Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Tuesday, March 12

Steve Miller Band plays Ruth Eckerd Hall, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continue and coach Lou Holtz speaks at Tampa Theatre.
Steve Miller Band (2016). SteveMillerBand.com
Steve Miller Band (2016). SteveMillerBand.com
Published March 11
Updated March 12

Steve Miller Band: Formed in the heyday of the psychedelic scene, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his band return to the Tampa Bay area for the first time since their sold-out performance in 2017. These radio staples are known for hits like Take the Money and Run, Rock ‘n Me, The Joker and Fly Like an Eagle. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $72.75-$102.75. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Lou Holtz: Tampa Theatre launches its new Limelight speaker series with a college football legend. Holtz is the only coach in the history of college football to take six teams to a bowl game and have four teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll. 7:30 p.m. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $90; $275-$375 for entire Limelight series. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.

Test Kitchen Tuesday: Jack Kerouac: The late novelist and poet, who lived out his last years in St. Petersburg, drives the next Test Kitchen showcase from The Mandarin Hide. This time around, bartenders flex their creativity with specialty cocktails that fit the Kerouac theme, but the Test Kitchen’s M.O. changes every week. 4:30 p.m. 231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6 per drink. (727) 440-9231.

Hundred Days: What if you only had 100 days to live? Creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore how to make the most of the time they have in Hundred Days — all while providing a soundtrack of anthemic folk-punk music. The Tampa Bay Times’ Amy Hollyfield called it “the rawest kind of love story.” 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045. strazcenter.org.

Zoo and BBQ: Visitors can check out the animals as they dig in to this food festival offering beers paired with ribs, corn, pork sliders, smoked salmon and jerk grilled eggplant. Park hours extend to 7 p.m. Runs daily through March 24. 9:30 a.m. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission (food/drink additional). (813) 935-8552.

St. Patrick’s Day Week: The Lucky Dill wants regionites to “Get Lucky” in honor of St. Paddy’s with Irish food, step dancers, bag pipers, a fire hula show and live music. The party continues through the holiday. 5 p.m. 33180 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. (727) 789-5574.

The Royal Tea: Now in its ninth year, the traditional dining experience brings sweet and savory bites and unlimited pours of tea (not to mention unobstructed views of the bay) to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Valet parking is complimentary. Call for reservations. 2 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. $35 (gratuity additional). (941) 225-9122.

To Watch

The Bachelor, 8 p.m., ABC: Life hasn’t been rosy for poor Colton. The turbulent journey comes to an end tonight for our leading man, and word is he makes some wild, game-changing moves before the dust finally settles.

More to Explore

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