Beach (41 Baymont St.), featuring live music, food and drink specials, and a raffle. frenchysonline.com.

Date night

Music: Grammy Award-winning Americana artist Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive-By Truckers, performs at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday ($43.25-$53.25). The weekend also brings festivals to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, with 95.7 Beats by the Bay on Saturday, featuring soul and R&B stars including headliner Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, along with Ginuwine, Monica and rapper Fat Joe ($55-$125), and on Sunday it's Rumba 106.5's Festival Orgullo Latino, with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B headlining. Tickets start at $20. Also on Sunday, Florida-bred producer Diplo, who's behind Major Lazer (Lean On) and hits by M.I.A. (Paper Planes), headlines at Tampa's Beach Bar. Tickets start at $35.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Jeremy Denk Plays Ravel: The pianist performs Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand at Tampa's Straz Center on Friday ($15-$45).

Kids and family

MarineQuest: Open house Saturday at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg) with science-related exhibits and activities. myfwc.com/ marinequest. It's in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival at USF St. Petersburg (140 Seventh Ave. S), which allows families to explore hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math in the company of world-renowned scientists. stpetescifest.org.

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