Make us your home page
Instagram

Plan your weekend March 10-12

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns this weekend. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns this weekend. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Plan your weekend

Concert

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience: For diehard fans of the HBO epic fantasy, this show in the Amalie Arena on Sunday will use three stages and a full orchestra with haunting vocals for the soundtrack while scenes play out on giant screens. If The Rains of Castamere gave you chills in Season 3, just wait until you hear composer Ramin Djawadi's eerie new take with vocalist Stephanie "Stevvi" Alexander. The show is 8 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. amaliearena.com. Read our interview with the composer at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

Hot wheels

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Hear that buzz? The opening race for the Verizon IndyCar series, the nation's premier open-wheel racing series, is taking place in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg this weekend. It runs a 1.8-mile waterfront course with 14 turns. The layout of the track gets high praise from fans because it incorporates easy access from both the inside and outside of the course to get the best vantage point. Don't miss the daily Stadium Super Trucks, the off-road racers that jump ramps like monster trucks. Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday on the track by Albert Whitted Airport at First Street SE. $20-$100 single day. gpstpete.com.

Festival

Gasparilla Music Festival: The alt-rock band Cage the Elephant is Saturday's headliner, the first mainstream rock act for this home-grown music festival. And Alt-country troubadour Ryan Adams headlines Sunday also has an enthusiastic fan base to bring to the fest. There's still a diverse and eclectic lineup, including Saturday's bill with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah, Latin dance-rockers Los Amigos Invisibles, New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band and indie rockers Twin Peaks and Moon Taxi. Sunday brings fast-rising reggae crooner Chronixx, jam-banders Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and freewheeling funksters the New Mastersounds. And as always, there's a full slate of local music, kids' activities, local cuisine and even a custom craft beer — Cigar City's Gasparilla Music Festival Pilsner. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. both days. $60 two-day tickets; $40 Saturday, $30 Sunday. Limited VIP tickets ($75) may be available for Sunday. gasparillamusic.com.

Stage

Something Rotten! The hit Broadway comedy has some fun with Shakespeare, while also poking fun at formulaic musicals is on the Straz Center stage at 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Golf

Valspar Championship: The Valspar Championship PGA tournament runs through Sunday on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. It brings a string of new fan-friendly additions including country artist Toby Keith, who will perform a free show after the tournament concludes Saturday, and there will be a food truck rally for the first time. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai will be meeting fans and conducting a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Also new is the Grape & Grain, an upscale wine, beer and spirits tent, and a beach called Valspar Chameleon Cove featuring a 50-ton, 20-foot sand sculpture of a chameleon. For kids, the McDonald's Family Fun Zone features a 16-foot rock-climbing wall, monster putting green, free popsicles, Imagination Playground, arts and crafts and games. Gates open at 6 a.m. Thursday-Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday-Sunday at 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $39-$299, free for tournament passholders. (727) 942-5566. valsparchampionship.com.

Shopping

Tampa Bay Boat Show: You can find the latest in boating, fishing supplies and accessories at this three-day show of boats, trailers, watercraft, fishing seminars and exhibits showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers. It's free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Comedy

Festival of Laughs: Comic and actor Mike Epps will headline the festival alongside Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J and Felipe Esparza. $55.75-$102.75. University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend March 10-12 03/08/17 [Last modified: Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:59am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. USF's 'Black Pulp!' and 'Woke!' exhibits reframe African-American representation

    Visual Arts

    The concept of being "woke" is inextricably woven into the zeitgeist. To be truly woke, you have to be aware of not only current social injustices, but also the historical fight against prejudice.

    Renee Cox’s Chillin with Liberty (1998) is part of the “Black Pulp!” exhibition at the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum.
  2. New podcast: Don't forget your goat leggings, Dragnet fans!

    Blogs

    The Stuck in the '80s podcast returned on Sunday with an episode on "Underrated Movies from 1987" - this time June of that year. This week, we celebrate the pure goodness of Dragnet and Roxanne

  3. Hernando Events for June 30-July 6

    Events

    30 Friday

    Free Zika training: Presented by the Hernando Computer Club, the training is for those who wish to assist in the effort to find a cure for the Zika virus. Club members are volunteers for World Community Grid and are donating their devices' spare computing power to help scientists find a …

  4. Boy Scouts to head up Temple Terrace's 4th of July parade

    Events

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Volunteering is a major priority in scouting and prepping teens to become leaders is the primary purpose of the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout program.

  5. Lutz lends old-fashioned feel to 4th of July events

    Events

    LUTZ — Attendees of the Lutz 4th of July celebration will take a step back in time with a parade, games, races, music and the election of the Guv'na of Lutz.