PADDLES UP: Dragon Boat Festival
Paddlers from across the country will be racing their long, slim craft at the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival. There are 20 paddlers in each in boat adorned with a dragon's head and a tail. A drummer up front keeps the beat as the team models precise teamwork to win. It's quite a sight in Garrison Channel, and free to watch at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. On land, the Riverwalk will be full of food trucks, live music, entertainment, local merchants and family activities. More than 5,000 people turned out to watch this event last year and even more are expected this year. Teams will participate in three races between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 601 Old Water St., Tampa.
LET IT GO: Frozen Sing-Along
"If Tampa Theatre learned one thing in 2018, it's that our audiences really, really like singing along to movies," read a post on the historic movie house's website this month. There are more sing-alongs to come this year, but this week brings the biggest ear worm of all: a Frozen Sing-Along. Frozen was a legitimate cultural phenomenon. It's the highest grossing animated film of all time, the best-selling Blu-Ray of all time, and you already have Let It Go playing in your head right now, don't you? Dress as your favorite princess, reindeer or snowman and feel free to belt one out at screenings at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be a photo op before Sunday's screening starting at 2 with Princess Elsa that includes a free commemorative photo, sponsored by Bank of America. $13, $11 kids. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8286. tampatheatre.org.
COMEDY: Margaret Cho
Groundbreaking comic Margaret Cho returns to the Improv at Centro Ybor, a frequent comedy stop when she's working out new material. She's also showing off her latest tour, Flesh Off the Bloat. At 17, Cho won a comedy contest for which first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld, and in her three decades since, has expanded her reach from sold-out stand-up tours to starring in and executive producing television and film projects, and releasing music on her own label. She's also an activist for human rights. She has four shows Friday and Saturday at the Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $25. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.
THEME PARKS: Disney, Busch Gardens
Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park celebrates with special merchandise, food, a character parade and the debut of Wonderful World of Animation in front of the attraction's landmark Chinese Theatre. The new projection show goes off at 9:05 p.m. and will feature scenes from animated Disney films such as Coco, The Incredibles and Sleeping Beauty. It precedes the park's Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.
This is the last weekend for the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival, so it's last call for duck fat truffle fries and "griddled cheesecake," a.k.a. griddled pound cake with cream cheese filling. The final run also includes free concerts by Walk Off The Earth at 7 p.m. Saturday and classic rock icons Foreigner at 6 p.m. Sunday. Included with admission. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com