When: April 13-22 Where: Pier 60, Clearwater Beach Cost: $10 Info: Featuring 1,000 tons of sand and 11 world-class sculptors, the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival begins Friday on Clearwater Beach! This 10-day celebration will transform America’s No. 1 Beach into an artistic paradise April 13-22.
When: April 10-15 Where: Lakeland Linder Airport at 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland Cost:Click here for more information Info: The second largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the world is happening in Lakeland this week for the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. The six-day event runs from April 10 to April 15 and it features air shows, educational forums and aircraft displays. More than 250,000 people and some 3,000 planes will buzz into Lakeland making it the busiest airspace in the world over Lakeland Linder Airport on the 1,000-acre Sun 'N Fun campus.
When: 7:10 p.m. Where: Tropicana Field at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg Cost:Click here for ticket information Info: The Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Philadelphia Phillies for a 3-game series this weekend at Tropicana Field.
When: April 13-22 Where: Regal Hollywood 11 Cinemas at 1993 Main Street, Sarasota Cost: $15 general public - $10 students, educators and school administrators - 12 and under free Info: The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices.
When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Winthrop Town at 11207 Winthrop Main Street, Riverview Cost: Free Info: The FishHawk Riverview Rotary Crawfish Festival features crawfish dinners, corn, potatoes, Jambalaya, etouffee, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans, rice and much more. There will also be live music, free activities for the kids and drink vendors for the adults.
When: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Safety Harbor Waterfront Park at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor Cost: $5 Info: The Beer & Burger Throwdown returns for its fourth year in Safety Harbor. This event features free samples from several local craft brewers and many of the best burger restaurants and food trucks all in the same place. There is live entertainment all day, micro wrestling, burger and beer competitions, outdoor games, kids zone, and much more.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
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Info: Cheer on the Tampa Bay Lightning as they take on the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL Playoffs! The second Eastern Conference Quarterfinals game begins at 3 p.m.
When: 8 p.m Where: USF Sun Dome at 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa Cost: $49 Info: Since performing his first stand-up show as a teenager, Williams has been taking the comedic world by storm. He quickly developed a unique style of comedy that highlights articulate and sharp dialogue and is rooted in conversations reflecting the American political landscape. By 1999 he had cultivated a loyal fan base and was performing on some of the most notable comedy stages in the United States. After conquering the stage, Williams made a smooth transition into film and television.
When: 8 p.m. Where: Water Works Park Tampa at 1710 North Highland Avenue, Tampa Cost: Free Info: Come watch a free showing of Guardians of the Galaxy at Water Works Park in Tampa! Bring your low back chairs and blankets for this family-friendly event. Coolers and leashed dogs are allowed.
When: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Where: Keel and Curley Winery at 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City Cost: Free Admission | $10 Parking Info: Guests can enjoy U-Pick blueberries, blueberry beer, blueberry cider, and blueberry wine! There will also be live music, food and craft vendors, and much more. The event has free admission and is family-friendly/dog-friendly. Limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake wine will also be on-sale.
When: 1:10 p.m. Where: Tropicana Field at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg Cost: $30 Info: The Tampa Bay Rays invite you and your puppy pal to Dog Day at Tropicana Field! For just $30 ($40 value) this specially priced ticket package includes a seat for you and your best pal in the tbt* Party Deck and a Rays Dog Day themed item. The Rays will take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:10 p.m.
When: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where: 3 Daughters Brewing at 222 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg Cost: $10 Info: Come out to 3 Daughters Brewing Company for some pints and ping pong! This 32-player single elimination ping pong tournament will begin at 2 p.m. There will be 4 tables in play. Tentative game times will be posted on brackets. Paddles will be provided, but you are welcomed to use your own. Check in at 1:30 p.m.