Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Nov. 17

There’s a free concert by 38 Special and the Times Festival of Reading returns.
38 Special is among the headliners for the 2018 St. Pete Beach BikeFest, Nov. 14-18 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach. Photo: Campbell Entertainment Group
38 Special is among the headliners for the 2018 St. Pete Beach BikeFest, Nov. 14-18 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach. Photo: Campbell Entertainment Group
Published November 16 2018

St. Pete Beach BikeFest: The festival brings a free show by 38 Special, as well as an expo, vendors, a Roadkill Scavenger Bike Ride, competitions and nightly beach bar crawls. Parking available for motorcycles only ($10). Activities run until 2 a.m. daily. 10 a.m., TradeWinds Island Resorts, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free. Toll-free 1-800-360-4016;

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: The festival’s 26th year brings authors including Ace Atkins (The Sinners), Jeff Klinkenberg (Son of Real Florida: Stories From My Life) and Lisa Unger (Under My Skin). See the full lineup at the festival’s website, 10 a.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8111;

Kathleen Madigan: From multiple appearances on the late night circuit, to five stand up specials including three on Netflix, the comic brings her latest tour, Boxed Wine and Barefoot. 7 and 9:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49-$59. (727) 791-7400.

Cedric the Entertainer: The Comedy Get Down Tour: The comic and actor is joined by fellow funnymen D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Eddie Griffin. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$125. (813) 740-2446.

Science Friday: Science correspondent Ira Flatow hosts this 90-minute science based show that includes live music, props, video screenings and science demonstrations. 8 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $25-$50. (813) 274-8981.

Diavolo Dance Theatre: The troupe that appeared on America’s Got Talent combine dance and arcobatics amid skate ramps and abstract sculptures. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Start at $22.75. (813) 229-7827;

Chillounge Night: Illumination: Guests at the elegant outdoor party can dance in a wonderland of “glow” with a giant LED robot, illuminated swings, LED art and furniture, a Cleopatra daybed fashion parade, stilt walkers, fire dancers, stilt walkers and music by Smooth D and The Boyz and Kafkasso. Benefits Creative Clay. 21 or older only. 6 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $35 day of event, $120 VIP. (941) 448-0995;

St. Pete Run Fest: The running festival features a 5K, 10K, half marathon, kids runs and a health and wellness expo. 7 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. $40-$135. (727) 592-8108;

Largo Car Show: If it moves and it’s in Tampa Bay, it’s in this show. Also, electric vehicles on site for test drives. 9 a.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Free. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5046.

Shopapalooza: The annual Black Friday alternative event brings double the fun with two days of shopping local with almost 150 vendors, artists, and local businesses with specials, food and children’s entertainment. 10 a.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Free (items individually priced). (727) 637-5586.

Pig Jam: The 17th annual celebration of barbecue features more than 70 teams competing to cook up the best barbecued ribs, plus brisket, chicken, with all the fixins’ available, live entertainment, rock climbing wall, moon walk, live music.. 10 a.m., Plant City Festival Grounds, 1401 Gordon Food Service Drive, Plant City. No cover. (813) 754-3707;

CraftArt Festival: More than 120 fine craft artists from around the country will be on hand for this annual street festival with a children’s activity tent and an artists’ demonstration tent. From ceramic artists throwing on the wheel to glass blowing to wood turning, you can see the artists at work. 10 a.m., Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7391;

Suncoast Jazz Festival: The completely indoor festival spans five simultaneous venues between the Sheraton Sand Key and Marriott Sand Key. Dedicated Jolley Trolley lines allow attendees to move from one venue to another to hear bands playing styles spanning traditional jazz, big band, swing and zydeco. 10 a.m., Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $25-$50, $135 three day package. (727) 248-9441;

Atreyu: California metalcore act will perform on its In Our Wake tour alongside special guests Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills. 5 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $23.50. (813) 247-2555;

Carl LaBove: One of the original Outlaws of Comedy, the veteran comic has also appeared on the Tonight Show, Seinfeld and Roseanne. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197;

Michaele Graves: Former Misfits singer will perform along with opening performances from with Argyle Goolsby and Nim Vind. 7 p.m., The Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free. (813) 972-8152.

Damon Williams: He’s appeared on BET Live, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000;

Mike McCarthy: The high-energy Boston-born comic is nicknamed “the Comedy Barbarian.” 9:30 p.m., Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.


Super American Circus: Comic daredevil Bello Nock bring us a new age, one ring circus with edgier acts including the Wheel of Destiny, the Flying Royals, the Motorcycle Globe of Death and a Human Cannonball Shot. 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20, $8 child. (941) 870-7444.

Pinocchio: St. Petersburg Opera presents the classic fairy tale with music by Mozart, Verdi and Offenbach. 7 p.m., Opera Central, Preis Hall, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5-$10.

Water Ski Show: Skiers ages 6 to 60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Come early for a pre-show. 4 p.m., Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. Free. (727) 480-9365;

Sports Card Show: A collection of baseball, basketball, football and hockey cards with memorabilia, autographs, comics, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh supplies. 8 a.m., Big Top Flea Market, 9250 E Fowler Ave., Thonotosassa. Free. (813) 380-7676;

Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival: This annual competition brings master sand sculptors who work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment includes Kerry Courtney (2 p.m.), Cicada Rhythm (3:45 p.m.), Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio (5:15 p.m.), Railway Kings (7 p.m.) and Pirate Flag (8:45 p.m.). 8 a.m., Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237;

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: More than 2 million twinkling lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. Included with admission through Dec. 31. 10 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386;

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Daddy’s Home 2 on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036;

Tampa Bay New Car and Truck Show: See the latest innovations in vehicles from trucks and cars to exotics. 10 a.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $12, $5 seniors/military, 12 and younger free. (513) 404-2545;


Christmas at Graceland, 8 p.m., Hallmark: Kellie Pickler plays a Chicago-based business executive traveling to Memphis for work. Of course, she runs into her old flame (Wes Brown). You fill in the blanks. (8 p.m., Hallmark).


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