Spring Beer Jam: Alongside beer releases, a lineup of live music and rotating taps, the seventh annual event, which kicked off Thursday, plays host to the resurgence of Dunedin Brewery's IPA Fest. The hoppiness takes over on Saturday, when the IPA homebrew competition starts at 4 p.m. Runs through Sunday. 11 a.m. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free (beer/food additional). (727) 736-0606. dunedinbrewery.com.
Hyde Park Village Art Fair: More than 100 artists showcasing their work through everything from paintings and photography to furniture and sculptures. Runs through Sunday. 1622 Snow Ave., Tampa. (561) 746-6615. artfestival.com.
Paula Poundstone: The award-winning comedian with offbeat sensibilities visits the Capitol Theatre. 7:30 p.m. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Cuban Sandwich Festival: Celebrate Tampa's most iconic handheld in Ybor City. Look for local and international vendors, beer, wine, live performances and lots of Cuban sandwiches. Things get started with a sandwich showdown for kids, and organizers attempting to build the largest Cubano in the world at 175 feet. VIP tickets are available. 11 a.m. Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 N Nebraska Ave. Free (food/drink additional). thecubansandwichfestival.com.
Tap Dogs: The high-energy troupe pulls off athletic moves on the set of a construction site. Accompanied by female percussionists, their feet make the beats. 2 and 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInness Place, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
The Florida Orchestra: Celebrated British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor returns to shine solo on Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. The added bonus? An ambitious presentation of Arnold Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, or "Transfigured Night," paired with a short film of St. Petersburg artist Geff Strik creating an intricate, multilayered, 5-by-12-foot oil painting created for the concert. Michael Francis conducts. 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This weekend is your last chance to experience a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes and madrigals, with archery contests and a human chess match. The theme is "Wonders of the World," highlighting a market and entertainment from around the globe and the Florida State Belly Dance Championship. Runs through Sunday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MOSI, 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. $21.95, $13.95 ages 5-12, $17.95 seniors, free 4 and younger. bayarearenfest.com.
Tampa GardenFest: Formerly known as "GreenFest," the two-day festival beckons green thumbs with locally grown plants, a butterfly exhibit, children's activities, storytelling and garden tools. Runs through Sunday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Free. (813) 839-4827. tampagardenclub.com.
Batboy: Enjoy dinner and a show with Ray Negron, who began his long history with the New York Yankees as a bat boy, and the cast from Batboy, his off-Broadway play. 6 p.m. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. $50. (352) 251-7015. veteransheatfactory.com.
Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts host the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in their final regular-season home game. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $47.25. (813) 301-6500. amaliearena.com.
The Florida Orchestra Family Concert: This month's kid-sized chamber concert, Meet the Brass, shows ages 6 to 10 how to explore the sounds and history behind each member of the brass family. Performances last about 35 minutes. Come early for the "petting zoo" to try out a variety of instruments. 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. St. Petersburg Main Public Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Free.
PanAm Sport Regatta: Dragon boat races on a 1,750-meter freshwater straightaway with distances of 200 meters, 500 meters, 1,000 meters and 2,000 meters. There's no entry fee for spectators. 8 a.m. Tampa Bypass Canal, Harney Canal Park, 7115 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $220-$750 paddle crews. (813) 569-1030.
Dunedin Block Party: Dunedin-based Achieva Credit Union hosts the community bash to unveil a section of Virginia Street now called Achieva Way. Live tunes, food, beer, a petting zoo and kids' games are planned. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1659 Achieva Way. Free.
Grand Prix of Gulfport: Formula power boats take over Boca Ciega Bay just off Gulfport Beach for the American Power Boat Association event, now in its third year. Expect open pits, a boat show and vendor booths. 8 a.m. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Free. (727) 525-3803.
Chasco Fiesta: Adjacent to Sims Park, the annual nine-day festival promises a carnival midway with an area for younger children, offering them more minimally frightening rides. A three-hour street parade of marching bands, floats and krewes, stepping off from Gulf Drive and Grand Boulevard, begins at 1 p.m. Runs daily through April 6. 11 a.m. 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free (food/rides/games additional). chascofiesta.com.
John Mellencamp: Known for prime '80s cuts like Pink Houses, Jack and Diane and Small Town, this legendary singer-songwriter performs in an intimate setting. But we hope you already scored tickets to his Saturday show, because it sold out long ago. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Tigerland, 9 p.m., Discovery: Oscar-winning director Ross Kauffman's documentary tells the stories of two remarkable men, born a generation and a world apart, who have dedicated their lives to preserving the lives of majestic tigers in the wild.
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