Veterans Day: Salute national and local heroes on Sunday with Heroes Weekend in Gulfport, with a parade down Beach Boulevard, opening ceremonies and a beach volleyball game. Free. mygulfport.us. Or head out to Treasure Island Saturday and Sunday for the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI, an "Honor America’s Veterans" themed kite flying event featuring tons of patriotic kites, banners and flags on the beach behind the Thunderbird Resort (10700 Gulf Blvd.) Free. thunderbirdflorida.com.
Ribfest: The food and music festival returns to St. Pete’s Vinoy Park Friday-Sunday, bringing headliners Barenaked Ladies and Los Lonely Boys and slabs upon slabs of delectable ribs. $5 Friday, $20 Saturday-Sunday. ribfest.org.
Ed Sheeran: The blockbuster British busker returns to Tampa Bay for the sixth time in seven years on Wednesday at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium ($37-$107). raymondjamesstadium.com.
Music: Buckle up, a loaded week starts tonight with ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre ($55-$100). Country stars including Dylan Scott and Cam hit St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday for the 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull ($55-$100). Then Thursday at the Mahaffey, rockers Daughtry bring their Cage to Rattle tour ($49.50-$95). Friday, Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley rocks the Capitol Theater ($35-$60), while Rick Springfield headlines an ’80s package tour at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($60-$105). Also Friday, don’t you forget about Simple Minds, who’ll take the Mahaffey Theater ($40-$65). Saturday, legendary musician and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson brings his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall ($58.75-$128.75).
Steve-O: The star of MTV’s Jackass brings video of him performing his bucket list stunts, along with some standup, to the Improv Tampa Saturday and Sunday ($25, $50 VIP). improvtampa.com.
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King of the Beach Festival: Held in conjunction with the King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament, this fest Friday-Sunday at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center Bandshell includes food, arts and crafts, a boat showcase and live music.
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Find more ways to salute our veterans at tampabay.com/thingstodo.