Dragon Boat Festival: It's free for spectators to watch paddlers from across the globe at Tampa's Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Green Thumb Festival: One of the biggest plant sales in the area returns to St. Petersburg's Walter Fuller Recreation Center 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
. Date Night
Music: On Thursday, Patti LaBelle brings her serious pipes to Ruth Eckerd Hall ($53.50-$133.50). There they go again, Whitesnake performs Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($38.75-$88.75). Also on Tuesday, RL Grime drops heavy trap beats at the Ritz Ybor ($35). On Wednesday, the classical crossover trio Simply Three perform at the Straz Center ($30). Country's Big and Rich perform in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino's north parking lot ($55). Rosanne Cash's new album She Remembers Everything brings power to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Friday ($36-$76). Dream Theater plays the Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($39-$69). Blues man Selwyn Birchwood plays St. Pete's Palladium Theater on Saturday ($20-$40). The Psychedelic Furs bring '80s punk to Capitol Theatre on Saturday ($35)
Margaret Cho: The ground-breaking comic returns to the Improv in Tampa on Friday and Saturday ($25).
Florida Orchestra Pops: Daniel Black conducts one mega-hit after another on The Music of John Williams in two shows Saturday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. ($18-$48). floridaorchestra.org.
Oz-Inspired Art Walk: Dress up, check out the art, including a ride, and you'll find vendors, music and a screening of Oz the Great and Powerful at 7:30 p.m. in nearby at McDevit Park. It runs 4-8 p.m. Saturday on 5600 block of Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. Free.
Skating rink: A skating rink pop-up comes to Tampa's Armature Works for the first time with live music, arcade games, a bar, popcorn and concessions. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. $10-$15 includes skate rental. eventbrite.com.
Taste of Science: The science community aims to make the rest of us more literate by holding talks in pubs and coffee shops today through Sunday. $5 at tasteofscience.org/stpete or tasteofscience.org/tampa.
. kids and family
Frozen Sing-Along: Belt out those songs at Tampa Theatre's popular sing-along screenings at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $13; $11 kids. 711 N Franklin St.
Painting in the Park: The north lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg will be filled with kid-friendly art activities from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Spring Fest Garden Art and Faerie Festival: A flurry of pixies alight at Gulfport's Clymer Park for this celebration of spring 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
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Find date night ideas and things to do with the kids. tampabay.com/thingstodo.