Top things to do for Saturday, Dec. 1

The Harlem Globetrotters, Next Big Thing, Snowfest and more fun things to do around Tampa Bay on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Published November 30

Harlem Globetrotters: Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm are joined by female stars TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George and Swish Young for a spectacle of ball handling, slam dunks, trick shots and comedy. Stick around after the show for autographs and photos with the stars. 3 p.m., Yuengling Center (formerly USF Sun Dome), 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. $20-$325.

97X Next Big Thing: Bastille headlines the station’s annual alt-rock festival today, held over two days this year to bring a collection of bands that on their own sold out shows this year including Panic! at the Disco and Foster the People. Today brings Bastille, as well as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Elle King, LANY. 5 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 35 one day; $50 for two days. (813) 740-2446; 97xonline.com.

Snowfest: Approximately 65 tons of snow are blown into St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park for family snow related activities. Includes toboggan slides, karaoke, inflatables, an art tent, a kiddyland, teen video gaming and charging stations. 10 a.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-7441.

Lights Fest: Families can enjoy live music and food as they personalize a lantern, ignite it with a torch and send it glowing into the sky. 2-9 p.m. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. $35-$55. (352) 521-3661 .

Star Wars Live In Concert: The Florida Orchestra performs Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores live while A New Hope plays in full on the big screen at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $52.75-$102.75. (727) 791-7400 ; rutheckerdhall.com.

Studio Waltz: The free, self-guided tour includes eight studios from Dunedin to Palm Harbor, and allows visitors to get a closer look at the creative process, buy directly from artists, interact with the artists and see demonstrations. Art ranges from photography to fiber arts, painting, printmaking and more. Visit their studiowaltz.com for a full list of galleries, pictures and a map. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Debra Weible’s studio. 421 Grant St., Dunedin.

John Witherspoon: Best known as Ice Cube’s dad in the hit Friday movies, Witherspoon has also starred in The Wayans Brothers TV show. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $22-$25. (813) 864-4000.

St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show: The yacht basin and Albert Whitted Park will be filled with hundreds of sail and power boats. Once again, the event also includes a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing marine gear, children’s activities, seminars and clinics. 10 a.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $17, 15 and younger free.

Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival: Enjoy a festival featuring six hours of traditional bluegrass music from national and local bluegrass bands such as Lonesome River Band, Rekindled Grass, Beaumont!, and Stump Hollow. The festival also includes food vendors, a children’s area, lawn chair seating and more. 11 a.m., Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. Park Entry Fees: $4 for one person in vehicle, $8 for 2-8 people in vehicle. Music ticket $10 per person at Concert Area. Children under 12 free. honeymoonislandbluegrassfestival.com.

Snow Blast: Wear long pants and closed toed shoes for a day in the snow with activities including snowball fights, snow tubing, snow slides, make and take crafts, entertainment, games, stage shows, holiday music and karaoke. 10 a.m., Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg. $25, 2 and younger free. (727) 828-9584 ; simon.com.

Ukulele Festival: At WMNF’s fourth annual festival, you’ll hear everything from ukulele reggae and bluegrass sounds to Americana and rock. There’s also a 15-piece ukulele orchestra and prizes for the best two-minute ukulele interpretation of Eric Clapton songs. 4 p.m., Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $12-$15; 12 and younger free. (813) 238-8001

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Boat parades: There are four boat parades today, all beginning at twilight around 5:30 p.m., including the Alafia Boat Parade (Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview); 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.

Miracle on Cleveland Street: Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District is dressed in white for this holiday event with a free concert by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. There will be falling snow, a skating rink, carriage rides, pictures with Santa, a giant gingerbread house, face painting, bounce houses and a scavenger hunt. New this year is the tree lighting at Station Square Park. 5 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free; $8 wristband. (727) 791-7400.

Largo Holiday Lights: The 70-acre park plays host to a light display with multiple scenes constructed of 2-million LED lights, a carousel and a seven story Ferris wheel. 5-11 p.m. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Dr, Largo.

TO WATCH

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC: The queen herself, Claire Foy, is set to make her hosting debut and the show’s musical guest is Anderson Paak.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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