Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: MarineQuest, Dia de los Muertos, Brian Kilmeade and more

Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: MarineQuest, a Dia de los Muertos celebration and Fox co-host Brian Kilmeade.
Published October 17 2018

TAKE THE KIDS: MarineQuest, Science Festival

The St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest will transform the north side of Bayboro Harbor’s waterfront into a free kid-friendly science lab Saturday. Interactive activities will be set up at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Poynter Park and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Kids can explore what it’s like to be in an extreme storm, interact with virtual and augmented reality, crawl through a 20-foot-long cave to investigate Florida’s karst landscape and handle animals in the touch tank. The two festivals joined their efforts eight years ago and together attract more than 20,000 people each year. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

REMEMBRANCE: Dia De Los Muertos

Last year’s huge Dia de los Muertos Fiesta in Dunedin had to be scrapped because of Hurricane Irma, the first time that had happened in 25 years. It’s back, and thanks to the Pixar hit Coco, the message has finally sunk in that Dia de los Muertos is not Halloween, and death is not meant to scare us. Some 5,000 people are expected to show up in Pioneer Park for a celebration that Casa Tina, the funky Mexican restaurant, has organized since 1992. They will pay reverence to loved ones who have passed with candlelit altars, folk dancing, music, a costume contest, pinatas, folk art, face painting and a candlelit processional with giant traditional puppets starting at 9 p.m. The event runs 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Main Street and Douglas Avenue in Dunedin. Free admission.

BOOK TALK: Brian Kilmeade

Fans of Fox and Friends, Donald Trump’s favorite morning show, can catch Brian Kilmeade in his first live tour. Before he joined Fox News in 1997, Kilmeade was a TV sports anchor, and even earlier in his career worked as a standup comic, so he promises to make it funny and “a unique evening of conversation” about the day’s hot topics. For $63, you get a seat for “America: Great From the Start” at the Straz Center’s intimate Jaeb Theater and a signed copy of Kilmeade’s new book, Andrew Jackson: Miracle of New Orleans. There will be an audience Q&A. 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.


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