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  1. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Race day

    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 …

    Grand Marshal Vincent Jackson, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will call "drivers, start your engines" to kick off the season for the Verizon  IndyCar Series and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, as honorary starter, will wave the green flag as the race begins at 3 p.m.

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

  2. Westchase Morning Market

    Avenue at Westchase

    Westchase : 9644 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, 33626

    A wide variety of vendors selling produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, herbs, honey, pet treats and more. Held Sunday through mid-April.

    Price: Free.

  3. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Barbarian Barbecue Bash

    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.

    Barbecue pit masters prepare for a barbecue championship. Try some of their delicious creations and eat like a barbarian in a turkey leg eating contest. The festival concludes with "Cake with the King," barbarian vendors and an archery championship.

    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. World's Largest Food Truck Festival Ever! III

    Florida State Fairgrounds

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

    Food Trucks on parade with a dizzying array of cuisines and treats to enjoy from the more than 100 trucks offering pad Thai to pierogies, churros to sweet potato pie and more, as guests can vote for their favorite food truck; with live music from Randy McNeely, Radio Crime, Drastic Fall, Charism …

    Price: Free admission, $6 parking per vehicle, menu prices vary; rides, games additional cost.

  5. Gasparilla International Film Festival Family Day

    Editor's pick

    Channelside Bay Plaza

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Families can walk the red carpet to this festival event with activities, games, prizes, casting calls and screenings of Toy Story, The Goonies and Ghost Squad.

    Price: Free.

  6. 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.

  7. Tampa Theatre Family Favorites Film Series: Big

    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.

    In the 1988 PG-rated comedy Big, a boy asks a mechanical swami to make him a grown up. See what happens when his wish is granted.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Tango Buenos Aires

    Editor's pick

    Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    This firebrand company of classic tango arrives straight from the hotbed of the art form, featuring 25 dancers in step to the impassioned choreography of legendary Susana Rojo.

    Price: $45-$55.

  10. Jay Leno

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Heir of Late Night and one of the most recognizable faces in comedy throughout the world, the comedian and talk show host returns to the comedy stage for a wickedly funny evening of stand-up.

    Price: $49-$125.

  11. Sarah McLachlan

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The multi-platinum and Grammy award-winner will kick off the second leg of her North America Shine On Tour with a stop at the Clearwater venue. Cue the tears when she performs I Will Remember You.  

    Price: $53.75-$104.75, $160 dinner package.

  12. Sunday Bicycle Rides

    Hillsborough Community College Corporate Training Center

    Davis Islands : 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, 33606

    Meet at the tennis courts for a 15-mile tour of waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and boat basin. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 10 to 14 mph. Call (813) 598-4944.

    Price: Free.

  13. GreenFest

    Henry B. Plant Park

    Tampa : 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    Learn about the benefits of using indigenous plants and flowers in the landscape at annual festival dedicated to gardening 
and environmental conservation, with speakers on a variety of topics including Dooryard Fruits of Central Florida and Dog Friendly Yards, along with Q & A sessions an …

    Price: $3 suggested donation, kids 12 and under free.

  14. Pastry & Baking Classes: Mini Pastries

    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.

    Price: $100, includes lunch, recipe book.

  15. 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.

  16. Energy for Life

    Al Lopez Park

    Tampa : 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa, 33614

    Choose from a 5K or 1-mile route for this walk to benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

    Price: Free, donations through sponsorship appreciated.

  17. Savage Race

    Little Everglades Ranch

    East Pasco : 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City, 33513

    Boasting 26 or more "badass obstacles," the Savage Race features more real obstacles per mile than other events, so you spend less time jogging and more time conquering the obstacles. Besides obstacles, the six-mile race includes challenging terrain, mud, fire, ice, tall walls and wate …

    Price: $56-$91, $30 juniors, $15 spectators.

  18. Great Connections: Special Spring Edition

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Families with special needs children will get to play in the museum before it opens in a sensory-friendly setting. Enjoy a bunny-petting area, photos and crafts.

    Price: $5.

  19. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: El Gran Combo

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    All-new festival runs weekends 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. through April 26, with Florida-inspired food, wine, live entertainment. Included with admission, food and drink additional.

    The great Puerto Rican salsa orchestra has been around for more than 50 years. Though it's down to just one original member, it still has a lineup of musicians and singers to represent various Latin dance-band eras of the last half century, as well as the band's own historic relevance in Spanish-speaking culture.

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

  20. Festival of Orchids

    VFW Post 8681

    West Pasco : 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills, 34610

    Take in the array of varied orchids for sale and start a collection, or find out how to care for those you already have at the Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill's annual sale, with vendors selling plants, supplies, books and more, potting booth, advice on orchid care, and hourly orchid raffle. ( …

    Price: $2 admission, free parking.

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