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

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM

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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 around Tampa, from the edgy debut of Gasp! to the return of the World's Largest Food Truck Rally.



(Now Playing)

Director Wes Anderson brings together a cache of quirky characters played by an all-star cast in “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” about the adventures of an old-school concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his trusted lobby boy at a grand Eastern European hotel. The film has already set a box office record for a limited release, but it finally hits Tampa screens this week.



(Through Sunday)

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga will meet fans at the Tampa Home Show at the Tampa Convention Center. You'll also find all sorts or displays and vendors aimed at sprucing up your house in just about every way imaginable. Tickets are $8.  




The inaugural Gasp! Fringe Festival features a mash-up of dance, theater, artists and more, including improvisationist Hannah Prince, at the Tampa Museum of Art. Tickets are $10.



(Through April 13)

If you've ever had to deal with red tape — and who hasn't? — Stageworks' presentation of “Ten Percent of Marta Solano” may be a cathartic experience for you. Tickets are $26 or $35.




A doggone good time is in store when four-legged canines and their two-legged owners take over Cotanchobee Park for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Bark in the Park. For $25, individual walkers can participate, or they can create a “pack” of two or more, including four-legged companions, for $50.




Genre-bending, folk and alt-country siblings The Avett Brothers bring their boundless, foot-stomping energy to a concert at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets run $35 to $47.75.




Jay Leno's sold out, stand-up show at the Capitol Theatre was such a hot ticket that the former “Tonight Show” host is already back at the Clearwater venue for two more shows. Tickets start at $85.




The Gasparilla Criterium and Cycling Festival will feature intense competition from cyclists whizzing by on the streets of downtown Tampa, plus a health expo, beer and food tents in Lykes Gaslight Park. It's free for spectators, and amateurs can ride the course earlier in the afternoon before the pros get going at night.



(Saturday and Sunday)

The record-setting World's Largest Food Truck Rally returns to Tampa with more days, more beer, more bands and more quirky cuisine. More importantly: more parking and more preparation for the massive crowds. Entry is free.




Seasonal brewskies, a beach ball drop, a fireworks display and headlining act Surfer Blood are on tap at the Spring Beer Fling at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.




Opening day for the Tampa Bay Rays is here, and that means the streets in front of Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg will be blocked off for a free, downtown street party featuring music, food, dancing and kids activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The game starts at the Trop at 4:10 p.m.



Water ski show: The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team is hosting a free ski show for the public with an 80s theme. Skiers perform pyramids, barefoot, adagio, jumps and more; 6 p.m. Saturday; free; Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar; (813) 917-8354

Yoga in the park: Enjoy yoga instruction in a park setting, surrounded by the sounds of a fountain. Free chair massages, food and beverages available for purchase; 6 p.m. Saturday; $5 suggested donation; West Park Village Park at Westchase, 10116 Montague St., Tampa; (813) 444-8394

Kids eat free: Every Tuesday kids ages 12 and younger eat their choice of a free combo valued at $2.99 or less at the Tampa Ikea, no purchase necessary; 11 a.m. until restaurant closing, Tuesday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; (813) 623-4042

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