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  1. Gasparilla Music Festival : SOLD OUT

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park will come alive with two days of Tampa music, food and culture. This year's festival features four stages and over 40 acts including, headliners, Modest Mouse along with Mutemath and The Gas Light Anthem, on March 7, followed by Dumpstaphunk, G …

    Price: $40-$115 early bird.

  2. Colossal Curl

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    Adventure Island

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    The park welcomes its newest thrill ride, a 70 foot mega slide that hurtles riders above Adventure Island's 30 acres before diving back into the splash pool.

    Price: $49, $45 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  3. World War II Weekend

    Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

    Bushnell : 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, 33513

    Uniformed re-enactors representing both Allied and Axis forces demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times. The day will include military vehicles, wartime encampment, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music. A reenactment battle will be at 2 p.m.

    Price: $3; WWII veterans and ages 5 and younger free.

  4. Trashy Treasures Sale

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    Dunedin Fine Art Center

    Dunedin : 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

    Trashy Treasures art garage sale features an array of inspired artwork and supplies for sale.

    Price: Free.

  5. Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: John Legend

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    Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds

    Plant City : 303 N Lemon St., Plant City, 33563

    It's not just the strawberries that make this event sweet. Though crowds may come for the fruit, they stay for the live entertainment. This year's major headliners include, Reba McEntire, Boyz II Men, Sara Evans, John Legend and interestingly enough Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. Headli …

    Saturday's headliner is John Legend ($50) with opener Dan + Shay ($15-$20). Also today is Hola Plant City with Latino stars Cheyo Carillo, a California vocalist, and Tejano artist Simona. The free show is at 6 p.m. 

    Price: $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra.

  6. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Flight of Fantasy

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    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    The 37th annual festival takes you back in time to a period of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.

    Explore the wonders of the world at Flight of Fantasy weekend with entertainment from around the globe including a belly dance championship and martial arts demonstrations. Make sure to show up in your Steampunk gear for a Steampunk contest and a mask contest.

    Price: $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs.

  7. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell Exhibit

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    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The exhibit will include original oil paintings, as well as tear sheets of more than 320 covers the popular artist created during his long career with the magazine. Through May 31.  

    Price: $15.

  8. Tampa Bay Beer Week: Dunedin Craft Beer Fest

    Edgewater Park

    Dunedin : 51 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Local craft brewers, distributors, taverns, brew pubs, restaurants, home brewers are showcased in annual Tampa Bay Beer Week, March 7-15, with special releases, tap 'takeovers', pairings, festivals. Check web site for complete list of Beer Week events.

    Taste more than 50 Florida craft beers at this festival with food trucks, children's activities and live music by Full Fledged Unit, Crackerbilly Band and Mark Roland. Free (food/drink additional).

  9. Wild Splash 2015

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    Coachman Park

    Downtown Clearwater : 301 Drew St., Clearwater, 33756

    WiLD 94.1 just made your Spring Break decision a little easier. Head on down to Clearwater for some of the biggest names in hip hop including T.I, Flo Rida, Meek Mill, Kevin Gates, Shaggy, Wash and Natalie La Rose, plus activities, food, vendors, contests and more. 

    Price: $20 early bird; $35, $100 VIP.

  10. Tampa Bay Beer Week: Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival

    Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

    Downtown Tampa : 601 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    Local craft brewers, distributors, taverns, brew pubs, restaurants, home brewers are showcased in annual Tampa Bay Beer Week, March 7-15, with special releases, tap 'takeovers', pairings, festivals. Check web site for complete list of Beer Week events.

    Unlimited two-ounce tastings from Florida craft breweries, live music, food for sale, commemorative tasting glass. 21 or older, no children or animals. Rain or shine. $65 VIP (early admission at 1 p.m.), $45 advance gen. admission, $50 day of event, $10 designated driver (at gate only). Buy tickets at: http://floridabrewersguild.org/events/.

  11. Bright Lights, Big City

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    Freefall Theatre

    St. Petersburg : 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33710

    Follow the sordid adventures of a depraved fact checker at a New York magazine as he plummets into the yuppie party scene. In classic Freefall style,  the black box theater has been turned into a 1980s nightclub setting, with high-top table seating for the guests.

    Price: $21-$46.

  12. Nude Nite

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    Costa Building

    Ybor City : 3606 E Fourth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    This three-night, 21-and-older sensual art event turns an industrial warehouse into a pop-up gallery. The theme this year is "Extreme Dreams" and visitors will explore dream-like experiences in burlesque, live art by body painters, explicit photography, live music and a cast of adult-t …

    Price: $20-$25.

  13. Andy Grammer

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    The Orpheum

    Ybor City : 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    From hustling street performer on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, to a Platinum-selling recording pop artist, it  seems like yesterday he was discovered by Steve Greenberg. Alexa & Sierra and Paradise Fears open.

    Price: $20-$30.

  14. Jim Breuer

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    Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,' he gained fame for four year run on Saturday Night Live and starring role in the cult classic Half Baked alongside Dave Chappelle.

    Price: $25-$35.

  15. Anthony Jeselnik

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    Improv Comedy Theater

    Ybor City : 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The comedian, television host, writer and producer is known for his dark comedy style.

    Price: $25.

  16. Jon Lovitz

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    Improv Comedy Theater

    Ybor City : 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Known for his distinctive voice, this comedian has accomplished many feats over his 20 year career, including Emmy nominations, appearances in over 30 films and being one of the first famous guests to appear on Friends.

    Price: $30.

  17. Busch Gardens Serengeti Night Safari

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Travel through the park's Edge of Africa in the dark, viewing the active nighttime behaviors of lions, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and more, then cozy up around a bonfire. Before and after the safari, drinks, appetizers, nightcap and desserts are provided in the Safari Club. Guests must be 21 and u …

    Price: $69 per person. Park admission not required.

  18. Paul Anka

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    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    The 1950's teen heartthrob turned into a legendary singer and songwriter, known for writing Sinatra's My Way and many other hits. 

    Price: $59-$100.

  19. Mardi Gras at Universal: Trace Adkins

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Running through April 18, Universal Studios brings the Big Easy to Orlando once a week with a Mardi Gras parade, lots of beads, Cajun food and a free concert by pop and rock acts, all included with admission.

    Price: $102, $97 child.

  20. Bright Lights, Big City

    Editor's pick

    Freefall Theatre

    St. Petersburg : 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33710

    Follow the sordid adventures of a depraved fact checker at a New York magazine as he plummets into the yuppie party scene. In classic Freefall style,  the black box theater has been turned into a 1980s nightclub setting, with high-top table seating for the guests.

    Price: $21-$46.

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