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Top Tampa Bay area events for the week of Jan. 17-23

Outdoor activities, including an RV show, a boat show and bike rides, dominate this week’s events.
Jim Zender exits an RV during setup for a previous Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The show, often referred to as the nation's largest, is expected to have more than 1,200 recreational vehicles on display Wednesday through Sunday.
Jim Zender exits an RV during setup for a previous Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The show, often referred to as the nation's largest, is expected to have more than 1,200 recreational vehicles on display Wednesday through Sunday.
Published Jan. 17|Updated Jan. 20

Editor’s note: Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, it’s a good idea to confirm your event is happening before heading out.

Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza: The alcohol-free, family-friendly event includes a bicycle and pedestrian safety rodeo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), air invasion (noon-3 p.m.), preschoolers stroll (1-2 p.m.), parade (3:30-6 p.m.), nighttime air invasion (6-6:30 p.m.) and “Piratechnic” fireworks finale (6:30-7 p.m.). Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Bayshore Boulevard, downtown Tampa.

Florida RV SuperShow: Enjoy educational seminars, daily entertainment and a look at the latest innovative RV products and accessories. Trams will ferry attendees around. $12, $8 parking. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.

St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: The 44th annual show features on-land and in-water boats on display, along with hundreds of exhibitors, fishing clinics and free sailboat rides. $19, 15 and younger free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 954-463-6762.

Kyle and Shawn Abentroth ride their Penny Farthing bikes before the start of the 2016 Tweed Ride at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.
Kyle and Shawn Abentroth ride their Penny Farthing bikes before the start of the 2016 Tweed Ride at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.

Tweed Ride: Dress dapper, jump on your bike and join more than 400 other cyclists for tea and scones, a bike ride and an after-party with dinner and swing dancing to music by the Junco Royals. $35-$50, 16 and younger free. 2-8 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. 727-822-2083.

Lion Dance: In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the St. Petersburg-Takamatsu Sister City Partnership, Creative Clay will hold a lion dance. The dance is commonly performed during a new year to bring luck and drive away evil spirits. It features a hand-painted lion with a giant paper head, lanterns and fans that were part of an arts exchange. Free. 2-3 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. 727-894-1052.

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras: Running weekends and select days through March 6, Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens will feature live music, New Orleans-inspired entertainment and strolling street performers. The park is also offering Cajun-style dishes, including shrimp po’ boys, jambalaya, gumbo, beignets, and cocktails. Included with admission (food/drink additional). Noon-8 p.m. Monday and Friday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Busch Gardens brings a little bit of Mardi Gras to the park this week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Busch Gardens brings a little bit of Mardi Gras to the park this week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) [ GERALD HERBERT | AP ]
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Celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day: Forest Hikes: Venture out along the Flatwoods Trail loop with Natural Resources agent Lara Milligan to learn all about trees. Includes voluntary activities. Free. 9-10:30 a.m. Friday. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727-453-6800.

Celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day: Trees: Elementary and middle school-age students can explore the inside and outside of trees with hands-on activities, a drone demonstration,tree cookie investigation and more. Free. 2-3 p.m. Friday. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. 727-453-6800.

Gulfport Arbor Day Celebration: Children from the School Year Child Care Program read excerpts about the importance of trees and the Gulfport Teen Council serves refreshments. Free live oak and crape myrtle seedlings available while supplies last. Free. 3:45 p.m. Friday. Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1118.

The Righteous Brothers: Bucky Heard joined Bill Medley after the death of Bobby Hatfield. The new group went on to present the original Righteous Brothers soul classics. $49-$95. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Marshall Tucker Band: The multiplatinum band celebrates 50 years with an anniversary tour that includes special guests Firefall and Bertie Higgins. $28.75-$82.75. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Echoes of Her: Moving Current Dance Collective presents a collection of stories told though theater and dance about what we inherit from the feminine forces that have guided or misguided us. $15-$20. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Art Gallery and Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave. (corner of E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street), Tampa. 813-237-0216.

Josette Green shares historic information at a stop along the 5-mile ride.
Josette Green shares historic information at a stop along the 5-mile ride. [ Katee Morales ]

St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour: Local historian Josette Green leads a 5-mile loop tour visiting sites where Black history was made since the beginning of St. Petersburg’s history. Helmets are required. Donations to the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum welcome. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Chief’s Creole Cafe, 901 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-498-8979.

Mind, Body, Spirit Expo: Explore mindfulness, happiness and healthy balance at this festival with more than 50 psychics and 20 vendors. Free, $25 per 15-minute session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 2620 58th St. S. 727-337-0117.

Romeo & Juliet — Preview: From historic feud to ill-fated union, Jobsite’s Romeo & Juliet production is set against the backdrop of the 1980s. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. Regular shows run at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 4 and 8 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 6. $18 and up. Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Under the direction of Larry Rachleff, and joined by Simone Porter on violin, the orchestra presents the music of Beethoven. $18-$55. 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

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