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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 31

Published Mar. 27, 2017


It's a party downtown: The annual Chasco Fiesta continues through April 1 in downtown New Port Richey, in and around Sims Park, 5547 Main St. Festivities include a carnival with midway from 5 to 11 p.m. March 31 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1; ride wristbands are available for purchase. Other events include the Chasco Fiesta Barbecue from noon to 10 p.m. March 31 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1, a free Oldies Night concert featuring the Diamonds from 6 to 11 p.m. March 31, a Native American Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. March 31 and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1, and the Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade along the Pithlachascotee River at 1 p.m. April 1, starting in Miller Bayou and ending at Sims Park. Classic Rock Night, with headliner Jefferson Starship as well as performances by the Embry Brothers Band and Time Bandits, will be from 5:30 to 11 p.m. April 1; tickets range from $15 to $30; call (727) 842-6055). For a full schedule, visit

All about the hops: A Barns & Beer Craft Beer Festival will be from 7 to 10 p.m. April 1 at Old McMicky's Farm, 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa. Spend an evening on the farm with more than 100 local craft beers, wine and food samplings at the lakeside barn. There will be music by Soul Circus Cowboys, as well as games, a barn maze, hayrides ($3) and mechanical bull rides ($5). Tampa Bay-area recipients of the Purple Heart medal will be honored as the event's special guests. VIP guests will enjoy the lakeside barn terrace and special added samplings. Funds raised will benefit the Old McMicky's Farm Foundation and local programs. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door; VIP tickets are $60 in advance or $65 at door. Call (813) 920-1948 or visit

Wine, music and food: The annual Uncorked in Dade City event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. April 2 at the Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., Dade City. Stop by six wine stations with appetizers in the botanical gardens and listen to music while strolling through the gardens. There will be culinary demonstrations with free samples inside the historic clubhouse. The cost is $30. Call (352) 567-9003.

Celebrating Spring Break with strings: The annual four-day Stringbreak Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. April 6 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. The event, which continues through April 9, will include an array of music, workshops and activities, as well as a variety of activities for kids, including hayrides, face painting and parades. Some of the participating artists include Hayseed Dixie, the Tony Furtado Band, Hudost, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and others. Camping will be available. Admission is $15 per vehicle to enter campground. Tickets range from $35 to $135 (youth, early bird and combo package prices available). Call (863) 984-8445 or visit


Season finale: The Thursday Musicale will present its final concert of the season at 2 p.m. April 6 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. A $5 donation is suggested. The chorus is accepting new members and also is seeking a new director and accompanist for the 2017-18 season, which begins in September. For information, call (727) 807-3023.

On stage

Wild West Show: Doc Whiplash and Sybille Hummingbird will entertain from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at USA Fleamarket, 11721 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Doc's show will include a Western shootout, a precision knife-throwing demonstration at a live target, and cutting a rose from the mouth of his assistant with an 8-foot bullwhip. Hummingbird is an award-winning flutist, and her show will include Native American dancers. Opening the show will be an American Legion honor guard presentation of the American Veterans Wall. There will also be a horse show, as well as hand-print pony painting crafts for children. The cost is $8; with children 6 and younger admitted free. A portion of proceeds will benefit needy families and the elderly in Pasco County, through Fresh Start for Pasco Inc. Call (727) 226-7893, (727) 243-1367.

Zeus on the Loose: The Central High School Thespians will present The Iliad, the Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and at 2 p.m. April 1 in the Central High School Theatre, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. The comedy, written by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter, features actors playing a number of characters. As the clock ticks, the cast speeds through all of Greek mythology. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call (352) 797-7020.

King of the jungle: The Springstead High School drama and choral departments will present the musical Tarzan at 7:30 p.m. March 30 to April 1 and at 2 p.m. April 2 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Based on Disney's animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, the story is about an infant boy who is washed up on the shores of West Africa and taken in and raised by gorillas. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at For information, call (352) 797-7010, ext. 221.

You should be dancing: Saturday Night Fever wraps up this weekend with evening and matinee performances at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Based on the hit movie from the 1970s, the show is a coming-of-age Disco fantasy that features dazzling choreography and hits from the Bee Gees, such as Stayin' Alive, How Deep is Your Love and More than a Woman. Tickets for dinner and show are $49.50, $24.95 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and tip. Show only is $38.45, $19.95 children, plus tax and tip. Group rates available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit


Celebrating Children's Week: The city of Brooksville will host a family celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The event will include an alphabet zoo extravaganza, activities and games, entertainment and baby Olympics. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3835.

Trick of the eye: A free performance of the Out of My Hands Juggling and Illusion Show will be from 1 to 2 p.m. April 1 at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. The high-energy show will feature juggling and illusion performed by Gerard Tricarico. Call (352) 567-3576.

Art events

All American Youth Art Walk: A reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 5 at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., Dade City. The event celebrates the talents of Pasco County student artists in grades K-12. Music students will provide entertainment. Free cake and punch will be provided. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 847-8199.

'Eclipse' exhibit: The exhibit is on display through April 19 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. It features the works of award-winning Florida artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge, who explores the interplay of line, mark and color as conversation, as sound and as metaphors for the underlying energy and elements of all things physical and perceived. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. There is no cost to attend. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit

Brookridge Art Festival: Browse tables of arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will be music. Admission is free. Call Jackie for details, (352) 596-2073.