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Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of March 29-April 4

Watch the sun come up in a sunrise service. Then, follow Peter Cottontail on an Easter egg hunt.
Members of First Unity Church St. Petersburg sing and dance during an Easter Sunday sunrise service in Straub Park in St. Petersburg on April 12, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the church will once again hold a small service and livestream it on Facebook.
Members of First Unity Church St. Petersburg sing and dance during an Easter Sunday sunrise service in Straub Park in St. Petersburg on April 12, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the church will once again hold a small service and livestream it on Facebook. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Mar. 29
Updated Mar. 29

Sunrise Service: Here are a few opportunities to attend an Easter sunrise church service.

  • St. Petersburg: The Rev. Serena Hemmer, metaphysical minister at First Unity, leads this service, which includes music by Joel Jadus and dance by Kaylee Davis. Attend the service live or catch it on Facebook at @unitycampus. Free. 6:45-8 a.m. Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.
  • Tampa: This “Son”Rise service on the front lawn is followed by a regular worship service in the sanctuary and at hydeparkpres.com/online-church at 10 a.m. Free. 7-8 a.m. Sunday. Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W Swann Ave., Tampa. 813-253-0069.

Tween/Teen Flashlight Egg Hunts: Children ages 11 to 15 can grab a flashlight to hunt for Easter eggs in the dark. Stick around for s’mores by the campfire. Free. 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Folly Farm Nature Preserve, 1562 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1555, ext. 1501.

Easter and Trains: Take the family to join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt, passenger train rides and vendors. $6, 1 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-639-7639.

Guests can celebrate Easter at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor on Saturday.
Guests can celebrate Easter at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor on Saturday. [ SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY ]

Easter at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary: Children of all ages can bring their own basket and enjoy Easter egg hunts (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), trail tours, reptile feedings and talks by the Gator Crusader. Social distancing required. $15, $10 ages 3-10, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-943-5897.

Tampa Bay Women’s Expo: Grab your girlfriends to relax and rejuvenate in an atmosphere that includes interactive experiences in health, yoga and holistic nutrition. There will be seminars, shopping, food, wine, games and beauty services. Tickets and time slot reservations are required to guarantee proper social distancing. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-893-8134.

Sister Hazel performs at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Sister Hazel performs at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday. [ KRIS STEER | Handout ]

Food and Wine Festival: Busch Gardens’ popular epicurean festival returns with 110 treats paired with more than 80 wines, beers and cocktails. There also will be live music, with socially distanced concerts by Sugar Ray (Friday) and Sister Hazel (Saturday) at 5 and 7 p.m. on the Festival Field Stage. In addition to temperature checks and face covering requirements, crowds will be limited to allow for more open space and physical distancing in the festival area. Included with admission. Food/drink additional. Noon-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Mindi Abair: The two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist performs, along with Latin Grammy nominee and New York Yankees great Bernie Williams. The theater will be at 50 percent capacity. Masks are required. $30-$49. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Vintage POP! With music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis and Creedence Clearwater Revival, this revue starring Carole J. Bufford explores the evolution of popular music from the Roaring Twenties to the Soaring Eighties, featuring hits like St. Louis Blues, Every Breath You Take and A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. $36-$39. 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-9000.

Former Tampa Bay Rays player Carlos Pena will perform on the Riverwalk near the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday.
Former Tampa Bay Rays player Carlos Pena will perform on the Riverwalk near the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Friday. [ Times ]

Live and Local: Local singers and songwriters present socially distanced concerts on the Riverwalk near the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. This performance features former Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

John Douglas Art Exhibition: Fresh off his performances with Aerosmith, artist and drummer John Douglas makes live appearances at his exhibit of works on the High Performance Fine Art Tour. Reservations are recommended to ensure social distancing and admission. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Michael Murphy Gallery Tampa, 2701 S MacDill Ave. 813-902-1414.