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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 3

Visitors shop the local booths during the LOCALTOPIA day long festival at Williams Park in St. Petersburg, FL on February 1st, 2014. LUKE JOHNSON/STAFF
Published Feb. 2, 2018

Localtopia: Nearly 200 St. Petersburg businesses and merchants in a community celebration of all things local with arts, culture, shopping, food, drinks, health, wellness and sports. Also, a Family Village offers bus painting, crafts, sports, music, a Skate Village, skate ramp, demos and vendors. 10 a.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $5 suggested minimum donation. (813) 500-7708.

Arlo Guthrie: The son of Woody and Alice's Restaurant musician performs with his children, Sarah and Abe. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$75. (727) 791-7400.

Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track. In the show, monster trucks crush lesser cars and even school buses in competition. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits. 7 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

Crafty Fest: Monthly market with an artsy slant includes local arts, etsy crafters, vintage and retro goods, vinyl records, jewelry and plants. This month features a "Sweetheart Market" with Valentine's Day gift giving ideas. 11 a.m., ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 324-3878.

The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams' masterpiece follows Amanda Wingfield, who dwells in her idealized youth and smothers her grown children, driving her son, Tom, to escape to the streets and her daughter, Laura, to retreat to her collection of glass animals. Through Feb. 25. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205.

Tampa Undy Run: Run in your boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer. Benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance. 9 a.m., Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. $35-$40, $30-$35 ages 6-13. (202) 628-0123.

2Cool Art Show: PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, present their annual juried fine art and craft show featuring 36 artists. 10 a.m., Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 916-0105.

Raptor Fest: Live raptors and free flight demonstrations. Free park and ride shuttle from Lakewood High School (1400 54th Ave. S). 10 a.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 893-7326.

St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Seafood creations and live music by Act 3, the Black Honkeys, Greg Billings Band, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, 10 a.m., along Corey Avenue, 400 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free (food/drink additional). (941) 487-8061.

Snowbird Palooza: Welcoming back seasonal seniors with health checks, games, senior friendly exhibitors and entertainment. 10 a.m., Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Free. (727) 674-1464.

Mike Hammer: Encore for Murder: Told in the style of 1940s radio plays. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Murray Theatre at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 712-2706.

Forever Plaid: Four young singers killed in a car crash posthumously hit the stage for one last performance full of barbershop quartet harmonies and 1950s nostalgia. Through March 11. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42. (813) 229-7827.

Pup Crawl: Drink specials and Doggie Biscuit Bars at every stop on this crawl with live music by Whiskey Dregs, a raffle and vendors. Benefits Pet Pal Animal Shelter. 4 p.m., Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $25, dogs free. (727) 328-7738.

Streetcar Live: Riders will be treated to local bands performing live on the TECO Line Streetcar System. This month features live music by Oak Hay. 5 p.m., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 254-4278.

The Verve Pipe: Multi-platinum alternative rock band recognized for hits like Photograph, Hero and Never Let You Down will make a local stop on their world tour to perform. 7 p.m., The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30-$50. (828) 773-9481.

The Green: One of Hawaii's most popular reggae acts is performing alongside Sammy J and Leilani Wolfgramm. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $33 and up. (727) 895-3045.

Matt Linton: Christian/gospel music artist will perform songs from his albums: Go Tell Somebody and I've Got to Praise Him. 7 p.m., East Chelsea Baptist Church, 7225 E Chelsea St, Tampa. Free. Donations accepted. (813) 621-9771.

Mo'Nique: The comedian who starred in the sitcom The Parkers. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $40. (813) 864-4000.

G3: Legendary guitarists Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Phil Collen (Def Leppard) combine talents. Satriani's G3 tour has featured the world's greatest guitarists and has been described as a concept similar to the Three Tenors. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$84.50. (727) 893-7832.

Randal Bramblett: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. 7:30 p.m., Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, 706 Second St., Safety Harbor. $20-$25. (727) 725-4018.

Coin: The hugely popular alt-pop outfit. 8 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. @0-$40. (813) 247-2555.


Canopy Tree Climbing: Climbers ages 6 and older can ascend into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. 10 a.m., Pathfinder Outdoor Education, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 328-0300.


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  1. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  2. Kathleen Hudak, historian with the Brooksville Cemetery, tells the story of William Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Varn during a walking tour of the historic Brooksville Cemetery on Tuesday as part of Brooksville's Founders' Week celebration. The boy died from appendicitis in 1913 at the  age of 9. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
  3. MICHELE MILLER | Times 2018
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will roll into downtown New Port Richey for the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oct. 11-13. Times (2018)
    The weekend event brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to town while benefiting local charities.
  4. Bigger. Taller. Glitzier. A $720 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has added a 14-story hotel, right, next to the casino's original hotel on the left. Richard Danielson
    Nicole Kidman and Christie Brinkley walked the red carpet, and two members of the Wallenda family walked a high wire strung between the casino’s two hotel towers.
  5. The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. Times
    Local offerings abound for those wanting to get out and about.
  6. The African American Heritage Trail in St. Petersburg begins at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    It has been five years since the historic trail celebrated its grand opening, but many still don’t know it’s there.
  7. The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride combines dapper duds and vintage-inspired bikes on a ride to raise money for men's health charities. Mari Sabra
    The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride returns to Tampa Bay as local motorcyclists join a worldwide run to raise money for men’s health charities.
  8. Natalie D'Alessandro and Izaac Deal break out into dance during the inaugural Pride Festival in 2018 in downtown New Port Richey. MICHELE MILLER  |  Times (2018)
    New Port Richey gathering will feature a week of lead-up events.
  9. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  10. The Tampa Bay Lightning has tapped Cigar City Brewing to bring its Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker beers to Amalie Arena as the team’s official craft beer partner. (Photo via Tampa Bay Lightning) Tampa Bay Lightning
    Cigar City also will move its popular annual Hunahpu’s Beer Festival to Amalie Arena starting next March.