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Best bets

By WILMA NORTON
Published June 8, 2007


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Two fests with tropical flair

The outdoor festival season is winding down, but there's still time to get outside and enjoy fests honoring a pirate and the Caribbean (just not together). At John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach, check out John Levique Pirate Days today through Sunday. Tonight, the Pirates Ball is at Friendly Fisherman Pirate's Cove from 7 to 11 ($5). It's for adults only. The family-friendly part of the festival runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Most events are free. (727) 393-8230, www.johnspassfestivals.com. In St. Petersburg's waterfront Vinoy Park, check out the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival. Headliners include El Gran Combo at 8 p.m. Saturday and Bunji Garlin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. A parade of costumes is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $10 daily, $15 two-day ticket; kids free. (727) 327-1277, www.tampacarnival.com.

Spruce up your yard

Browse the native plants and herbs for sale and walk among 1, 000 free-flying butterflies at the Butterfly and Herb Fair Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, USF Botanical Gardens, on the Tampa campus. $4, kids free. (813) 974-2329.

A penguin party

Lowry Park Zoo opens its new exhibit of African penguins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with special activities until noon. Feedings are at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The zoo is at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $12.95-$16.95. (813) 935-8552.

 

[Last modified June 7, 2007, 20:37:28]


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