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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. 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

  3. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Collective Soul

    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.

    Their post-grunge mega hit Shine from their 1994 debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid was a hallmark of 1990s alternative rock.

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

  4. Caring for Bonsai

    Eve's Garden Gifts

    Land o' Lakes : 5602 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, 34639

    Demonstrations throughout the day Saturdays through April show how to trim, shape and care for bonsai trees during the coming months. Bring your bonsai for demonstration and expert advice, then take a stroll through the serene gardens.

    Price: Free.

  5. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Echosmith

    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 alternative-pop break-out stars of the Warped Tour, the Sierota siblings Jamie (vocals/guitar), Sydney (vocals/keyboard), Noah (vocals/bass), and Graham (drums) certainly do echo the Smiths and also '80s New Wave. Except they are young platinum-selling artists, whose earnest and catchy Cool Kids will have the crowd buzzing.

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

  6. Birds in Florida Gardens

    Safety Harbor Library

    Safety Harbor : 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Lynn Sumerson of the Clearwater Audubon Society shows how to attract birds to your garden.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  7. Spring Hill Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

    Nature Coast Botanical Gardens

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, 34606

    Find plants well-suited for Florida landscapes at budget-friendly prices, with experts to help in choosing the best plants for your landscape needs. Stroll the adjacent botanical gardens to view the themed planting areas for inspiration on creating a serene garden space in your landscape. Donati …

  8. Busch Gardens Serengeti Night Safari

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    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.

  9. Ringling Gardens Workshop: In Living Color

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    Get know-how on creating Florida Friendly landscapes, with talks on garden topics. At the Education Center classroom. (941) 358-3180.

    Trees, shrubs and plants that add vibrant color to a Florida landscape. $20, $10 member. (941) 358-3180.

    Price: $25, $20 seniors, $10 students. Free admission Mondays to art museum only.

  10. Spring Hill Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

    Nature Coast Botanical Gardens

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill, 34606

    Find plants well-suited for Florida landscapes at budget-friendly prices, with experts to help in choosing the best plants for your landscape needs. Stroll the adjacent botanical gardens to view the themed planting areas for inspiration on creating a serene garden space in your landscape. Donati …

  11. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: KC and the Sunshine Band

    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.

    Still as easily recognizable today as when Harry Wayne Casey – KC for short – and crew danced into the music scene 40 years ago. They endure because of their unique fusion of R&B and funk that keep Get Down Tonight, That's The Way (I Like It) and Shake Your Booty wedding-reception staples.

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

  12. Caring for Bonsai

    Eve's Garden Gifts

    Land o' Lakes : 5602 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, 34639

    Demonstrations throughout the day Saturdays through April show how to trim, shape and care for bonsai trees during the coming months. Bring your bonsai for demonstration and expert advice, then take a stroll through the serene gardens.

    Price: Free.

  13. Hydroponics and Healthy Gardens for Kids

    Firehouse Cultural Center

    Ruskin : 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin, 33570

    Kids ages 8-14 can learn that food doesn't come from a box or can, but is grown, in classes Saturdays from noon-3 p.m. through May 30 (no class April 4). Hydroponics teaches hands on farming of fruits and vegetables, Garden Adventures shows how to grow foods from planting to harvest. Limited cla …

    Price: Free, but registration required.

  14. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Josh Turner

    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 country singer burst into the scene in 2003 with his hit Long Black Train and kept it up with Your Man, Why Don't We Just Dance and I Wouldn't Be a Man. The recent Grand Old Opry inductee put his own contemporary spin on country music's traditions.

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

  15. EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Day Trip

    Coliseum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Spend the day (9 a.m.- 9 p.m. April 28) taking in the dazzling gardens, topiaries, fresh seasonal flavors offered for sale at the outdoor kitchens throughout the Disney park. Includes EPCOT admission, round trip bus transportation, evening snack, driver's tip. Does not include food or other purc …

    Price: $150, $140 Sunken Gardens members, $45 Disney Passholders.

  16. EcoFest

    Lowry Park Bandshell

    Seminole Heights : 7525 North Blvd., Tampa, 33604

    A celebration of the Bay Area businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to the principles of sustainability (ecology, equity and economy) includes live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services from local artists, green businesses, envir …

    Price: Free.

  17. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Austin Mahone

    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.

    Youtube put this teen pop singer on the music map, but hits like Say Somethin and Mmm Yeah propelled his career forward, gaining a fan base known as, "Mahomies".

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

  18. Caring for Bonsai

    Eve's Garden Gifts

    Land o' Lakes : 5602 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, 34639

    Demonstrations throughout the day Saturdays through April show how to trim, shape and care for bonsai trees during the coming months. Bring your bonsai for demonstration and expert advice, then take a stroll through the serene gardens.

    Price: Free.

  19. History of Sunken Gardens Lecture

    St. Petersburg Main Public Library

    St. Petersburg : 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Nancy Preis, from the Sunken Garden Speakers Bureau, will present a slide show about the history of the four-acre attraction, the tropical plantings, and the pink flamingos and current efforts to replenish their flamingo flock.

    Price: Free.

  20. Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Daddy Yankee

    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 Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter is known for dance hits like Gasolina, Lovumba and Limbo.

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

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