ST. PETERSBURG - The excitement is building as preparations continue for the Firestone Grand Prix set for Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, on a 1.8 mile, 14-turn temporary street course in downtown St. Petersburg.
Touted as one of the biggest event weekends in the Tampa Bay area, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg features six different racing series, plus a myriad of entertainment and fun for the entire family.
The waterfront-course runs along adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extends onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport. Green Savoree Racing Promotions owns and operates the event.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg serves as the season-opener for the Mazda Road to Indy, according to information at gpstpete.com. The street/road course aero kit for the Verizon IndyCar Series makes its competition debut and kicks-off the series North American schedule for the fifth consecutive year. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires introduces its new Dallara IL-15 chassis during its season-opening races.
DUNEDIN - Whether or not Scottish blood runs through your veins, there’s nothing quite like a rousing celebration of Celtic culture - and in the Tampa Bay area, there’s one city that boasts a proud and longstanding tradition of honoring its Scottish heritage.
The 49th annual Dunedin Highland Games & Festival will be Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road.
The Easter Bunny is planning to make the rounds in Pinellas, with events beginning March 28 and continuing through April 11. Easter fun for 2015 includes egg hunts, an eggstravaganza, carnival, ecofest and more, including the following.
Highland’s egg hunt
LARGO - Come meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Highland’s Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 400 Highland Ave. Cost is $8 per child.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will host the 41st annual Fine Arts Festival at Craig Park Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29. More than 200 artists and fine craftsman will surround the bayou under the trees.
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday at Craig Park, 100 Beekman Lane.
The “On the Bayou” festival, considered on of the best outdoor art shows in Tampa Bay, attracts more than 20,000 art enthusiasts each year.
SAFETY HARBOR - The second annual Safety Harbor SongFest Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, features more than 20 nationally touring artists at Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane.
The 2015 headline acts are Shawn Mullins and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Other performers include Willie Sugarcapps, Joe Craven, Joseph Arthur, David Jacobs-Strain, Caroline Kole (a local favorite) and Kawehi. Organizers will also be welcoming back a few of last year's favorite artists including Emily Kopp, Daphne Willis, Callaghan, and Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale.
ST. PETE BEACH - The Veterans of South Pinellas County will host the fifth annual Salute to the Military Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Pass-A-Grille.
The event will feature classic cars, food, beer, wine, other vendors and military exhibits.
Live music will fill the air from a stage on the plaza adjacent to the Paradise Grille. Six bands are scheduled Blue Water Rock Hounds, Funky Seeds, Horses Wild, Jeremy Thomas Band, Automatic Heat and headliner Buffalo Strange - from noon to 10 p.m..
CLEARWATER - Clearwater’s Blast Friday - Rockin’ By The Water on March 27 features a free concert, starring John Cafferty of The Beaver Brown Band, with special guest Stormbringer.
Originally scheduled on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, due to weather conditions, officials announced that all activities are moving indoors to the air conditioned auditorium at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
OLDSMAR - The 54th edition of the Oldsmar Days and Nights Spectacular will rock the shores of Old Tampa Bay March 27-29 at R.E. Olds Park. in Oldsmar
The three days of family-oriented music, food and fun gets underway with the opening of the always-popular carnival and midway at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. All-you-can-ride wristbands are $20 and $25 for a 12-hour span on Saturday, March 28.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs presents a series of workshops in Greek bouzouki for youth and adults by Leonidas Zafiris and Elias Poulos.
Originally from Greece, Leonidas Zafiris is an outstanding professional bouzouki musician and teacher with extensive experience in Greece and Canada previous to relocating to the Tarpon Springs area. Elias Poulos is known as a fine singer in Greece, Canada and the U.S., and he is also an accomplished bouzouki musician. Both Zafiris and Poulos currently perform in the band Ellada.
TAMPA - On Feb. 28, a 2,000-year-old tradition will bestow its light on Tampa Bay for Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
Construction of the festival is well underway by a team of 40 highly-skilled craftsmen and women from the village of Zigong, the birthplace of the Chinese Lantern Festival. The materials and equipment needed to build the artistic masterpieces filled eight semi-trailers.