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

Published:   |   Updated: April 11, 2014 at 03:06 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do near Tampa, from blues and soul legends on the St. Pete waterfront to high-jumping horses at the Forum.

 

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

In “Draft Day,” professional and personal lines become blurred for Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner), who must decide what he's willing to sacrifice for the best pick on the first day of the NFL draft.

 

ALL BULL

(Friday)

Pop-punk band Panic! at the Disco, poppy rap duo Karmin, and L.A. indie rock-meets-hip hop outfit The Neighbourhood will perform at the free, public Bullstock concert at the University of South Florida to cap off USF Week. The concert gets going in the USF Sun Dome parking lot around 6:30 p.m.

 

WIZARDING WORLD

(Opening Friday and Tuesday)

Musicals on both sides of the bay will take way different paths down the yellow brick road when American Stage in the Park presents “The Wiz,” beginning Friday ($13 to $18), before a traveling production of “The Wizard of Oz” hits the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall, starting Tuesday ($35 to $75).

 

MO' BETTER BLUES

(Friday to Sunday)

Get ready for some soul-lifting music when artists such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael McDonald and Irma Thomas, left, play the Tampa Bay Blues Festival at Vinoy Waterfront Park. Tickets range from $40 to $175.

 

ALL THE KING'S HORSES

(Saturday or Sunday)

Be amazed by world-renowned thoroughbreds as they perform intricate maneuvers and jumps alongside flamenco dancers with authentic Spanish music when the Gala of the Royal Horses gallops into Lakeland Civic Center and The Forum. Tickets are $25 to $55.

 

ROCKIN' JAM SESSION

(Through Saturday)

Imagine Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley getting together to jam at the legendary Sun Records in Memphis and you've got “Million Dollar Quartet.” A traveling production of the Tony-winning musical is at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets run $35 to $75.

 

SWEET TOOTH SATISFACTION

(Saturday and Sunday)

Feed your sugar cravings at two area fests this weekend: The Florida Ice Cream Festival in Lakeland and the Florida Blueberry Festival in Brooksville.

 

SUN AND SAND

(Through Sunday)

The 10-day Sugar Sand Festival, featuring 1,000 tons of powdery Clearwater Beach sand creatively carved into scenes and characters from iconic movies (Ron Burgundy and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few). 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.

 

SKY'S THE LIMIT

(Sunday)

Head to Tampa Theatre Sunday to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern light up the screen — and the sky — in “October Sky,” the true story of Homer Hickam, who finds inspiration in the historic Sputnik launch to dream big and build rockets, despite his dad's disapproval.

 

ANGELS OF SOUND

(Monday)

Vibrant, Nashville-based electropop duo Cherub plays a free show at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Not familiar with them? Check out the synth-fueled single “Doses and Mimosas,” an indulgent, silly ode to partying and hatin' on haters, and you'll know everything you need to know.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Ride the mini trains in Hernando: On the second Saturday of the month, mini train rides are given for free by the Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; $2 parking; rides are free; Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Brooksville; (727) 639-7639

Kids Easter craft: Join the Kids' Club on the patio for an eggs-tra fun craft class to make edible Easter egg baskets; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; $5 pre-registration required; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813)264-3600

Free egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, egg hunt and more for children and their families up to fifth grade; 10 a.m. to noon; free; Wellspring United Methodist Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa; (813) 926-5006

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