Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, April 6

Everything from Festa Italiana and a water lantern festival, to the Wow in the World podcast and comedian Mike Epps.
On Saturday, the bocce ball tournament is a big part of Festa Italian in Ybor City. [Times (2008)]
On Saturday, the bocce ball tournament is a big part of Festa Italian in Ybor City. [Times (2008)]
Published April 5

Festa Italiana: Italian Heritage Day kicks off the Ybor City tradition with a wine competition, cooking demonstrations, a bocce ball tournament, nosh tents, a market and a grape stomp. Runs through Sunday. Free. 11 a.m. Italian Club of Tampa, 1731 E Seventh Ave. (813) 248-3316. italiandaytampa.com.

1,000 Lights Water Lantern Festival: Based on Eastern water lantern festivals, this fairly well-known event sets hundreds of bamboo and rice paper lanterns afloat at sunset in remembrance of loved ones and in hope of new beginnings. You get one lantern and one decoration kit with a ticket. $29, $13 ages 10-13, 9 and younger free. 5:30 p.m. ROC Park, 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. (801) 891-3112. 1000lights.com.

Mike Epps: The comic and actor performs two shows at the Yuengling Center, joined by a monster lineup that includes Sommore, Rickey Smiley and Earthquake. $52 and up. 8 and 11:30 p.m. 12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-3004. yuenglingcenter.com.

Wow in the World: A live version of NPR’s thought-provoking children’s podcast. Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas weave a character-driven and humor-heavy narrative around the latest stories from scientific journals. $20-$35. 1 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Dunedin Highland Games and Festival: This annual congregation, now in its 53 year, honors Scottish traditions such as heavy athletics, pipe band competitions and highland dancing. $15, 12 and younger free. 8 a.m. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. (727) 812-4530. dunedinhighlandgames.com.

Tourney Town: Coinciding with the Women’s Final Four weekend, the fan festival showcases special appearances, giveaways, games and autograph signings over three days. Runs through Sunday. 8:30 a.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. ncaa.com.

Gavin Degraw: A concert from the pop artist behind hits like Chariot and I Don’t Want to Be is another highlight of the Final Four festivities. Free. 6 p.m. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Taco and Tequila Crawl: Down exclusive drink deals — choose from tequila, margaritas or beer — and tacos while sauntering around downtown St. Petersburg. The inaugural event visits at least 12 participating bars and other stops. $25-$40. Noon. Park & Rec, 100 Fourth St. S. (727) 245-9100. eventbrite.com.

Fever Beam: Before heading out for tour, the local “cowpunk rock ’n’ roll” trio joins the Woolly Bushmen and the Jackettes on stage. Free. 9 p.m. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 229-1553.

Kessler’s Cacti and Things: A plant sale offering hundreds of varieties of cactus and succulents, plus desert roses, orchids, fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. What’s more, specimen collector plants and Kessler’s special blend of succulent and cactus soil are available. Runs through Sunday. 9 a.m. Bearss Groves, 14316 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa. (813) 751-9409.

Good Vibes Only Art and Music Festival: This joint venture between St. Petersburg College and USF St. Petersburg showcases the work of student artists and musicians. Look forward to a rock-climbing wall, food trucks, a silent disco and a visit from the Nomad Art Bus. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg.

Taste at the Straz: What was formerly known as Best of Tampa Bay delights with bites and beverages from 50 area restaurants and caterers, in addition to wine, craft beer and liquor tastings. A quintet of live bands is also planned. $95, $150 VIP. 7 p.m. Saturday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

One-Year Anniversary: Right Around the Corner observes 365 days of business with special releases, a food truck and all of those classic games you stop in to play on the regular. Tickets include a limited-edition beer mug, two 12-ounce pours, a koozie and a sticker. $15. Noon. 2244 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (813) 360-0766.

Button Swap and Shop: Discover exquisite antique, vintage and collectible buttons — and learn their histories from collectors — during the Bay Area Button Club event. Free. 9 a.m. Park Station, Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce, 5851 Park Blvd. (727) 742-5584.

Stone Temple Pilots: The Weiland- and Bennington-free band plays the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival. Be advised: There are several blackout dates in place for Fun Card and select annual pass members this spring, including Saturday. Otherwise, concerts are included with park admission. 7 p.m. 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386). buschgardens.com.

Sun ’n Fun Fly In: An air show ranking among America’s biggest and best aviation events returns with the Blue Angels, vintage aircraft and more. Runs through Sunday. $38, $18 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. 8 a.m. Sun ’n Fun Expo Campus, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland. (863) 644-2431. flysnf.org.

Playing Unplugged: Largo Central Park goes all out to get the kiddos to put down their electronics. Ropes and obstacle courses, a Nerf battle, tree and rock climbing and other hands-on activities should keep them busy. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Shrimp & Crawfish Festival: The family-friendly fundraiser spotlights a Louisiana-style crawfish and shrimp boil, as well as a dunk tank, live music and a bounce house. Benefits Florida Cancer Specialists patients undergoing cancer treatment. $65 21 and up (beer and wine included), $25 4-20, 3 and younger free. 1 p.m. Florida Cancer Specialists, 3402 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. W, Tampa.

A Bread Factory: A screening of Tyne Daly’s new film about a small town up against big changes, hosted as part of the Sarasota Film Festival. Afterward, the award-winning actress participates in a Q&A with director Patrick Wang. $15. 12:30 p.m. Auditorium 7, 1993 Main St., Sarasota. sarasotafilmfestival.com.

Safety Harbor SongFest: The sixth edition of this three-day music festival keeps the tunes going with Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, Rev Sekou, Shawn Mullins, Randall Bramblett and Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band. $30 and up per day, $90 and up for the weekend. 3 p.m. Margaret Heye Great Room, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. safetyharborsongfest.com.

The Florida Orchestra: Ragtime, Blues and All That Jazz: Trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling returns to perform numbers from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, to name a few. Jeff Tyzik conducts. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

Southeast Street Rod Nationals: The 32nd annual gathering of hot rods and vintage machines of nearly every make, model and style. More than 1,400 vehicles are expected, in addition to the swap meet, model car show and Women’s World exhibitors. Parking is $8 per car. $19, $17 seniors and military, $10 children 6-12, 5 and younger free. 8 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

Philfest: Florida’s largest Filipino festival brings three days of food, exhibits, colorful parades, art and competitions. Runs through Sunday. $5 in advance, $7 at gate. 10 a.m. Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa. (813) 925-1232. pcfitampa.org.

Palm Harbor Citrus Festival: Now in its 11th year, the celebration offers food and a beer garden, as well as carnival rides, live music and games. Runs through Sunday. Free. 10 a.m. 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 784-4287.

To Watch

Native Son, 10 p.m., HBO: A TV film based on the novel by Richard Wright. It’s the story of a young African-American (Ashton Sanders) whose eyes are opened to a new, precarious world of money and power when he is hired as a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman.

More to Explore

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