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  1. Big Shot Volleyball Tournament

    Howard Johnson Resort Hotel

    South Pinellas beaches : 6100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Approximately 200 teams from across the East Coast compete in this 2-on-2 beach volleyball tournament.  Some of the professional players to keep an eye on include Matt Henderson, Piotr Marciniak, Justin Phipps, Tara Kuk and Karolina Sowala.

    Price: Free for spectators.

  2. Festival of Chocolate

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at this festival with pastry chef demonstrations, wine and chocolate pairings, chocolate game show, classes on working with chocolate, Cocoa Couture fashion show, kids activities and, of course, tons of chocolate from vendors for sale and to sample. Included wi …

    Price: $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission.

  3. Sugar Sand Festival

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Nearly 1,000 tons of powdery, white sand will be transformed into "Sugar Sand Tales" themed characters and scenes creating a walk-through display under a 21,000-square-foot tent. The 10 day festival also brings a few free activities to the beach including movies, fireworks and beachfro …

    Price: $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free.

  4. Mainsail Art Festival

    Editor's pick

    Vinoy Park

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    In addition to 250 professional artists, Mainsail presents the Young at Art student show, Kids Create activity tent, live music and a variety of culinary art food vendors. New this year for the 40th annual event, the festival has increased cash awards to $64,000 featuring the $10,000 Best of Sho …

    Sunday's entertainment includes De Lei'ed Parrots (1-2 p.m.), Dropin Pickup (2:15-3:30 p.m.) and the Legendary JCs (3:45-5 p.m.).

    Price: Free.

  5. Island Earth Days

    Honeymoon Island State Park

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Celebrate the Earth and our tropical environment at this annual event with live music on an outdoor stage, bungee jumping, rock wall climbing, Aqua Bubbles, a make-and-take rain barrel workshop, inflatable slide, art and craft vendors, guided nature walks and kids crafts. Leashed dogs welcome.

    Price: Free; $8 per carload park admission.

  6. Jack Hanna's Wild Days

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna brings special shows, meet and greets and autograph sessions to the Stanleyville Theater. Included with daily admission.

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

  7. Jack Hanna's Wild Days

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna brings special shows, meet and greets and autograph sessions to the Stanleyville Theater. Included with daily admission.

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

  8. Harvey

    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.

  9. Pippin

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

    Price: $61.50-$85.50.

  10. Tampa Theatre Family Favorites Film Series: Hook

    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 1991 PG-rated adventure Hook, Robin Williams plays Peter Pan in this timeless tale with a modernized twist.

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

  11. Jack Hanna's Wild Days

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna brings special shows, meet and greets and autograph sessions to the Stanleyville Theater. Included with daily admission.

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

  12. Chef Robert Irvine LIVE

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    More than just a cooking demo, this is an interactive show with audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show Dinner: Impossible come to life.The $100 ticket includes a pre-event VIP seminar at 5 p.m. that includes a cooking lesson, appetizer tasting, Q& …

    Price: $30-$50; $100 VIP (includes extra seminar, lesson, tasting and photo op).

  13. Sage Francis

    The Orpheum

    Ybor City : 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    Dubbed the "forefather of indie-hop," Francis has made a name for himself through his poetic leanings and socio-political commentary in his lyrics.

    Price: $15-$18.

  14. Pippin

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

    Price: $61.50-$85.50.

  15. Super Spring Car Show

    Brooksville Transmissions

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 16402 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, 34601

    Presented by the Sunshine State Muscle Car Club, the Dawn Center and the Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group of Hernando County. Hosted by Complete Automotive Care and Brooksville Transmissions. Registration closes at noon. Top 60 trophy judged show. Minimum 5 trophies to late models 2000 and n …

    Price: $15 pre-registration, $20 day of show.

  16. Sunday Bicycle Rides

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Meet in the parking lot for a 26-mile ride to downtown St. Petersburg via Snell Island, Coffee Pot Bayou, Old Northeast and the waterfront areas. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 14 MPH. Call (813) 964-9193.

    Price: Free.

  17. Let It Go and Be Authentically You Women Retreat

    Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Parkway

    Gateway : 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg, 33716

    A "safe space" retreat for like minded professional women to focus on re-organizing and re-connecting with themselves.

    Price: $99-$497.

  18. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Jon Secada

    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 …

    Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival gives a nod to Earth Day with special activities including visits with Animal Kingdom wildlife and eco-specialists in the Festival Center (Friday through Wednesday) and presentations by the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation and Audubon Florida (through out the park daily).

    Price: $97, $91 ages 3-9, 2 and younger free.

  19. Pastry & Baking Classes: Cakes

    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.

  20. 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.

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