2011 NCAA Basketball Championships

Saturday, March 19 at 8 a.m.

  • St. Pete Times Forum 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa FL 33602
  • The University of South Florida hosts the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball second and third rounds. Teams scheduled to play include West Virginia, either UAB or Clemson, Kentucky, Princeton, Florida, Cal-Santa Barbara, UCLA and Michigan State. Price: $77 for one day (2 games)-$216 (all six games).Phone: (813) 301-2500

March 19 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Chalk Walk Festival

This 3rd year features some 60 sidewalk artists who will create artwork in designated squares. Food and entertainment. Free. Old Hyde Park Village 1622 W Snow Ave., Tampa, 33606

March 19 Saturday 10 a.m. Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners in this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment on multiple stages &street theater. This weekend’s theme is Wine, Chocolate and Romance  Price: $14.95 advance, $6.95 ages 5-12 advance; $17.95 at the gate, $14.95 seniors at the gate, $9.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $10 per pet. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

March 19 Saturday 4:30 p.m. Kenny Chesney

One of the biggest names in country music, with more than 30 Top 10 singles, 25 awards and 13 albums. Price: $24-$250. Raymond James Stadium  4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33607

March 19 Saturday 6 p.m.  Abilities Wine Festival

Sample signature dishes from more than 30 Tampa Bay restaurants including Parkshore Grill, Cafe Alma, Catch 23,  sample more than 400 wines, plus beer selections. Price: VIP Reception (includes Grand Tasting admission), $100 advance, $175 at door, Grand Tasting, $50 advance, $85 at door. Tropicana Field  1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg, 33705

March 19 Saturday 9 a.m.  Downtown Saturday Morning Market

More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants. Because of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix set-up, the market relocates to Central Avenue between First and Third Streets today only. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field 180 Second Ave. SE , St. Petersburg, 33707

March 19 Saturday 10 a.m.  Live Arts on the 600 Block

 This monthly sidewalk fest features artists creating art, live music, food Price: Free. 600 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

March 19 Saturday 10 a.m.  Planting Seeds of Radiant Peace

Aactivities with seeds, award-winning displays, special tours, gifts for everyone and free refreshments.  Price: Free. International Museum of Radiant Peace  5601 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg, 33710

March 19 Saturday 11 a.m.  Indian Rocks Beach Green Fest

Community festival with eco-friendly vendors selling plants & natural products, produce, handcrafted items, crafts, local foods. Price: Free admission. corner of 24th Avenue and First Street, Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

March 19 Saturday 11 a.m.  Smokin’ Blues Chili Cookoff

Sample red chili, chili verde salsas & vote for People’s Choice in the regional cookoff, winners go on to the nationals.Price: Free admission, $5 tasting kit, charge for other foods & beverages. Quaker Steak and Lube  10400 49th St N, Clearwater, 33762

March 19 Saturday noon  Indian Bistro Cuisine

Prepare & enjoy a complete meal, from vegetarian entrees like chickpea masala, or meat entrees including butter chicken and chicken tikka and lamb. Price: $40, registration required. Green Chili Indian Bistro  310 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33707

March 19 Saturday 1 p.m.  Cooking From Your Tropical Garden

Discover new edible plants that thrive in Florida and learn how to cook them in Permaculture class.  Price: $35, $20 students, $60 per couple. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve  1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 33705

March 19 Saturday 1:05 p.m. Baltimore Orioles: vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Price: $8-$29 Ed Smith Stadium Complex  2700 12th St., Sarasota, 34237

March 19 Saturday 1:05 p.m.  Minnesota Twins: vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Price: $13-$39. Hammond Stadium  14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, 33912

March 19 Saturday 2 p.m.  Florida Folk Concert Series

  Year-long concert series celebrating the history, evolution and impact of folk music on popular culture. Jubal’s Kin performs.  Price: Free. St. Petersburg Museum of History  335 Second Ave. NE , St. Petersburg, 33707

