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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do around Tampa this week

Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks, from professional bull riders at the Forum to delicious Cubanos in Ybor City.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

While on a world tour, our flannel friends become embroiled in a European jewel heist headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his sidekick in “Muppets Most Wanted.” Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell star, but be prepared for celebrity cameos aplenty.

 

SHIP SHAPE

(Friday to March 30)

Ignite your spirit of exploration with a tour of the Nao Victoria, an 85-ton, exact replica of Ferdinand Magellan’s ship that became to first to circumnavigate the globe. It’s docked at the Tampa Convention Center. Tickets run $5.50 to $12.

 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, TAMPA

(Through Sunday)

Independent films, parties, workshops, movie-makers and celebs are all on tap for the Gasparilla International Film Festival at area movie theaters. Find details on what’s happening here.

 

FREQUENT FLYER

(Friday to April 13)

American Stage Theater presents Jules Verne’s adventurous tale of Phileas Fogg and his sidekick, Passepartou, when “Around the World in 80 Days” lands in St. Petersburg. Tickets run $39 to $49.

 

RIDE EM’ COWBOY

(Saturday)

They’ll be no bull when brave men try to stay atop 2,000 pounds of bucking bronco at the PBR Touring Pro Division bull riding competition at The Forum. Tickets range from $10 to $75.

 

DROP IN

(Friday to Sunday)

The world-famous Skatepark of Tampa hosts its signature event, Tampa Pro, featuring some of the world’s best skateboarders plus the infamous “moat race.” You can check out the competition at the park for $10 to $15 daily, or head to Ybor for the SPoT 21st Anniversary Party with Action Bronson. Check out our list of Tampa Pro highlights here.

 

SIGNATURE SANDWICH

(Saturday and Sunday)

The savory combination of ham, pork, Swiss cheese, salami, mustard, pickles and Cuban bread will dance on your taste buds at the third annual Cuban Sandwich Festival at Centennial Park. The event is free, but you have to pay for food.

 

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP

(Saturday and Sunday)

After taking a year off due to budget cuts, the popular AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base comes roaring back across the skies with the Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron and hundreds of other planes in the air and on the ground. Admission is free, but preferred seating is $15.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Free tango classes: Learn the Latin dance whose name means “touch” without any experience necessary. Non-rubber soled shoes (no flip-flops) required — that’s it!; 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; free; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive; (813)221-3686

Free dinner and a movie: Donate blood at any participating Boston Market locations during the month of March and you’ll be treated to coupons for a free Boston Market meal and movie ticket voucher from Fandango.com; daily; free; oneblood.org/bostonmarket

Free froyo: Customers who take a picture of their cup of Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt while in the store and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then show their uploaded picture to the cashier will receive a coupon for three free ounces of froyo on their next visit; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, 17693 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz; (813) 962-1057

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