Tampa Bay AirFest: The gates to MacDill Air Force Base will open to the public with the US Navy Blue Angels as headliners (3 pm both days). There will also be parachute jumps, aircraft to tour, vendors and an F-22 demo. This family-friendly event is packed with activities and showcases all branches of the US military and local first responders. Gates open at 8 am, with opening ceremonies at noon. Free. $ 40- $ 600 VIP seating. 8 am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. MacDill Air Force Base, 8208 Hangar Loop Drive, Tampa. 813-828-2351.

Spring training is underway in the Tampa Bay area for numerous Major League Baseball teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

[ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

Spring Training Games: A shortened spring training season is underway. Here’s a look at the schedules for the Tampa Bay Rays and some other teams:

  • Tampa Bay Rays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: $ 10- $ 32. 1:05 pm Monday. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. 941-235-5010.
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs. Red Sox: $ 10- $ 32. 1:05 pm Tuesday. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. 941-235-5010.
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees: $ 15- $ 43. 1:07 pm Tuesday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-9302.
  • New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: $ 21- $ 50. 6:35 pm Wednesday. George M. Steinbrenner Field, 3802 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7753.
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves: $ 15- $ 43. 6:07 pm Thursday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-9302.
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers: $ 15- $ 43. 1:07 pm Friday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-9302.
  • New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays: $ 20- $ 50. 1:05 pm Saturday. George M. Steinbrenner Field, 3802 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7753.
  • New York Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: $ 21- $ 50. 1:05 pm Sunday. George M. Steinbrenner Field, 3802 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7753.
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs. Atlanta Braves: $ 10- $ 32. 1 pm Sunday. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. 941-235-5010.
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles: $ 15- $ 43. 1:07 pm Sunday. TD Ballpark, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-733-9302.

Hollywood Awards Night 2022: Hit the red carpet and chat with Roan Jivers about who you’re wearing at the 23rd annual Oscars watch party with paparazzi, costumed characters representing Hollywood bigwigs, photos, games, prizes, free popcorn, soda and live coverage of the Academy Awards. $ 25- $ 150. 6:30 pm Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8680.

Disney’s Frozen: The Tony-nominated Best Musical features the songs from the original film as well as a dozen new numbers. The play delves deeper into the theme of sisterly love. $ 40- $ 155. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 8 pm Friday, 2 and 8 pm Saturday, 1 and 6:30 pm Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Caroline Bowman (Elsa) stands among frozen fractals in
Caroline Bowman (Elsa) stands among frozen fractals in “Frozen” the musical. [ DEEN VAN MEER | Deen Van Meer ]

Steve-O: Bucket List Tour: Steve-O, who has made a multimedia comedy show out of his stunts, comes to Tampa. 18 and older only. $ 35- $ 100. 8 pm Thursday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Tampa Pride: The city celebrates gay pride with parades and more. The following is a list of related events:

