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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa this week


Published:   |   Updated: May 27, 2013 at 07:40 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the beer garden at Oldsmar Freedom Fest to a moonlit dance party at the Sunset Music Festival.

AT THE MOVIES

(Now Playing)

The comedy trilogy comes full circle when the wolfpack (Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper) returns to Vegas in search of weirdo criminal mastermind Mr. Chow in “The Hangover III.” Hint: there will be beards, blackouts, gross-outs and adult-oriented antics.

GO DADDY

(Friday)

Puerto Rican reggaeton performer Daddy Yankee takes the stage at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. His core audiences know him as a superstar of the genre, but if you were alive in 2005, you heard his smash crossover hit, “Gasolina.” Tickets are $40.

THE RITE SOUND

(Friday and Saturday)

The Florida Orchestra will close its season with a selection that sparked a riot in Paris, Igor Stravinsky's groundbreaking “Rite of Spring,'' with performances at the Straz Center and the Mahaffey Theater.

LET FREEDOM RING

(Friday to Sunday)

Check out the sights, sounds and tastes of the Oldsmar Freedom Fest, featuring vendors, a beer garden, live music – including the Bobby Friss Band – wrestling, a car show and a whole lot more.

BEACH PARTY

(Friday to Monday)

Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater hosts its annual Memorial Weekend Live party with DJs and drink specials every day on the 21-and-up tiki deck, plus live performances by Iyaz and the Cataracs (Saturday) and Jason Derulo (Sunday), among others.

BIG TOP LENS

(Opening Saturday)

Clowns, tightrope walkers, lion tamers and snake charmers are some of the slices of circus life captured through the lens of photographer Frederick W. Glasier on exhibit in “Circus!” at the Tampa Bay History Center. Admission runs $7.95 to $12.95.

RAVE IN THE MOONLIGHT

(Saturday)

More than a dozen EDM performers, including David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Brass Knuckles, will light up the Raymond James Stadium parking lot during the Sunset Music Festival.

MUSICAL BBQ

(Saturday)

The 97X Backyard BBQ returns with its annual free rock fest. This year's headliner is prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria, but the genre-bending Twenty One Pilots are reason enough to head to Vinoy Park. The Unlikely Candidates and the New Politics also perform. The concert is free, but you'll need to pick up a ticket from one of the station's ticket drop locations, which can be found at 97xonline.com.

A DAY AT THE THEATER

(Saturday)

The Tampa Theater's occasional balcony-to-backstage tours take visitors on a 90-minute trip through the mythology and architecture of the century-old downtown movie palace, considered one of America's best-preserved historic theaters. The tour begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $5.

MARGARITAS FOR ALL

(Saturday)

The inaugural Tampa Bay Margarita Festival will let you partake in more than 15 different styles of the tequila-fueled, salt-rimmed cocktail, from classic versions to unusual variations such as the hibiscus margarita or Red Bull rita. Tickets are $15 at tampamargaritafest.com or $20 at the gate.

DAG MEETS YBOR

(Thursday through June 2)

High-energy comedian David Alan Grier is coming off his acclaimed run in “Porgy and Bess” on Broadway and stepping into the Tampa Improv for six days of stand-up shows. You might know him from his days on “In Living Color.” Tickets are $22.

ON THE CHEAP

Free food and fun: Kids ages 12 and younger can enjoy a free American flag craft activity, plus get a T-shirt and meal on Memorial Day at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday; free; Tampa Ikea 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (888) 888-4532

Military admitted free at Aquarium: Active duty or retired military, drilling reservist or National Guardsmen will be treated to two, free admission tickets with ID through Monday; free; Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa; (813) 275-4000

Military families day: In honor of Memorial Day weekend, the Henry B. Plant Museum will remember all those who have served our country by admitting all veterans, active duty, or retired military personnel and their families into the museum for free; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 254-1891

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