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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 29-May 5

Riverfest: Celebrate downtown Tampa's Riverwalk on Friday and Saturday with a free lineup of concerts, a taco festival, a hot air balloon glow on Saturday and the Wiener Dog Derby.

Yom HaShoah: To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day there will free admission, memorial services and talks Thursday at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg.


Music: Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls play Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday ($38.25-$68.25). L.A.'s Chicano Batman brings its signature psychedelic soul Friday to the Crowbar in Ybor City ($20). Reggaeton superstar Don Omar headlines Fiesta Maxima on Sunday at the Yuengling Center ($25 and up). Christian music's MercyMe hits Amalie Arena on Sunday with Crowder and Micah Taylor ($25). California folk outfit Milk Carton Kids perform Friday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($29.50). Named one of the country artists "you need to know" by Rolling Stone, Phoebe Hunt plays Ybor's the Attic on Sunday ($15-$25).

Florida Orchestra: For its Masterworks series, Mahler's spellbinding Symphony No. 1. Michael Francis conducts Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa and Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. ($18-$48)

Movies in the Park: Every Thursday in May brings a good excuse for a picnic at St. Petersburg's Straub Park. This installment brings Raiders of the Lost Ark. The music starts at 7 p.m., with the movie at dusk.

Star Wars Day: The inside joke of fans greeting, "May the 4th be with you," has turned into a full-fledged geek holiday. The Castle in Ybor will offer costume and Wookie-howling contests starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. $15.

Collectors Day: More than two dozen private collections will set up around the Tampa Bay History Center on Sunday, offering everything from political memorabilia to meteorites. 801 Old Water St., Tampa.


Free Comic Book Day: Visit a local comic book shop on Saturday, when many will have special appearances by artists and have more than 50 titles in a range of styles for any age group to choose from. Find a participating comic shop at

Clearwater Threshers: The team is getting in on the Star Wars Day action on Saturday with dozens of characters from the 501st Legion on hand for photos and post-game fireworks at Spectrum Field. $6-$10.

Sunflower Mazes: The spring tradition returns Saturdays and Sundays through May at two of the biggest farms in the Hernando County town of Masaryktown. HarvestMoon Fun Farm and Sweetfields Farm both have labyrinths set up and lots of side activities such as farm animals, crafts and rides. and

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