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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: November 23, 2013 at 02:51 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from ice skating in downtown Tampa to the first ever Bourbon & Brew Fest on the waterfront.

TAMPA ON ICE

(Through Jan. 5)

The annual temporary ice skating rink in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park returns for another season of Floridians giving it their best in unfamiliar territory. It may be 80-something degrees outside, but it's cool under the tent. It's $10 for 90 minutes of skate time.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

The Capitol takes aim at Katniss and Peeta when their Hunger Games victory sparks rebellion in Panem in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

VROOM, VROOM

(Friday to Sunday)

Kick a few tires and get your fill of new car upholstery smell at the 2014-Model Tampa Bay International Car show, which brings hundreds of cars, crossovers and trucks to the Tampa Convention Center. Admission is $9.

HE'S A BOSS

(Friday)

“Boss” rapper Rick Ross (aka Ricky Rozay, aka The Teflon Don) brings his eight-city mini tour for the new album “Mastermind” to the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg, where he'll perform with backing from a live band. Tickets are $42 to $72.

DRINK IN THE VIEW

(Saturday)

There will be 40 bourbons to try at Tampa's inaugural Bourbon and Brew Fest, celebrating smooth liquor, craft beer and barbecue. There's also a live performance by the Locash Cowboys and a less-seen waterfront view of downtown Tampa .

SMOKE IN THE AIR

(Saturday)

Tampa is, of course, a cigar town from way back, so it's only natural that the annual Tampa Cigar Festival is a big, family-friendly event. There will be vendors, a beer garden, children's activities and televisions (so you won't miss any college football). Admission is $10 at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.

MACK DADDY

(Saturday)

Thrift-shop-loving and socially conscious rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make their first visit to Tampa with a concert at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are $35 to $45. If you need some outfit inspiration, check out our guide to thrift shop fashion.

CRAFTY BUYS

(Saturday and Sunday)

You can scratch a few people off your holiday shopping list with a trip to CraftArt 2014 in downtown St. Petersburg, which features artisans from around the U.S. selling jewelry, pottery, textiles, sculpture and more. Admission is free.

A MAJOR AWARD

(Saturday and Sunday)

The actors who played Scut Farkus, Flick and Ralphie's brother Randy in the film “A Christmas Story” will sign autographs, pose for photos and explain exactly how a tongue gets unstuck from an icy pole at Robert's Christmas Wonderland store in Clearwater.

PIG OUT

(Saturday)

The sweet, smoky smells of chicken, ribs, pork butt and beef brisket will tempt taste buds of those attending Pig Jam, Plant City's annual sanctioned barbecue competition. It's free admission, $5 to park.

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