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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 19

Free Ferry Rides: Ride Free Sunday: The Cross-Bay Ferry is offering free "Test the Waters" rides for the 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown. St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center. The free rides are first come, first served and cannot be reserved in advance. See crossbayferry.com for departure times. Free Ride Sundays take place select Sundays through April 16. Regular service costs $10 per ride. 7 a.m., St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 894-1052.

Tour de Shine: A guided tour providing bicyclists a close up look at 30 new works in the Shine Mural Festival. 10 a.m., St. Petersburg Bicycle Cooperative, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $20. (813) 263-8600.

Teddy Bears in Tampa: Approximately 45 award winning teddy bear artists will display thousands of bears and other fuzzy critters at this convention. Free teddy bears to the first 50 through the door. 10 a.m., Crowne Plaza Westshore, 5303 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $6, $2 children. (502) 423-7827.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The festival kicks off with a Scottish twist featuring Highland games, a keg toss, men in kilts and a bonnie knees competition, 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational: Motorcycle builders from across the country compete for best bike at this event with a giant ride-in motorcycle show, give-aways, vendors, the Miss Full Throttle bikini contest and more. 11 a.m., Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St N, Clearwater. Free. (727) 935-4875.

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: Walter Trout, along with Sonny Landreth, Mike Zito, Selwyn Birchwood, the Betty Fox Band and Souliz. Noon, Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 562-4700.

Mutt Derby: Bring your non-aggressive dog for a day of dog races and other doggie games. Races will be done in weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound Pets of America. Noon, Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of (dog registration); spectators free. (727) 432-2514.

Wicked: The multiple Tony award-winning musical tells the untold story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy arrived. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31.50-$125. (813) 229-7827.

Opera Gala: Music from some of the world's most famous operas. 3 p.m., Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. $15. (727) 919-3866.

Elisabeth von Trapp Concert: The granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, will perform music ranging from Bach to Broadway, hymns, pop and her own compositions. 3 p.m., Church on the Bayou Presbyterian Church, 409 Whitcomb Blvd., Tarpon Springs. $10 suggested donation. (727) 937-3795.

Bestsellers on the Big Screen: The Lincoln Lawyer: Based on the 2005 novel by part time Tampa resident Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer is half courtroom drama and half whodunit. Connelly welcomes viewers before the screening and conducts a question and answer session after the film. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members. (813) 274-8982.

Tampa Bay Symphony Winter Concerts: Chance Israel, the 30th Annual Young Artist Competition winner will perform the first movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. 4 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $20, students/children free. (727) 827-8087.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven's Symphony No. 2: Under the direction of Michael Francis, the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay present Durufle's Requiem set against Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 791-7400.

Colin Hay: The singer-songwriter gained popularity as the frontman for the '80s pop group Men At Work, but has been solo for well over a decade now. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29.50-$49.50. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.


Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live: The puppets of Dinosaur Zoo Live are extraordinarily realistic in this entertaining and educational live show. 3 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $20-$30. (727) 893-7832.


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