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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Dec. 30-Jan.5

We’ve got New Year’s Eve parties, the Outback Bowl and life-sized dinosaurs this week.
Mario Lopez will be in Tampa this New Year's Eve.
Mario Lopez will be in Tampa this New Year's Eve. [ AP Photo/Matt Sayles ]
Published Dec. 30, 2019

New Year’s Eve: New this year is Sparkman Wharf’s hourly laser light show with live music starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mario Lopez is back to host a party at WTR at the Godfrey Hotel. And since it’s 2020, the biggest party theme is The Great Gatsby/Roaring ’20s. Find all the New Year’s Eve parties at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Noon Year’s Eve: A more bedtime-friendly option will count down to noon at Tampa’s Armature Works with daytime fireworks, live music, inflatable slides, a magic show, dancing and crafts starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Free. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. There are also noon parties at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg and the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa.

Over 120 students from the Worthington. Minn., High School marching band performed songs from "Les Miserables" during the Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade last year in Ybor City.
Over 120 students from the Worthington. Minn., High School marching band performed songs from "Les Miserables" during the Outback Bowl New Years Eve Parade last year in Ybor City. [ JAMES BORCHUCK | Tampa Bay Times ]

Outback Bowl: The No. 9 Auburn Tigers will take on the No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers. But before the game, the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade in Ybor City will be a kind of pep rally with floats, about 15 bands, cheerleaders and a battle of the bands. It’s free and steps off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa. The game is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $80 and up. outbackbowl.com.

MUSIC

Hip Abduction: The genre-melding fusion band returns to St. Petersburg. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

The Hip Abduction performed at the first ever Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg.
The Hip Abduction performed at the first ever Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times ]

Brian Howe: The former lead singer of Bad Company headlines. $19-$125. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. fergssportsbar.com.

Selwyn Birchwood: The blues artist will perform. $20-30. 8 p.m. Friday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. theatticyborcity.com.

Victor Wainwright and the Train: The boogie-woogie pianist plays. $10 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Streetcar Live: The rolling concert returns to the TECO Line Streetcar, bringing a free show by the Wandering Hours starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Whitney and Synia: Singin’ & Swingin’: Vocalists Whitney James and Synia Carroll return for a third time singing original duet arrangements of favorite jazz standards and stunning solo samples. $25-$45. 7 p.m. Saturday. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1600. americanstage.org.

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Donna the Buffalo: The New York jam veterans play the Cuban Club courtyard with Have Gun, Will Travel and Someday Honey opening. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Tuesday. 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. (813) 238-8001. wmnf.org.

Kai Wachi: The trap and dubstep producer brings his Demigod Tour. Free admission with a Facebook event RSVP. 10 p.m. Friday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. theritzybor.com.

Elvis tributes: Jan. 8 would have marked Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday, and this weekend is awash in Elvis tributes. Four-time world champion tribute artist Dwight Icenhower has mastered the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s era of Elvis’ career and has performed with many of Elvis’ original musicians. $16-$21. 8 p.m. Saturday. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. And Ruth Eckerd Hall’s adult leisure series brings Blue Suede, in which Scot Bruce and Mike Albert play the young Elvis and the Las Vegas Elvis, respectively. $18-$35. 1 p.m. Sunday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

DATE NIGHT

Happy Cole: He started his standup career in Tampa and went on to Showtime at the Apollo, Comic Strip Live, Clarissa Explains It All and Sea Quest. $20. Times vary Thursday through Saturday. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Romeo & Juliet: The acclaimed National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, performs Shakespeare’s tragic love story set to the composition of Sergei Prokofiev. $36.50-$74. 3 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com.

This picture from June 16, 1966, shows "Miss Florida Attractions" meeting some of the fine-feathered subjects at Sunken Gardens. The park is having a retro-themed party Sunday to celebrate one of Florida's first roadside attractions.
This picture from June 16, 1966, shows "Miss Florida Attractions" meeting some of the fine-feathered subjects at Sunken Gardens. The park is having a retro-themed party Sunday to celebrate one of Florida's first roadside attractions. [ Times (1966) ]

Roadside Attraction Re-Visited: Sunken Gardens celebrates 20 years of city ownership with a retro party that includes a talk by author Ken Breslauer, music by the Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show, vintage object and plant vendors, retro children’s activities and drinks. $10, $8 seniors, $4 children. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Known for his larger-than-life, irreverent personality and jazz standards, Thomas “Fats” Waller is the subject of this Tony-winning musical put on by Eight O’Clock Theatre. $28.50. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793. eightoclocktheatre.com.

Ivan Amodei: The illusionist came to fame on Penn and Teller: Fool Us. He’s bringing his Secrets and Illusions show to the David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. $63.43 and up. 4 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Jurassic World Live Tour: This new touring arena show created by Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment uses puppetry and some high-tech tools to create life-sized dinosaurs that interact with the actors. $15 and up. Times vary Friday through Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. amaliearena.com.

For the new Jurassic World Live Tour, Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment made life-sized dinosaurs to interact with the actors. The show arrives at Tampa's Amalie Arena Jan. 3-5.
For the new Jurassic World Live Tour, Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment made life-sized dinosaurs to interact with the actors. The show arrives at Tampa's Amalie Arena Jan. 3-5. [ Feld Entertainment ]

Snow Days: Kids can play in a “snow” play area at the Florida Aquarium. Included with admission. $26 and up. Noon daily through Monday. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.

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