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  1. International Indian Film Academy Weekend: IIFA Expo

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The Indian cinema industry brings the giant international awards ceremony to Tampa, the first time the "Bollywood Oscars" have been held in the U.S.

    A Bollywood shopping extravaganza offering a taste of Indian art, culture and celebrations.

    Price: TBA.

  2. International Indian Film Academy Weekend: IIFA Global Business Forum

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The Indian cinema industry brings the giant international awards ceremony to Tampa, the first time the "Bollywood Oscars" have been held in the U.S.

    Brings together business leaders from India and America to explore new commercial opportunities. This year's theme: "Indo-U.S. Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth."

    Price: TBA.

  3. International Indian Film Academy Weekend: IIFA Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards

    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    The Indian cinema industry brings the giant international awards ceremony to Tampa, the first time the "Bollywood Oscars" have been held in the U.S.

    A green carpet reception begins at 4:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m.

    Price: TBA.

  4. Blast Friday: Mark Farner with Stormbringer

    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.

    Farner, the lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad ( I'm Your Captain, We're An American Band, The Loco-Motion,  Some Kind of Wonderful) performs a free concert.  Opening the show will be special guest Stormbringer.

    Price: Free.


    Editor's pick

    Tampa Bay Times Forum

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    98ROCK, is introducing some new frills this year including, an intimate acoustic performance and meet-and-greet photo sessions with some of the artists including headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Pretty Reckless, Lacuna Coil, Fozzy, We As Human, Black Stone Cherry and Saigon K …

    Price: $19-$49, $169 VIP.

  6. MythBusters After Dark and Food Truck Rally

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    After-hours event with $5 discounted admission to general MOSI exhibits, music, games and a food truck rally outside including Mobile Munchiez, Der Wurst Wagen, Aloha to Go, Renny's Oki Doki, Enjoy Sweets and the Inside Scoop. Guests can also pay full price admission to the MythBusters exhibit f …

    Price: Free (food trucks); $5 (MOSI exhibits); $24.95, $21.95 seniors, $19.95 children (MythBusters).

  7. Friday Extra Concert Series: Amber Lynn and Southern Train

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Bring blankets, low back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes for outdoor concerts by Tampa Bay area music acts. Alcohol is prohibited.

    Price: Free.

  8. Brett Eldredge

    The Dallas Bull

    Tampa : 3322 U.S. 301, Tampa, 33619

    The Country singer who toured with Taylor Swift will perform hits including, Don't Ya and more at the Country bar.

    Price: $10-$15.

  9. Water Circus

    Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall

    Brandon : 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon, 33511

    Cirque Italia add the element of water to their big top show with a traveling 35,000-gallon water stage. During "A Magical Experience," audience members watch as the tank lid lifts up 35-feet into the air releasing a curtain of rain and fountains onto death defying performers and comed …

    Price: $10-$50.

  10. Rob Thomas

    Editor's pick

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

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

    The Matchbox Twenty singer is embarking on a solo tour, which includes an intimate concert at the Clearwater venue.

    Price: $65-$100.

  11. American Stage in the Park: The Wiz

    Editor's pick

    Demens Landing

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

    Ease on down the road with this modern take of the seven time Tony Award winning musical. 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.

    Price: $13 Wed.-Thur. and Sunday, $18 Fri.-Sat. (advance); $15 Wed.-Thur. and Sunday, $20 Fri.-Sat. (at the gate); $32 reserved seating all nights..

  12. Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Tan Dun's Water Concerto

    Editor's pick

    Ferguson Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Principal Percussionist John Shaw will enchant concertgoers with Chinese Tan Dun's Water Concerto. The concert also includes Haydn's Symphony No. 103, Drum Roll and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2..

    Price: $15-$45.

  13. The Mikado: Preview performance

    Freefall Theatre

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

    Gilbert & Sullivan's satire on imperialism and bureaucracy is peppered with songs such as A Wand'ring Minstrel, Three Little Maids, and The Sun Whose Rays. Through May 18.

    Price: $20-$44; package deals available.

  14. Fair Housing Symposium

    Pinellas Realtor Organization Auditorium

    Pinellas Park : 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, 33762

    The 11th annual event will provide fair housing information useful for housing providers, real estate agents, attorneys, government officials and the general public. Featured guest speakers include Wesley Aleshire, a national fair housing trainer, Steve Tomkowiak, a former judicial clerk with th …

    Price: $25, $30 after April 18, $35 at the door.

  15. Busch Gardens/SeaWorld Weekday Special

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens and SeaWorld celebrate Spring Break by offering special weekday discounts. Now through May 5, both parks are offering $50 ticket good for any single weekday admission at either park.

    Price: $50.

  16. Sea Lion Splash

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    Sea Lion Splash opens introducing a colony of coastal sea lions, daily presentations and an outdoor activity area. Remains on display through May 31. $2, in addition to park admission.


  17. Southern Living Showcase Home Tour: Art Week

    Southern Living Showcase Home

    Westshore : 4 Sandpiper Road, Tampa, 33609

    Javic Homes was selected by Southern Living to construct this home representing commitment to craftsmanship, southern architecture and quality home building. Tours of the home benefit Operation Finally Home and All Children's Hospital.

    Features book signing by Mary Kay Andrews, and artists on site.

    Price: $10.

  18. Regata del Sol al Sol

    St. Petersburg Yacht Club

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hundreds of monohull and multihull cruisers and non-spinnakers start just off The Pier and race under the Sunshine Skyway to the finish line at Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Good viewing spots can be found all along Tampa Bay.

    Price: Spectators free.

  19. Spring Cleaning Sale

    Venue Theatre

    Pinellas Park : 9125 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, 33782

    The theater is cleaning out their closets, dusting off their props and selling all show items they'll no longer use in an effort to raise tuition funds for youth summer acting camps. Runs Fridays, Saturday and Sunday's through April 26.

    Price: Free (items individually priced).

  20. EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

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

    Daily from March 5 to May 18, this year's festival is brimming with new topiaries like Kermit and Miss Piggy, among the 75 total, now illuminated with twinkling lights at night, plus waterwise, vegetable and even an Everglades Garden; bonsai, orchid, hummingbird exhibits; kids landscaped playgro …


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