Plan your weekend
Gasparilla Thousands will line the downtown Tampa waterfront to watch the spectacle as fully-rigged pirate ship Jose Gasparilla sails into the south end of Hillsborough Bay about 11:30 a.m. Saturday with hundreds of pirates aboard, cannons booming and a massive flotilla of pleasure boats. The ship docks at the Tampa Convention Center, and the parade gets rolling at 2 p.m. Saturday with more than 140 units, including 90 floats, marching bands and 50 pirate krewes. If you don't want to fight crowds, reserve a seat at gasparillatreasures.com.
Zac Brown Band The 2010 Grammy winners for best new artist should be extra-welcome in Tampa Bay this year, as they cap Gasparilla Saturday with one of their down-home hootenannies. Before all the concerts, about 100 fan club members will be treated to dinner at an Eat and Greet with the band before it plays its jam rock-influenced country music. The group performs with Sonia Leigh and Nic Cowan at 7 p.m. Saturday at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31.50-$57. (813) 740-2446.
Take the kids
Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day There will be fire trucks, school buses, police cars, motorcycles and even a tank at this annual kids day in Largo Central Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If kids purchase a $5 wristband they will have access to an inflatable jump house as well as a ride in the Rocketship Car. A free shuttle will run from the lot at Largo High, 410 Missouri Ave., to the event. To park and walk, the Largo Middle parking lot at 155 Eighth Ave. SE, will also be open. For info, call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.
UniverSoul circus The African-American touring circus features ethnic performers from around the world, high-energy, high-tech special effects and music of African-American, Caribbean, African and South American cultures. Acts include clowns, aerial ballet, motorcycle daredevils, hip-hop dancing, acrobats, bicycle daredevils, illusionists, dogs, tigers, elephants, high wire, Caribbean dancers and much more. This event takes place in the stadium's parking lot. $15-$28. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (800) 316-7439. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Dr. Who fans
Time Lord Festival The Doctor Who mini convention and fan gathering expects to draw visitors from all walks of life who love this quirky sci-fi TV show. At just $8 a ticket, the festival is more accessible to the average fan than those conventions that cost $50 or $75 just for admission. It's from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 12924 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. See timelordfest.com.
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