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Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Nov. 23-29

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It's the holidays: Turkey Day arrives this week, and right after it, the inevitable creep of winter holidays. Find events for all at tampabay.com/holiday, but here are some of our faves this week:

Turkey trots: Burn calories early on at these Thanksgiving Day races: The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot features a 1-mile Gobbler, Wingding 5K, 5K Fun Run and the 10K Turkey Trot near Clearwater High School ($12-$35 on tampabay.com/turkey trot). Goody Goody Turkey Gobble is a 5K near Amalie Arena that benefits Tampa YMCA ($15-$40). The Plant City Family YMCA Turkey Trot is a 5K with gift bags, raffles and exercise classes ($30-$45, $75-$90 family).

Shopapalooza: The Black Friday alternative wants to put a holiday shopping focus on local businesses on Small Business Saturday with almost 150 vendors, artists and local businesses, plus food, children's entertainment and more. Stroll the aisles of Straub Park at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 637-5586.

St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: The tree went up in Ybor last week (before Thanksgiving!), and now, it's St. Petersburg's turn. Mayor Rick Kriseman flips the switch to illuminate the city's Christmas tree in North Straub Park on Friday along with live entertainment, interactive games and food. Free. (727) 893-7441.

Music

Billy Gibbons: Best known as one third of ZZ Top, Gibbons is touring in support of his debut solo album and comes Sunday to the Mahaffey Theater. $42.50-$65.50. (727) 892-5767.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: If you like your turkey with a side of pickin', Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville dishes up twang from the Darrell Webb Band, Little Roy & Lizzy, Flatt Lonesome and more Thursday to Saturday. $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16, free for ages 9 and younger. (352) 754-3082.

kids and family

License-free Saltwater Fishing Day: This Saturday, you don't need a license to go saltwater fishing. The requirement is waived for all recreational anglers statewide, and it applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license, such as crabbing, lobstering or scalloping.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice: Yes, you can ice skate outdoors in Florida. The annual ice skating rink is open almost daily through Jan. 3 in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, and each $12, 90-minute session includes skate rental. (813) 966-5505.

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