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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Feb. 21-27

The Firestone Grand Prix roars into St. Petersburg, and more than 40 bands perform on four stages at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa.
Andretti Autosport driver Colton Herta pauses for the invocation before the start of the 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race returns to downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront this weekend.
Andretti Autosport driver Colton Herta pauses for the invocation before the start of the 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race returns to downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront this weekend. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Feb. 21

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration fills areas near Albert Whitted Airport, The Dalí Museum, Pioneer Park, Duke Energy Center for the Arts and other waterfront areas. This year features 12 races, including the Indy Pro 2000, USF 2000 and the Mazda MX-5 Cup. $60-$125 three-day. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 7:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-898-4639.

Tampa TikTok star Gabriella Valdes, known on stage as Vella, performs at the 2021 Gasparilla Music Festival. The festival returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tampa TikTok star Gabriella Valdes, known on stage as Vella, performs at the 2021 Gasparilla Music Festival. The festival returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Gasparilla Music Festival 2022: More than 40 bands perform genres ranging from rock to R&B across four stages with top national headliners. The festival also showcases Tampa Bay’s best local musicians and offers street food from Tampa area restaurants. $45-$300, 12 and younger free. 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, 1-11:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-708-8423.

Bret Michaels: The multiplatinum recording artist is bringing a Concert With a Purpose, featuring special guests Warrant and U.S. Army veteran and Dancing With the Stars alum Noah Galloway. Michaels is donating the proceeds from the concert to the Florida chapter of the 50 Legs Foundation. $50.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Foghat: The English rock band, which has undergone several lineup changes through the years, continues to record and perform. Hits include Slow Ride, Fool for the City and I Just Want to Make Love to You. $30 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Take the family to Strawberry Bash for a sweet treat at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City on Saturday and Sunday.
Take the family to Strawberry Bash for a sweet treat at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City on Saturday and Sunday. [ IVY CEBALLO ]

Strawberry Bash: As the strawberry harvest gets underway, Keel Farms hosts the Strawberry Bash at Keel & Curley Winery. This family-friendly event will include Keel Farms strawberries, a wine release, an eating competition, food vendors, live entertainment and a kids’ fun zone. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday-Sunday. Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. 813-752-9100.

Crab and Shrimp Festival: Eat your fill of mixed seafood at the seventh annual festival with carnival rides, giant slides, hermit crab races, a wolf show, bird encounters, bands and more. $20. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. 727-674-1464.

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Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Under the direction of Enrico Lopez Yanez, the orchestra presents “Music of Star Wars,” a collection of themes from every saga. $18-$55. 8 p.m. Friday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Also at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

Runners prepare for the half-marathon race during the 2020 Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa.
Runners prepare for the half-marathon race during the 2020 Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa. [ Times (2020) ]

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic: A weekend of racing in the streets of Tampa features a 15K run (6:45 a.m. Saturday), a 5K run (9:15 a.m. Saturday) and a half-marathon (6 p.m. Sunday). $30-$135. 6:45 a.m. Saturday, 6 a.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-254-7866.

Pinellas African American Heritage Celebration: The festival features historical presentations and exhibits, food trucks offering African American-inspired cuisine, music by area performers and a mini-market with Black artisans, entrepreneurs and businesses. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.

Gulfport Get Rescued: Animal adoption groups from across the region bring available animals to this event with animal-friendly shopping, a pet supply drive, wiener dog racing, the Bark-B-Que fundraiser and a street fair. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070.

Catch wiener dog races Saturday at Gulfport Get Rescued.
Catch wiener dog races Saturday at Gulfport Get Rescued. [ ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times ]

Black History Hall of Fame: Bright Star Theater presents this 45-minute, fast-paced set of skits to introduce more than a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers that have largely contributed to shaping the nation’s past, present, and future. You’ll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison. Free. 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, 2-3 p.m. Thursday. HCC Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. 813-253-7514.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Home improvement experts present exhibits, giveaways, door prizes and more related to the latest trends in home remodeling. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-893-8134.

Black Love: Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre celebrates love and Black History Month with cinematic love stories told by Black filmmakers and diverse casts. Saturday features the 109-minute, PG-rated drama-romance Mahogany, in which a struggling fashion design student goes from rags to riches after meeting a successful fashion photographer. Sunday features the 135-minute, R-rated drama-romance Waves, in which a South Florida family struggles with love, loss and forgiveness. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy Experience: Knock and say the password to enter a party in the basement of a church that was once an actual speakeasy. The night includes appearances by snitches, entertainment by a gangster and his right-hand man and music by Allison Doreen. $55. 7-8:30 and 9-10:30 p.m. Friday. Cerealholic Cafe and Bar, 1909 N 15th St., Tampa. 813-562-9411.

The Gasparilla calendar ends with the Outbound Voyage, where Ye Mystic  Krewe of Gasparilla gives back the key to the City of Tampa and sails away.
The Gasparilla calendar ends with the Outbound Voyage, where Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla gives back the key to the City of Tampa and sails away.

Gasparilla Outbound Voyage: Mayor Jane Castor reclaims the key to the City of Tampa and kicks out the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates. The Jose Gasparilla sails back out to sea to cannon fire and live music. Free. 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-251-3378.

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