1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of April 24-30

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Sunscreen Film Festival: The four-day showcase of independent films runs Thursday-Sunday in St. Petersburg, with actor Dylan McDermott kicking off the festival at the Palladium Theater. Friday brings actor Daphne Zuniga, who played Princess Vespa in the Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs, for a free outdoor screening and celebration of the film's 30-year anniversary. For the lineup and tickets ($8-$150), visit

St. Anthony's Triathlon: World-class athletes and Olympians will be in town for this elite race's 34th year on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront Sunday ($160-$215).

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: Paddlers from across the globe hit the waters off Tampa's Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park on Saturday. Free for spectators.

Date night

Music: Thursday, Red Hot Chili Peppers bring the funk to Tampa's Amalie Arena ($49-$99), where grunge gods Soundgarden headline the 98Rockfest on Friday ($39-$80). Saturday, Billy Currington headlines the Fun 'n Country Festival at Clearwater's Coachman Park ($10 advance, $20 day of, $75-$85 VIP; 5 and under free). Sunday, Sheryl Crow will have some fun at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($52.75-$102.75), while '90s band Everclear rocks the Capitol Theatre ($29-$49). Broadway wonder Aaron Tveit brings his on-stage charm and voice to Tampa's Straz Center on Sunday ($35.50-$55.50).

Comedy: Texan Ron White takes St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater ( on Friday ($47.75-$57.75), while MADtv star Anjelah Johnson plays the Improv Tampa ( Friday-Sunday ($27-$30). Let's Play Live, with gamers from YouTube comedy game channel Achievement Hunter and Funhaus, takes over the Straz Center on Sunday ($58.50-$78.50).

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: The comedy runs Thursday-Sunday at the Straz Center ($30-$40).

American Stage in the Park: Hairspray: The Tony-winning musical continues Wednesday-Sunday at St. Petersburg's Demens Landing. $18-$40 reserved.

Kids and family

Egypt Shrine Circus: The 52nd annual three-ring circus comes to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Thursday-Sunday. $20, $10 kids.

Fusion Con 3: The Safety Harbor Community Center on Saturday fuses comics with video games and film, with an appearance by Marvel comic book artist Mark Texeira. $10, $5 ages 12 and under.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger. Courtesy of Jay Nolan
    Plus, Tampa’s Sulphur Springs Museum will host Raymond Arsenault for a discussion about ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life.’
  4. Cyclists make their way north at Main Street in Dunedin along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The trail runs from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. There are several options for food and drinks along the trail. CHRIS URSO   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    From the breweries of Dunedin to the Tampa Riverwalk, these rides show off Tampa Bay’s character
  5. Local favorites, the Bearded Brothers, will once again perform at the 15th-annual Music & Motorcycles in downtown Zephyrhills. Ghaith Khder
    The one-day festival brings thousands to the historic downtown area
  6. Humorist Dave Barry's new book, "Lessons From Lucy." is about what he's learned from his dog. Jeffrey Salter
    It’s a power-packed lineup for the area’s signature book event.
  7. South Florida Bulls during a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday October 6, 2018 at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, MA. TRAVIS PENDERGRASS  |  South Florida
    The Bulls tackle a ranked foe at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Friday.
  8. Patrons are silhouetted against the entrance to The Hub. The iconic Tampa bar is celebrating its 70th year.
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    Patrons’ memories of the bar, and a definitive history, remain elusive.