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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: March 9-15

The Grand Prix rolls through St. Petersburg and the Hillsborough River turns green in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, as so do the streets of Ybor City.
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Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg: The IndyCar season kicks off with a race through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg. Drivers from across the globe rev their engines Friday through Sunday for the 16th annual race. $25-$145.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend: The actual holiday is March 17, but this weekend brings block parties to downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa, a “river of green" at Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday and the Rough Riders’ annual night parade, always held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, in Ybor City. Free. 8 p.m. Saturday. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Krewes dance in Ybor City during the Rough Riders' St. Patrick's Day night parade, which will take place on March 14. [Tampa Bay Times (2011)]

Yankees and Red Sox Rivalry Reunion: Baseball fans can eavesdrop on an evening of classic stories, videos and a question and answer session with special guests Wade Boggs, Goose Gossage, Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, Graig Nettles, Bill Lee, Luis Tiant and Bernie Carbo. $39.50-$59.50. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.


The Reverend Horton Heat: The Texas psychobilly veteran headlines this year’s Alzheimer’s Music Fest, benefiting a handful of Alzheimer’s and dementia organizations. Trae Pierce and the T-Stones and Botomatics open. $35 and up. 4 p.m. Saturday. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Dar Williams: The singer-songwriter offers her distinct genre of pop folk in an intimate Murray Theatre debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $40. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

John Mayall: Often referred to as the “Godfather of British Blues,” this signer’s band has included some of the most famous musicians of all time, including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. $39-$65. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

Andre Rieu: The Dutch violinist has huge crossover appeal with his waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. $69-$99. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform on March 11 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Country Jam: The acoustic show presents Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Morgan Evans and Jon Langston to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. $15 and up. 8 p.m. Wednesday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

Art Garfunkel: This Grammy legend sings plenty of Simon and Garfunkel favorites and shares stories and selections from his 2017 memoir What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man. $49.50-$105. 8 p.m. Saturday. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

Coin: The indie pop band brings their Dreamland tour to the Ritz Ybor. $23. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Colt Ford: The country artist recently released his sixth studio album, Love Hope Faith. Koe Wetzel opens. $25.50. 7 p.m. Thursday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Will McLean Folk Music Festival: Now in its 31st year, the festival features three days of folk musicians from all over Florida. $15-$60. Noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (407) 791-0181.

Southside Johnny and Asbury Jukes: With a classic blend of hardcore R&B and street-level rock, they put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound. $45 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

Silverstein: These rockers are on their 20th anniversary tour with special guests Four Year Strong and I the Mighty. $28. 6 p.m. Saturday. Jannus Live.


Jersey Boys: Broadway’s behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Perfomring Arts. $39-$105. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Martin Lawrence: The comedian stops at the Yuengling Center with his Lit AF tour and some friends, including DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson and Adele Givens. $42 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-3111.

Jay Pharoah: This master impressionist and Saturday Night Live standout performs. $25. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Paul Reubens: The Sarasota native hits Tampa Theatre for a sold-out screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in honor of its 35th anniversary, followed by a talk about the making of the film. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Jim Breuer: The comedian and former Saturday Night Live star (Goat Boy!) brings his Live and Let Laugh tour to the Bilheimer Capital Theatre. $28.50-$37.50. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-Along: Ted Neeley, the actor who portrayed Jesus on Broadway, returns for a guest appearance and sing-along showing of Jesus Christ Superstar. $13, $10 members. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tampa Theatre.

The Pirates of Penzance: Opera Tampa’s 25th season brings a popular choice in this Gilbert and Sullivan comedy. $85.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Straz Center.

Tyler Putnam will star as the Pirate King in Opera Tampa's production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Straz Center. [Courtesy of Rob Harris Productions]


Dinos Alive: In addition to ZooTampa’s usual collection of animals, there are some prehistoric creatures to encounter. Expect more than 30 animated, larger-than-life dinosaurs at this display with a dino dig, educational adventures and some dino merchandise. Runs through May 31. Included with admission, which is good for the rest of the year if purchased in advance online. $36.95, $26.95 for ages 3-11. 9:30 a.m. daily. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.

The special outdoor exhibit Dinos Alive runs through May 31 at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. [Tampa Bay Times (2011)]

Water Lantern Festival Spring Hill: This floating lantern celebration showcases food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. $16-$40. 4 p.m. Saturday. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson.