Top 15 Tampa Bay Area Events for the Week of Feb. 28-March 6

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Music on the bay: This over-rock music festival in Parrot Head mixes Caribbean, Tropical Islander, Latin and rock reggae and other genres of beach music. In addition to music, there will be sellers with “parrotphanalia” and more. $90 to $95. 2pm-10pm Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-11.30pm Friday-Saturday, 8.30am-5pm Sunday. Whiskey Joe’s Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Driveway, Tampa. 813-240-9200.

Keep your eyes peeled for swamp monsters at Swamp Fest. [ Weekie Wachee Swamp Festival ]

Swamp Festival: Swamp creatures roam the grounds of the 29th annual festival with handcrafted arts and crafts, live music and a swamp monster costume contest. $5, $3 from 6 to 12 years old, 5 years old and under free. 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. 352-596-6449.

Aaron Lewis: Country music singer and Staind founder brings Frayed at Both Ends, The Acoustic Tour to Hard Rock. $55 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Mike Eps: Epps, special guest Sommore and other artists including Gary Owen and Earthquake perform. $59 to $250. 8 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.

Nicole Stott is set to talk about her adventures as a female astronaut at the East Lake Community Library on Sunday.
Nicole Stott is set to talk about her adventures as a female astronaut at the East Lake Community Library on Sunday. [ DAMIAN DOVARGANES | AP ]

Back to Earth: NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott: In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Nicole Stott, Pinellas County resident, Clearwater High School graduate, aquanaut and astronaut, who will discuss her experiences as an astronaut and her view of the Earth that has changed his life. A signing session follows. Registration required. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. 727-773-2665.

Tampa Bay Boat Show: If you’re looking for a pontoon boat, cruiser, center console, kayak or jet ski, make your way to the Florida State Fairgrounds, where dealers will have thousands of boats to show and sell. Also get professional advice at Florida Fishing School seminars all weekend long. Free. 10am-5pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US 301 N, Tampa. 727-893-8523.

WTR Pool Season Launch Party: Actor, comedian, TV host, rapper and entrepreneur Nick Cannon kicks off the WTR pool party season. $25. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-816-1234.

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Comedian and host of The Masked Singer, Nick Cannon is the special guest at the WTR pool season launch party.  (Greg Gayne/FOX via AP)
Comedian and host of The Masked Singer, Nick Cannon is the special guest at the WTR pool season launch party. (Greg Gayne/FOX via AP) [ AP ]

Picnic in the park: Bring your blanket, pack a basket, and invite family and friends over for an old-fashioned picnic at Plant Park. Features live music, stilt walkers, co-ed entertainment, adoptable pets, painting, papermaking activity and typewriter bar. Free. 11am-4pm Sunday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Explore more! Days: Each “Explore More!” presents a special exhibition, allowing you to explore a new world of art each time. This month, the focus is on the exhibition “Bernini and the Roman Baroque”. Travel back in time and explore the drama, imagination and beauty of Rome in the 1600s. Learn about the artists who transformed this historic city, and the stories, people and places that inspired them. Participants will receive a pre-packaged exploration kit with related activities and games. Included with museum admission. 11am-2pm Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

Harry Potter Film Concert Series: The Florida Orchestra performs the score of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the entire film is shown in high definition on a 40ft screen. $49.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Trash: Opening reception for an art exhibit where 85% of the materials were found or otherwise set aside to be ‘trashed’. The show is meant to shed light on what we throw away and what ends up in landfills and waterways. Remains on view until April 23. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday. SoSi Workshop, 2380 Sixth Ave S, St. Petersburg. 727-370-4192.

Touch a truck: Get up close with local trucks, cars and vehicles from city departments and local businesses as you climb, explore, honk your horn and learn from the drivers. A sensory horn-free hour is 11 a.m. to noon. Free. 11am-2pm Saturday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. 727-587-6740.

Kids will be able to explore and ride on a range of vehicles during the Touch A Truck event on Saturday in Largo Central Park.
Kids will be able to explore and ride on a range of vehicles during the Touch A Truck event on Saturday in Largo Central Park.

World War II weekend: Celebrate civilian and military culture during World War II by interacting with soldiers, exploring home front activities, examining vintage military vehicles, and enjoying 1940s-style music and entertainment. $5, 6 and under free. 10 a.m. from Saturday to Sunday. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. 352-793-4781.

Flamingo home visit: Take a tour of some of Gulfport’s notable homes in styles such as bungalows, Roebuck kit homes, and craftsman cottages. Wearing a mask is compulsory in some homes. $25. 10am-5pm Saturday. 2901 Miriam Street South, Gulfport. 727-344-3711.

Villain’s Underground Casino Night: Grab a drink and join the comic book villains for an evening of casino games with a full bar and prizes for most chips left over at the end of the night. $20. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Cerealholic Cafe and Bar, 1909 N 15th St., Tampa. 813-562-9411.

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