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Weekend best bets

Cool things to do on your time off.

By WILMA NORTON
Published March 30, 2007


Feeling a need for speed? BUCKLE UP

The weekend is all about speed, in the sky and on the street. In St. Petersburg, the Honda Grand Prix brings IndyCar racing to the streets on the downtown waterfront today through Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily with practice and qualifying today. The main race Saturday is the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg at 5:05 p.m., followed by a concert by Los Lobos inside the race circuit. The concert is included in race admission. The main event Sunday is the 100-lap Honda Indy St. Pete at 5:15 p.m., followed by a concert by Yellowcard. Daily admission starts at $25. (727) 898-4639. In Tampa, Airfest returns to MacDill Air Force Base after a year's hiatus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the base; enter from S Dale Mabry Highway. Free. (813) 828-7469 or www.myairfest.com.

Last knights

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival makes its final bow for the year this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fowler Avenue and N 46th Street, next to Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. $15.95 adults, $7.95 kids, $12.95 seniors. Ages 4 and younger admitted free. (813) 983-0111, toll-free 1-800-601-4848; www. renaissancefest.com.

Fiesta finale

The Chasco Fiesta finishes up another year's run along the banks of the Pithlachascotee River in downtown New Port Richey on Sunday. Highlights include the Native American Festival, a contemporary Christian music family night at 6 tonight, boat parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, a country concert with Darryl Worley and Rodney Atkins at 6 p.m. Saturday ($15-$25) and a big band showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Activities start at 9 a.m. today, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Many are free. (727) 842-7651, toll-free 1-877-424-2726; www.chascofiesta.com.

A little night music

For a step back in musical time, check out the Florida Old Time Music Championship at 7 tonight and Saturday, Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, County Road 41, 1 mile east of Interstate 75 Exit 60, Brooksville. $5, $15 weekend. (352) 754-3082.

Highland fling

Dunedin gets back to its roots Saturday with the Highland Games and Spring Clan Gathering, with piping and drumming competitions, Scottish Highland dancing championship, sheep dog demos and more, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Highlander Park, 903 Michigan Blvd. $10. (727) 733-6240.

Wilma Norton, Times staff writer