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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of March 20-26

By Kelly A. Stefani,

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival takes on a "Once Upon A Time" theme this weekend.. [MONICA HERNDON | TIMES] [ Times (2015) ]

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The festival returns to Pasco County with its 16th Century European Village featuring 15 stages of entertainment including musicians, magicians, jugglers and jousting. More than 100 artisans will display and sell handcrafted goods in the festival marketplace. 21 and older only are invited to daily pub crawls and mead tastings. This week’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.” $20.95, $12.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Bay Area Renaissance Festival, 12838 Auton Road, Dade City. 800-601-4848.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: The 16th annual Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) will run from Thursday to Sunday in Tampa. There will be an opening night preparty (5 p.m.) and screening of “Miranda’s Victim” (7:30 p.m.) at Tampa Theatre on Thursday. Additional premieres and exclusive sneak peaks of soon-to-be-released independent films from around the world will be shown at AMC Westshore Theater Complex from Friday through Sunday, with select shows at University of Tampa’s on-campus theater on Friday, followed by Q&As with the filmmakers and actors. There will also be free industry education panels conducted at select times discussing an insider’s view into film making and distribution. Check the GIFF website for more info about show times and to get tickets for films and celebrity parties. $12.95 and up. 5-10:30 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 12:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., and other Tampa locations. 813-693-2367.

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures: Hit the road to adventure as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a trip to top Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to Motunui, go on a safari with Simba, join a princely parade with Aladdin and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Wicked: The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from the perspective of a young woman born with emerald-green skin. $53.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Michael Bolton: The Grammy Award-winning, Emmy-nominated singer performs. $71-$116. 8 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.
Michael Bolton will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa on Thursday. [ M2M Construction ]

Tampa Bay Strikers: Tampa’s National Indoor Soccer League team takes on the Fayetteville Fury. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa. 813-974-3111.

Bob Marley: Not the reggae musician. This Bob Marley holds the world record for the longest comedy skit, at 40 hours. He has gained a national following for his standup routines and his weekly radio call-in segment, “The World According to Bob.” $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. Friday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

St. Petersburg Opera: The opera presents Beethoven’s Fidelio, the story of a woman who disguises herself as a man in an attempt to free her husband from prison. Sung in German with English subtitles. $15-$80. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Johnny Mathis: Mathis, who received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, performs. $35-$95. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Baseball, Bourbon and Cigars: Mingle with baseball legends and other MLB players while enjoying music, Latin food, bourbon tastings, a free cigar and more. $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Ybor City Museum State Park, 1818 E Ninth Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1434.

Fun Home: The 2015 Tony Award-winning musical is based on the life and coming-out story of real-life lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players Inc., 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa.

Train Show: Vendors will sell model trains, various hobby supplies, collectibles, and die-cast cars. There will be a running train layout for children to enjoy. $6, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Lopez Inc. Hall, 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-244-1341.
Lopez Hall in Pinellas Park hosts a model train show Saturday. JIM REED/STAFF [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]

Enchanted Garden Fest: The enchanted family festival includes plant, garden and art vendors, performances, a hunt for fairy doors and gnome villages, a costume contest and a wooden “Gnomeo” onsite. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Folly Farms Nature Preserve, 1562 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1530.

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival A-List Film: This month’s festival community programmer is TIGLFF’s 2013 Distinguished Friend of the Festival Award Recipient Award Ed Lally. His pick is “At the End of the Day.” In the film, a conservative, Christian professor experiences a profound change when he finds himself planted in a gay support group to stop their plans to open an LGBTQ youth shelter in their small town. A Q&A session with the director follows the film. $12, $10 seniors. 3 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

Jelly Bean Fling: Make your own Easter bonnet at this festival with an egg hunt, the Spheres Bubble Show (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), family photos, food trucks, games, crafts, model trains, blacksmithing, soccer collies, music by the Geared Up Band and a petting zoo. $10, $5 students, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

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