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Things to do: Top Tampa Bay area events for Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Get your fill of music at 97X Next Big Thing in Clearwater, or play in “snow” at Snowfest in St. Petersburg.
 
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform at 97X Next Big Thing in 2018 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. This year, the station has moved the show to The Sound in Clearwater's Coachman Park.
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform at 97X Next Big Thing in 2018 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. This year, the station has moved the show to The Sound in Clearwater's Coachman Park. [ JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 27, 2023|Updated Nov. 27, 2023

97X Next Big Thing: The 22nd annual Next Big Thing features performances by the Black Keys, Bleachers, Lovejoy, Misterwives, Little Image and the winner of Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. $52.43-$116.63. 12:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3). The Sound at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Kids can slide down a snowy hill at the Snowfest in North Straub Park Saturday.
Kids can slide down a snowy hill at the Snowfest in North Straub Park Saturday. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]

Snowfest: Festive holiday fun includes toboggan slides for adults and children, inflatables, arts and crafts, food trucks and more. Wristbands can be purchased in advance at any city recreation center or at the event. $5 (food/drink additional). 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

Ann Wilson: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Heart founder and lead singer-songwriter performs. Tripsitter also appears. $59.50-$99.50. 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3). Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Funny Girl: The musical comedy about Fanny Brice, a girl who dreams of a life on the stage and eventually becomes one of the most beloved performers in history, includes the classics “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.” $59 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (Nov. 28-30), 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2), 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3). David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Jazz and Politics: Food Scarcity, Housing and Security: The Warehouse Arts District Association teams up with WUSF Public Media, Emit and the Latin Jazz Festival for a series of concerts that combine jazz music with conversations about local political and social issues. This portion features music by the Helios Jazz Orchestra with conversation based on “Food Scarcity, Housing and Security in St. Pete.” $15, $12 members. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1). Warehouse Arts Enclave, 515 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-256-0821.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Florida Orchestra plays the score as you watch the film about Cindy Lou Hoo awakening the sleeping heart, and Christmas spirit, of the Grinch. $23-$53. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade: Floats, old-fashioned cars, community groups and Santa are just a few of the highlights. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-724-1555.

Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience: Using state-of-the-art technology, Johnny Cash’s iconic voice has been lifted from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black” to perform his biggest hits with a live band again. In addition to never-before-seen footage and on-screen narration by Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, vocalists will split singing duties to perform Cash hits, as well as tunes by other artists including The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash. $35-$65. 8 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 30). Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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Uke It Out! The eighth annual ukulele festival features everything from reggae and bluegrass to Americana, rock, blues and jazz, all played on ukuleles. More than a dozen local musicians perform on bass ukes, electric ukes, banjo ukes and acoustic ukes. $20-$25, 12 and younger free. 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-201-4278.

A celebration of ukuleles takes place on Saturday at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg.
A celebration of ukuleles takes place on Saturday at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg. [ MICHELE MILLER | Times (2012) ]

Santa’s Candy Cane Stroll: The first floor is filled with roaming holiday characters and family activities. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1). Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. 727-796-1070.

Celebration of Lights: Enjoy a car ride past larger-than-life lights that go on for more than a mile before you board a miniature train for a ride to Safety Town to see Santa. $25 per car, $3 train ride. 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday (Dec. 1-3). The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills.

Rise Up St. Pete: The downtown waterfront and the St. Pete Pier set the scene for a new concert series on the sands of Spa Beach. The series continues with a performance by Lauv and Chelsey Cutler. $35. 6-10 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1). Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Holiday Bus Shopping Tour: Board a bus in the Publix parking lot and stop at three thrift stores on your way to the Dade City Jingle Bell Holiday Street Market. Includes caroling on the bus, contests, prizes, a catered lunch, snacks and refreshments. $79. 9:15 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). Publix, 11502 N. 53rd St., Temple Terrace. 239-676-3876.

St. Petersburg Waterfront Holiday Light Displays: Take a stroll along the waterfront to see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North Straub Park, South Straub Park, Pioneer Park and at the St. Pete Pier. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Drive at Vinoy Park made by local teens and participants from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers. This year, there are also three holiday interactive games. Scan the QR code on the flag at each location to download the PlayMagic app and play games with family and friends. Free. 6 p.m. daily. Straub Park, Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7441.

The city of St. Peterburg's Christmas tree is flanked by two giant soldiers in Straub Park. The park and surrounding waterfront areas are packed with lighted displays.
The city of St. Peterburg's Christmas tree is flanked by two giant soldiers in Straub Park. The park and surrounding waterfront areas are packed with lighted displays. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]

Family Blessing: Artz 4 Life Academy presents the story of a young girl, her dreams, her grandma’s memories and the true meaning of “family.” $35-$55. 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3). Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Whose Live Anyway? The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” present their new improv tour: Whose Live Anyway? $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1). Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Bay Area Cantors: Fourteen cantors and cantorial soloists present “Shirei Artzeinu — Songs of Our Land: A Concert for Israel.” The concert features songs by Israeli composers or about Israel. Benefits the Israel Emergency Fund of the Jewish Federations of North America. $36. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 28). Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. 813-876-2377.

Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting: Dunedin kicks off the holiday season with a parade of decorated and illuminated boats launching from Loggerhead Marker 1 Marina and moving along the Intracoastal toward Dunedin Marina, where Santa will greet children of all ages. Enjoy holiday music, food by Olde Bay Café, s’mores and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St. 727-738-2920.

St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting: The parade starts at the Blind Pass Bridge and travels south to the Pinellas Bayway Bridge. Meet Santa and listen to music at the parade viewing party and tree lighting ceremony. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. 727-363-9232.

Michael Carbonaro: Best known as the star and executive producer of the hit truTV series “The Carbonaro Effect,” the performing magician whose TV appearances include “30 Rock” and “CSI Miami” performs. $42.75-$62.75. 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2). Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Holiday Cosplay: The convention features voice actors and professional cosplayers including The Star Cos, a cosplayer who has more than 1 million followers on TikTok and who will be one of the judges for the event’s cosplay contests and meet fans at the event. $25-$40 at holidaycosplaytb.floridacomiccons.com.10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Dec. 2-3). The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.