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  1. Tampa RiverFest: Bloody Mary Festival

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    With the 1.8-mile Riverwalk now in place, this new festival has a weekend packed with events at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River.  In addition, the Tampa Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will offer free admission on Saturday. Admission will be free for children …

    Tickets are $32 ($75 VIP) for unlimited samples of Bloody Marys from a variety of local eateries. Brunch and mimosas available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Price: Free.

  2. Tampa RiverFest: Cigar City River Run

    Editor's pick

    Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

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

    With the 1.8-mile Riverwalk now in place, this new festival has a weekend packed with events at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River.  In addition, the Tampa Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will offer free admission on Saturday. Admission will be free for children …

    Start at the Pier at Cotanchobee Park and run toward downtown on the Riverwalk to Curtis Hixon Park and back, about 2 miles. Runners get a T-shirt, a medal in the shape of a beer bottle opener and one Cigar City beer. Registration is $35 at Active.com, $40 day of. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the run starts at 10 a.m.

    Price: Free.

  3. Fun 'n Country Festival

    Coachman Park

    Downtown Clearwater : 301 Drew St., Clearwater, 33756

    The newly-named festival will feature headliner, The Eli Young Band who scored No. 1 country hits with Crazy Girl and Even If It Breaks Your Heart. Joining them are Thompson Square, Gloriana and Jana Kramer. Bring towels, blankets and chairs.

    Price: $10 advance, $25 reserved seating, $75 VIP; prices increase $5 day of show.

  4. Bark at the Ballpark

    Editor's pick

    Bright House Field

    Clearwater : 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, 33765

    Take your dog out to a ball game with vendors lining the concourse, contests, run the bases and a dog splash zone. Gates open at noon. Benefits the Humane Society of Pinellas.

    Price: $6.

  5. Tampa RiverFest: String Theory's Fin Harp

    Editor's pick

    Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    With the 1.8-mile Riverwalk now in place, this new festival has a weekend packed with events at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River.  In addition, the Tampa Museum of Art and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will offer free admission on Saturday. Admission will be free for children …

    Featuring the giant art installation that is an actual working harp. Docents will be available from 12:30 to 5 p.m. to play and discuss the harp. Free.

    Price: Free.

  6. Star Wars Party

    Editor's pick

    The Bricks

    Ybor City : 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Area Star Wars fans have pulled together this family friendly salute to "May the Fourth be with You" that includes balloon animals, costume contest, pinata smash, photo booth, drink specials and "Dance Like Darth Vader" lessons.

    Price: No cover.

  7. 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.

  8. Tampa Theatre Family Favorites Film Series: Frozen Sing-Along

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    The next generation of young fans get the chance to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen.

    The series ends with the sing-along version of the recent Disney smash hit Frozen. After the kingdom of Arendelle is accidentally cast into eternal winter by newly crowned snow queen, her sister teams up with a mountaineer, a reindeer and a summer loving snowman to break the icy spell.

    Price: $10, $8 ages 12 and younger.

  9. Brandon T. Jackson

    Improv Comedy Theater

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

    Best known for his role as Alpha Chino in Tropic Thunder, the actor and comedian has many TV and film credits, and was named one of "10 Comics to Watch" by Daily Variety.

    Price: $20.

  10. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

    Red Mesa Cantina

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Red Mesa stretches their Cinco De Mayo celebration. They call it a "week long fiesta," but it's actually five nights of drink specials, tequila shots, live music, raffles and giveaways.

    Price: No cover (food and drink individually priced).

  11. 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-winning musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. American Stage's annual play in the park takes place outdoors. Reserved seats are available for purchase, but it's just as fun to pack a picnic and sit on the grass. Through May 17.

    Price: $13-$20 lawn, $26 premium blanket, $32 reserved.

  12. Sunday Bicycle Rides

    John B. Sargeant Park

    Thonotosassa : 12702 U.S. 301, Thonotosassa, 33592

    Meet at the park for a 33-mile ride through the rolling hills and rural roads surrounding Lake Thonotosassa. Helmets and two bottles of water are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. Call (813) 236-8119.

    Price: Free.

  13. Pastry & Baking Classes: Breads

    Michael's Extraordinary Desserts and Baking Academy at St. Pete Bakery

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1961 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Chef Michael Ostrander shares his secrets as an executive pastry chef in hands-on full day class. Register online.

    Learn to bake a variety of breads and savor the fresh-baked aroma at home.

    Price: $100, includes lunch, recipe book.

  14. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Taylor Dayne

    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.

  15. Train Weekend

    Editor's pick

    Largo Central Railroad

    Largo : 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771

    Kids of all ages can ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad.

    Price: Free (donations for train maintenance appreciated).

  16. Sweetfields Sunflower Maze

    Editor's pick

    Sweetfields Farm

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown, 34604

    Get lost in a life-sized 6-acre labyrinth made of sunflowers. Enjoy hay rides, veggie cannon, farm animals with goats on grass roofs, peddle cars, pig and rubber duck races, up-pick farm grown veggies, story teller and more. Open all weekends in May, on Memorial Day and June 6 and 7. Dates may b …

    Price: $9 ages 12 and up; $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  17. Sunscreen Film Festival

    Editor's pick

    Sundial 19

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This four-day showcase of independent films includes dramatic and comedy shorts, documentaries and international films. Notable films include Teacher of the Year (May 2) is a comedy starring Comedy Central's Keegan-Michael Key and a documentary tha features  Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen. Day …

    Price: $50 per day.

  18. Tampa Downtown Carnival

    Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

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

    The "urban" carnival held in conjunction with Tampa Riverfest includes classic carnival rides, midway games and food.

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

  19. Diggin' the Arts

    Florida Botanical Gardens

    Largo : 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    Annual event melds the arts and flora in the gardens, and includes a plein air painting competition, art exhibit, garden art exhibits, vendors with orchids, tropicals and other plants, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, painted garden art items and more, scavenger hunt, rain barrel raffles, music and …

    Price: $2, 12 and younger free.

  20. Mother's Day Shopping Bazaar

    Tampa Garden Club

    South Tampa : 2629 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    Find a unique gift for Mom at bazaar with specialty vendors offering products not found in area stores, plus gourmet coffee bar, wine samplings, food for sale.

    Price: Free.

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