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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Jingle Ball brings Sam Smith, Normani and Lizzo, plus several turkey trots before Thanksgiving dinner and the 10th edition of Shopapalooza.

93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball: The star-studded concert’s lineup featuress Oscar- and Grammy-winner Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony singer Normani and breakout pop star Lizzo, in addition to French Montana, Why Don’t We, Max and A.J. Mitchell. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

Run now, gobble later: Start working off those inevitable Thanksgiving munchies during the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot (Clearwater High School, 540 S Hercules Ave.) or the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble (Amalie Arena) at 7 a.m. Thursday, plus the Coffee Pot Turkey Trot (North Shore Elementary School, 200 35th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg) at 7:30 a.m. Hosted at St. Petersburg brewery 3 Daughters, 222 22nd St. S, the Gobblin’ and Hobblin’ Turkey Trot at 6 p.m. Wednesday is another opportunity to get a run in before the big meal. Prices and distances vary.

Shopapalooza Festival: More than 225 local businesses drive this 10th annual festival from LocalShops1 highlighting hundreds of artists and makers over two days. Activity and kids’ zones, a lounge, a Christmas tree display, entertainment and a food hall complete the fun. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 637-5586.


Incubus: Behind radio hits like Wish You Were Here and Nice to Know You, these alt-rockers perform in celebration of their 1999 album Make Yourself’s 20th anniversary. Sold out. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Incubus will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30.
Incubus will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30. [ PMK BNC ]

Cannibal Corpse: The death metal legends wrap up their fall tour at the Orpheum on Thanksgiving Eve. The Art Is Murder and Perdition Temple open. $27 and up. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

Chevelle: The rock group make their triumphant return to St. Petersburg to get your Turkey Day merriment started at the 98ROCK Gobble Rocker. $34.50 and up. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: Expect an all-star bill of bluegrass acts, including Appalachian Road Show, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Rekindled Grass, Gypsy Wind and Carolina Blue. This three-day music celebration kicks off with a turkey dinner at 2 p.m. Thursday (bring a dish). Camping is available with a separate fee. Runs through Saturday. $25 and up, $5 ages 10-16, 9 and younger free. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (828) 265-9929.


Chris Tucker: The actor known for his roles in Friday and Rush Hour took a break for a while, but he’s back with a new standup tour. $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater.

Chris Tucker will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 29.
Chris Tucker will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 29. [ Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater ]

The Four Italian Tenors: Viva Italia: Don’t miss this heartfelt tribute by four rising stars that salutes the Italian opera giants: Caruso, Pavarotti, Bocelli and Lanza. $45.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Kortney Shane Williams: A standup comedian from Seattle who has appeared on Comedy Central and NBC. $20. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Coconuts Comedy Club, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-5653.

Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker: Principal dancers from powerhouse companies like New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre team up with award-winning NGB dancers to present this family favorite. Opening at the Straz Center at 7 p.m. Friday, the story transports you to the world of whimsical characters and some of ballet’s most iconic music. Runs through Sunday. $30 and up. For showtimes, visit

Next Generation Ballet performs "The Nutcracker."
Next Generation Ballet performs "The Nutcracker."


Kidz Bop: The popular music brand for young’uns offers an all-ages concert ahead of the release of its new album Kidz Bop 40. $28.75 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Holiday Classics: Sing along to yuletide tunes played on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ with your family, then enjoy the screening of 1947′s Miracle on 34th Street. You can take a free commemorative photo with Santa beforehand. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

SHAMcGiving: The Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center’s third anniversary and Thanksgiving bash showcase an “Eat the Rainbow”-themed potluck, plus aerial art, poetry, a “Flower Power”-decorated umbrella parade and live music. Bring a dish. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. 706 Second St. (727) 725-4018.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens: One million LED lights, in everything from lasers to sparkling figures, illuminate the Florida Botanical Gardens starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Runs through Jan. 4. $5, 12 and younger free. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 582-5800.

Enchant Christmas is billed as the world’s largest Christmas maze.
Enchant Christmas is billed as the world’s largest Christmas maze. [ Enchant Christmas ]

Enchant Christmas: Billed as the world’s largest Christmas light maze, this holiday spectacle at Tropicana Field also has an ice skating trail, a food hall, live entertainment and a market. Runs through Dec. 29. $14.99 and up, 3 and younger free. 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.


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