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  1. A Celebration of Harry Potter

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Three days of Harry Potter related experiences including autograph sessions with film stars, question and answer periods, wand combat demonstrations, a sorting hat experience, photos in the Great Hall and an interactive Pottermore exhibit. Park hours subject to change.

    Price: Single Day Admission: $96, $90 child.

  2. Kumquat Festival

    Downtown Dade City

    East Pasco : Meridian Ave. and 7th St., Dade City, 33525

    Discover the spirit of "Old Florida'' at this annual festival devoted to all things kumquat. Sample pies, cookies, ice cream, salsas, smoothies, and more made with the sweet-tart tiny fruit. There's also arts and crafts, a children's area and local entertainment.

    Price: Free.

  3. Guy Expo

    Bradenton Area Convention Center

    Bradenton : 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, 34221

    This health expo includes health screenings, medical information and activity vendors focusing on local medical practices. Sprinkle in some fun elements and it turns into a man cave with outdoor kart racing, exotic car displays, a virtual reality gun range, PS4 gaming on a 200-inch flat screen w …

    Price: Free.

  4. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and his band of marauding buccaneers celebrate their successful invasion with a Pirate Street Festival near Curtis Hixon Park. Includes pre and post parade music.

    Price: Free.

  5. Young Eagles Flight Rally

    Editor's pick

    Albert Whitted Airport

    St. Petersburg : 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Kids ages 8 to 17 can actually take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Young Eagle certificates are awa …

    Price: Free.

  6. Pinellas Folk Festival

    Editor's pick

    Heritage Village

    Largo : 11909 125th St., Largo, 33774

    Heritage Village is the setting for dozens of area musicians playing traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music, with historical demonstrations and activities. This year's headliners include Leigh Humes Band and Keyestone, Juniper, Rose Island Band, Chant the Trees, Charlie Bill and H …

    Price: $5 ages 12 and older.

  7. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    This is one of the prime viewing spots to see the Gasparilla invasion unfold. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and entertainment as you await the arrival of the Jose Gasparilla. When the ship docks, you'll get a close-up view of the pirates as they arrive at the convention center dock. In addition to a  …

    Price: $70-$79.50.

  8. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Invasion

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    Thousands line the downtown waterfront to watch the spectacle as fully-rigged pirate ship Jose Gasparilla sails into the south end of Hillsborough Bay with hundreds of pirates aboard, cannons booming and a massive flotilla accompanying it. The ship docks at the Tampa Convention Center  …

    Price: Free.

  9. Budweiser Clydesdale Appearances

    Editor's pick

    Gasparilla Parade Start Point

    South Tampa : Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, 33602

    In celebration of their 82nd anniversary with Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdale hitch team and red wagon will make appearances where the public can interact with the team.

    The full hitch team and wagon will appear in the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.

    Price: Free.

  10. Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

    Editor's pick

    Gasparilla Parade Start Point

    South Tampa : Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, 33602

    After their invasion aboard the Jose Gasparilla, hundreds of pirates get down to the serious business of the day: Tossing thousands of beads to hundreds of thousands of people who line the streets along Tampa's waterfront. This parade brings more than 130 units, including colorful floats, marchi …

    Price: Free, $45 reserved.

  11. Parquet Courts

    American Legion Post 111

    Seminole Heights : 6918 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33604

    The New York indie rock band will stop at this unusual venue when they hit Tampa with opener Merchandise and Soda, as part of their U.S. tour.

    Price: $12.

  12. SOLD OUT The Florida Orchestra Gala Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

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

    In a gala fundraising event and concert, the orchestra is joined by guest conductor Tito Muñoz and world-renowned and 17-time Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Dvorak's Cello Concerto on a program with Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.

    Price: SOLD OUT.

  13. 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.

  14. Galactic

    Editor's pick

    State Theatre

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The space-funksters known for their jazz-rock fusion formed in the early '90s and are still going strong, embarking on their 2015 U.S. tour, which includes a return performance at the St. Petersburg venue.

    Price: $24.

  15. Leon Russell

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The Oklahoma native and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been performing gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues and country music for more than 50 years, including his hit Heartbreak Hotel with Willie Nelson.

    Price: $32.50-$49.50.

  16. Engelbert Humperdinck

    Editor's pick

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    The British pop star is best known for his hits Release Me, The Last Waltz and After the Lovin'.

    Price: $43.75-$78.75.

  17. The Book of Mormon

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    The hit musical comedy about two 19-year-old missionaries dispatched from Utah to Uganda from the creators of South Park returns by popular demand. Through Feb. 1.

    Price: $38.50-$163.50.

  18. Turner/Bartels Run with the Tiger 5K

    Hilda T. Turner Elementary School

    Tampa : 9190 Imperial Oak Blvd. , Tampa, 33647

    The 5K race is chip timed and will start and end on the Turner/Bartels School track. It's a flat course in Live Oak Preserve. Open to all ages and fitness levels. Proceeds will benefit Turner/Bartels K-8 PTSA . 

    Price: $15/$25.

  19. Fishhawk Ranch 18th Annual Road Race

    Barrington Middle School

    Fish Hawk Ranch : 5925 Village Center Dr, Lithia, 33547

    The chip timed 5K road race and one-mile fun run, includes a post race party with live entertainment, T-shirt, giveaways, food and refreshment. 

    Price: $15/$25.

  20. Guided Photography Hike

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Local photographers and master naturalists highlight the seasonal features that help participants capture the natural beauty of the preserve. Then, hit the trails and boardwalk looking for shots that reflect the season.

    Price: Free (registration required).

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