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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday March 22

L-R:Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola, known as Pentatonix, winners of Best arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella, for their A Cappella medley of classic Daft Punk songs, pose in the press room at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Published Mar. 20, 2015

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The a cappella sensations Pentatonix perform today. They won a Grammy this year for their Daft Punk medley. The food and wine festival runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and the concert is included with admission. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $95, $90 for ages 3-9.

Cuban Sandwich Festival: Today is the day dubbed The Big Smackdown to settle who has the best Cuban sandwich. But we are pretty sure the smack talk between Tampa and South Florida won't end. There will also be live music and a myriad of food, art and cultural exhibitors. 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.

Tampa Pro: Professional skateboarders wrap up the biggest annual event at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa, starting at 9 a.,m. $10-$15.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Featuring Mahler's Symphony No. 4, the night begins with Strauss' interplay of 13 wind instruments. Maher's melodies feature a soprano in the finale. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $15-$45.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The first 3,500 fans at tonight's game against the Boston Bruins get a free Steven Stamkos bobblehead. 5 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Bronx Wanderers: The doo wop, pop, rock 'n' rollers perform hits and share stories from Dion, The Beach Boys, Jay and the Americans and the Four Seasons. 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$45.

John Heffron: The winner of Last Comic Standing Season 2 performs at 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20.


Tampa Theatre Family Favorites Film Series: Kids get to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. The series opens with the 1996 PG-rated comedy Matilda, the story of a little girl genius, her wonderful teacher and the worst parents ever. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 12 and younger. (813) 274-8982.

Fossilfest: Florida's largest prehistoric show will have educational activities for children and adults, workshops, minerals, gems, vendors and much more. 10 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $7 adults, 12 and under free.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: A kind traders port for this weekend's High Seas Adventure theme will have spices, jewelry and clothing from far away lands. There's also kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12; $10 dogs.

Day Out With Thomas: Take a 25-minute ride on a full sized, 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine to meet Sir Topham Hatt. 9 a.m., Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. $19. (877) 869-0800;

Tree Climbing Championship: Watch professional tree climbers from around the world compete for World Champion. Then, grab a limb and try your hand in a fun climb. Also includes Tree Circus educational entertainment, birds of prey demonstration and live music by the Island Boys. 10 a.m., Rowlett Park, 2401 E Yukon St., Tampa. Free. (217) 355-9411.


SEASON FINALE Girls, 9 p.m., HBO Season 4 comes to end. Speaking of ends, it seems like just yesterday that everyone was talking about the season premiere and Marnie's rear.


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  2. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
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  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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)
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    Local offerings abound for those wanting to get out and about.