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Getting out “Events in and out of the area” 2-18-10
Feb 18, 2010 - 9:05:50 PM

Compiled by Julie Ball

Friday February 19

The Nuclear Cowboyz freestyle motocross tour will stop by the St PeteTimes Forum in Channelside for Friday and Saturday performances beginning at 7:30pm. Come out and watch the freestyle motocross riders in an action packed and record breaking two hour performance.
Admission is $35 for adults, $15 for children with super value upper level seats selling for $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets call 1-866-248-8740 ext. 103 or visit

The Clearwater Sea Blues Festival will take place at Coachman Park at 301 Drew St. this weekend. A line up of top national acts with Gulf Coast seafood cuisine for purchase, including shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and gumbo. Tentative schedule includes Julie Black (5:30 p.m. Feb. 19), Mike Zito (7 p.m. Feb. 19) and Tab Benoit (9 p.m. Feb. 19); Walker Smith Group (12:30 p.m. Feb. 20), Lois Greco (2:15 p.m. Feb. 20), Chris Duarte and Bluestone Co. (4:15 p.m. Feb. 20), Shaun Murphy of Little Feat (6:30 p.m. Feb. 20) and Robert Cray Band (8:30 p.m. Feb. 20); Lee Pons (12:30 p.m. Feb. 21), Ana Popovic (2p.m. Feb. 21), Walter Trout (4 p.m. Feb. 21) and John Mayall (6:15p.m. Feb. 21). Admission is free, food is extra. For more information visit

Zephyrhills Winter AutoFest will take place at Festival Park (2738 Gall Blvd. (U.S. 301 S)) in Zephyrhills throughout the weekend.
Dirt-track exhibition racing by old-time stock cars, sprint cars and midget race cars. Also an automotive swap meet, collector car auction and a car show. Admission is $8 Thur.-Fri., $10 Sat.-Sun., 12 and younger free with adult. Multi-day passes are available. For more information call (813) 258-6726 or visit

Daytona Winter Jam 2010 is an event for volkswagen, surfing, skating and music enthusiasts from all over the world to meet and enjoy their respective hobbies individually and together, as well to share ideas, stay informed about current trends. There will be 8 vintage and modern Volkswagen events with festival atmospheres, 4 sport and lifestyle events including a Pro/Am Longboard Surf Contest & an Ocean Center Skate event, as well as 3 themed parties with live music & great food.
Plus lots of event specific vendors, the world’s largest indoor Old Speed Memorabilia Exhibit, a huge swap meet, car corral, scenic cruises, & a Kid Zones for the Tots. Spectator admission to all events is free. For more specific information visit
Visit website to find locations of specific events which take place in various locations all over Daytona Beach.

Saturday February 20
E.G. Simmons Park located at 2401 19th Ave NW in Ruskin will host their annual chili cook off, flea market and classic car show starting with the flea market at 8am, car show at 10am and finally chili cookoff beginning at noon. To register for the competition call 813-671-7655 or visit Costs are $2 for park entry, $3 to sample the chili and $12 to hold a flea market space. Entering the competition is free.

Florida Superstars Dancesports presents top professional dance couples in the United States competing for cash and prizes at the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza. The event features a Saturday night performance by PBS “American Ballroom Challenge” favorites Vaidas Skimelis and Jurga Pupelyte.  Admission for day session tickets are $20, with evening sessions running from $35-$110. The Renaissance Hotel is located at 4200 Jim Walter Blvd in Tampa. For more information or to make reservations call (863) 668-9668.

Tropicana Field 1 Stadium Drive in St. Pete will host Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest starting at 10am. Tampa Bay Rays players, coaches and Major League baseball alumni will be on hand to meet and sign autographs. Kids get unlimited free autographs all day. Be prepared to stand in line a long time for players like Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton. Adults can make a $20 donation to the Haiti disaster relief efforts and get unlimited autographs from noon-5 p.m. But if you don’t want to deal with lines, there are plenty of other activities, including a tour of the clubhouse, and lots of vendors offering free items. For more infomation call toll-free 1-888-326-7297 or visit

The 22nd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s biggest art events. The festival is held along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from 5 Points-Selby Park to Orange Avenue. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. Admission is free. For more information visit

Sunday February 21
Popular 1980s band Huey Lewis and The News  whose hit singles include “The Power of Love” and “The Heart of Rock and Roll” will play at Busch Gardens today. The show starts at 4pm. The show is included with a regular admission to the theme park. Busch Gardens “Pay for a day and come back all year” promotion is still going on. Florida residents are able to purchase a regular admission ticket and come back throughout 2010. Ticket prices for adults are $64.95 for adults and children. Busch Gardens is located on the corner of 40th Street and Busch Blvd in Tampa. For more information or to purchase tickets call 1-888-800-5447 or visit

Seniors ages 60 and older can get in to The Florida Aquarium for just $5 throughout the month of February. Deep savings are being offered so that seniors, and perhaps a grandchild or two, can take advantage of Tampa Bay attractions. A coupon is needed to receive the deal, however, mention the coupon and still receive the discount. Admission is $5 for ages 60 and older; adults $19.95; children 12 and under $14.95; children 2 and under, free. The Florida Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa and is open from 9:30am to 5pm. For more information call (813) 273-4000 or visit

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