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What's happening? Fort De Soto, Tim McGraw, Tropical Heatwave, more

Tropical Heatwave, tickets range from $20-$50, all over Ybor City in Tampa

The 32nd annual eclectic music fest expands to two days this year, with more than 60 bands on stages throughout Ybor City. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday (events at the Roosevelt 2.0 begin at 2 p.m.) at venues in and around the Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City. Friday tickets are $20 advance, $30 at the gate; Saturday is $30/$40; weekend passes are $40/$50. For details and lineup, go to wmnf.org/heatwave.

Tim McGraw, 7 p.m., $40.75-$84.70, Live Nation Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa

Country fans, this one's for you. Tim McGraw's tour makes a stop in Tampa, and though fans will certainly be treated to the gamut of McGraw charm, they'll be in for a treat when young gun Brantley Gilbert makes a case for his own spot in the court of country royalty with songs like Kick It in the Sticks and Country Must Be Country Wide.

Mother's Day

You didn't forget, did you? Make sure you celebrate Mom on Sunday — how about treating her to a nice brunch or dinner? Go to tampabay.com/things-to-do for a list of Mother's Day events and restaurant suggestions.

Fort De Soto Park 50th Birthday Celebration, free, St. Petersburg

It's home to one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the world. It has stood sentinel along southern Pinellas County, a 1,136-acre spit of land practically untouched. And on Saturday, Fort De Soto Park turns 50. When it opened on May 11, 1963, about 20,000 people came out to catch a glimpse of Henry Fonda and watch a beauty pageant. Expect no such star power for Saturday's celebration, instead a fitting nod to nature with a sea oat planting starting at 9 a.m. and exhibits from Tampa Bay Watch, Birds of Prey and other groups. There will also be music, a barbecue and a classic water ski show. The party is free, but don't forget the $5 park fee — a pittance for a piece of paradise. Tip: The fee will be waived if you get there before 10 a.m.

What's happening? Fort De Soto, Tim McGraw, Tropical Heatwave, more 05/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:10pm]
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