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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Nov. 18-24

Tropicana Field gets a Christmas light maze, Broadway’s ‘Once on This Island’ opens and the Florida Orchestra takes on the Rolling Stones and ‘Ghostbusters.’
Enchant Christmas, coming to Tropicana Field Nov. 22-Dec. 29, is billed as the world’s largest Christmas maze. [Enchant Christmas]
Published Nov. 18
Updated Nov. 18

Enchant Christmas: Billed as the world’s largest Christmas maze, this spectacle opens at Tropicana Field on Friday and continues through Dec. 29. It will feature a giant Christmas light maze, ice skating trail and live entertainment. $14.99-$32.99, 3 and younger free. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.

The Florida Orchestra: Take a deep dive into pop culture this week when the orchestra welcomes conductor Brent Havens to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones. Hear an orchestral spin on songs like Sympathy for the Devil and You Can’t Always Get What You Want. $35-$50. 8 p.m. Friday. Then it’s Ghostbusters in Concert when the orchestra performs the iconic score live while Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedic masterpiece plays on the big screen. $18-$58. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-3337.

Winter Village Ice Skating: The outdoor skating rink returns to balmy downtown Tampa in Curtis Hixon Park starting Friday through Jan 5. $15 includes 90-minutes of skating. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

The outdoor ice skating rink returns to downtown Tampa in Curtis Hixon Park starting Friday. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]

CraftArt Festival: Now in its 22nd year, this huge two-day festival shuts down a few blocks of Central Avenue with more than 100 fine craft artists displaying their wares to kick off the holiday shopping season. There will also be artist demonstrations, food trucks, craft beer and a children’s art activity tent. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


Ariana Grande: The pop princess has a sold-out show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. You might recall that back in May, she postponed her Tampa concert hours before the show due to an allergic reaction she blamed on tomatoes. $31.20 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

97X Next Big Thing: This year’s showcase has a big lineup with the Killers headlining Friday, joined by Switchfoot, PVRIS and I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. Sunday’s lineup brings alt-pop phenomenons the 1975 as well as AJR, Judah and the Lion and more. $35 and up per day, $50 and up for both days. 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Sunday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

Fantasia: One of the most talented American Idol singers of all is bringing Robin Thicke, Tank and the Bonfyre. $54.75-$95.75. 8 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Fantasia will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Nov. 23. [Courtesy of Drea Nicole Photography]

St. Pete Beach BikeFest: The wheel deal on the beach returns this weekend to the TradeWinds Island Resort, with free concerts by Soul Asylum and Fuel on Thursday, the Charlie Daniels Band alongside Saliva and Tantric on Friday and Poison frontman Bret Michaels on Saturday. There will also be fireworks, motorcycle shows, auctions, celebrity appearances and more. Free, parking is $10. Headliners go on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 5600 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach.

Marshall Gilkes: The Tampa Jazz Club brings the jazz trombonist and composer for its Monday Night Jazz Series at the University of South Florida Concert Hall. $20, $10 students. 7:30 p.m. Monday. 3755 W Holly Drive, Tampa.

Ryanhood: The multi-instrumentalist duo of Ryan Green and Cameron Hood bring tight harmonies and showmanship. $30.50. 7:30 p.m. Monday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Dizzy Wright and Rittz: The co-headliners are poised to deliver their signature powerful performances with special guests Ekoh and Whitney Peyton. $20. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa.

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute: Known for note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics, the show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles’ ever-changing career. $36.50-$65.50. 8 p.m. Thursday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Chingy: The mid-2000s rap star known for his hit single Right Thurr is the last of the Ritz Ybor’s Throwback Thursday concerts. $10. 10 p.m. Thursday. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Suncoast Jazz Festival: Marking its 29th anniversary this year on Clearwater Beach, the festival spans five simultaneous indoor venues and ballrooms between the Sheraton Sand Key and Marriott Sand Key. $50-$375. Friday through Sunday. 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. For a schedule, visit

Conan Gray: The popular YouTuber brings his airy lovesick ballads to Friday’s show at the Ritz Ybor. $24.50-$34.50.

Neil Sedaka: Known for songs like Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, he is still touring after over 60 years. $60-$145. 8 p.m. Friday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. Toll-free 1-866-388-4263.

John Oates: Half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he will perform with the Good Road Band. $36-$59. 8 p.m. Friday. Capitol Theatre.


Once on This Island: The winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical opens at the Straz Center on Tuesday and runs through Sunday. $41 and up. For showtimes, visit

Chris D’Elia: The comedian, podcaster and star of NBC’s Undateable brings his typical energetic flair along with a host of new material to three shows. $50 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Crime Junkie Podcast Live: Ashley and Brit of Crime Junkie bring you a never-before-told case. Analyze the facts and evidence with Ashley and yell, “Wait, what?!” with Brit. $35. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Straz Center.

Silent Sky: American Stage looks at the life and career of Henrietta Leavitt, part of a group of unsung women known as “computers” who worked at the Harvard Observatory in 1900. $44-$54. Opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22. 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1600.

The Lion in Winter: King Henry II of France decides to let his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine out of prison to spend Christmas with the family. They disagree about which of their sons should inherit the crown. Opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 22. $25-$50. Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205.

The cast of "The Lion in Winter," which opens at Freefall Theatre Nov. 23: Eric Brandon Davis, Joseph Michael-Kenneth, Alicia Thomas, Rob Glauz, Robert "Spence" Gabriel, Stephanie Dunnam, Joe Lauck. [Courtesy of Thee Photo Ninja]

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury: The filmed version of the iconic performance that the legendary singer and songwriter gave during the 2015 Glastonbury Festival in England is coming to movie theaters Tuesday. Prices and times vary. Regency 20 (Brandon), Riverview 14 (Gibsonton), Citrus Park 20 (Tampa), Park Place 16 (Pinellas Park) and Woodlands Square 20 (Oldsmar).


Pinocchio: John Davies’ adaptation of the classic tale of a wooden puppet and his journey to become a real boy. The St. Petersburg Opera production includes music by Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti, with easily-understood lyrics in English. The show is aimed at children. $10, $5 for 18 and younger. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-2040.

Sanding Ovations: The annual sand-sculpting festival on Treasure Island starts Wednesday with a “pound up.” That’s when tons of sand combined with water is molded into forms. Starting Thursday, the sculpting will be well underway and vendors will be set up along the Treasure Island Beach Trail Park. Friday brings free concerts by Randall Bramblett Band and Drivin N Cryin. And Saturday has an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 10. Free. 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze: This Broadway-style musical and family holiday spectacular has more than 300 imaginative costumes and 20 acts of acrobatics and theatrical production numbers. $38-$68. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Mahaffey Theater.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a Broadway-style musical and family holiday spectacular, comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday. [Cirque Dreams Holidaze]

Disney Junior Holiday Party: Disney characters visit from the popular cable channel, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Vampirina and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals. They will be singing holiday classics such as Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls. $43.25-$73.25. 6 p.m. Thursday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

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