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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa Bay this week

Published:   |   Updated: April 12, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don?t worry, we?ve got you covered. Here are our editors? picks, from the kilted competition of the Dunedin Highland Games, to the food and cigars at Ybor Aficionado Days.

SKY HIGH

(Today through Sunday)

The annual Sun n Fun International Fly-In brings tens of thousands of planes and hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland. Among the many aviation-themed attractions are the daily air shows packed with high-flying stunts. Daily admission is $37 for adults, $15 for ages 11 to 17 and free for kids 10 and younger.

BULLS AND BANDS

(Friday)

Whether you?re a student or just feel like reliving your college days, you can head to campus to see the All-American Rejects, Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Variance and South of Holly at Bullstock, a free, public concert at the University of South Florida that's part of USF Week.

GOAT BOY TO GOAT MAN

(Friday)

Comedian Jim Breuer, whose credits include "Goat Boy" on "Saturday Night Live," and a loveable stoner in "Half Baked," hits the stage at the Straz with a grown-up act that?s family-friendly, but still has bite. In Breuer's words, it's like "Bill Cosby in a Metallica shirt." Tickets are $34.50 and $24.50. Read the full story here.

I GOT THE BLUES

(Friday through Sunday)

Ain't nothin' but the Blues when Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Janiva Magness, Jonny Lang, Curtis Salgado, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Trombone Shorty and more headline the Tampa Bay Blues Fest at Vinoy Park. Tickets are $40. Read the full story here.

TAKE THE HIGHLAND ROAD

(Saturday)

Revel in the games, dance, music, art, food and drink of the Scottish Highlands during the 47th annual Dunedin Highland Games which also includes performances by The Fighting Jamesons and Lucid Druid. Tickets are $10 to $15.

IS THAT A BOAT?

(Saturday)

Boats decorated as cars, cakes, castles and whatever else you can imagine will sail the Pithlachascotee River through downtown New Port Richey during the Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade. The free parade starts near the New Port Richey Hooters at 1 p.m.

CELEBRATE YBOR

(Saturday and Sunday)

Taste and experience the flavors of the historic district's food, puff on premium cigars, enjoy rum samples and desserts, a Spanish brunch and so much more during the seventh annual Ybor Aficionado Days. Visit ybor.org for prices and a schedule.
Read the full story here.

BAA RAM EWE

(Sunday)

You'll likely see bacon in a new light after heading to Tampa Theatre to watch Babe, the story of a delightful pig who masters friendship and sheep herding. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for kids.

CAVE SINGERS

(Sunday)

Cave Singers, a trio from Seattle, play dusty, rustic folk with an old-time sensibility. They're not quite in step with the poppier folk obsession that's going on in the mainstream, but they aren't too far removed from it either. Tickets are $12.

PULLING NO PUNCHES

(Wednesday)

Former heavyweight champ of the world Mike Tyson will talk candidly about his wild life in the one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $50 to $100. Read our interview with Tyson here.

R-RATED PUPPETS

(Thursday)

Who doesn't get a kick out of puppets behaving badly? "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live, uncensored and mostly improvised show created by Brian Henson, son of the late Muppet master Jim Henson, brings fuzzy fun to The Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $26.58 to $47.98.

FREE AND CHEAP

Antique evaluation: Local appraisers can tell you about the value and history of your family artifacts; afterward you may visit the museum for free; 10 a.m Saturday; $5 per item, limit of 4 per family; Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 254-1891

Health fair: Treat yourself to a free relaxing massage in addition to health screenings and stress coaching. Giveaways, healthy snacks and a chance to win a $25 gift card also will be available; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; free; Florida Blue Center, 201 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (877) 352-5830

Nature's Classroom open house: Learn about ?woods, water and wildlife? featuring student art displays, music, kids? activities, animal handling and exhibits at this environmental education center; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; $5 for parking; Nature?s Classroom, 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa; (813) 987-6969

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