Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday, March 8

The Firestone Grand Prix takes off, Blake Shelton, DeRay Davis and the Florida Strawberry Festival continues.
DIRK SHADD   |  Times  (2011)
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg gets rolling Friday.
DIRK SHADD | Times (2011) Grand Prix of St. Petersburg gets rolling Friday.
Published March 7

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The 15th edition of this annual opening race for the IndyCar series takes place in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg on the 1.8-mile long waterfront course with 14 turns. 7:30 a.m. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $20 today; $35 Saturday; $50 Sunday; three days $55. (877) 725-8849.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K: This 5K follows the track of the race cars. Register online at Proceeds benefit the Police Athletic League and its numerous programs for children. The course will follow a route through downtown St. Petersburg entering and exiting the Firestone Grand Prix track’s layout at Turn 9 near Central Avenue and Pioneer Park. 6 p.m.

Blake Shelton: The country veteran and the NBC Voice coach is bringing along Lauren Alaina along with special appearances by country icons the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins. 7 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $45-$125. (813) 301-6500.

DeRay Davis: He has stand up specials on Showtime and Comedy Central, was a cast member of Wild n’ Out. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30. (813) 864-4000.

Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour: Actor, comedian and writer best known for his three Netflix specials and the movie Instant Family opposite Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. $35-$50. (813) 274-8286.

Florida Strawberry Festival: Celebrate your favorite fruit with exhibits, a midway and concerts by Tanya Tucker (3:30 p.m., $30) and Chris Janson (7:30 p.m., $30). Opens at 10 a.m. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. (813) 752-9194.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series brings Lorrie Morgan through Saturday to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

Hundred Days: A heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. 7:30 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $44 and up. (800) 955-1045.

Sean Kennard: The acclaimed pianist will play the music of Chopin and Liszt. 7:30 p.m. St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10; free for students. (727) 341-7984, (727) 341-4249.

Hamilton: Lin Manuel-Miranda’a groundbreaking Broadway musical is a hip-hop reimagining of the life of Alexander Hamilton. A digital lottery begins two days prior to each performance of tickets sold for $10 each. Visit to register. 8 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $86-$489; prices subject to change. (813) 229-7827.

Cold Cave: Dark wave, synth-pop project from Los Angeles, formed and fronted by Wesley Eisold. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St, Tampa. $22-$27 (813) 241-8600.

American Songbook Series: Let’s Misbehave: Paul Wilborn, Eugenie Bondurant, Frank Bowman and Matt Cowley present this racy show about indiscretion, excess and carnal cravings. 8 p.m. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 823-7529.

Orny Adams: He’s run the late night circuit, has specials on Netflix, Comedy Central and Showtime, and played Coach on MTV’s series Teen Wolf. 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$24. (813) 960-1197.

To Watch

Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m., CBS: Say “Aloha” to Joan Collins as the veteran actress plays Danny’s ex-mother-in-law, a wildly famous romance novelist with whom he has never gotten along.

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