Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The streets will be buzzing as the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns with a 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit that uses the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts and The Dalí Museum and extends onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport. $25-$155. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Downtown St. Petersburg. 727-898-4639.
Florida Strawberry Festival: Indulge in strawberries and strawberry shortcake and enjoy midway rides, shows and headliner concerts including the Oak Ridge Boys ($30, 3:30 p.m. Thursday); Willie Nelson ($50, 3:30 p.m. Friday); Halestorm ($45, 7:30 p.m. Friday); Sara Evans ($35, 3:30 p.m. Saturday); and the Gatlin Brothers ($25, 3:30 p.m. Sunday). The festival runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through March 12. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. 813-754-1996.
Tampa Pro: The 29th annual contest features professional skateboarders from around the world. $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. 813-621-6793..
Blake Shelton: The country star is on the road with his Back to the Honky Tonk tour with Country Music Award-winning Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce and rising country artist Jackson Dean. $45-$124.50. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.
Lyle Lovett: The singer-songwriter-actor whose hit songs include “Cowboy Man” performs. $69.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.
Dropkick Murphys: The Rumjacks and Jesse Ahern serve as special guests for the St. Patrick’s Day 2023 tour. $86. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-565-0550.
Adventure Island: The water park across the street from Busch Gardens opens for the season on Saturday. The park is open on weekends only in March, with the exception of the week of March 13, which is spring break for all Tampa Bay public school systems and the University of South Florida. Tickets start at $44.99 at adventureisland.com. 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386..
The Veterans Creative Arts Showcase: A showcase of works of fine art, music, writing, dance and theater from and by Tampa Bay area veterans. Produced in collaboration with the James A. Haley VA Hospital and Bay Pines Health Systems, there will be an Art Gallery Social Hour under the Riverwalk tent at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by performances on the Riverwalk stage. Free. Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827
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Shear Madness: The hair salon whodunit enlists the audience to figure out the crime by following the clues and even questioning the suspects. Clues change every night, so audiences never know who the murderer will be until the end of the show. $43.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Jaeb Theater, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.
“Visions of Nature: Voices of Nature”: Eckerd College holds this “Environmental Film Festival” to address subjects affecting the environment. Here’s the lineup:
- “A Common Sequence” (80 minutes): This experimental essay film, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, examines the question of whether anything still belongs to us in a world of patents and privatization. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
- “Hunt For Planet B” (93 minutes): This documentary interweaves the creation of NASA’s massive Webb telescope in 2021 with the story of a pioneering group of female scientists on a quest to find life beyond our solar system. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- “Fire Of Love” (98 minutes): Drawing on years of documentary footage, this film chronicles the life and love of married volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together. 7 p.m. Thursday.
- “Godland” (143 minutes): In the film, a young Danish priest is sent to a remote part of Iceland. The deeper he travels into the Icelandic landscape, the more he loses a sense of his own reality, his mission and his sense of duty. 7 p.m. Friday.
- “All That Breathes” (97 minutes): In the film, two Indian brothers fall in love with a bird: the black kite. From their makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, the “kite brothers” care for thousands of these creatures that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Screenings are free and will be held in the Miller Auditorium of Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-867-1166.
Mouse’s Kids and Family Days: Families can meet track mascot Mouse the miniature horse, and children can enjoy pony rides, bounce houses, games and more. $3. 11 a.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. 813-855-4401.
Doo Wop Reunion: Starring Kenny Vance and The Planotones, Lou Christie, Jay Siegel’s Tokens and Joey Dee. $49-$125. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.
Zubrick Magic Theatre: Illusionists Chris and Ryan Zubrick present a night of magical entertainment in an intimate setting. $42. 7 and 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Zubrick Magic Theatre, 1211 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 866-982-7425.
$6 Sundays at the St. Petersburg Museum of History: Enjoy special admission to the St. Petersburg Museum of History every Sunday through June. $6. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. 727-894-1052.
St. Pete Walking Mural Tour: Hear the inside stories of the making of murals found in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg. 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-458-9839.
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: The acclaimed art festival, a staple of Gasparilla season that is now in its 53rd year, draws award-winning artists from throughout the country. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa.