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  1. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Editor's pick

    Race Track Area

    St. Petersburg : Albert Whitted Airport to First Street SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Fast cars whip through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on the 1.8-mile long waterfront course with 14 turns. Racing begins at about 8 a.m. each day. There is also a fan village, beer gardens, driver autograph sessions,  interactive games, exhibits and music. There will be a free shut …

    Price: $20-$55 general, $75-$135 reserved.

  2. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Festival Friday

    Editor's pick

    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.

    The only week day the festival is open features $15 reduced rate admission, a glass of wine, coupon book for discounts at festival artisans and a field trip opportunity for students in grades K through 12. There's also a special happy hour discount with $10 admission and $3 beers after 3 p.m.

    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.

  3. Fast Friday Grand Prix Block Party

    Get Downtown Location

    Downtown St. Petersburg : Second Street N and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, 33701

    To kick off the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the city is throwing a block party with live entertainment and family friendly race-themed activities.

    Price: Free.

  4. Blast Friday: John Cafferty

    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.

    This spring break-themed street festival this month will have free Frisbees for kids, food trucks and after the '80s rocker John Cafferty plays a free concert, you can see a $5 showing at 10 p.m. of Eddie and the Cruisers, the film that shot Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band to fame for their soundtrack of  the film's fictional rock band. Tickets priced at $5 go on sale soon at the nearby Capitol Theatre.

    Price: Free.

  5. Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Modeled after the fringe festivals found around the globe that feature edgy, innovative, multi-disciplinary performances,  this promises a smorgasbord of music, dance, theater, improv, video and more, presented live by both emerging and accomplished artists. 

    Price: $25; $30 at the door; $55-$75 VIP.

  6. Grand Prix Gala

    One Progress Plaza

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The lobby of One Progress Plaza is transformed into a race-themed showroom of cars, with an evening of cocktails, cigars, jazz, and hors d'oeuvres. The fourth annual Grand Prix Gala benefits nonprofit organization Nicodemus, which provides aid to families facing financial or medical losses and p …

    Price: $65-$75; VIP tables $500.

  7. Nickelback

    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

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

    The Canadian grunge rockers have announced a new album, No Fixed Address, and a tour that covers more than 60 American cities. For the fans out there, this is exciting news and for the rest, a new album may signal another song overplayed on the radio, that gets stuck in our heads.

    Price: $25-$80.

  8. Dar Williams

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The folk-pop singer-songwriter began her career in 1990, touring with artists including, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Griffin.

    Price: $30-$45.

  9. POSTPONED Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Editor's pick

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The comedian and actor, best known for her role as Chloe on 24, continues to tour doing stand-up comedy, and has also appeared in movies including Firewall, Legally Blonde 2 and Sweet Home Alabama.

    Price: $22.

  10. Gutenberg the Musical

    Editor's pick

    American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers' audition for their new project: a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Through April 5.

    Price: $29-$59.

  11. POSTPONED Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Editor's pick

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The comedian and actor, best known for her role as Chloe on 24, continues to tour doing stand-up comedy, and has also appeared in movies including Firewall, Legally Blonde 2 and Sweet Home Alabama.

    Price: $22.

  12. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Starship

    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.

  13. Holoscenes

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    Conceptual artist Lars Jan explores human response to climate change in a performance of movement art in a large aquarium in the open air on the Ringling's waterfront Bayfront Gardens.

    Price: Free.

  14. Make it 2.0 Grand Opening

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    A hands on learning program related to the curriculum of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Includes a Make It Zone with table-top engineering games, pottery wheels, cooking demonstrations, recipe making and guest presenters from various fields. Takes place Monday through Friday thr …

  15. Happy Birthday Sesame Street Safari of Fun

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Sesame Street Safari of fun turns five and Big Bird, Elmo and the other characters invite kids to join the celebration with a sidewalk parade, DJ dancing, cake cutting, visits with animal ambassadors, Big Bird's 123-Smile with Me portrait studio appearances and a special presentation of A is for …

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  16. Grand Opening Event

    Ferg's Live

    Downtown Tampa : 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The new bar, restaurant and live entertainment venue will treat their neighbors to their first drink on the house, if your driver's license has a 33602 zip code. The party also features live entertainment, dancing, games and giveaways.

    Price: Free admission.

  17. St. Pete History Walking Tour

    Sundial St. Pete

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

    Take a two hour walking tour to learn about historical events, things to do and places to eat in St. Petersburg.

    Price: $15, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free.

  18. Fashion Show Luncheon & Silent Auction

    Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Tampa Airport

    International Plaza District : 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa, 33607

    TV news anchor, Gayle Sierens will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and Lauren Dungy, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, Tony, will be a featured guest. Funds raised help support all of The Salvation Army's services in Hillsborough County.

    Price: $55-$110.

  19. BergHOFF Cuisine: Cajun

    BergHOFF Culinary Center

    West Pasco : 11063 State Road 54, Odessa, 33556

    Expand your kitchen skills, learn artful presentation, in hands-on class.

    From gumbo to crawfish and jambalaya, make Cajun favorites. $45.

  20. USF Public Art Walking Tour

    University of South Florida College of Business

    University Area : 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the dedication of Nancy Holt's Solar Rotary, the public is invited to take a tour to learn about the history of the USF Public Art program and the artists and collaborators who created the site-specific works.

    Price: Free.

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