Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, March 31

Florida Bjorkestra, Big Storm Brewing’s new coffee company, Cuban Sandwich Festival, Florida Orchestra plays Brahms.
In this 2017 photo, members of the Florida Bjorkestra rehearse for a concert at St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theatre. The inventive classical-pop ensemble visits the venue again on Sunday. [Scott Keeler | Times]
In this 2017 photo, members of the Florida Bjorkestra rehearse for a concert at St. Petersburg’s Palladium Theatre. The inventive classical-pop ensemble visits the venue again on Sunday. [Scott Keeler | Times]
Published March 29

The Florida Bjorkestra: The inventive classical-pop ensemble, which rarely repeats events, goes back to basics with selections from two of their most famous programs. If you missed the sold-out Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush shows from 2016, this is your chance. 6 p.m. Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $24 and up. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

Shufflin’ Into the Market: Big Storm Brewing Co. welcomes a project more than a year in the making with a community launch party. Java junkies can get a taste of the Clearwater-based brewery’s new coffee company at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, where original and nitro cold brew samples from Big Storm Coffee Co. await. There’s a DJ, food and a shuffleboard tournament as well. 1 p.m. 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. Free. bigstormbrewery.com.

The World of Musicals: A cast of accomplished performers from London’s West End sing everything from Phantom of the Opera ballads and tunes showcased in new movies like Rocky to classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein. 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (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, as well as nearly 25 competitors battling to see who can whip up the best take on the Cubano. 11 a.m. Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 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 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. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$48. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org.

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.

Humana Iron Girl Clearwater: This half-marathon or 5K run/walk for women of all ages includes professional timing, personalized race bibs, a post-run cafe, age-group awards and giveaways. 6:30 a.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. $45-$115. (813) 868-5940. irongirlclearwater.com.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: Starting today, the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios creates a story set in the world of the Cars movies, with all the voice talent, including John Ratzenberger (Mack) and Larry the Cable Guy (Mater). Snap a photo with trainer-turned-racer Cruz Ramirez afterward. Included with admission. 351 S Studio Drive, Lake Buena Vista. $102 and up. disneyworld.com.

Spring Beer Jam: The seventh annual event, which kicked off Thursday, features beer releases, a lineup of live music and rotating taps. Possibly the best part? The pig roast on Sunday. 11 a.m. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free (beer/food additional). (727) 736-0606. dunedinbrewery.com.

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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MOSI, 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. $21.95, $13.95 ages 5-12, $17.95 seniors, free for kids 4 and younger. bayarearenfest.com.

Hyde Park Village Art Fair: More than 100 artists showcasing their work through everything from paintings and photography to furniture and sculptures. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1622 Snow Ave., Tampa. (561) 746-6615. artfestival.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. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Free. (813) 839-4827. tampagardenclub.com.

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. Runs daily through April 6. 1 p.m. 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Free (food/rides/games additional). chascofiesta.com.

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