5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 17

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 17..

(1) Bridal Bliss

The first of two Goodwill wedding dress sales occurs in Oldsmar on Friday.

Hundreds of new wedding gowns priced from $50 will be available at the Bridal Bliss.

The sale occurs today from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Oldsmar Goodwill Superstore at 3929 Tampa Road.

A second sale will occur on Saturday at the Wesley Chapel Goodwill Superstore at 2390 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel.

Attendees can save an additional 25% off already discounted gowns. New bridal shoes for will start at $6.99. There will also be accessories, attendant gifts and a limited selection of bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses.

The Bridal Bliss benefits Goodwill's programs for people with disabilities. For more information, visit  www.goodwill-suncoast.org.

(2) Tampa Bay Boat Show

The Tampa Bay Boat Show opens at the Florida State Fairground on Friday.

The three-day event offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models at one location. There will also be fishing supplies and boating accessories available.

Area lenders will be on hand offering low show financing rates.

Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free to the Boat Show. For more information, visit www.tampabayboatshows.com.

(3) 2nd annual Burger Showdown

The second annual Burger Showdown will occur on Friday night at Curtix Hixon Waterfront Park.

More than ten restaurants are expected to participate including Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery, Beef O' Brady's, Danny's All American Diner & Dairy Bar and The Moon Under Water.

Celebrity judges include 970 WFLA radio host Corey Dylan, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ian Beckles and The Tampa Tribune food writer Jeff Houck.

The burgers will be judged based on originality, presentation and taste.

General admission tickets to the Burger Showdown are $45 and include unlimited sampling of burgers and desserts as well as a free drink ticket.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit burgershowdown.org.

(4) Star Wars Weekends

The Force will be strong at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning on Friday.

Over the next four weekends, Star Wars from around the world will feel the power of the dark side during Star Wars Weekends.

There will be Q&A sessions, autograph sessions, special parades and shows, exclusive merchandise and character appearances.

This weekend actors Ray Park (Darth Maul), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex - Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will be signing autographs.

Star Wars Weekends is included in the regular price of admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/hollywood-studios/star-wars-weekend/.

(5) American Idiot

The hit Broadway musical American Idiot comes to the Straz Center on Friday night.

The show is based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name. It features hit songs American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends and Holiday.

The musical tells the story of three lifelong friends who are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says American Idiot is "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen."

American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.

Regularly priced tickets start at $44.50. Show times are Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.

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