St. Pete Bikefest: The celebration of motorcycles features live music on two stages by headliners including Saving Abel and Saliva (Thursday), Lo Cash (Friday) and Night Ranger (Saturday). Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame will rev things up Saturday along with a bike show featuring more than 200 cycles presented by Full Throttle magazine; there will be a “vendors row” Thursday-Saturday. Free; headline concerts $10 or $50 for three-day ticket. 10 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. OCC Road House, 10575 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-231-1510.
John Fogerty: Fogerty plays his iconic hits from Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo career during the Heroes Tour, with country artist Lauren Alaina joining him as special guest. $75.25-$145.25. 7 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.
Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus: The traveling circus blasts into the next generation of showbiz with special effects, concert-style sound and lighting, and three rings of acts including the Crazy Cossacks Riderz, Human Slingshot, Wheel of Death, Human Cannonball, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, showgirls hanging from their hair, gymnasts and clowns. $14.50-$60, ages 3-13 free with adult purchase. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. 941-343-2378.
Festival of Trees: Businesses and organizations decorate and donate hundreds of holiday trees and wreaths to be sold. Benefits The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. $5, 5 and younger free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. 727-797-8712.
Suncoast Jazz Festival: Three days of jazz and dancing with live performances by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Dave Bennett Quartet, Cornet Chop Suey and many more. Takes place in five venues at two adjacent hotels with trolley service connections. $198 three days, $55-$75 daily. 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. 727-248-9441.
TICA All Breed Cat Show: Judges from around the world judge and educate on more than 25 breeds of cats at this event with rescue groups on site and cat supply vendors. Masks are not required. $5-$10. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-289-1989.
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The Battle of Gainesville: This Civil War living history event includes historical battle presentations, military and civilian displays, blacksmithing demonstrations, crafters, food and costumed battle reenactments at 2 p.m. both days. $10, $5 students. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.
Mannheim Steamroller: This year’s performance features original Christmas hits from their first album, along with state-of-the-art effects. $45-$75. 7 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.
Sanding Ovations: This year’s sand sculpting exhibition and competition is called “Sandlantis.” See what happens when master sculptors use their imaginations and turn piles of sand and buckets of water into art. There will be live entertainment Friday-Sunday and fireworks Saturday at 10 p.m. Free. Opens daily at 10 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.
Sebastian Maniscalco: Nobody Does This Tour: The comedian sold out Madison Square Garden for four consecutive shows and was in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated The Irishman. 7 p.m. Thursday. $39.75-$129.75. Amalie Arena, Tampa. 813-301-6500.
Florida Orchestra Rock Concert: The orchestra is joined by local rock band Jeans and Classics to present songs of Elton John and Billy Joel. $35-$70. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.
Hops Night in the Garden: The Florida Botanical Gardens is decked out with more than 1 million LED lights and you’re invited to the Holiday Lights in the Garden preview party with appetizers, live music, craft beer and a sampling glass. $40. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2100.
Dessert Wars: Bring your sweet tooth to this event featuring 50,000 square feet of doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and other sweets. Includes 30 sample tickets. $45. 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.
Free Holiday Movie in the Park: Tampa Theatre in partnership with the F. E. Lykes Foundation presents a free screening of 2004′s The Polar Express in Curtis Hixon Park. Concessions will be available, and the shops at Winter Village will be open. Picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs and costumes or film-inspired festive attire are encouraged. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.
St. Petersburg Opera: Pinocchio: This one-hour retelling of the classic tale is sung in English and features music from Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti. It’s the perfect introduction to opera for the young and the young at heart. $15, $5 17 and younger. 3-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Opera Central, Preis Hall, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-823-2040.