Elton John: Say it isn't so! The living musical legend will perform on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Wednesday. $55.75-$245.75. amaliearena.com.
Boat Parades: This weekend brings an armada of beautifully lit boats parading through the channels of Tampa Bays on Saturday, all beginning at twilight around 5:30 p.m. They include the Alafia Boat Parade (Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive); Apollo Beach (Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd., Ruskin); Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade (Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey); Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting (Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St.); Pass-a-Grille Holiday Boat Parade and Festival (Merry Pier, 801 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach). All are free for spectators.
Harlem Globetrotters: Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm are joined by female stars TNT Lister and Swish Young for a spectacle of amazing ball handling, slam dunks, trick shots and comedy on Saturday at Tampa's Yuengling Center. $20-$325. yuenglingcenter.com.
Music: Tuesday, indie rockers Minus the Bear bring their farewell tour to the Ritz Ybor, ($25 -$35), where hip hop duo Atmosphere perform on Wednesday ($2350-$50). Friday, '90s alt-rockers Better Than Ezra the "Rock the Cure" concert at St. Pete's Jannus Live ($40). The 97X Next Big Thing alt-rock festival takes over Tampa's Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre this weekend, with headliners Bastille on Saturday and Panic at the Disco on Sunday ($35 one day; $50 both). Saturday, national and local bluegrass bands including Stump Hollow perform at the Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival in Dunedin ($10, kids 12 and younger free, parking additional), while WMNF's Ukulele Festival brings a range of musical styles to St. Pete's Cage Brewing ($12-$15, kids 12 and younger free).
Star Wars Live In Concert: A New Hope: The Florida Orchestra performs Oscar-winning composer John Williams' musical scores live to a film screening at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($52.75-$102.75). rutheckerdhall.com.
Kids and Family
Snow: There are two ways to experience snow in St. Pete this weekend. St. Pete's North Straub Park becomes a inter wonderland for Snowfest, when 65 tons of snow are blown in for family snow related activities, including toboggan slides, a kiddyland and teen video gaming. Tyrone Mall kicks off Snow Blast on Saturday, so wear your long pants and closed toe shoes for snowball fights, snow tubing, snow slides, and stage shows. $25, 2 and younger free. simon.com.
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