Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, the wildly popular monster truck event returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, for the second time in less than a month. Fan favorites like Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation and the mighty horned El Toro Loco will be there racing on the track and competing in the freestyle competition to wow the crowd with their best tricks. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits, 2:30-5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show ($15-$185). raymondjamesstadium.com.
St. Pete Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Head down to Corey Avenue Friday-Sunday to enjoy seafood, other food items, drinks and live music by bands including Kettle of Fish, the Bob Marley Tribute Band featuring Yvad (formerly of the Wailers) and the Black Honkeys Band. Free (food/drink additional). seafoodfestivals.com.
Music: Knock Three Times if you want to see Tony Orlando at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall for an afternoon concert on Thursday ($18-$35). Friday, songer-songwriter Neko Case plays the Orpheum in Ybor City ($36.50-$40), while Drive-By Truckers and Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams play an all ages show at St. Pete's Jannus Live ($35-$40).
The Florida Orchestra Pops: Dreams of Spain: Under the baton of Jeff Tyzik, star soprano Camille Zamora takes audiences on a musical journey from Bizet to Piazzolla, Friday at Tampa's Straz Center and Saturday at St. Pete's Mahaffey Theater ($18-$48). floridaorchestra.org.
A Bronx Tale: The Broadway production of Chazz Palminteri's one-man-show-cum-film has a run at the Straz Center Tuesday-Sunday ($60 and up). strazcenter.org.
iLuminate: A dance troupe clad in glow-in-the-dark suits performs on the Mahaffey's fully darkened stage on Thursday ($26.50-$49.50. themahaffey.com.
Penn & Teller: The comedy magicians bring their legendary act to the Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($37-$72). themahaffey.com
Eddie Griffin: The comedian who was everywhere in the 1990s and star of the sitcom Malcolm and Eddie plays the Tampa Improv for special engagement performances Friday-Saturday. $45. improvtampa.com.
Kids and family
New Port Richey Carnival: The St. George Greek Orthodox Church festival that features a carnival with midway rides, games, fair food, a winter festival, a barbecue competition, vendors, DJ dancing and live music takes over the Kontos Event Center Thursday-Sunday. Free. Ride cost varies. dreamlandamusements.com.
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