Best things to do in Tampa Bay: Evolution of Drag, model trains, Caribbean Heritage Festival and more

'Real Housewives' star Luann de Lesseps visits Clearwater's Bilheimer Capitol Theatre this weekend as well.
Published May 29
Updated May 31

DECADES OF DRAG: Evolution of Drag

At nearly 6-foot-6-inches tall, fans notice when Daphne Ferraro enters a room and takes center stage. Affectionately referred to as the “tallest drag queen in captivity,” she is bringing along her friends for a show Saturday called The Evolution of Drag: Drag Through the Decades. She will be joined by Tampa Bay favorites Kenya Black, Robyn Demournay, Jocelyn Summers, Jaeda Fuentes, Chi Chi LaLique, Kathryn Nevets and more. With a mix of comedy, dance productions, a history lesson and dazzling drag costuming, the show takes audiences through the decades and through the eyes of a drag queen. $30, $45 VIP. 8 p.m. Saturday. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

GET REAL: Housewife Countess and Friends

No Housewife from The Real Housewives of New York City was more talked about last year than the former Countess, Luann de Lesseps. She got arrested. She checked into rehab ­­— twice. Between getting sued by her children and leaving her own poo in a hotel bed, the gal hit some lows. But her fans rallied around, and she came out fairly unscathed. Despite the issues she was dealing with, Luann put together a cabaret act that has strong sales across the country, and that is the happy ending her fans wished for. Her husky voice on Money Can’t Buy You Class made her a viral musical sensation. In between the songs are stories and anecdotes. She will be joined by an eclectic group of New York’s most sought after nightlife stars, “both legendary and ascendant.” $35-$150. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. athecap.com.

CHOO CHOO: Model trains

Train fans, pull into the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend for a huge Model Train Show and Sale. Dealers fill more than 250 tables with trains and train supplies in all gauges. Also, eight working layouts and “rail buff” items will be for sale. $9, 11 and younger free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 949-7197.

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CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Caribbean Heritage Festival

Food is a big draw of the open-air Tampa Bay Caribbean Heritage Festival, where island-themed artwork, music, activities for kids and dance round out the highlights. $12-$15, 10 and younger free. 4 p.m. Saturday. University Area Community Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 774-5855.

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