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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off.

By WILMA NORTON
Published March 9, 2007


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INDULGE IN FIERY FOODS AND CAJUN-STYLE FUN

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. www.cajunconnection.org.

 

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 festival.com.

 

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; abilitiesfoundation.org.

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 steeplechase.org.

 

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

 

[Last modified March 8, 2007, 10:23:31]


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