Things to do this weekend: April 29-May 1

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Looking for fun and adventure this weekend? Here are our major picks of events taking place in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas:

Tampa Bay area


Thousands are expected at this annual event highlighting Tampa’s cultural institutions, music and dining. See live Shakespeare and dance performances, enjoy live music and local food, watch dragon boat races, learn about animals with the SPCA and Busch Gardens and much more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of the Riverwalk. Where: Takes place all weekend at several downtown parks and locations. Leashed pets welcome. More information:

Sunscreen Film Festival

The longest running mainstream film festival in Tampa Bay will welcome actors Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey, who both star in films screening at the festival. More than 140 independent films will be screened. Guests are encouraged to participate in workshops, classes and other educational programming. When: Thursday-Sunday. More information:

Tampa Bay Pet Expo

Get free nail trims and discounted vaccinations, visit dozens of exhibitors, win prizes, see obedience demonstrations and get your pet-care questions answered at this fifth annual expo. When and where: Saturday-Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds. More information:


Even more events can be found in our On The Town calendar for the Bay area.

Orlando area

Running of the Chihuahuas

The fourth annual event in Winter Park is expected to bring 150 chihuahuas to race in heats until a winner is crowned. All proceeds will benefit Winter Park Lost Pets and A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Where: Cocina 214, 151 Welbourne Avenue East, Winter Park, FL 32789. Free to spectators. More information and to register:

EarthFest 2016

Come see electric cars, get a free tree or plant and learn about how to reduce your carbon footprint at Seminole County’s largest enviornmentally friendly festival hosted by the City of Casselberry. When and where: noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Secret Lake Park. Free. More information and event schedule:

St. Johns River Festival of the Arts

Come see more than 150 artists and their works, sample craft beer, attend art workshops, enjoy live acoustic musical performances and see chalk-art pieces adding color to the streets at this celebration of fine arts. When and where: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Where: Downtown Sanford. Free. More information:


And here are even more Central Florida events in our On The Town calendar for Central Florida.

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 29, 2016 |

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