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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, May 18

This weekend, find animal expert Jack Hanna hanging out at Tampa theme park Busch Gardens. [Times (2012)]
This weekend, find animal expert Jack Hanna hanging out at Tampa theme park Busch Gardens. [Times (2012)]
Published May 18, 2019

Jack Hanna Weekend: Join the animal expert as he shares travel tales and animal facts. Hanna also plans to sign autographs and meet fans. Included with admission, which starts at $84.99. 1 p.m. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

End of the World Music Fest: WMNF teams up with Have Gun, Will Travel to deliver an eclectic lineup of musicians, among them Fever Beam, Johnny Mile & The Kilometers and Hotel Life. $15 and up. 4 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666.

Larry the Cable Guy: This comic know for the catchphrase "Git-R-Done" brings two performances to town for the first time since his sold-out 2013 show. $59.50-$69.50. 5 and 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Strings in the Spring: Pianist Franz Josef Mantini welcomes Florida Orchestra Principal Cellist James Connors to the 2019 edition of the program featuring three grand masterpieces that explore piano and cello, followed by Mr. Mantini and Mr. Connors joining forces to perform. $14-$20. 7 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 922-8167.

The Drums: In support of new single Body Chemistry off their new album Brutalism, the popular indie pop band hits the stage. $18 and up. 7 p.m. The Orpheum, 1915 E 7th Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-9500.

DJ Boris: RSVP on Facebook to watch this techno DJ perform on the house. Free. 10 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Run for All Children: A chip-timed 10K, 5K or 1-mile run — complete with a post-race celebration and awards ceremony. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. $20-$40. 7 a.m. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, 501 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 767-4199.

Run for the Fund: Support animal conservation efforts worldwide during this 5K through Busch Gardens and its animal habitats. $35-$50. 7 a.m. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Storybook Ball: A cocktail party drives the Wizard of Oz-themed event, where food and dancing are in store. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. $500. 6 p.m. Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa. (813) 258-6430, ext. 3.

Orange Blossom Jamboree: The four-day music and art festival offers camping, vendors, food and a full lineup of tunes. Bands like Applebutter Express, Holey Miss Moley and Come Back Alice perform. Runs through Sunday. $80-$110. 8 a.m. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-3082.

To Watch

SEASON FINALE Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC: Paul Rudd, currently starring as Ant-Man in the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, hosts. DJ Khaled is the show's musical guest.

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