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Top 10 events for the week of Nov. 16-22

The Festival of Trees travels pop-up style and the Suncoast Jazz Festival goes virtual. The pandemic makes a few big annual events look a lot different this year.

Festival of Trees: This year takes on a slightly different format with decorated trees on display popup style in businesses throughout north Pinellas County. View the trees and bid on them to take home. The festival’s feature tree and a large display of small sparkling trees and wreaths can be viewed at Westfield Countryside Mall. For a complete list of popup display locations, go to thearctbfoundation.org. Benefits the Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. Free to view. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 727-797-8712.

Victorian Christmas Stroll: Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the Henry B. Plant Museum’s 39th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll. Each room has a different theme and allows visitors a glimpse into the magic of Christmases past. $16, $14 seniors, $10 children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

The Henry B. Plant Museum brings back the Victorian Christmas Stroll for attendees this holiday season.
The Henry B. Plant Museum brings back the Victorian Christmas Stroll for attendees this holiday season.

Night of a Million Lights: The venue, which is normally closed to the public to make dreams come true for ill children, opens for a giant holiday light display featuring 3.3 million lights borrowed from Walt Disney World. The more than 1-mile winter wonderland features a 150-foot glittering tunnel, 50 holiday-themed structures, a massive gingerbread arch and 45 holiday-themed villas. To buy tickets, go to gktw.org/lights. $25, $15 kids. 5-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Give Kids the World Village, 210 S Bass Road, Kissimmee.

Tampa Bay Transgender Film Festival: To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents five documentaries centered around the transgender community: Out Loud, Pier Kids, Keyboard Fantasies, I Was Not Born a Mistake and Transkids. The festival opens with a prerecorded centering video and closes with a live transgender healing space. To sign up for streaming, go to TIGLFF.com. First 300 free, $1 after. Starts at noon Friday and available anytime Saturday-Sunday. 813-879-4220.

Lucinda Williams: Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams presents Lu’s Jukebox, a series of livestreamed concerts to benefit struggling performing arts venues across the country. This portion of the series features Bob’s Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs. Purchase tickets through the Ruth Eckerd Hall website (rutheckerdhall.com) to benefit the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre. $20-$40. 8 p.m. Thursday. 727-791-7400.

Lucinda Williams brings music fans Lu's Jukebox, a series of virtual performances to benefit struggling arts venues.
Lucinda Williams brings music fans Lu's Jukebox, a series of virtual performances to benefit struggling arts venues.

Suncoast Jazz Festival: This year’s festival goes virtual and features performances by Bakey and Betty, the Dave Bennett Quartet, the Ed Metz Trio and more. Find it on Facebook, YouTube and at suncoastjazzfestival.com. Free (donations appreciated). Anytime Friday-Sunday. 727-248-9441.

Taste of Latino: Bask in the scents, sounds and flavors of Latin American culture at this drive-in festival with food, beer, wine, art, live music and the Top Latino Chef contest. For tickets, go to tasteoflatino.com. Free (tickets required to limit crowd sizes). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-229-2214.

Cuban Sandwich Festival: More than 20 Cuban sandwich vendors pitch in to build the biggest Cuban sandwich ever. They are shooting for a 190-foot sandwich, which will be donated to feed area homeless. The dog-friendly festival also includes live music, dancing and entertainment. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-229-2214.

A stack of sandwiches from the Floridian. The restaurant won the Tampa Historic category at the 2015 Cuban Sandwich Festival.
A stack of sandwiches from the Floridian. The restaurant won the Tampa Historic category at the 2015 Cuban Sandwich Festival.

Clue: Join in a raucous night of laughs as you follow the iconic characters of Boddy Manor through their bumbling attempts to solve the murder mystery made famous by the board game. $25, $20 students. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. 352-683-5113.

Florida CraftArt Festival: Jurors selected 36 artists to show and sell their works in the 23rd annual festival. The first of a two-weekend festival features: ceramics: William Kidd, Suzy Pease, Harry Welsch, Andrew Wender; fiber: Leeann Kroetsch, Robert Stadnycki; jewelry: Marc Aune, Charles Bahringer, Linda and Carl Caristo, William Carlie and Lynn Hardesty; metal: Javier Dones; mixed media: Artists of ArtLofts, Anne Ross Oliva; and sculpture: Terry Andrews. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391.

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