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

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in Tampa, from the food and music at Taste of Pinellas to Jobsite Theatre's production of a play by Zach Braff.


Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as a couple with a newborn who face unexpected challenges when they're forced to live next to a frat house led by Zac Efron in the R-rated “Neighbors.”




Taste of Pinellas is back after a year hiatus as Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Loverboy, KC & The Sunshine Band and The Blues Brothers (as in Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd) provide the musical backdrop to stuffing your face with fare from restaurants around the county. Tickets are $25 at the gate at Abert Whitted Park in St. Pete.




WMNF radio's 33rd annual Tropical Heatwave festival brings blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, acoustic, reggae, Latin, jazz, country, rockabilly, hip hop, punk and Americana styles to multiple venues around Ybor City. New York rockers Hold Steady (who have more than a few lyrics about Ybor) will headline. Tickets range from $30 to $50.



(Through June 1)

A heartbroken man's solitude is interrupted when a motley crew of misfits invade his beach house in Jobsite Theater's production of “All New People,” written by “Scrubs” star Zach Braff. Tickets are $28.




The Florida Orchestra goes rock then pop this weekend playing a tribute to the Grammy-winning Eagles Friday at Mahaffey Theater and Pops in the Park on Sunday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Tickets are $35 to $75.



(Through June 1)

Cigar boxes get a new lease on life in the hands of Hillsborough County art students whose work is on display at the Repurposed DooDadd Art & Sculpture Competition at the Tampa Bay History Center. Admission runs $7.95 to $12.95.




Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn hosts the inaugural Mac & Cheese Throwdown in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park featuring more than two dozen restaurants squaring off to prove who's tops when it comes to the gooey, golden comfort food. Entry is free and food samples will be sold to benefit the Tampa Riverwalk.



(Tuesday to May 18)

The music of legendary British rock group Queen helps tell the story of corporate corruption, love and greed in “We Will Rock You” coming to the Straz Center. Tickets range from $46.50 to $81.50.




Learn about the lives and eating habits of alligators during a guided hike through their habitat at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Pete. The hike is $3 for adults, $1.50 children, and begins at 11:30 a.m.



National Train Day: Immerse yourself in America's fascination with train travel at Tampa's historic Union Station on National Train Day. See working models, tour Amtrak and private rail equipment, enjoy live music and more; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; free; Union Station, 601 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa; (813) 221-7600

Free smoothies at health fair: Pick your favorite smoothie flavor and take advantage of free screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol. Free BMI measurements, personal wellness coaching, free relaxing messages and healthy snacks are also available. All moms will also get a special gift; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; free; Florida Blue Center, 201 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 282-9922Handmade

Mother's Day: Moms will be treated a free mimosa, a mini brunch and mini-massage for their special weekend. The first 50 Moms will also get a free goodie bag and entered for a chance to win a wine and chocolate gift basket. At 10:30 a.m., kids ages 6 and up can create an upcycled bud vase when they bring their own clean glass bottle, free flower will be included! Pre-registration is required for craft activity. 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday; free; Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa; (813) 264-3600

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