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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 18

CraftArt Festival: More than 120 fine craft artists from around the country will be on hand for this annual street festival with a children's activity tent and an artists' demonstration tent. From ceramic artists throwing on the wheel to glass blowing to wood turning, you can see the artists at work. 10 a.m., Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7391.

Shopapalooza: The annual Black Friday alternative event brings double the fun with two days of shopping local with almost 150 vendors, artists, and local businesses with specials, food and children's entertainment. 10 a.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Free (items individually priced). (727) 637-5586.

Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Festival: This annual competition brings master sand sculptors who work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. 8 a.m., Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Free. (727) 547-4575, ext. 237.

Festival of Trees: All I Want For Christmas: Explore hun dreds of tree and wreaths decorated by local artists. 9 a.m., The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. $5, 9 and younger free. (727) 797-8712.

Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 170 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet and specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and treats. Also, hand-crafted items, live entertainment, flowers and plants. 9 a.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921.

Macy's Family Day Parade: See Santa in the Wiregrass edition of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with dance performances, face painting, balloon art and parade related activities. 10 a.m., The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.

St. Pete Beach BikeFest: Queensryche: Concerts start at 8 p.m. each night, and are first-come, first-served for general admission. The Seattle-based progressive metallers (Silent Lucidity) have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide over the course of their 36-year career. 10 a.m., Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free; VIP $189 includes reserved seating, free beer and wine. (727) 367-6461.

Suncoast Jazz Classic: The completely indoor festival spans five simultaneous venues between the Sheraton Sand Key and Marriott Sand Key. Dedicated Jolley Trolley lines allow attendees to move from one venue to another to hear bands playing styles spanning traditional jazz, big band, swing and zydeco.. 10 a.m., Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach. $40-$50, $125 three day package. (727) 248-9441.

Vegan Holiday Pop Up: Seasonal desserts and treats from Brown Bag Cookie Co. for sale, sample and purchase vegan foods, shop for vegan products at 'Shop Up' pop up market, with door prizes. https://veganholidayshopup.eventbrite.com/. 11 a.m., UACDC Community Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. Free admission. (813) 358-3383.

Et Cultura: The city's version of South by Southwest, this multi-day downtown festival brings music, film, art and an interactive conference. See etcultura.com for the lineup 12 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Start at $75 all-inclusive.

Dunedin Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival: Put on your tams and kilts for this annual festival with live Celtic rock music on two stages, food, craft beers, vendors with Celtic wares, face painting and balloon art. No coolers or pets allowed. 12 p.m., Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. $17. (727) 465-6229.

Dali and Beyond Film Series: Advanced Style: This surreal film series lets you see a film for free in the museum's lobby theater. The film examines the lives of seven stylish New York women ages 62 to 95. 1 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Pizza Cookoff: Local restaurants compete to prove their pizza prowess in cookoff with cash bar, silent auction, in benefit for Society of St. Vincent de Paul (South Pinellas) efforts to help end homelessness. Purchase tickets online. 1 p.m., Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $15, includes two pizza slices, additional slices $3 each; kids under five admitted free. (727) 954-7969.

Gulfport Fall Fest: Gulfport's large family festival with live entertainment, games, dancing, midway rides, food and drink. 1 p.m., Most Holy Name of Jesus Church Maria Center, 5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport. Free (food and rides additional). (727) 347-9989.

Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare's romantic comedy gets an update by placing lovers Beatrice and Benedick against the backdrop of the Florida Keys as World War II is drawing to a close. Through Dec. 10. 3 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529.

Pooch and Hooch: A canine carnival featuring an afternoon of game, contests for dogs and people, a puppy kissing booth and Rescue Crew calendars available for purchase. Benefits Friends of Strays. 3 p.m., Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 201-9078.

Doug Benson: The stoner comic is known for his podcasts and films, including Super High Me. He also has his own Comedy Central show, The High Court. 4:20 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony: Hyde Park Village celebrates the start of the holiday season by lighting their Christmas tree 5 p.m., Hyde Park Village, 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa. Free. (813) 469-2022.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Everything, Everything (PG-13): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 6 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036.

Chillounge Night's St. Petersburg 10th Anniversary Party: Ultimate outdoor party celebrates ten years of exotic entertainment, elegant cuisine, cash bars, chic daybeds, outdoor furnishings, live music and fireworks. Benefits Creative Clay. 6 p.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. $25 advance, $35 at the gate; $100 VIP. (941) 448-0995.

Merry Martini: Walk the red carpet to this party with appetizers, pasta buffet, live music, a silent auction and martinis from five area establishments. Benefits the Tarpon Springs Holiday Memories for Kids campaign. 6 p.m., AHEPA, George Washington Chapter 16, 20 W Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. $30 advance, $35 at the door. (727) 940-8632.

Holiday Classic Movie Series: Home Alone (1990): Because of construction at Tampa Theatre, this year's Holiday Classics series moves to Winter Village with holiday themed films on a 40-foot screen. 7:30 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8287.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Jeffrey Multer Plays Bruch: The TFO concertmaster since 2006 shines on Bruch's ever-popular Violin Concerto No. 1. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

The Godfather Comedy Show and George Carlin Tribute: Joe Beddia presents a mix of song, musical instruments and "off the wall" audience participation with something for everyone. 8 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19.50-$34.50. (727) 587-6793.

Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group. 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $34.50-$54.50. (813) 229-7827.


Winter Village: The new holiday setting for the riverfront park runs through Jan. 5 with 10 pop-up shops in decorated PODS containers, an ice rink and a cafe. 10 a.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free (skating/skate rental additional). (813) 221-3686.


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