Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Nov. 24-30

Published November 23 2014

Times Turkey Trot: Working up an appetite is the first thing anyone should do on Thanksgiving Day, right? You can do so Thursday morning with 17,000 other runners at Clearwater High School for races like a 1-mile Gobbler, 5K Wingding and 10K Turkey Trot. Earn that dinner, folks! $14-$40. (727) 562-4700.

St. Petersburg Tree Lighting: The next day, you'll be totally ready for Christmas! Or maybe not. But St. Petersburg will be, with its official Christmas tree lighting Friday in Straub Park. Free. (727) 893-7441.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: If you'd rather kick back and relax Thursday to Saturday, listen to Rhonda Vincent, Newtown, Dale Ann Bradley and more at the Sertoma Youth Ranch near Brooksville. Also: music workshops, youth programs, camping, volunteer jams and lots of toe-tapping. $15-$80; $5 per day for ages 10-16. (352) 754-3082.


Music: This is an interesting week at Jannus Live as one big act bids adieu and another celebrates a triumphant return: Alt rock band Anberlin plays its penultimate show Tuesday with Copeland and '68 ($24-$27), followed Wednesday by Lil Boosie (now calling himself Boosie Badazz), recently released from prison ($55-$100). And in a third direction, country icon Kenny Rogers is singing Christmas tunes plus hits like The Gambler on Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater ($39-$69).

So You Think You Can Dance: Well, by this point we know that Season 11's 10 finalists can, in fact, dance. But in case you need more proof, you can judge them in person Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $39.50-$79.50. (727) 791-7400.


Pixar in Concert: If you want to introduce the kids to the Florida Orchestra, now's a good time, with performances wrapping in clips from Pixar's 14 animated movies Friday at the Straz Center and Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater. $20-$50. (813) 229-7827.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: There's no snow to get excited about, but we're pretty sure the kids will still enjoy miles of lights, special treats, entertainment, a Christmas tree made of recycled bottles, music and holiday shopping. It opens Friday, admission included: $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre's series starts on a high note Sunday, with Miracle on 34th Street and photos with Santa. $10, $8 members/children. (813) 274-8982.

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