March 19 Saturday 3 p.m., 8pm  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The play by Edward Albee Price: $29-$50 depending on day and time of performance. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater  163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

March 19 Saturday 6 p.m.  Gulfport Art Walk

Work by more than 50 artists & crafters along Beach and Shore boulevards. Art Walk takes place the first Friday and third Saturday. Live entertainers  Price: Free. Gulfport  Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, 33707

March 19 Saturday 6 p.m.  Taste of Pride

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly varieties & craft beers pair with tastes from area restaurants including Cafe Alma, Queen & I Thai Restaurant, Savannah’s Cafe-fundraiser. Price: $35, $40 day of event, includes museum admission. Dali Museum
One Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Boulevard and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m.  Sertoma Disco Dance

  • St. Petersburg Woman’s Club 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg FL 33704 Enjoy Italian dinner while getting groovy to disco tunes by Saks Fifth Avenue. Also, test your memory in a “Name That Tune” contest. Benefits All Children’s Hospital and CASA. Price: $60 at the door.



     Full Moon Ghost Tour  Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.

  • Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport FL 33701  Tour Gulfport on the creepiest night, the supermoon, when the Earth and the Moon are as close as they ever get. Some ghost hunters believe the moon influences the spirit world and our ability to perceive ghosts and paranormal activity. Join this Ghost Tour of Gulfport on a night most likely for “things to go bump in the night.”
     Price: $15, $8 ages 4-12. Phone: (727) 894-4678 http://www.ghosttour.com


    Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Miss Julie

  • freeFall Theatre 6099 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg FL 33710 This masterful dissection of class and gender politics was first performed over a century ago, and still resonates today. Miss Julie, the daughter of a powerful man, seduces one of her serving men right under the nose of his fiancee. Through April 10. Price: $20-$47. Phone: (727) 498-5205 March 18 8 p.m., March 20 2 p.m.
  •  Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.  Rhythm of the Dance

  • Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg FL 33707 Combining traditional Irish dance & music with the most up-to-date stage technology, Rhythm of the Dance is a thousand year old story executed with all of the advantages of the modern day stage show. Part of Mahaffey’s Broadway Plus series. Price: $34-$54. Phone: (727) 892-5798  http://mahaffeytheater.com

    Saturday, March 19 at 7 a.m.  Nautical Flea Market

    • Gulfport Municipal Marina 4630 29th Ave. S, Gulfport FL 33707 If it’s nautical, it’s probably at this sale. Items include anchors, small boats, jet skis, boating safety equipment, fishing tackle and more. Price: Free  Phone: (727) 893-1071


    Canoe Lake Maggiore  Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

    • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg FL 33705 Explore Boyd Hill Nature Preserve from a different perspective. Study the shoreline as you follow guides on a paddle from Lake Maggiore Park (MLK and 37th-40th Ave. S) to Dell Holmes Park and back. Ages 8 and older only. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Price: $10 per person, $20 per canoe (limit 3 per canoe). Phone: (727) 893-7326

    Saturday Guided Hike at Weedon Island Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

    • Weedon Island Preserve 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg FL 33702 Pull on your grubby sneakers and join a hike through coastal mangroves and upland ecosystems. Learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of this area. Bring water and hat.. Recommended for ages six and older. Price: Free, but registration required. Phone: (727) 453-6500


    North by Old Northeast Tour Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

    • Central Cafe & Organics 243 Central Ave., St. Petersburg FL 33707 Tour takes a look at historic downtown and the waterfront district, stops for a peek at a fully restored historic home and ends at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel. Price: Free ($5 donation appreciated). Phone: (727) 824-7802 http://www.stpetepreservation.org 

    Mazzaro’s Sampling: Fruili Winemaker Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m.

    • Mazzaro’s Italian Market 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg FL 33713 Weekly tasting of wines from Italy and around the world. Valter Scarbolo signs bottles of his varieties, along with other international and domestic wine finds. Price: Free.Phone: (727) 321-2400
    • More dates for this event: March 25 1 p.m. France and South Africa March 26 11 a.m. Italian and French