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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay area this week

Published:   |   Updated: May 24, 2014 at 09:20 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in Tampa, from Memorial Day parties and remembrances to the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday “X-Men: Days of Future Past” unites the mutant superhero teams of different eras as a graying Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels back to the '70s in an attempt to stop the invention of the sentinels, an army of murderous robots that have turned the future into a Terminator-style apocalyptic wasteland.

 

FIREWORKS, PARADES, ETC.

Friday to Sunday

From fireworks to patriotic concerts to solemn ceremonies, you'll find a special way to mark the holiday in our list of Memorial Day events. Find our full list of events here.

 

COMEDY BREAKS BAD

Friday to Sunday

Comedian Lavell Crawford, best known for playing slimy lawyer Saul's henchman Huell on “Breaking Bad,” plays three nights at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City. He's also riding Tickets are $25.

 

STRONG WOMEN, STRONG WORDS

Friday to June 15

Celebrate our favorite emotion — laughter through tears — at American Stage Company's “Steel Magnolias, featuring an all African-American cast. Tickets run $39 to $59.

 

OUR MARGARITAVILLE

Saturday

Look for that lost shaker of salt at the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, which boasts dozens of varieties of cold margaritas and hot tunes from Los Lonely Boys, plus a fireworks finale.

 

DYE DASH

Saturday

The Color Me Rad 5K is the latest “color run” to come through Tampa. Show up in a white shirt and get blasted with vibrant clouds of cornstarch based powder that will leave runners covered in a rainbow of colors when they cross the finish line. Registration is $55 at the Color Me Rad website.

 

PUT ME IN A TRANCE

Saturday and Sunday

There could be as many as 40,000 people at RayJay this weekend for the now two-day Sunset Music Festival, devoted to electronic music with headliners Zedd, Paul van Dyk, at left, Benny Benassi, Hardwell and Krewella. Single day tickets are $94.

 

STROLL THROUGH ARTISTRY

Sunday

Explore what local artists have to offer, from paintings to jewelry and photography, while grabbing a snack or a glass of wine at the Harbour Island Art Walk. It's free on Post Drive from noon to 5 p.m.

 

CHICKEN FRIED CONCERT

Thursday and May 30

The always-popular country group Zac Brown Band plays back-to-back nights at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on the heels of their new Dave Grohl-produced studio album. That means they've added a rock edge to their musical repertoire, which already includes bluegrass, Caribbean and reggae. Kacey Musgraves will open the shows.

 

ON THE CHEAP

U-pick blueberries: It's the end of the season, and blueberries are at their sweetest and cheapest. Save money, have fun and pick your own this weekend in Odessa; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $3 per pound; Church Lake Farms, 16321 McGlamery Road, Odessa; (727) 379-4654

Corey Avenue Sunday Fresh Market: Enjoy the last open-air fresh and farmers Sunday market of the year until it resumes in October. More than 60 vendors selling local produce, fine art and more. Live music, family and pet friendly; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; free; Corey Avenue Sunday Fresh Market, Madeira Way and Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach; (800) 992-9023

Free Frosty cones: Summer is almost here, and Tampa Wendy's fans can beat the heat with a free Frosty Waffle Cone this Memorial Day, no purchase necessary. There is a limit of one cone per customer while supplies last; noon until 8 p.m. Monday; free; To find one of the 10 Tampa locations near you, visit www.wendys.com/

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