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Top 15 Tampa Bay events for the week of April 25-May 1

Catch professional skateboard action or celebrate the tropics at the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival.
The best skateboarders in the world will be making their way to the Skatepark of Tampa this weekend for Tampa Pro, one of skateboarding's most respected contests.
The best skateboarders in the world will be making their way to the Skatepark of Tampa this weekend for Tampa Pro, one of skateboarding's most respected contests. [ Times (2016) ]
Published Apr. 25|Updated Apr. 29

Tampa Pro: Considered one of the most important skateboarding competitions in the industry, on Friday it features a team manager/industry VIP contest with an open PBR and Monster Energy bar. Saturday features professionals in street qualifiers, with the top 30 advancing to the semi-finals. There’s also a $1,000 best trick contest and an open PBR bar. Sunday features the street semi-finals and finals. An afterparty takes place at The Bricks until 3 a.m. $15-$35. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. SkatePark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. 813-621-6793.

Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival: A parade of tropical colors and masqueraders kicks off at noon followed by live music featuring Kes the Band and others at 4 p.m. $30, $15 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, 1201 N Orange St., Tampa. 813-325-5584.

The Who: Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend are joined by guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocalist Billy Nicholls, plus orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder. They’ll deliver the classics as well as songs from their most recent album, WHO. $37.25-$298.25. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Counting Crows: Grammy and Academy Award-nominated rock band Counting Crows have gathered fans worldwide for more than two decades with their soulful take on rock and roll. Starting at $60. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Pinellas film commissioner and co-founder of the Sunscreen Film Festival Tony Armer poses with event model Brielle Carter (L-R) at opening night of 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival at The Palladium in St. Petersburg in 2016.
Pinellas film commissioner and co-founder of the Sunscreen Film Festival Tony Armer poses with event model Brielle Carter (L-R) at opening night of 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival at The Palladium in St. Petersburg in 2016. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Sunscreen Film Festival: The 17th annual festival offers great independent films, fun parties, workshops, and mixing and mingling with some of the best and brightest filmmakers in the world. Sunscreen is the festival where the filmmakers are the celebrities. $10-$150. 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sunday. Sundial 12, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-502-9573.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition: “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” is a collection of the artist’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in a format that allows viewers to get face to face with the masterpieces. Through 34 artfully displayed reproductions, this innovative presentation includes world-renowned pieces like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. $20.30, $15.40 children. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Westshore Plaza, 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. 805-765-0549.

Tone Loc: Tone Loc soared into pop stardom in 1989 with his massive hit Wild Thing. Also performing is Tag Team, with their 1993 R&B top 10 hit Whoomp! There It Is. $24.50. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

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My Fair Lady: My Fair Lady tells the story of a young Cockney flower seller and a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” $59-$119. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8-10:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Yom HaShoah: The museum celebrates Holocaust Remembrance Day with free admission and the “reading of names” to commemorate those who died in concentration camps. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-820-0100.

The Florida Orchestra will perform Coffee Concerts Wednesday and Thursday and Pops Series Concerts Friday through Sunday.
The Florida Orchestra will perform Coffee Concerts Wednesday and Thursday and Pops Series Concerts Friday through Sunday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Florida Orchestra:

  • Coffee Series: Under the direction of Stuart Malina, the orchestra presents Changing Seasons, a collection of pieces inspired by the change of seasons. $25-$47. 11 a.m. Wednesday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater; 11 a.m. Thursday, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337.
  • Pops Series: Under the direction of Stuart Chafetz, the orchestra presents Superhero Soundtracks, a collection of themes from popular superhero films. Costumes welcome. $42.75-$57.75. 8 p.m. Friday, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon

  • Meek and Mighty: Junior athletes from across the globe dive in for a 100-200 meter swim, followed by a 3.6-5.4K bike and a 0.5- to 1-mile run. $45-$70. 6:30 a.m. Saturday. North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-825-1521.
  • Olympic Triathlon: Athletes from across the globe dive in for a 1.5K swim, followed by a 40K bike and a 10K run. $150-$200. 6:50 a.m. Sunday. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-825-1521.
  • Sprint Triathlon: A 750-meter swim, followed by a 20K bike and a 5K run. $80-$110. 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-825-1521.
Entrants hit the water in this 1998 photo of St. Anthony's Triathlon.
Entrants hit the water in this 1998 photo of St. Anthony's Triathlon. [ Times (1998) ]

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays face the Twins. Fans ages 14 and younger get free Bally Sports Sun sunglasses while supplies last. Price varies. 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Literary Drag Show for Families: Wordier Than Thou presents this literary-themed drag show to celebrate Children’s Book Week, which runs May 2-8. Out of the Pages is an all-ages event that celebrates diversity in children’s literature. Local performers include Jay Miah, Stephanie Stuart, Georgia Moore, and Skyla Luckey. The show also features two local children’s authors, Ashley Rhodes-Courter and Natalie Kennedy. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Punky’s Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-201-4712.

Sankofa Cultural Spring Festival: This pop-up market featuring black-owned businesses and focusing on health, wealth and community includes food trucks, music by DJ Freaky Freddie, art, natural products, handmade jewelry, African apparel, health products, T-shirts, purses and more. No cover. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Event Park, 1924 E Comanche Ave., Tampa. 813-373-1715.

Canceled due to weather: Fiesta: A Cinco de Mayo Party: The party on Spa Beach at the St. Pete Pier will have entertainment, tacos, tequila, margaritas, a mariachi band and performance by Sol Caribe, activities and games fit for the entire family. Get tickets and details at fiestastpete.com. $10-$20; VIP $55-$75 1-9 p.m. Saturday. St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-822-7437.

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