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  1. Suncoast Jazz Classic

    Editor's pick

    Sheraton Sand Key Resort

    North Pinellas beaches : 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    With three days of concerts on five stages along Clearwater Beach, local and veteran jazz musicians will play traditional jazz, as well as swing, ragtime, rhythm & blues and Zydeco Cajun music. See the festival's website for lineup.

    Sunday kicks off with a morning gospel performance by Barbary Coast. The festival finale wraps up at 4:15 p.m. with Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band.

    Price: Tickets start at $40, $112.50 for weekend pass. Students $10 for weekend pass.

  2. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    This hands-on, interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian will end its U.S. tour this weekend, parked by the main entrance to the zoo. It introduces visitors to the special relationship humans share with animals and was designed to inspire the next generation of veterinarians.

    Price: Free.

  3. CraftArt 2014

    Editor's pick

    Florida CraftArt Galleries

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The juried fine craft art exhibition features handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media. Enjoy craft beers by area micro-breweries and food by area food trucks, watch artist demonstrations and bid on raffle items.

    Price: Free.

  4. Ice!

    Gaylord Palms Resort

    Kissimmee : 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 34746

    The resort has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by artists brought in from China and 40 tons of snow. It's only 9 degrees inside, but they supply you with heavy parkas. Still, gloves and warm socks are recommended. This year features a Nutcracker theme, ice slides and artis …

    Price: $28.99-$29.99, $26.99-$28.99 seniors, $14.99-$16.99 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. $18 parking fee (validated if dining at resort restaurant).

  5. Ice Palace at International Plaza

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza and Bay Street

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    International Plaza transforms into the Ice Palace, a 30-foot dome with snow, a light show and interactive snow globes depicting scenes from Disney's Frozen. Ice Palace entertainment includes an Icy Hand Print experience, size comparisons with Sven and Olaf and photos with Olaf on an ice throne. …

    Price: Free.

  6. Bassjackers and Dyro

    Hogan's Beach

    Rocky Point : 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, 33607

    The house DJs who collaborated on the song, Grid, will bring the bass to the beach party.

    Price: $10 until September 24.

  7. Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival

    Editor's pick

    Bilmar Beach Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This annual competition is more than just making castles in the sand. Master sand sculptors work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand, shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes. The top four sculptures and a "people's choice' sculpture wi …

    View the finished sculptures. Vendors and music all day.

    Price: Free.

  8. Tampa's Downtown on Ice

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Even in Florida, you can get in the holiday spirit by skating on an outdoor rink in the park. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental. The rink is open through Jan. 4.

    Price: $10.

  9. PNC Bank Concert Artist Series: Tom Teasley

    Editor's pick

    University of Tampa Sykes Chapel

    Tampa : 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    The fourth season will feature works of Mozart and other classical composers, as well as world percussion and jazz from a variety of musicians.

    Award-winning world percussionist.

    Price: Free.

  10. Sunday Bicycle Rides

    Publix in the Shoppes at New Tampa

    Wesley Chapel : 1920 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, 33544

    Meet in the parking lot for a 25-mile tour of southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties near County Line Road. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 14 MPH. Call (859) 948-4684.

    Price: Free.

  11. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

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

    Cast members take months to get ready for one special guest to throw the giant switch on the seasonal display. Features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music that decorate the New York street scene of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Included with daily general admissi …

    Price: $94, $88 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  12. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration


    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71), Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld's celebration welcomes guests with everything from a sparkling Sea of Trees, classic holiday tunes, an ice skating show, Holiday Reflections fountain and fireworks show, a Christmas market, Elmo's Christmas Wish show and a special Shamu's "Christmas - Miracles" show. Remains o …

    Price: $95, $87 ages 3-9.

  13. TICA Championship Cat Show

    Minnreg Building

    Pinellas Park : 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo, 33773

    The International Cat Association brings judges from across the country for this all breed show with cats in 12 rings, adoptable cats available and vendors selling cat related items.

    Price: $6, $3 children, 5 and younger free.

  14. Sarasota Medieval Fair

    Sarasota County Fairgrounds

    Sarasota : 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 34237

    Step through the gates for a medieval experience with King Otto at his annual festival including the Washing Well Wenches, full contact jousting, a human combat chess tournament and performances by Cast in Bronze, the Criac Show, Cu Dubh and the Wheel of Death.

    Price: $16.95, $14.95 students/seniors, $8.95 ages 5-12, four and younger free.

  15. Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach

    Corey Avenue Area

    South Pinellas beaches : 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The revamped weekly market features more than 60 vendors offering top quality farm fresh produce, specialty gourmet food, plants, ready to eat items, handcrafted items and live music. Between Boca Ciega Drive and Gulf Boulevard.

    Price: Free admission.

  16. Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival

    Downtown Sarasota (Gulfstream Ave and Main Street)

    Sarasota : Gulfstream Ave and Main Street, Sarasota, 34236

    Journey into an extraordinary 'outdoor art gallery' created from the original handmade works of more than 110 artists from across America. Select from paintings, photography, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics and more, plus meet the artist who created the piece.

    Price: Free admission and parking.

  17. Do-It-Yourself Festival

    Palm Lake Christian Church

    St. Petersburg : 5401 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33710

    Do-it-yourself workshops and vendors teach a wide variety of topics including community gardening, solar energy, 3-D printing, getting into college, self defense and more.

    Price: Free.

  18. Yoga + Dali

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    The vinyasa/ashtanga-based classes are held in the Community Room or Avant-Garden with views of the waterfront. Bring a mat and a towel.

    Price: $15, $10 members.

  19. Free Museum Admission for Veterans

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton : 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

    In honor of Veterans Day, U.S. veterans and active service military receive free admission to the museum for the entire month of November. The museum is closed Nov. 1, Thanksgiving Day and every Monday.

    Price: $18, $16 seniors, $14 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

  20. La Verbena Festival

    Centennial Park

    Ybor City : 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The family festival showcasing the history of cigar maker Vincente Martinez Ybor includes food, entertainment and cigars.

    Price: Free.

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