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Plan your weekend March 10-12

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns this weekend. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns this weekend. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Plan your weekend

Concert

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience: For diehard fans of the HBO epic fantasy, this show in the Amalie Arena on Sunday will use three stages and a full orchestra with haunting vocals for the soundtrack while scenes play out on giant screens. If The Rains of Castamere gave you chills in Season 3, just wait until you hear composer Ramin Djawadi's eerie new take with vocalist Stephanie "Stevvi" Alexander. The show is 8 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. amaliearena.com. Read our interview with the composer at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

Hot wheels

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Hear that buzz? The opening race for the Verizon IndyCar series, the nation's premier open-wheel racing series, is taking place in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg this weekend. It runs a 1.8-mile waterfront course with 14 turns. The layout of the track gets high praise from fans because it incorporates easy access from both the inside and outside of the course to get the best vantage point. Don't miss the daily Stadium Super Trucks, the off-road racers that jump ramps like monster trucks. Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday on the track by Albert Whitted Airport at First Street SE. $20-$100 single day. gpstpete.com.

Festival

Gasparilla Music Festival: The alt-rock band Cage the Elephant is Saturday's headliner, the first mainstream rock act for this home-grown music festival. And Alt-country troubadour Ryan Adams headlines Sunday also has an enthusiastic fan base to bring to the fest. There's still a diverse and eclectic lineup, including Saturday's bill with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah, Latin dance-rockers Los Amigos Invisibles, New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band and indie rockers Twin Peaks and Moon Taxi. Sunday brings fast-rising reggae crooner Chronixx, jam-banders Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and freewheeling funksters the New Mastersounds. And as always, there's a full slate of local music, kids' activities, local cuisine and even a custom craft beer — Cigar City's Gasparilla Music Festival Pilsner. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. both days. $60 two-day tickets; $40 Saturday, $30 Sunday. Limited VIP tickets ($75) may be available for Sunday. gasparillamusic.com.

Stage

Something Rotten! The hit Broadway comedy has some fun with Shakespeare, while also poking fun at formulaic musicals is on the Straz Center stage at 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $31 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Golf

Valspar Championship: The Valspar Championship PGA tournament runs through Sunday on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. It brings a string of new fan-friendly additions including country artist Toby Keith, who will perform a free show after the tournament concludes Saturday, and there will be a food truck rally for the first time. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai will be meeting fans and conducting a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Also new is the Grape & Grain, an upscale wine, beer and spirits tent, and a beach called Valspar Chameleon Cove featuring a 50-ton, 20-foot sand sculpture of a chameleon. For kids, the McDonald's Family Fun Zone features a 16-foot rock-climbing wall, monster putting green, free popsicles, Imagination Playground, arts and crafts and games. Gates open at 6 a.m. Thursday-Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday-Sunday at 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. $39-$299, free for tournament passholders. (727) 942-5566. valsparchampionship.com.

Shopping

Tampa Bay Boat Show: You can find the latest in boating, fishing supplies and accessories at this three-day show of boats, trailers, watercraft, fishing seminars and exhibits showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers. It's free admission 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Comedy

Festival of Laughs: Comic and actor Mike Epps will headline the festival alongside Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J and Felipe Esparza. $55.75-$102.75. University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

Plan your weekend March 10-12 03/08/17 [Last modified: Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:59am]
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