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

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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 this week, from dinosaurs, to strawberry shortcake to walking the red carpet.

 

BERRY GOOD

(Through March 9)

The annual Florida Strawberry Festival brings berries, rides, games, concerts, pageants, livestock shows and way more to Plant City for the 79th year. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Read all about the festival, and how to enjoy it here.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

“Son of God,” the big-screen version of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's History Channel TV series “The Bible,” spans the life of Jesus. The film, the first major release about Jesus since 2004's “The Passion of the Christ,” is so hotly anticipated that it had already sold more than half a million advance tickets before its release date.

 

MAKIN' WHOOPI

(Friday)

Award-winning comic and actress Whoopi Goldberg takes a break from her duties on “The View” to share her unvarnished views with us at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $150, $125, $79 or $59.

 

ROARING FUN

(Friday to Sunday)

Travel back to prehistoric times and come face-to-face with life-size moving, “breathing” dinosaurs and other creatures at “Dinosaur Zoo Live!” at the Straz Center. Tickets are $18.50 to $48.50.

 

OUTDOORS GALORE

(Friday to Sunday)

Browse and learn about all the latest gear for boating, fishing, hunting and camping as Florida's largest Outdoors Expo and Boat Show returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds for a 23rd year. It's $8 for adults, free for kids 12 and younger. 

 

LET IT FLOW LIKE WATER

(Friday to March 9)

Get ready for beer tastings, beer classes, beer parties and beer paired with ice cream as Tampa Bay Beer Week kicks into high gear with dozens of events all over the Tampa Bay area. Read more about what's going on here.

 

EDIBLE ENTERTAINMENT

(Saturday)

Food Network star Alton Brown promises that “ponchos will be involved” when he brings his mix of food experimentation, stand-up comedy and talk show antics to the stage at the Straz Center for the Edible Inevitable Tour. Tickets are $40.75 to $63.25.

 

ARTFUL WEEKEND

(Saturday and Sunday)

Peruse and shop a variety of original works of art in all mediums, grab a bite to eat and stroll along the Hillsborough River at the 44th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It's free to browse.

 

A STAR IS BORN

(Sunday)

Feel like a movie star when Tampa Theatre hosts Hollywood Awards Night, with celebrity look-a-likes, flash-popping paparazzi and a stroll on the red carpet before screening the Oscars live.

 

UNCOVERED ART

(Thursday)

Nude Nite, the annual art exhibition featuring more than 200 nude paintings, photos, sculptures and interactive exhibits celebrating the nude form in all shapes, colors and sizes, takes place in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Ybor City. Tickets to the 21-and-up show are $20.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Free flapjacks: Celebrate National Pancake Day with a free shortstack at IHOP, no purchase necessary; All day Tuesday; free; http://ihop.com for locations

Military discount at spring training opener: Active and retired military can purchase four half-price tickets at the gate for the Tampa Bay Rays/Baltimore Orioles game with valid military ID; 1:05 p.m. today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte; (941)206-4487

Free museum admission: Bank of America cardholders are treated to free museum admission the first full weekend of each month. Locally participating museums include Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Holocaust Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Just show show bank-issued credit or debit card and photo ID at the ticket window; Museum hours vary, Saturday and Sunday; http://museums.bankofamerica.com

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