1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 27-March 5

Published Feb. 26, 2017

Florida Strawberry Festival: In Plant City, the red berry is king but the music lineup is pretty sweet, too. Willie Nelson, Little Big Town and 3 Doors Down will be there, along with a midway of rides, exhibits and free daily entertainment starting Thursday. $10, $5 ages 6-12, free for 5 and under. Concerts cost extra.

Tampa Pro: Besides some of the best skateboarding on the planet, there are also great after-parties at Skatepark of Tampa. Runs Friday-Sunday. $10-$30.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: The weeklong event opens Thursday and features 35 films, 70-plus shorts, panel discussions and parties. Tickets for each film range from free to $10.

Date night

Music: Grammy winner Melissa Manchester plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre today ($45-$55). Tuesday, Twenty One Pilots take Tampa's Amalie Arena ($35.75-$45.75). Thursday, legendary crooner Tony Bennett performs at St. Peterburg's Mahaffey Theater ($68 and up). Saturday, Wild Splash hits Clearwater's Coachman Park with headliners Migos, Fat Joe and Kodak Black ($35). St. Pete's Vinoy Park gets irie Saturday-Sunday for Reggae Rise Up Festival featuring Slightly Stoopid and Steel Pulse ($45-$150). Sunday, country legend Dwight Yoakam plays the Mahaffey ($40-$70).

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: The Dalí Experience. Flamenco guitarist Cañizares joins the concerts honoring the artist Friday at Tampa's Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45.

Sleeping Beauty: The Moscow Festival Ballet presents a classical ballet Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $35-$75.

Tampa Bay Beer Week: An official kickoff party Friday at Tampa's Pour House at Grand Central features 40 beers from Florida breweries. Find all events at

Nude Nite: An industrial Tampa warehouse turns into a popup gallery of figurative artworks, body painting, aerialists and pole performers Thursday-Saturday. $25-$35.

Kids and family

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Running through April 2, this weekend has a "Pirates and Pets" theme in a village of kings, queens and jousting next to Tampa's MOSI. $16.95-$20.95; $9.95-$12.95 ages 5-12; $10 dogs.