Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Nov. 14-20

Clearwater’s Sand Key is the place to be for jazz, and the Florida Orchestra rocks out with music of Led Zeppelin at the Mahaffey Theater.
Nate Najar will perform at the 32nd annual Suncoast Jazz Festival, Nov. 18-20 in Sand Key in Clearwater Beach.
Nate Najar will perform at the 32nd annual Suncoast Jazz Festival, Nov. 18-20 in Sand Key in Clearwater Beach. [ Courtesy of Amber Abbott ]
Published Nov. 14, 2022

Suncoast Jazz Festival: The 32nd annual event offers fans the chance to enjoy live performances from more than 80 jazz musicians. This year, the “purely jazz” weekend honors several top “legends of jazz” including Houston Person, John Lamb and Johnny Varro. The musical lineup also includes dozens of local, regional and national musicians ranging from New York’s Grammy-nominated pianist-vocalist-songwriter-radio host Judy Carmichael to New Orleans Jazz trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins and St. Petersburg’s beloved Nate Najar, Daniela Soledade and James Suggs. $40-$225. 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. 727-248-9441.

World class sculptors return for the Sanding Ovations sand sculpture event on Treasure Island Beach.
MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times World class sculptors return for the Sanding Ovations sand sculpture event on Treasure Island Beach. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

Sanding Ovations: World champion sculptors return to show off their skills at this “Once Upon a Time”-themed beach-front festival with sand sculptures, music, fireworks (9:45 p.m. Saturday), a Suncoast World Remembrance Day Ceremony (9 a.m. Sunday), a beach food court, beer garden and arts and crafts vendors. Also includes an encore weekend with a kite festival Nov. 26-27. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. 727-549-6165.

St. Pete BikeFest 2022: Meet Orange County Choppers stars at this four-day motorcycle celebration with concerts by local and national acts, nightly bar crawls, vendors and a bike show. The music lineup includes Black Stone Cherry and The Georgia Thunderbolts (Thursday), Craig Morgan and with Tim Montana (Friday) and Scott Stapp (of Creed) with special guest David Cook (Saturday). Starting at $10. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Orange County Choppers, 10575 49th St. N, Clearwater. 850-240-9265.

Chelsea Handler: The comedian, television host and bestselling author performs. $90 and up. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Paul Reiser: The comedian-actor who appears in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” is well-known for “Mad About You” and has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations performs. $45-$65. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Comedian Paul Reiser will appear in Clearwater Friday.
Comedian Paul Reiser will appear in Clearwater Friday. [ PATRICK O'SHEA | ]
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The Millennium Tour: Turned Up! Includes performances by Lloyd, Pleasure P, Bobby V, Sammie, Ying Yang Twins, Dem Franchize Boyz, Crime Mob, Travis Porter, Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Chingy and the reunion of Day 26. $59.50-$169.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Sophie B. Hawkins: The singer and multi-instrumentalist who had a hit with “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and who recently released the new single “Love Yourself” performs. $25 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 828-773-9481.

Rock Concert: The Florida Orchestra and Windborne Present Music of Led Zeppelin: Enjoy the classic rock band’s greatest hits, such as “Kashmir,” “All of My Love” and “Stairway to Heaven,” amped up by the Florida Orchestra, plus a vocalist and electric violinist. Brent Havens conducts. $18-$47. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337.

Ybor City Tree Lighting Ceremony: Children can munch on cookies and sip complimentary cocoa as they enjoy entertainment before Tampa Mayor Jane Castor lights the Ybor City Christmas tree (7 p.m.). Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus follow the tree lighting. Free. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-242-4660.

Florida CraftArt Festival: Up to 100 of the nation’s top artists sell their creations at this two-day festival kicking off the holiday shopping season. Find handmade works in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media and wood. Also, art demonstrations, food trucks, craft beer and music. No cover (food/drink additional). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391.

St. Petersburg Opera: Fast-moving, colorful and comical, this one-hour opera in English adapted from Carlo Collodi’s tale includes scenes and songs that highlight a message about the importance of family, friendship and telling the truth. “Pinocchio” features music by Mozart, Donizetti, Offenbach, Verdi and more. $15, $5 18 and younger. 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. St. Petersburg Opera Company, 2145 First Ave. S. 727-823-2040.

The St. Petersburg Opera Company presents "Pinocchio" this Saturday and Sunday.
The St. Petersburg Opera Company presents "Pinocchio" this Saturday and Sunday. [ Courtesy of Jim Swallow ]

Bonnie Raitt: The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer whose hits include “SomethingtTo Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me” performs. Marc Cohn also appears. $63.25-$128.25. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s A-List: Sunny Hall, TIGLFF’s board secretary and vice president of client services for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, is this month’s community programmer. For November’s screening, she has chosen “For the Bible Tells Me So.” The film explores the intersection between religion and homosexuality and how some people have used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. $9.63-$11.77. 3 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

St. Pete Baroque: Using historical period instruments, Daniel Urbanowicz and artists of St. Pete Baroque give new life to old masterpieces. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday. First Presbyterian Church St. Petersburg, 701 Beach Drive NE. 727-822-2031.

Dirty Dancing: In Concert: A complete screening of the digitally remastered film will play as a band and singers perform the songs live, in sync with the film. Stay for the encore party and continue to sing and dance along with the band to your favorite “Dirty Dancing” songs. $45-$85. 8 p.m. Saturday. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.