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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Jan. 31-Feb 2

Hitters and women of baseball are honored, Monster Jam returns and adults are invited to play in a kids’ museum.
The monster truck El Toro Loco, driven by Becky McDonough in Monster Jam, will return to Tampa on Feb. 1 to race at Raymond James Stadium. [Feld Entertainment]
The monster truck El Toro Loco, driven by Becky McDonough in Monster Jam, will return to Tampa on Feb. 1 to race at Raymond James Stadium. [Feld Entertainment]
Published Jan. 29


The Ted Williams Museum will hold its 27th annual Hitters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Honorees include: Carlos Pena and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski (Hitters Hall of Fame), Mickey Lolich (Roy Halladay Pitching Achievement Award) and Bill Mazeroski (Ted Williams Lifetime Achievement Award). The late director and actor Penny Marshall will be honored for how her film A League of Their Own highlighted the achievements of women’s baseball. Former Rockford Peach players Sue Parsons Zipay and fellow players Maybelle Blair, Shirley Burkovich, Toni Palermo and Lois Youngen, plus two actors from the movie (Anne Ramsay, Patti Pelton), will be honored as part of a tribute to Marshall. The event will include dinner on the field, an autograph session and an auction. $125. 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 534-5343.

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The big trucks of Monster Jam are back for another round of tearing up the dirt and smashing lesser vehicles like school buses and trailers. Keep your eye out for backflips, when a truck launches into the air, rotates 360 degrees and lands back on its wheels. The first driver to successfully pull off this stunt was Cam McQueen in 2010. Todd LeDuc, 41, has been driving for Monster Jam for nine years. He pulled off the backflip in 2014, the year he won his first World Championship. He drives fast toward the obstacle, he said, "and when it looks like the hood is about to hit, give it 100 percent throttle and it’s the coolest feeling as it rotates and you spot the people upside down. Then you see the dirt and apply the brake and it causes it to settle and land and bounce on its wheels.” Becky McDonough, one of the few female Monster Jam drivers, pulled off another cool trick in 2016: back-to-back flips. Often, when a truck lands from a backflip, it is not lined up square or has lost momentum, forcing the driver to move on to another stunt. LeDuc has also landed a double backflip. In 2014, his car was in line after the first flip, “so I just flew across the floor and did it again and said, ‘Did that just happen?’” LeDuc’s signature move is the “LeDuc Leap,” flying across the track in his 12,000-pound Monster Energy truck for what seems like forever — keep in mind, a Cessna only weighs 2,500 pounds. Come early for the Pit Party from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and get pictures with the drivers and trucks. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.


Adults take over Great Explorations Children’s Museum for A Night at the Brewseum. They play like kids, but with craft beer sampling, Nerf gun blackjack, tic-tac-toe, beer pong, slingshots, appetizers and swag bags. The party benefits the museum. $45 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

Adults will get to climb the Longo's Cove exhibit during A Night at the Brewseum at the Great Explorations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg. [Times (2017)]


The Brooksville Native American Festival returns this weekend to celebrate Native American art, culture and history. There will be music, dance, primitive skills demonstrations, kids activities, American Indian food vendors and more than 35 other vendors selling American Indian and Indian-inspired arts and crafts. $10, $5 children 5-12, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. (727) 389-1395.

The Red Boyz Dancers and Drummers perform during the Brooksville Native American Festival in 2019 at Florida Classic Park. [Courtesy of Paul Delun]


  1. Joe Diffie will perform at the Dallas Bull in Tampa on May 15. [Derrek Kupish]
  2. FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Disney CEO Robert Iger arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", in Los Angeles  The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, FIle) [JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
  3. Two firms have acquired majority ownership of Univision Communications Inc., the largest provider of Spanish-language television in the U.S. [Miami Herald]
  4. Downtown St. Petersburg's Watergarden Inn at the Bay houses a new popup restaurant called the Kitchen at Watergarden. [Courtesy of the Kitchen at Watergarden]
  5. Carlos Santana will perform with Earth, Wind and Fire at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 29.
  6. Customers gather at conservative themed coffee shop Conservative Grounds in Largo during the soft opening on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. [Courtesy of Amanda Makki for Congress]
  7. Comic and podcaster Joe Rogan in a scene from his Netflix special "Joe Rogan: Triggered." [Miikka Skaffari/Netflix]
  8. The second annual Tampa Taco Fest will return on Feb. 29 to Al Lopez Park. [Courtesy of Tampa Taco Fest]
  9. Watermelon salad with feta and mint [MICHELLE STARK  |  Times]
  10. Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville. [MARK J. TERRILL                       |  AP]
  11. The future site of Green Light Cinema at 221 Second Ave on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The art house theater will be nestled between Pour Taproom and 2nd & Second. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  12. The Black Keys will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 4. [Alysse Gafkjen]