Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 19-25

Tampa Bay Rays: The last six home games of the season bring the Yankees on Tuesday and the Red Sox Friday through Sunday to Tropicana Field. tampabay.rays.mlb.com.

Free Museum Day: Loads of museums will have free or discounted admission Saturday. The annual event is part of Smithsonian Museum Day and St. Petersburg's Arts Alive. Find participating museums at smithsonian mag.com/museumday, where you also get your free ticket, or events.stpete.org/events/1894.

Howl-O-Scream Preview: The theme for this year's scare fest at Tampa's Busch Gardens is "Evil Encore." The preview on Friday includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. remaining open until 1 a.m. $45 advance online. howloscream.com.

date night

Music: Grammy Award-winning blues man Keb' Mo' brings his band to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Wednesday ($45-$69). Thursday, female rockers Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts team up with Cheap Trick opening at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($26.75-$76.45), where country star Toby Keith plays on Friday ($25-$89). Prince fans have three chances to check out the Purple Xperience, a tribute band led by Doctor Fink, an original member of the Revolution. It comes to Tampa Theatre on Thursday, to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Friday, and to the Polk Theater in Lakeland on Saturday ($32-$38). The Florida Orchestra will give a free Hispanic heritage concert at Tampa's Water Works Park, with music from West Side Story and Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performing Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Sebastian Junger: The author of The Perfect Storm will give a free talk at the Straz Center on Thursday followed by a signing of his latest book on war veterans, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. Admission is free for the 7:30 p.m. event, and doors open at 6:30.

kids and family

Glazer Museum Birthday Bash: The Tampa children's museum celebrates the "Big 6" with science play, free admission and cupcakes on Saturday and Sunday. glazermuseum.org.

Central Avenue Solstice Street Festival: An all-day, free celebration of art, music, food and local businesses that run the entire Central Avenue corridor, beginning with yoga at South Straub Park and ending at Sunset Park for a screening of the movie, Big, as the sun sets. central avenuesolstice.com.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 16

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