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  1. Sugar Sand Festival

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into "Sugar Sand Tales" themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 21,000-square-foot tent. The 10 day festival also brings a few free activities to the beach including movies, fireworks and beachfro …

    Price: $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.

  2. Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party

    Channelside Bay Plaza

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are tied in the best of seven Stanley Cup series and face the Red Wings again in Detroit. You can still cheer them on among fellow fans at a watch party with food and drink specials, giveaways and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls.

    Price: Free (food/drink/parking additional).

  3. Lecture: Rockwell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1934-1968

    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    In this lecture series surrounding the Norman Rockwell exhibition at the museum, author, professor and civil rights history specialist Raymond Arsenault will discuss Rockwell's representations of African-Americans and the struggle for civil rights.

    Price: Regular admission, free for patrons and members.

  4. Covenant

    The Orpheum

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

    The Swedish synthpop icons will be joined by Labrynth and Ms. FD.

    Price: $20-$45.

  5. Tim Barry

    The Local 662

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This year marks the singer/songwriter's 15th anniversary of his solo career. He will return to the St. Petersburg stage with Sam Russo.

    Price: $12 advance.

  6. Senior Safari

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Seniors age 50 and older get into the zoo for $10. The day includes a Brain and Body Challenge, entertainment, health screenings and games. Proof of age required.

    Price: $10.

  7. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    For this year's festival (daily through May 17), in addition to nearly 100 topiary characters, outdoor kitchens and Tinker Bells' Butterfly House, Frozen is set to make its first appearance represented in a garden at the World Showcase Plaza, with white and silver blooms. The concert series, ren …

    Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival gives a nod to Earth Day with special activities including visits with Animal Kingdom wildlife and eco-specialists in the Festival Center (Friday through Wednesday) and presentations by the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and Audubon Florida (Friday through Wednesday).

    Price: $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  8. Sun'n Fun Fly-In

    Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

    Lakeland : 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, 33811

    It's all about the planes and flight at International Fly-in and Expo April 21-26, with aerobatic performances, this year's featured air show performances by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds (April 25-26), the Geico Skytypers (April 23-25) and the Breitling Jet team (April 21, 24-25); al …

    Price: $37, $15 ages 11-17, 10 and younger free. VIP (includes preferred airshow seating, full breakfast, dinner buffet (selected evenings), free beverages, Meet and Greet with pilots, guided tours, charging stations, souvenirs, other amenities.

  9. Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market


    Gulfport : Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

    With live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants and crafts.

    Price: Free.

  10. Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    An annual event to test mental and physical prowess including a fun walk, continental breakfast, health screenings, entertainment, giveaways and brain and body challenges.

    Price: $6 lunch.

  11. Victims' Time of Remembrance

    Historic Brooksville Courthouse

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 20 N Main St., Brooksville, 34601

    Open to those who would like a loved one remembered. Refreshments will be served. Call to RSVP no later than April 17.

    Price: Free.

  12. Beer and Hymns

    Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

    Countryside : 28910 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33761

    Join approximately 100 like minded Lutherans for an evening of spiritual interaction, singing, buy-one-get-one hamburgers and trivia games.

    Price: Free.

  13. Zoominations: A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Discover 30 illuminated scenes built by craftsman from Zigong, China, including replicas of the Beijing Temple of Heaven and larger-than-life dragons, pandas, rhinos and more. It will also feature performances by Chinese acrobats and an artisan market with handmade crafts. Runs through May 31

    Price: $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (Zoominations); $39.95, $37.95 seniors, $29.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (combo Zoominations and Zoo admission).

  14. Lights, Fashion, Hope

    Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    The LAMPlighters 7th annual spring fashion event will be a Vegas inspired evening featuring local fashion, restaurants, cocktails, music, Vegas inspired acts and entertainment and a High Roller Jackpot raffle. Benefits homeless and at-risk children in our community.

    Price: $100, $150 couple.

  15. Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium: French Macaron Workshop

    Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

    Brandon : 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Classes on a variety of culinary topics designed for the home cook. Call for other class topics.

    Classic French cookies, with fillings from raspberry buttercream to lemon curd and coffee cream cheese. $50.

  16. Coding for Arduino: Sensors

    John F. Germany Public Library

    Downtown Tampa : 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Create basic C/C++ code for light and temperature sensors using Arduino sketch software. Located at THE HIVE, on the third floor of the library.

    Price: Free.

  17. Florida Herb Society

    Moccasin Lake Nature Park

    Clearwater : 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, 33759

    Learn about the benefits of using herbs in culinary, medicinal, and decorative purposes; club meets every third Tuesday from Sept.-June; bring plants, cuttings for herbal swap.

    Linda Nash Stevenson discusses the benefits and uses of flower essences.

    Price: First meeting free, $25 yearly membership.

  18. Crabbie's Week: Trivia Night and Social Media Party

    The Brass Tap (Brandon)

    Brandon : 775 Brandon Towncenter, Brandon, 33511

    A week of parties celebrating Crabbies Original and Spiced Orange flavors.

    Enjoy Crabbie's Original and Spiced Orange over ice with a slice of citrus as you test your knowledge with themed questions. Have your picture taken with the trademark 7-foot elephant and follow the party on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Price: No cover.

  19. ADHD Parent Support Network Seminar

    Tampa Day School

    Citrus Park : 1206 Henderson Road, Tampa, 33625

    Local professionals volunteer their time to discuss topics throughout the school year including, Kicking off the School Year on the Right Foot: Understanding the Skills ADHD Students Need Help With, How Parents Can Effectively Use Academic Coaching, Is There Something More Than ADHD Going on wit …

    Price: Free.

  20. Miss Tess & the Talkbacks

    Skipper's Smokehouse

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    The four piece rock 'n' roll Brooklyn band is rooted in blues, throwback country and rockabilly music. 6 Volt Rodeo returns to Skippers to open.

    Price: $7-$10.

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