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

Published:   |   Updated: April 4, 2014 at 09:54 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 around the Tampa Bay area, from the Festa Italiana in Ybor City to the final weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

WWII-era superhero Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to find his place in the modern world when a new threat from history — the Soviet agent Winter Soldier — arrives to do battle in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Anthony Mackie also star.

 

LYRICALLY LIVELY

(Friday to Sunday)

More than 30 musical acts from throughout the country will be in the small town on Upper Tampa Bay for the first Safety Harbor Singer-Songwriter Festival, a benefit for the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, an old cottage that's being transformed into a work of art itself. Tickets are $40 for a weekend pass, $25 daily at the gate.

 

WINGS AND THINGS

(Friday to Sunday)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, aviation exhibits, aeronautic displays and a night air show will land at the Sun N' Fun International Fly-in and Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Daily admission is $37 for adults, $15 for ages 11 to 17, and free for 10-and-under.

 

A TASTE OF ITALY

(Saturday and Sunday)

Celebrate Italian pride and your amore for the culture at Festa Italiana, a family-friendly event featuring inspired cuisine, bocce ball, wine tasting, live entertainment and more at the Italian Club and throughout Ybor City.

 

ROYAL TREATMENT

(Saturay and Sunday)

Say huzzah to the king for one final weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival, featuring a turkey leg eating contest, cider tasting, a royal shopping market and all the other jousting, games and medieval fun outside the Museum of Science and Industry. Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for children.

 

EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY

(Saturday)

An adventure in fabulous food from area restaurants, wines and brews, and tunes from some head-bopping bands are on the menu at the Straz Center's 29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay. Tickets are $80 per person.

 

SOOTHING SONGS

(Saturday)

If you'd prefer a single serving of singer songwriter action, check out the mellow, rich and warm country and folk of Amos Lee at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. A thoughtful lyricist and emotional vocalist, Lee's music is just plain soothing. Tickets start at $42.75.

 

CHILL TIME

(Saturday)

Lounge on the lawn as Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park becomes and upscale, South Beach-style nightclub under the stars for the fifth annual Chillounge Night from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be fireworks, food, fancy furniture and music. It's $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.

 

SUN AND SAND

(Friday to Sunday)

The 10-day Sugar Sand Festival, featuring 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach sand creatively carved into scenes and characters from iconic movies. There's also fireworks, sand sculpting competitions, movie screenings, live music and more, just south of Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. Admission is $4 to $15.

 

THE SIXTH DEGREE

(Tuesday)

You can cut your six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon down to just one when the actor known for iconic roles in “Footloose,” “A Few Good Men,” and “Apollo 13” visits the University of South Florida to take part in the University Lecture Series. The event is free, but seating is limited, so get there early.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Fishing derby: Register before 5 p.m. today to participate in Sunday's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission fishing derby; free bait and some loaner tackle available for kids' use; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; free; Tenoroc Fish Management Area, 3829 Tenoroc Mine Road, Lakeland; (863)648-3200

Donate a book, get a meal: Through Sunday, when you donate a new or gently used childrens' book at any participating PDQ restaurant you will get a coupon for a free combo meal on your next visit, through Sunday; free; www.eatpdq.com for locations

Skating on Sunday: SpinNations Skating Center is hosting reduced admission Sundays in April (closed Easter Sunday). Everyone skates for just $2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Skate rental is extra, but you are invited to bring your own skates to use for free. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; $2; SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey; (727) 847-4336

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