Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 15-21

With Easter, the music of Santana, comic Ken Jeong, a new Busch Gardens coaster and the Tampa Bay Lightning, there’s no shortage of events.
Published April 14

Mainsail Art Festival: The prestigious art festival returns to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park, bringing more than 250 artists from across the nation. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Lightning watch party: As the Bolts continue the NHL playoff series, join other fans to watch Game 4 at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa on Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m.

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Music: It’s a hot one when Carlos Santana takes the stage at Al Lang Stadium on Thursday ($56 and up. themahaffey.com). Grammy-nominated Texas soul singer Leon Bridges and pop singer Jess Glynne (Rather Be) perform Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($53.50-$83.25). Dennis DeYoung brings a six-piece band for the music of Styx and Night Ranger on Friday, also at Ruth Eckerd ($49-$103.75). Alt-rock’s Collective Soul has a nearly sold-out show Friday at Clearwater’s Capital Theatre ($55). The Weight Band, featuring members of The Band and The Levon Helm Band steeps in nostalgia Friday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg ($29.50-$49.50). Hit Men Live is not a tribute band, but the musicians and singers from records by Elton John, Carole King, Journey and others Friday at the Mahaffey ($35-$55).

Mamma Mia: Sunday’s Pets in the Park Night for the American Stage production at Demens Landing Park in St. Petersburg is the only evening you can bring Fido, as the show runs through May 12. $20-$50. americanstage.org.

The Soap Myth: Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner visits the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Monday, playing a Holocaust survivor dedicated to the factually murky story of Nazis making soap of victims’ bodies. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Monday. 522 N Howard Ave., Tampa. bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com.

Comedy: In Living Color alum Tommy Davidson performs at Centro Ybor’s Improv Thursday through Saturday ($20) improvtampa.com. And Ken Jeong, known for stealing scenes in The Hangover and Community, brings his stand-up act to Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday. $38.75-$125.

St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival: The Bard returns to Williams Park with the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. It’s free and it begins at 8 p.m. every night Thursday through April 28. 350 Second Ave. N.

Beer and Burger Throw Down: Adults get to choose the best burger and best beer while an outdoor game area keeps kids occupied. It starts at noon Saturday at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park. $5.

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Tigris: On Friday, Busch Gardens opens Florida’s largest launch coaster in Tampa.

Sugar Sand Festival: The Clearwater Beach event adds a Pro-Am Sand Sculpting Tournament on Saturday and a Family Sand Sculpting Tournament on Sunday, both free to watch at Pier 60.

. MOre to explore

Find loads of Easter egg hunts and spring time events at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

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