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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 and beyond, from the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival to a “Brief History of Beer.”



Experience the rich history, exotic foods, culture and traditions of the Far East during Asia Fest, a family-friendly event that includes cultural performances, educational activities, martial arts, food vendors and more.


Saturday and Sunday

Head to Fun ’n Sun Clearwater at Coachman Park as 10 days of celebration continues with concerts featuring Eddie Money, The Romantics, Rodney Atkins, The Swon Brothers and more.


Friday and Saturday

The events surrounding the International Indian Film Academy awards continues with the IIFA Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards show on Friday and grand finale, the IIFA Awards, on Saturday. Tickets still available.


Friday through Sunday

The Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival will have wine and beer tastings as well as blueberry shortcakes and blueberry smoothies. Admission is free and Keel & Curley Winery will open its U-pick fields.


Friday through Sunday

Ghost The Musical,” directed by Tony-award winning Matthew Warchus, is an adaptation of the 1990 blockbuster movie starring the late Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat and Demi Moore as Molly Jensen, a couple whose love keeps them connected even after he is murdered. At the Straz Center.


Friday through Sunday

The Florida Orchestra and soloist/percussionist John Shaw present their first performances of “Water Concerto,” which explores the musical possibilities of the world’s most abundant liquid. At three different locations: Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall.


Saturday through May 18

St. Petersburg’s freeFall Theatre Company presents an all-male cast in “The Mikado,” a Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece of silliness and satire.



Trish Parry and William Glenn time travel in “A Brief History of Beer.” They do their traveling in a pub, and it’s brew that fuels the action at New World Brewery.



Watch the iconic “The Wizard of Oz” at the iconic Tampa Theatre.


May 1

Bruce and the E Street Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three weeks ago. Next stop: Tampa. The Boss will perform at the MidFlorida Amp.


May 1 through May 4

Filmmakers are the stars at the Sunscreen Film Festival, which is a popcorn bucket full of screenings, informative panel discussions and parties in St. Petersburg.


Kids skate free: Smarty-pants kids will be rewarded with free fun this weekend when they visit United Skates with their report cards boasting all As and Bs; 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. or 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday or 1 to 4 p.m. or 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; free admission, skate rental is $3 for those without their own skates; United Skates, 5121 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa; (813) 876-5826

YMCA Healthy Kids Day: Tampa Bay area families can enjoy fun and educational activities, such as bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks, giveaways, “Mascot Dance Challenge,” and more; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; free; Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa; www.tampaymca.org/

Storytelling festival: The Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is the longest running storytelling festival in the U.S. featuring youth tellers. There will be approximately 25 local and regional storytellers as well as 350 youth storytellers; 10 a.m. Saturday; free; Hillsborough High School, 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa; (813) 928-2577

Janine Dorsey writes for Free & Cheap, a blog that rounds up the best deals and discounts in the Bay area. Visit TBO.com keyword “Free & Cheap.” You also can reach her at [email protected]

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