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Top things to do in Tampa Bay March 2

ZZ Top: For Busch Gardens' Bands, Brew and Barbecue event, the '80s rockers give a free show at 5 p.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Included with park admission.

Florida Strawberry Festival: Featured performances today are Rascal Flatts (7:30 p.m., $55), Thompson Square (3:30 p.m., $25). The festival opens at 10 a.m. at 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6.

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: Get outdoors and into the art at this year's festival, with works in a variety of media by top-rated artists in the country. It runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. The Tampa Museum of Art next door is also offering free admission today.

Shout St. Pete Shout: A theatrical musical journey of gospel music including a 100-voice community choir, dance choir, mime dance, spoken word and special guest performances. It's at 3 p.m. at Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20.

Jon Lovitz: Best known for Saturday Night Live, the Emmy-nominated comic performs at 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30.


Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live: Kids can interact with extraordinarily life-like dinosaurs during shows at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $18.50-$48.50.

Disney Junior Live: Pirate and Princess Adventure: Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney's first little girl princess Sofia. Show is at 1 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa. $16-$55.


86th Academy Awards, 8:30 p.m., ABC May we have the envelope please?


Author Randy Wayne White (Bone Deep) will sign his novel at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa. A review in today's Latitudes has a different location.


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Top things to do in Tampa Bay March 2 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:39pm]
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