1. Things to Do

Plan your weekend, Dec. 2-4: 97X Next Big Thing, Broadway's 'Into the Woods' and auto, boat shows

Families skate on glice at the Snowfest in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park.
Families skate on glice at the Snowfest in St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park.
Published Dec. 1, 2016

Plan your weekend


97X Next Big Thing: Enormous crowds will turn out Saturday for the British pinups the 1975. They'll be joined atop the bill by Americana outfit the Head and the Heart and dance-popsters Capital Cities. But keep an eye on Kongos or electro-folk singer Bishop Briggs, who spent part of this summer opening for Coldplay. The shimmying starts at 10 a.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $37.45 and up. (813) 740-2446.


Into the Woods: Tampa's Blake High graduate Bonne Kramer returns to the Straz Center to play two roles in the Broadway tour of Into the Woods, the James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim musical. She plays Cinderella's stepmother and mother of Jack (of beanstalk fame) in Into the Woods, a whimsical yet deeply psychological look at fairy tales. It runs through Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $29-$93. (813) 229-7827.


Shows, snow and boat parades: The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular will have a live orchestra, acrobats, aerialists blending daredevil athletics with popular holiday music. $25-$85. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday's Snowfest and Santa Parade in St. Petersburg brings 65 tons of snow to North Straub Park at Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive starting at 10 a.m. $5 wristband needed for some activities.

Block party

Rudolph's Miracle on Cleveland Street: There will be "falling snow" of the soapy variety at this block party in the 300 block of Clearwater's Cleveland Street. There also will be a free concert by 1980s new-wavers the Fixx, a skating rink, carriage rides, pictures with Santa, carolers and a giant gingerbread house. It's free, but some activities require an $8 wristband. 5 p.m. Saturday.


Boat and car show: The St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show is in the yacht basin next to Albert Whitted Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday with a 40,000-square-foot tent set up at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $16, free for kids 15 and younger. Over at the Tampa Convention Center, 350 of the hottest new cars and trucks are on display and for test drives at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show. It runs noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 333 S Franklin St. $12, $5 for seniors and military and free for children age 12 and younger.


Insane Inflatable Run: Like a kid's birthday party on steroids, this fun run at the Florida State Fairgrounds is open to anyone at least 42 inches tall for a course of inflatable obstacles, including giant slides and tunnels. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $60-$100.


Crafts and Drafts: Held at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, it features more than 50 of Tampa Bay's best local artisan craft vendors, a beer garden, do-it-yourself tie dye, pet zones and shuffleboard. This family and pet-friendly event benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. $5, $25 for VIP. 11 a.m. Saturday, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. for a list of crafters and craft beer providers.


Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival: This year's lineup includes 156 features, documentaries and shorts from filmmakers willing to take the kind of risks that artists can lose when they become successful. The third annual underground film fest begins tonight at Britton 8, 3938 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, and also at Carrollwood Villagio Cinemas. The festival's centerpiece is Shooting Clerks, a tribute to underground cinema pioneer Kevin Smith. It screens at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 per screening session, $15 for a day pass and $25 for the VIP full festival pass. Check the complete lineup at


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