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  1. Health and Fitness Expo

    Tampa Convention Center

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

    Meet Olympians Bill Rodgers, Joanie Benoit Samuelson and Meb Keflezighi at this wellness event with cooking tips, sporting goods appearances by Bucs players and cheerleaders, a healthy pavilion, pirate-themed apparel and the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg show car on display.

    Price: Free.

  2. Tampa Bay Photo Shoot Out

    St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus

    2465 Drew St., Clearwater, 33755

    A photography festival that brings photographers from across the country together for education, camaraderie, sightseeing and fun. Includes workshops, keynote presentations and an optional portfolio review.

    Price: $225 full course, $149 half.

  3. Gasparilla Distance Classic

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa

    Downtown Tampa : Intersection of Twiggs and Tampa streets, Tampa, 33602

    One of Tampa's best known road races regularly attracts elite runners and first-timers alike. The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners along an out and back course from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions and water vi......

    Price: $40-$105.

  4. Reintegration and Resilience

    Editor's pick

    Riverwalk at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    An exhibit of art by veterans, much of which created through local art centers'  veterans programming and through VA creativity programs. Remains on display through March 15.

    Price: Free.

  5. Big Shot Volleyball Tournament

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

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

    Approximately 200 teams from across the East Coast compete in this 2-on-2 beach volleyball tournament.

    Price: Free for spectators.

  6. Posi Music Festival

    Tampa Marriott Westshore

    International Plaza District : 1001 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    A five-day gathering of music artists featuring nightly concerts, pajama jam acoustic music showcase, workshops, keynotes and presentation of emPower Posi awards.

    Price: $349 full festival; $20-$40 individual tickets.

  7. Zumba With Kim

    CARES Elfers Center

    West Pasco : 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers, 34680

    Price: $5.

  8. Florida Gun Show

    Florida State Fairgrounds

    4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    Buy, sell and trade unloaded guns at this show with a concealed weapons firearms permit course.

    Price: $10, 11 and younger free.

  9. Mardi Gras at Universal: Fifth Harmony

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Running through March 25, Universal Studios brings the Big Easy to Orlando daily with a Mardi Gras parade with mythical creatures themed floats, lots of beads and Cajun food. For 12 nights during the festival, enjoy a free concert by nationally known pop and rock acts. Included with admission....

    Fifth Harmony: Also hear the Free Agents Brass Band in the French Quarter courtyard.

    Price: $105, $100 child.

  10. Dinos Alive

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    A special exhibit of life-like and life-size dinosaurs. The outdoor display features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Activity areas include a “Fossil Fun” dig site, a new live show called “Dinos Among Us,” and special food and drinks at the recently renovat......

    Price: Included with admission. $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  11. Florida Orchestra: Family Concerts

    Editor's pick

    Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building

    Ybor City : 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa, 33605

    An Orchestra chamber concert combined with story time for children in preschool through second grade. Arrive early for art activities and the instrument petting zoo. Concerts are at 10 and 11:30 a.m.

    Price: Pay what you can.

  12. Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County

    Downtown Bradenton, Wares Creek Neighborhood

    500 15th St. W, Bradenton, 34205

    A juried, outdoor festival featuring regional and national artists working in fine craft, drawing, painting and photography.

    Price: Free.

  13. Pasco County Fair

    Editor's pick

    Pasco County Fairgrounds

    East Pasco : 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, 33525

    The fair features a giant midway and an array of fair food, livestock shows, racing pigs, talent shows and pageants, plant show and much more. Daily entertainment includes women loggers, racing pigs, hypnosis shows, music and more.

    Highlights include the youth hog show at 8 a.m., championship rodeo at 2:30 p.m. and karaoke at 6 p.m.

    Price: $8, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Unlimited midway wristbands are $20 Monday through Thursday, and $25 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  14. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Chocolate Fantasy

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    The 2017 festival runs weekends through April 2 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.

    Chocolate Fantasy: The festival continues with a Chocolate Fantasy including a fencing competition, whirlwind wedding wars, mural competition and a chocolate festival.

    Price: $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs.

  15. St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival

    Editor's pick

    North Straub Park

    Downtown St. Petersburg : Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Around 120 local, regional and national artists display their work, including paintings, photography, sculpture and jewelry.

    Price: Free.

  16. Gulfport's Get Rescued

    Editor's pick


    Gulfport : along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

    The 13th annual animal rescue takes over Beach Boulevard with numerous rescue groups, vendors selling pet related goods and services, an adoptable pet parade, a "claws-tume" contest, food and music. Leashed, well behaved pets welcome.

    Price: Free.

  17. Meet Merida

    Chinsegut Conservation Center

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601

    Merida, from the movie Brave, will be reading the book 'Brave'. Event includes activities for children ages 8 and older.

    Price: Free.

  18. Chili Cook-Off

    VFW Post 6827

    4145 34th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Sample the chili and help decides who wins before a fire art, antique and "junk in your trunk" sale with drinks, games and live music. Benefits homeless veterans.

    Price: $5.

  19. Florida Bluegrass Classic

    Florida Classic Park

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville, 34602

    The event, in memory of Roscoe Canady, will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, workshops, a car show, food vendors and more. Camping available. Bring a chair (no high back or rocking chairs). Entertainment Feb. 21, 22 and 26 is free to those who have purchased a ticket for the main ev......

    Price: $25-30 daily, 65 weekend, children ages 12 and younger free with paid adult; camping extra.

  20. St. Petersburg Preservation: Westward Ho Historic Kenwood Tour

    Craftsman House

    Grand Central District : 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Explore the Historic Kenwood neighborhood and how property owners were able to ban together to convert the once run down neighborhood into one of the city's most desirable.

    Price: $10, free members.

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