Cool things to do on your time off.
By WILMA NORTON
Published April 20, 2007
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MAINSAIL ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS 270 ARTISTS TO THE ST. PETERSBURG WATERFRONT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THE FREE FESTIVAL ALSO INCLUDES ENTERTAINMENT (WITH HEADLINER FIREFALL AT 5 P.M. SATURDAY), CHILDREN'S ART ACTIVITIES AND FOOD VENDORS. HOURS ARE 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M. SATURDAY AND 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. SUNDAY, VINOY PARK, FIFTH AVENUE NE AND BAYSHORE DRIVE, DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG. FREE. (727) 892-5885; WWW.MAINSAIL ARTSFESTIVAL.ORG.
The old-fashioned fun of the Hernando County Fair arrives today through April 29 and includes the IPRA Championship Rodeo at 8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The rodeo is $12, $5 ages 4-12, and includes fair admission. Fair hours are 5 to 11 tonight, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds just south of Brooksville. Fair admission: $5, $3 ages 4-12. (352) 796-4552; hernandocountyfair.com.
Environmentally friendly events marking Earth Day weekend include: MarineQuest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-8626; www.floridamarine.org. EarthFest 2007, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Florida Botanical Gardens and the Extension Service at Pinewood Cultural Park, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2100; www.flbg.org. Earth Day at Honeymoon Island, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. (west end of Dunedin Causeway). $5 per car. (727) 469-5942; www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland. Earth Day Tampa Bay, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lowry Park bandshell, Sligh Avenue and N Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 926-5659; www.tampagov.net.
A jazzy weekend
Fans of all types of jazz have a choice this weekend: Smooth Jazz Fest is from 5 to 9 tonight and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Coachman Park, downtown Clearwater. $15 general, $30 reserved, 12 and younger free. USF Jazz Masterworks Series, "A Tribute To Michael Brecker," featuring Randy Brecker, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, and at 8 p.m. Monday, Theatre 1 at USF, Tampa. $20-$26, $10 student/seniors. (727) 822-3590 or (813) 974-2323. Jazz at the Gorilla, featuring the Don Scaletta Trio, is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. $15, $5 students. (813) 765-1486
A tour of 'Chicago'
Tom Wopat returns to Clearwater to star as Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago tonight through Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Shows are at 8 tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. (727) 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com.
The Florida Orchestra performs one of its popular, free Pops in the Park programs at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in Clearwater's downtown Coachman Park. Susan Haig conducts. (813) 286-2403 or toll-free 1-800-662-7286.
Wilma Norton, Times staff writer