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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of May 2-8

Catch the Florida Orchestra or a wiener dog dash at outdoor events in downtown Tampa this week.
Danielis Baez sits on her father Luis's shoulders at the Florida Orchestra's "Pops at the Park" at Water Tower Park in Tampa on Oct. 22, 2006. Take Mom to Julian B. Lane Park in Tampa this Sunday to catch the 30-year tradition.
Danielis Baez sits on her father Luis's shoulders at the Florida Orchestra's "Pops at the Park" at Water Tower Park in Tampa on Oct. 22, 2006. Take Mom to Julian B. Lane Park in Tampa this Sunday to catch the 30-year tradition. [ Tampa Bay Times (2006) ]
Published May 2

Pops in the Park: Pack a blanket and picnic for free music under the stars, a Florida Orchestra tradition for nearly 30 years. Perfect for date night or family time, the show features film scores, Broadway hits and symphonic favorites. Daniel Black conducts. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Julian B. Lane Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa. 813-259-1610.

Riverfest: Riverfest spans the entire length of the Riverwalk including several parks and features family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s cultural institutions, local musicians and restaurants. The festival includes Taste of Riverwalk on Friday night and TacoFest on Saturday. There is also a full concert series of local bands on the main stage in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and a balloon glow at sunset both nights. Other activities include a wiener dog derby, sidewalk chalk artists and a standup paddleboard invasion. Free. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Riverwalk, Tampa. 407-697-0038.

The Florida Wiener Dog Derby takes place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa on Saturday.
The Florida Wiener Dog Derby takes place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa on Saturday. [ Courtesy of Marker 48 Brewing ]

Florida Wiener Dog Derby XII: Watch dachshunds of all ages and sizes scramble in seven racing divisions to see who crosses the finish line first. Approximately 300 dogs will compete in races and other contests including best kisser, best tail, best nose, speed trap and P-Nut Butter Lick. Benefits Low Rider Dachshund Rescue of Florida, Skyway Dachshund Rescue, DARE Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education and Save Our Cocker Spaniels (SOCKS). Free, race/contest fee starts at $11. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 407-502-0852.

T.J. Miller: The actor and comedian best known for starring in Silicon Valley and the How to Train Your Dragon series and playing Weasel in the Deadpool films has chosen Tampa to film his next comedy special, The Philosophy Circus. $42. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Sunflower Season Farm Fun: Make your way through a maze of towering sunflowers at this farm festival with hayrides, a tree house play area, Tumbleweed Rollers, jumbo foosball, pitcher pump duck races, sunflower crafts, pedal tractors, access to the harvest barn, picking fields access and visits with farm animals. $10.75, 2 and younger free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. 352-279-0977.

Make your way through a sunflower maze at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown this weekend. The maze will be open weekends through May 30.
Make your way through a sunflower maze at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown this weekend. The maze will be open weekends through May 30. [ HERNANDO TODAY PHOTO BY HAYLEY M | Hernando Today ]

Star Wars Night: This Is the Way: Emperor DJ Tom Gold and Master Jedi DJ KC Killjoy spin the latest industrial/goth/EBM/electro/noise and synth pop for this May the Fourth Be With You celebration with drink specials, Vulcan Death Grip shots, light saber floggings, a Wookiee howling contest and costume contest. $20. 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Tampa. 813-247-7547.

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Literary Drag Show: “Welcome to Dragwarts” is a literary cabaret show that features drag, burlesque and other performers taking the stage to celebrate the world of Harry Potter. 18 and older. $20-$25 at wordierthanthou.com. 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. 727-822-2083.

American Stage in the Park: After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, American Stage returns to the outdoor park stage with Footloose — The Musical, based on the 1984 film of the same name. $21-$53. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Demens Landing Park, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-823-7529.

Cast members of American Stage in the Park's production of "Footloose -  The Musical" pose for photos. The show in St. Petersburg's Demens Landing Park closes Sunday.
Cast members of American Stage in the Park's production of "Footloose - The Musical" pose for photos. The show in St. Petersburg's Demens Landing Park closes Sunday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Iconic: Portrait Edition: Morean Arts Center takes over Seventh Street N and Morean Glass Studio for this fundraiser featuring a variety of activities inspired by the art of portraiture. Walk the red carpet in your most iconic look, view artists in action as they paint portraits of unique individuals vying for judges and people’s choice awards at the end of the evening. You can also paint your own pop art portrait, and there will be other hands-on activities. $150. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872.

Lead Foot Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Festival: This traditional fiesta adds an automotive twist with Latin dancing, Luchador wrestling, a low rider car show, mariachi band and a concert by Tito Puente Jr. $10. 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Lead Foot City, 17109 Old Ayers Road, Brooksville. 844-532-3366.

Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta: The 30th annual celebration features mariachi Guadalupe, Grupo Folklorico Mahetzi, free salsa lessons, Orquista Infinidad, a Mojinganga parade, a drum line and dancing. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday. Casa Tina’s, 365 Main St., Dunedin. 727-734-9226.

Mom’s Night Out: If you’ve ever cared for a child, pet, houseplant or anything else, you’re invited to a free screening of Magic Mike as part of the Film Tampa Bay Series, which features local films, filmmakers, actors and locations. Free. 7 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Jimmy Failla: The New York City cabdriver turned standup comic who hosts Fox News Radio talk show Fox Across America and has been on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live performs. $32. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Maxwell: Three-time Grammy-winning and multiplatinum artist Maxwell performs with Anthony Hamilton and Joe. $70.25-$130.25. 8 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Maxwell is set to perform Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Maxwell is set to perform Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [ SHORE FIRE MEDIA ]

The Band’s Visit: In The Band’s Visit, a band mysteriously brings a desert town to life in tantalizing ways. $46.50-$101.50. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

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