Top 15 Tampa Bay Area Events for the Week of Feb. 21-27


Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration fills areas near Albert Whitted Airport, the Dalí Museum, Pioneer Park, Duke Energy Center for the Arts, and other waterfront areas. This year features 12 races, including the Indy Pro 2000, USF 2000 and Mazda MX-5 Cup. $60 to $125 for three days. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-898-4639.

Tampa TikTok star Gabriella Valdes, known on stage as Vella, performs at the 2021 Gasparilla Music Festival. The festival returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Gasparilla Music Festival 2022: Over 40 bands perform genres from rock to R&B on four stages with top national headliners. The festival also features Tampa Bay’s top local musicians and features street food at Tampa-area restaurants. $45 to $300, 12 and under free. 5pm-11.30pm Friday, 1pm-11.30pm Saturday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-708-8423.

Bret Michaels: Multi-Platinum Entertainer Presents Concert With a Purpose, Featuring Special Guests, Warrant and U.S. Army Veteran and Dancing with the stars former Noah Galloway. Michaels is donating proceeds from the concert to the Florida chapter of the 50 Legs Foundation. $50.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Fog : The English rock band, which has undergone several line-up changes over the years, continues to record and perform. Hits include Slow ride, crazy for the city and I just wanna make love to you. $30 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Take the family to Strawberry Bash for a sweet treat at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City on Saturday and Sunday.
Take the family to Strawberry Bash for a sweet treat at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City on Saturday and Sunday.

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Strawberry raspberry: As the strawberry harvest begins, Keel Farms is hosting the Strawberry Bash at Keel & Curley Winery. This family-friendly event will feature strawberries from Keel Farms, a wine outing, an eating contest, food vendors, live entertainment and a kids’ entertainment area. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. 813-752-9100.

Crab and Shrimp Festival: Get your fill of mixed seafood at the seventh annual festival with carnival rides, giant slides, hermit crab races, a wolf show, bird encounters, bands and more. $20. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. 727-674-1464.

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Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Under the direction of Enrico Lopez Yanez, the orchestra presents “Music of Star Wars”, a collection of themes from each saga. $18 to $55. 8 p.m. Friday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Also at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

Runners prepare for the half marathon race during the 2020 Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa.
Runners prepare for the half marathon race during the 2020 Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa. [ Times (2020) ]

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic: A race weekend on the streets of Tampa includes a 15k race (6:45 a.m. Saturday), a 5k race (9:15 a.m. Saturday) and a half marathon (6 p.m. Sunday). $30 to $135. 6:45 a.m. Saturday, 6 a.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-254-7866.

Pinellas African-American Heritage Celebration: The festival features historical presentations and exhibits, food trucks featuring African-American-inspired cuisine, music by local artists, and a mini-market featuring black artisans, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Free. 10am-4pm Saturday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.

Gulfport rescued: Animal adoption groups from across the region bring available animals to this event with animal-friendly shopping, pet supply drive, sausage dog races, Bark-B- fundraiser That and a street fair. Free. 10am-5pm Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070.

Catch Sausage Dog Races Saturday at Gulfport Get Rescued.
Catch Sausage Dog Races Saturday at Gulfport Get Rescued. [ ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times ]

Black History Hall of Fame: The Bright Star Theater presents this fast-paced 45-minute sketch series to showcase more than a dozen trailblazers and Hall of Famers who have been instrumental in shaping the nation’s past, present and future. . You’ll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison. Free. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. HCC Mainstage Theater, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. 813-253-7514.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Home improvement experts present exhibits, giveaways, door prizes and more related to the latest trends in home improvement. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-893-8134.

Black Love: Classic Film Series: The Tampa Theater celebrates love and Black History Month with cinematic love stories told by black filmmakers and various actors. Saturday presents the 109-minute PG-rated romance drama Mahogany, in which a struggling fashion design student goes from rags to riches after meeting a successful fashion photographer. Sunday presents the 135-minute, R-rated romance-drama Waves, in which a South Florida family struggles with love, loss and forgiveness. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Speakeasy experience of the 20s: Knock and say the password to enter a party in the basement of a church that was once a veritable speakeasy. The night includes appearances by snitches, entertainment by a mobster and his right-hand man, and music by Allison Doreen. $55. 7-8:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m. Friday. Cerealholic Cafe and Bar, 1909 N 15th St., Tampa. 813-562-9411.

The Gasparilla timeline ends with the outbound trip, where Gasparilla's Ye Mystic Krewe returns the key to the city of Tampa and leaves.
The Gasparilla timeline ends with the outbound trip, where Gasparilla’s Ye Mystic Krewe returns the key to the city of Tampa and leaves.

Gasparilla outward journey: Mayor Jane Castor recovers the key to the city of Tampa and expels the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates. the Jose Gasparilla goes back to sea to the sound of cannon shots and live music. Free. 2-10 p.m. Saturday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-251-3378.

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