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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off.

Published March 9, 2007



Pass the napkins and the hot sauce. The Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival brings music from the bayou (and 5 tons of crawfish and other Creole and Cajun foods) to Vinoy Park on the St. Petersburg waterfront today through Sunday. Headliners are Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie (7:30 tonight and Saturday) and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (4:30 p.m. Sunday). Hours are 4:30 to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $12 today or Sunday, $15 Saturday or $35 for weekend. Kids free.


Last weekend to celebrate the berry

For Florida delicacies, check out the final weekend of the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City. Concerts include Big & Rich, the Bellamy Brothers, Hootie & the Blowfish and Montgomery Gentry. Opens at 10 a.m. daily. $9, $5 ages 6-12. (813) 752-9194; flstrawberry


Reggae and more in the park

For hot acts in hip-hop, reggae and more, go to Wild Splash in Coachman Park, downtown Clearwater. Scheduled artists include Young Jeezy, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley. 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $20.


Wines by the hundreds

More than 400 wines will be on the table, plus food from 40 restaurants, for the Abilities Wine & Food Festival, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. $75- $85. (727) 538-7370, ext. 349;

Make it a night at the opera . . .

Puccini's Madama Butterfly performed by Sarasota Opera with the Florida Orchestra, is at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $25-$100. (727) 892-5767.


. . . or a day at the horse races

Check out world-class racing at the Little Everglades Steeplechase Sunday near Dade City. Gates open at 9 a.m., with the first race at 1 p.m. $20 per person or $45-$60 per car. Toll-free 1-866-770-5954; www.littleeverglades


Page through books of old

Bibliophiles will find much to love at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair today through Sunday at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 tonight, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 today, then $6. (727) 822-3278.

Wilma Norton, Times staff writer


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