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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 25-31

Published Mar. 25

Tampa Pride: The street festival led by four grand marshals returns on Saturday. The Gay Men's Chorus of Tampa Bay (11 a.m.), community tribute (12:30 p.m.), diversity parade on Seventh Avenue (1 p.m.) and performers showcase (2 to 5:30 p.m.) accompany the food trucks and art vendors (10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.). But before that, kick off Pride Week at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, which hosts the LGBTea Party on Tuesday. Free. tampapride.org.

Cuban Sandwich Festival: One big celebration of a most iconic handheld is divided into two days. Saturday features a sandwich showdown for kids at Centro Asturiano de Tampa (organizers will also attempt to build the largest Cubano in the world), while Sunday pits nearly 25 grown-up competitors against each other to see who can whip up the best sandwich at Centennial Park. VIP tickets available. Free (food/drink additional). thecubansandwichfestival.com.

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Music: Folk duo Cicada Rhythm play the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater on Monday ($30.50), the same day the Gogol Bordello gypsy punk ensemble hit Jannus Live ($25 and up). Yale's a capella Whiffenpoofs harmonize in Ferguson Hall at the Straz on Wednesday ($12). On Thursday, legendary Glen Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb appears at the Capitol Theatre ($29-$55), and John Mellencamp is also in Clearwater for two sold-out Ruth Eckerd Hall shows Friday and Saturday. Grammy-winning quintet the Punch Brothers visit the Capital Theatre Friday, too ($49-$69).

Glass Art Society Conference: It's too late to register for this big-deal gathering at the downtown St. Petersburg Hilton hotel. However, Florida residents can get locals-only passes for $150 each day. There are also a number of events that are open to the public during the conference. glassart.org.

The Florida Orchestra: British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor shines on Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra Friday at Tampa's Straz, Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and Sunday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd. $18-$48. floridaorchestra.org.

Comedy: On Saturday, comedian Paula Poundstone brings her offbeat sensibilities to the Capitol Theatre ($35 and up), and Chelsea Lately regular Michael Yo performs at the Tampa Improv both Friday and Saturday ($17).

Tap Dogs: The athletic dance troupe invade the Straz's Morsani Hall Friday and Saturday. $25 and up. strazcenter.org.

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Chasco Fiesta: Starting Friday, the nine-day bash offers a midway with a special area for children. Sims Park and Bank Street, New Port Richey. Free (food/rides/games additional). chascofiesta.com.

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Find other events at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

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