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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in the 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 around Tampa this week, from a variety of St. Patrick's Day celebrations to a classic game show on stage.


(Opening Friday)

“Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul's first starring movie role has him cast as a street racer, fresh from prison for a crime he didn't commit, who joins a cross-country race with vengeance as his prize in “Need For Speed.” Critics are calling it “a car lovers dream.”


(Friday to Sunday)

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeast, includes more than 100 book dealers exhibiting and selling thousands of rare books and paper collectibles. Preview the 100-year-old first editions and signed classics that will be there here.


(Friday to Monday)

Don your best leprechaun garb and get a taste of the Irish during three days of St. Patrick's Day celebrations including turning the Hillsborough River green, the Rough Rider parade, pub crawls and street fests. For a list of events, click here.


(Saturday and Sunday)

Go prehistoric at Fossil Fest, celebrating Florida 10,000 B.C. Attendees can explore a fossil mine, learn how to preserve their finds and sort through gems, minerals and artifacts. Admission is $8 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.



Pack a picnic, grab your blanket and pick a spot at Plant Park for a day of old-fashioned family fun as the annual Picnic In The Park event rolls back the calendar 100 years for a day of horseshoes, badminton, three-legged races, croquet, hoops and sticks, live entertainers and more.



Comedian Aziz Ansari, known for playing overconfident city offical “Tom Haverford” on NBC's “Parks and Rec,” sold out his 7 p.m. show at The Mahaffey within days of its announcement. So, they added a second one. As of this writing, you can still snag tickets to Ansari's 10 p.m. performance of his Modern Romance Tour.



If you thought Bob Eubanks was done with “The Newlywed Game” years ago, think again. The host is on the road with “The Not So Newlywed Game,” which will give a few random audience members a chance to compete for cash at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $18 to $35.


(Wednesday to March 23)

Support independent films, those who make them and maybe spot a celebrity or two as more than 100 movies are screened and compete for prizes at the Gasparilla International Film Festival coming to multiple movie houses around Tampa.



Get ready for a sensory overload when Miley Cyrus brings her world tour to the Forum with giant stuffed animals, flying hot dogs, pot-leaf costumes, and prizes falling from the ceiling. Oh, and the hit songs from her “Bangerz” album too. Tickets are $69.50 and $89.50.


Home show: Admission fees are waived today at Florida's Largest Home Show. Browse more than 900 displays and vendors for home decor, renovation and maintenance advice; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; free; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa; (813) 677-6925

Students ride free: HART is offering free bus rides to all middle and high school students ages 18 and younger when they present valid school ID during the month of March. The rides are good on the HART local, MetroRapid, Limited Express, In-Town Trolley and HARTFlex services; daily through March 31; for information about the offer and bus routes visit http://gohart.org

Donate food, get a free T-shirt: Bring three nonperishable food items to Tampa's 'River O' Green' St. Patrick's Day celebration and get a free T-shirt from the Salvation Army while supplies last; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; (813) 274-8211

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