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  1. Sugar Sand Festival: Free Concert and Movie

    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 …

    The Black Honkeys perform at 7 p.m. and a screening of Dolphin Tale 2 at 7 p.m.

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

  2. Blast Friday: Clearwater's Centennial

    Editor's pick

    400 Block of Cleveland Street

    Downtown Clearwater : Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater, 33755

    The family-friendly celebration features unique vendors, fun foods, family activities, contests and entertainment -- including a free concert featuring Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

    It's a birthday theme this month with live music by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with the Superstars featuring Ronnie Dee.  Pick Your Poison Cupcake Cafe will be serving specialty cupcakes in honor of the Clearwater's 100th birthday in front of the Capitol Theatre.There will also be free activities for kids, including a bubble station and face painting. Birthday Bingo will take place in the Capitol Theatre from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a chance to win tickets to upcoming shows.

    Price: Free.

  3. American Stage in the Park: In the Heights: Gala Under the Stars

    Editor's pick

    Demens Landing

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Catch Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. American Stage's annual play in the park takes place outdoors in Demens Landing. Reserved seats are available for purchase, but it's just as fun to pack a picnic and sit on the grass. Through M …

    Sit down to a catered gourmet dinner with open bar, curtain speech recognition and auctions. $140-$180.

    Price: $13-$20 lawn, $26 premium blanket, $32 reserved, pay what you can April 22-23.

  4. 98Rockfest

    Editor's pick

    Amalie Arena

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Tampa's hard rock station will celebrate 25 years during this year's annual shred-a-thon featuring headliners, Five Finger Death Punch along with Rise Against, Breaking Benjamin, the Pretty Reckless and Nothing More. A free pre-show with Sleepwave, Beartooth, Young Guns and DJ Skratch n Sniff wi …

    Price: $25-$59: $169 limited number of VIP tickets.

  5. Pound and A Bear Hug: Opening Reception

    Editor's pick

    Cass Art Studio

    South Tampa : 2722 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33629

    Join Florida-based artists, Bask & Tes One as they celebrate 10 years of collaboration by revisiting their seminal Pound and a Bear Hug exhibition with an all new collection of paintings, prints and installations. Both accomplished artists, Bask's paintings were featured in the film Iron Man …

    Price: Free.

  6. Friday Extra Concert Series: Save the Radio

    Editor's pick

    Water Works Park

    Tampa : 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa, 33602

    Tampa's longest running series features local artists performing diverse genres of music. Concessions are available, as well as limited free parking.

    Morgan Bernard opens.

    Price: Free.

  7. Queensryche

    Editor's pick

    State Theatre

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Though founding singer, Geoff Tate is no longer part of the late '80s progressive heavy metal band, fans will enjoy seeing the rest of the members in such an intimate venue.

    Price: $39.50.

  8. Harvey

    Editor's pick

    Freefall Theatre

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

    Elwood P. Dowd and a rabbit friend only he can see get into trouble when his sister sends them away to a sanitarium.

    Price: $23-$41.

  9. Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Judy Garland Tribute

    Editor's pick

    Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Singer Hilary Kole, a staple of the New York jazz scene, recreates Judy Garland's memorable performances with the Florida Orchestra, featuring selections from The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Broadway Melody, and more.

    Price: $15-$45.

  10. American Stage in the Park: In the Heights

    Editor's pick

    Demens Landing

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Catch Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. American Stage's annual play in the park takes place outdoors in Demens Landing. Reserved seats are available for purchase, but it's just as fun to pack a picnic and sit on the grass. Through M …

    Price: $13-$20 lawn, $26 premium blanket, $32 reserved, pay what you can April 22-23.

  11. Presidential Events Series: Food Safety and Security in Our Community

    Eckerd College

    St. Petersburg : 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33711

    The Presidential Events Series is designed to enhance the intellectual, religious and cultural life of the College community by bringing well-known scholars, artists, scientists and distinguished individuals to the campus. This year's series, titled "Between Worlds: Immigration, Identity and Glo …

    A two-day conference linking scientifically credible information to the formulation and implementation of sound, effective domestic and international policies about food security.

    Price: Free.

  12. FIVB/AVP Pro Volleyball

    Spa Beach at the Pier approach

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The Association of Volleyball Professionals partners with the Federation International de Volleyball to bring all the action and stars of the Beach Volleyball Tour for a stop in St. Petersburg. The beach party atmosphere includes music, food and interactive activities. Olympians Kerri Walsh-Jenn …

    Price: Free, $100-$150 VIP.

  13. 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.

  14. National Volleyball League: Pro Qualifier

    John's Pass Village and Boardwalk

    North Pinellas beaches : 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, 33708

    The second tournament of the 2015 pro season comes to the beach adjacent to John's Pass. Teams from across the country vie for a $50,000 prize purse. Local players competing for the title include Brooke Niles, Karolina Sowala, Dave Palm, Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima and Piotr Marciniak. A "Cli …

  15. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: The Guess Who

    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 …

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

  16. Florida PodFest

    Ramada Westshore Tampa Inn & Conference Center

    Stadium Area : 1200 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    Leading podcasters from throughout Florida, and across the country, will be featured at the inaugural event to offer tips on how to launch podcasts, build loyal audiences and leverage technology to transform businesses.

    Price: $249.

  17. Spring Swing for Hope

    Belleview Biltmore Golf & Spa Resort

    Belleair : 25 Belleview Boulevard, Belleair, 33756

    Foursomes tee off for this 18-hole shotgun start tournament with fun holes, mulligans, lunch, an after party and contests for putting, closest to pin, longest drive and hole-in-one to benefit the HCA Hope Fund.

    Price: $125.

  18. Ikebana: In Honor of Trees

    Sunken Gardens

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Wander through the garden paths and view unique ikebana floral designs, as Ikebana International members install large scale outdoor arrangements in the garden landscape, in honor of Arbor Day.

    Price: Free with Gardens admisson: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 kids 2-11, under age 2, free.

  19. American Cars/American Heroes

    Dimmitt Chevrolet

    Countryside : 25485 U.S. 19, Clearwater, 33763

    A veteran appreciation event to help veterans transition to the working world.

    Price: TBA

  20. Crystal River Rib Jam

    Crystal River Mall

    Citrus County : 1801 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River, 34428

    The annual festival combines saucy ribs with country and southern rock music, Elvis tributes, inflatables, interactive games, face painting and arts and crafts. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Citrus County.

    Price: $5, $12.50 (three days), $55 (VIP).

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