  • Kevin James Thornton: In his 90-minute performance, Thornton shares funny stories about growing up gay in a small religious town, dating, finding self-acceptance and more. $ 37. 7:30 am – 9 pm Wednesday. The Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.
  • Vivica’s Pink Secret: The Mini Ball: Yummy Prodigy and Tampa Pride collaborate on this ball with special guest Aja LaBeija from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Wild and creative outfits are encouraged. $ 10. 8 pm Friday. The Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. 813-248-2954.
  • Tampa Pride Drag Brunch: Enjoy food and drink as you watch a drag show by Brianna Summers, Miss Tigerlily and Gabrielle Santi. 21 and older only. Table deposit will be applied to the table’s tab at the end of the event. Free, $ 50 table deposit. 12: 30-3: 30 pm Saturday. The Big Easy Bar and Grill, 1704 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-248-3444.
  • Girl Pride Tampa: An afternoon and evening of “Babes, Bands and Burlesque” featuring entertainment by Shevone and the Force, The Cheaters and DJ Ace Vedo. $ 10- $ 15. 1-9 pm Saturday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. 813-241-8600.
  • Ride with GaYbor in Tampa Pride: Ride on the GaYBOR District Coalition float ($ 40) or walk alongside it ($ 15) to join a pre-parade party with food and drink at the float staging area. $ 15- $ 40. 3-6 pm Saturday. Parade start point, Nuccio Parkway and E Seventh Avenue, Tampa. 813-777-4832.
  • Tampa Pride Diversity Parade: Featured guests include Rich Kerin (Grand Marshal), Joy and Lael Arango Winheim (Grand Couple), Bill Kanouff (Trail Blazer / Pioneer), former Mayor Dick Greco (recognized community leader) and Gerald J. Mayes / AKA Tiffani Middlesexx (honorary Grand Marshal). Free. 3-6 pm Saturday. Downtown Ybor City, Nuccio Parkway and E Seventh Avenue, Tampa. 813-777-4832.
  • Pride @ Night: The official Tampa Pride after-party features a laser light show, international DJ Matt Suave and performances by several artists, including Aja Labeija, Kezra Leon and House of Ninja. Free. 7 pm Saturday. The Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. 813-248-2954.
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Bruce Bruce: The performer and one-time host of BET’s Comic View, who has performed in some big-screen comedies, brings his improv skills and adult comedy to Tampa. $ 37- $ 47. 8 and 10:30 pm Friday, 7 and 9:30 pm Saturday, 7 pm Sunday. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. 813-864-4000.

You might catch a jousting match at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Dade City this weekend.
You might catch a jousting match at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Dade City this weekend. [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Join the villagers of Fittlesworth in their 16th century European village with 15 stages of entertainment, with musicians, magicians, jugglers and jousting. There will also be vendors, a pub crawl, pony rides, birds of prey and a butterfly encounter. $ 19.95, $ 11.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. 10 am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 12838 Auton Road, Dade City. 800-601-4848.

The Chasco Fiesta, shown here in 2012 opens March 25 with 10 says of carnival rides, parades, food and music.  It is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
The Chasco Fiesta, shown here in 2012 opens March 25 with 10 says of carnival rides, parades, food and music. It is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. [ Times (2012) ]

Chasco Fiesta: The 10-day festival with nightly entertainment, a carnival and a Native American Festival opens Friday. It is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a Roaring ’20s-themed street parade on Saturday featuring floats, marching bands and bloods from across the state. Free. 1 pm Saturday. Main Street and Grand Boulevard, downtown New Port Richey. Find the full schedule and tickets for VIP seating at concerts at chascofiesta.com.

Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate: The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this production with international award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography, more than 50 characters and 30 popular Disney songs. $ 20- $ 100. 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, 11 am and 3 pm Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Tampa Bay Balloon Festival: This outdoor event features tethered hot air balloon rides, local food and retail vendors and bounce houses. There will be a balloon glow after dark each night. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tickettailor.com/events/balloonglowtour/643709#. $ 20 per vehicle, $ 25 and up for tethered balloon rides. 5-9 pm Friday-Sunday. 11553 Knights Griffin Road, Thonotosassa. 407-615-1161.

Midnight at the Masquerade: Attend the masquerade ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with guests, gathering information and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away. Evening wear and Venetian masks encouraged. Benefits the Let’s Build a Story campaign. $ 35. 6-9:30 pm Friday. Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. 727-724-1525.

Food From the Soul Festival: This food festival highlights African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Hispanic / Latin / Latin X and Native American cultures and the origins of their food. There also will be music by local bands, wine pairings, face painting, a skate park and more. $ 25 (food / drink additional). 10 am-4pm Saturday. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1201 N Orange St., Tampa. 813-335-9887.

Jackie Evancho: The 19-year-old whose eighth studio album features songs from musicals including Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Waitressas well as hit films like The Greatest Showman, performs. $ 49.50- $ 79.50. 7 pm Wednesday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Murder on the Orient Express: An American tycoon lies dead in a train cabin that’s locked from the inside. With renowned detective Hercule Poirot leading the investigation, an eclectic group of suspects evade and deflect but ultimately can’t stop Poirot from identifying the killer. $ 35- $ 40. 8 pm Friday, 3 and 8 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Stageworks Theater, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-374-2416.

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