Tampa Bay’s top things to do for the week of March 11-17

St. Patrick’s Day parties bring a green river and green beer, Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival opens and Pi Day arrives.
Boats float up and down the Hillsborough River as pedestrians look on during the Mayor's River O'Green Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times (2018)]
Boats float up and down the Hillsborough River as pedestrians look on during the Mayor's River O'Green Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times (2018)]
Published March 10
Updated March 13

St. Patrick’s Day: Get the green beer-drinking started a little early with the Rough Riders during Friday’s Pub Crawl, which kicks off at Ybor City brewery Zydeco, followed by their annual parade in the historic district Saturday. tamparoughriders.org. The Mayor’s River O’Green Fest returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Saturday. Both Saturday and Sunday, there’s the Paddyfest Street Festival, an Irish 31 tradition now in its eighth year (paddyfest.org). And don’t forget to hit up the downtown St. Petersburg block party at Courigan’s Irish Pub, which invades the middle of Beach Drive for the bash starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The foodie feast returns to the popular Tampa theme park this weekend through April 28. Rockers Daughtry play Saturday, then it’s the Band Perry’s turn Sunday.

Date Night

Music: Former New York Yankees player Bernie Williams shows off his other talent as a Latin jazz musician at the Murray Theater in Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight ($41). The iconic Steve Miller Band plays Ruth Eckerd Tuesday ($72.75-$165). Thursday, find St. Petersburg native and Grammy-nominated saxophonist-vocalist Mindi Abair with her band at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater ($75). Classic rock legend Bob Seger plays Amalie Arena in Tampa Friday ($75 ), and rapper Travis Scott takes over the joint Sunday ($26-$199).

Gasparilla International Food Festival: Gastronauts can explore global cuisines — including Caribbean, Hispanic, Mediterranean, African and Asian — Sunday in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. Eventbrite.com.

True Crime: Like adult beverages? What about, you know, listening to folks recount grisly murders? Then gather ‘round. Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts hosts podcasters from Wine & Crime tonight ($22.50-$25) and And That’s Why We Drink Saturday ($25). strazcenter.org.

Kids and Family

Pi Day: St. Petersburg arts destination Craftsman House pays homage to the mathematical sign Thursday (when the date is 3/14, get it?) with its famous strawberry rhubarb pie and other varieties of the beloved dessert; a minimum gallery purchase of $15 includes one free slice. craftsmanhousegallery.com. On the other side of the bay, Glazer Children’s Museum celebrates with a giant whipped cream pie fight in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon and complimentary pizza from Tampa Pizza Company. glazermuseum.org.

Florida Mermaid Festival: This two-day celebration embraces the Nature Coast’s mermaid ties Saturday and Sunday, bringing a huge play area for kids, live bands, kayak competitions and dragon boats to Spring Hill’s Linda Pedersen Park. Admission is $5. thefloridamermaidfestival.com.

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