THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY
The events and descriptions below were compiled by Tampa Bay Times entertainment and events reporter Sharon Wynne. Click Here to check out all of the weekend events courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.
Valspar PGA Tournament: No, we didn’t get Tiger Woods this year but the PGA Tour event at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course has a darn good field including Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked player in the world, and defending champion Paul Casey. Beyond the golf, there are expanded entertainment options, including a Chillounge, silent disco, a Fortnite zone for gamers, a wine zone, block party and a concert by Brad Paisley on Saturday after the day’s play. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Thursday through Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $39-$300; weekly ticket book $125. Kids 15 and younger are free with a paid adult. Tickets are also sold at area Publix stores. valsparchampionship.com. (727) 942-5566. TV: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m., NBC.
- Chicago: Performing at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday -- Key veterans Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane and James Pankow are still holding it down live, even if longtime vocalists Peter Cetera and Jason Scheff are no longer in the mix.
- Clint Black: The ’90s country hunk is plays Friday at the Mahaffey Theater.
- Brad Paisley: He's playing a concert on the Innisbrook Golf Course Saturday after the day’s play in the Valspar Championship (included with admission).
- Florida Orchestra: The Creation -- The premier composer of his day, Joseph Haydn’s ambitious oratorio remains his most celebrated work, tracing the universe’s impossible evolution from chaos to the Garden of Eden. The Florida Orchestra, under conductor Michael Francis, and Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Friday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $18 and up. (727) 892-3337. floridaorchestra.org
Craig Robinson: The Office and Pineapple Express star will be crooning one of his signature silly, sultry ballads about lingerie and lovin’. He’ll bring his keyboard and charisma to the Tampa Improv this weekend, with shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. $35 and up. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com
For The Kids
- Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream -- This show will be making use of high-tech projection mapping to transform the ice floor as Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time in a live show, and you'll see raging seas and snow-covered mountains with characters from Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. $18 and up for eight shows running Thursday through Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. disneyonice.com
- American Girl Live: Based on the popular line of books and dolls, this show brings the characters to life in a musical set in a sleepover camp. The book series and its accompanying 18-inch doll is second only to Barbie when it comes to fan devotion. Kids are welcome to bring an American Girl doll to the show. 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38-$48. atthecap.com
- Corey Area Craft Festival: In St. Pete Beach this weekend, this festival brings more than 100 national contemporary crafters showcasing their handmade works in jewelry, ceramics and other cool stuff. There’s also an extended Green Market with tons of plants, exotic flora and personal care items. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free. 595 Corey Ave.
- Daddy Kool Records: They're moving out of downtown St. Petersburg after Sunday. On Saturday, the longtime 600 block fixture bids the block adieu with a sidewalk sale. Help lighten the store’s moving load and snag everything from treasures to discounts. Daddy Kool will reopen in the Warehouse Arts District (2430 Terminal Drive S) on Record Store Day, which is April 13. The new (and bigger) location will allow the store to host live bands. Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., On Sunday, Daddy Kool is open from noon to 5 with live music both days at 666 Central Ave. daddykool.com
- St. Pete Tiny Home Festival: They may be wee, but love is large for tiny homes. Last year’s inaugural festival drew around 3,000 people to St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center, so this year more than two dozen itty-bitty houses were added to help reduce long lines. The homes are 100 to 400 square feet, with average prices of $46,000 for one on wheels to about $119,000 for one with a foundation. The festival will feature 30 tiny homes, Skoolies (converted buses) and converted vans, as well as speakers and workshops, food trucks and mobile boutiques. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. $15, $20 two days; free 12 and younger. (727) 637-5586. tinyhomestpete.com
“A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection” -- The title of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new exhibition sounds a bit audacious, but it has every right to be. An impressive collection includes work from Old Masters from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Germany, painted during the 1600s and 1700s during what’s considered the Dutch Golden Age of Baroque. What’s more impressive is this group of paintings has only been exhibited publicly once, at the San Diego Museum of Art. Opens Saturday. $20, $15 students, seniors, military and Florida educators, $10 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org
- Loquat Festival: The small oblong cousin of the peach will be celebrated at the sixth annual Loquat Festival in New Port Richey on Saturday. The one-day event will have live music, crafters, poetry and prose readings and educational talks on growing, harvesting, canning or preserving loquats. Loquat poetry? The easy-to-grow fruit sometimes called the "Japanese plum "feeds body and soul, as poets will reveal 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 849-1626. Ecologyflorida.org
- Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival: It's back, weekends through April 28! There are 13 outdoor food cabins set up around Gwazi park, and this year’s menu has had its biggest makeover since the festival’s inception five years ago. Some highlights: a Tampa Tavern with Cuban egg rolls, key lime pie and the throwback Vivi’s Fried Chicken with a spicy honey drizzle, the park’s special recipe. Don’t miss the Duck Fat Fries served with a decadent parmesan and truffle oil aioli in a generous portion size for sharing (if you are nice enough to share them). The Taylor Ham Mac and Cheese ($7) comes with fried cubes of the pork roll favored on Jersey and Maryland breakfast tables. At the Tex Mex Cantina, find Grilled Elote ($5), a deconstructed Mexican street corn, char-grilled and shaved off the cob with a liberal sprinkling of salty Cotija cheese and a chili-lime crema. For desserts, the sweet star of the food fest that wins “must have” status every year is the Griddled Pound Cake With Cream Cheese Filling ( $7). It’s cooked like a buttery grilled cheese sandwich and comes topped with a raspberry coulis. The Coke Fusion cabin returns and brings back the Coke-Infused Chocolate Cupcake. The moist cupcake has Pop Rocks candy for a fun topping. Don’t forget they’ve brought back 2 free beers for their 60th anniversary and this weekend brings 3 Doors Down on Saturday and country rockers Blue Rodeo on Sunday with Kathleen Edwards, Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn.