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  1. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    A weekend of fun and entertainment, while experiencing the diversity of cultures through sight, sound, smell and taste. The select group of artists invited to participate showcase various styles of art from around the world, and vie for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award and an additio …

    Price: Free.

  2. Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Kevin Costner and Modern West

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    Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds

    Plant City : 303 N Lemon St., Plant City, 33563

    It's not just the strawberries that make this event sweet. Though crowds may come for the fruit, they stay for the live entertainment. This year's major headliners include, Reba McEntire, Boyz II Men, Sara Evans, John Legend and interestingly enough Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. Headli …

    Saturday's headliner is Kevin Costner and Modern West ($35) with opener  MercyMe ($20). Also today is Hola Plant City, with a free show by Latino stars Grupo Control, with Billboard hits including Se Tamable, Influencias and 2012's ASI, earning them five gold records. Their free show is at 6 p.m..

    Price: $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra.

  3. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Buccaneer Beer and Pet Festival

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    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    The 37th annual festival takes you back in time to a period of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.

    Bring your furry friends and pirate pals for Buccaneer Beer and Pet Fest weekend. There's a pet rescue showcase, pet training demonstrations, contests for dogs, a tattoo contest, beer and wine tastings. This weekend also features swab the deck, a Perfect Pirate contest and biker discounts with presentation of motorcycle license.

    Price: $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs.

  4. Grand Central Chili Cook-off

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    Grand Central District

    Grand Central District : 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Sample winning entries judged by local celebrities at this festival with arts and crafts, live entertainment and a car show.

    Price: Free admission; $15 advance, $20 day of for tasting ticket if available.

  5. Tweed Ride

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    Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This popular leisurely bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg brings out ladies and gents in derby hats, vests, petticoats, lace-up boots and other fashionable vintage choices. Tea and scones served before the ride. After the ride, gather at the Shuffleboard Club for a party with appetizers, d …

    Price: $20 advance, $25 day of, $15 members.

  6. Bright Lights, Big City

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    Freefall Theatre

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

    Follow the sordid adventures of a depraved fact checker at a New York magazine as he plummets into the yuppie party scene. In classic Freefall style,  the black box theater has been turned into a 1980s nightclub setting, with high-top table seating for the guests.

    Price: $21-$46.

  7. Praise Wave Music Festival

    SeaWorld

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

    A day of fellowship accented by live performances by the hottest names in Christian music. Included with admission.

    The festival closes with a performance by Grammy Award winning artist Fred Hammond.

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

  8. Rockabilly Ruckus

    Skipper's Smokehouse

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    Western swing, country boogie band, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys headline along with the rockabilly sounds of the Slip and the Spin-outs, rock/surf songs by the Intoxicators, Ted Stevens Band and the honky-tonk Sara Rose Band.

    Price: $20 advance, $25 day of.

  9. Tampa Bay Beer Week: Stogies & Stouts

    Dunedin Brewery

    Dunedin : 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    Local craft brewers, distributors, taverns, brew pubs, restaurants, home brewers are showcased in annual Tampa Bay Beer Week, March 7-15, with special releases, tap 'takeovers', pairings, festivals. Check web site for complete list of Beer Week events.

    More than 30 local and national stouts on draft, and your choice of cigar. Includes a commemorative tasting glass, live music from Lingo. $35, $45 with meal voucher, limited seating. dunedinbrewery.com.

  10. Marcello Giordani

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    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Straight from his starring role in Aida at the Met, the renowned tenor arrives in Tampa for a solo performance at the 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival. This Italian opera phenom is renowned for his versatility, range and impeccable vocal quality.

    Price: $49.50-$99.50.

  11. Miranda Sings

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    The YouTube sensation is bringing a night of comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail and never-before-seen videos.

    Price: $33-$58.50.

  12. Megan Hilty

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    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The star of NBC's Smash and Sean Saves the World will perform an evening of Broadway favorites and tunes made famous by stars like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Dolly Parton.

    Price: $55-$75.

  13. Margaret Cho

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    Improv Comedy Theater

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

    The comedian, fashion designer, actor, author and singer-songwriter could be called a queen of all media, but she's never let go of her stand-up comedy roots, using jokes to critique social and political problems, especially relating to race and sexuality.

    Price: $25.

  14. Busch Gardens Serengeti Night Safari

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Travel through the park's Edge of Africa in the dark, viewing the active nighttime behaviors of lions, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and more, then cozy up around a bonfire. Before and after the safari, drinks, appetizers, nightcap and desserts are provided in the Safari Club. Guests must be 21 and u …

    Price: $69 per person. Park admission not required.

  15. Mardi Gras at Universal: Heart

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    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Running through April 18, Universal Studios brings the Big Easy to Orlando once a week with a Mardi Gras parade, lots of beads, Cajun food and a free concert by pop and rock acts, all included with admission.

    Price: $102, $97 child.

  16. Bright Lights, Big City

    Editor's pick

    Freefall Theatre

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

    Follow the sordid adventures of a depraved fact checker at a New York magazine as he plummets into the yuppie party scene. In classic Freefall style,  the black box theater has been turned into a 1980s nightclub setting, with high-top table seating for the guests.

    Price: $21-$46.

  17. Margaret Cho

    Editor's pick

    Improv Comedy Theater

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

    The comedian, fashion designer, actor, author and singer-songwriter could be called a queen of all media, but she's never let go of her stand-up comedy roots, using jokes to critique social and political problems, especially relating to race and sexuality.

    Price: $25.

  18. Ferry Corsten

    Amphitheatre

    Ybor City : 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    Having designed the Dutch trance sound, this DJ and producer propelled it into the clubbing consciousness and on further still into popular culture.

    Price: $15.

  19. Zoo Zoom

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    The ninth annual 5K run/walk winds through the zoo and along Hillsborough River. Includes admission to the zoo, T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Check in at 6:30 a.m.

    Price: $30 advance, $35 after Feb. 16.

  20. PAWS Mega Yard Sale

    Paws of Hillsborough County

    Lithia : 10952 Browning Road , Lithia, 33547

    Browse vintage, antiques, collectibles, folk art, sports gear, fishing, housewares and much more. Purchases provide veterinary care and supplies.

    Price: Cost of items.

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