Gasparilla Music Festival: Some 30 acts are lined up including the Roots. Local restaurants, caterers and vendors will be selling fried chicken, hot dogs, pork belly and more. 11 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30-$60; VIP $100-$200. (813) 708-8423.
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The Fray: The annual festival runs weekends noon to 9 p.m. through April 29 with concerts starting at 7 p.m. Noon, Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Barbarian Brew Fest: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting and a human chess match. Available for an additional charge is Pig ‘N’ Swig ($15), Pub Crawl ($35), Royal High Tea ($20) and Henry’s Happy Hour ($20). The festival continues with a world market, Medieval combat training, archery competition and a beard competition. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (813) 983-0111.
Chasco Fiesta: It’s Classic Rock Night with a free concert by Foghat at 6 p.m. 11 a.m., Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides additional. (727) 842-6055.
Fight For Air Climb: This American Lung Association fundraiser has racers climb from ground level to the 42nd floor of Tampa’s tallest building. Each participate raises a minimum of $100. Climb times are based on when you register. At the end of the public climb, area firefighters will climb the 42 flights in full gear. 8 a.m., Bank of America Plaza (Tampa), 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $25 and $100 minimum donations. (813) 712-2307.
Mardi Gras at Universal: Jason Derulo: Enjoy a free concert by nationally known pop and rock acts. Included with admission. (Note: Seasonal passholders are blacked out on concert days.) 9 a.m., Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. $105, $100 child. 1-800-837-2273.
Fossilfest : Travel back through history at Florida’s largest prehistoric show where you can view fossils that were found right here in Florida, as well as, artifacts left behind by Florida’s first people. There will be workshops, kid’s games and raffles. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $8, 12 and younger free. (813) 909-9358.
Art in the Park: Features more than 100 fine art and craft exhibitors, including the Hernando Symphony Orchestra performing ‘Pops in the Park’ at 1 p.m. March 11. 10 a.m., Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Free admission; parking $5. (352) 279-5182.
Spring Fest: Families can come out for a day of food, live entertainment, face painting, games, bounce houses, music and dancing. 10 a.m., Artz 4 Life Academy, 1751 Kings Highway, Clearwater. Free.
Paddyfest: Family Fun Day: Captain Fear cheers on kids as they maneuver their way through the Bucs Squad Experience with an obstacle course. Noon, Irish 31, 10102 Montague St., Tampa. Free. (813) 510-3931.
St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk: Meet artists and gallery owners. Map available at www.stpeteartsalliance.org. 5 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142.
Danielle Mohr: Enjoy a performance from Florida native artist and songwriter. 6 p.m., St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. free. Donations accepted. (727) 710-7716.
Nick DiPaolo: The "comic’s comic" is a favorite on Comedy Central roasts. 6 and 8 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 960-1197.
Cyhra: Metal band. 6:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$35. (727) 565-0550; jannuslive.com.
Kerouac Night: Kerouac Night at the Flamingo Bar will celebrate what would have been the 96th birthday of Jack Kerouac. 7 p.m., Flamingo Sports Bar, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Free.
The Irish Rovers: The legendary Irish folk group. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39-$49. (727) 791-7400.
The Color Purple: The Tony Award-winning musical is based on Alice Walker’s epic tale that follows an African American woman living in the south. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $26 and up. (813) 229-7827.
Keith Harkin: Irish singer-songwriter will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a performance in support of his new solo release In the Round. 9 p.m., The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $35-$55. (828) 773-9481.
Baauer Graves: An electronic dance music artist will perform after the release of his first album Tombstone. 10 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $9.75-$15. (813) 690-0938.
KIDS AND FAMILY
The Big Bounce America: The entire family, even adults, can enjoy 20,000-square-feet of bouncing fun with slides and inflatable attractions. Organizers say this is "the world’s largest bounce house." Also, a Bounce Village with a Ninja Run, Monster Ball Pit, Lil’ Bouncer and yard games. 8 a.m., Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, Odessa. $9-$25 (varies by day and time). Toll-free 1-888-718-4253.
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