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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday Nov. 11

By Times staff
Handout photo of Ben Folds, performing at the Straz Center on 11/11/17. Credit: Ben Folds

Ben Folds: While on route for the Paper Airplane Request Tour, during the second half of his concert performances, the singer/composer/producer cues the audience to launch their song requests toward the stage via paper airplanes. 8:30 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $39.50-$59.50. (813) 229-7827.

Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy gets an update by placing lovers Beatrice and Benedick against the backdrop of the Florida Keys as World War II is drawing to a close. Through Dec. 10. 3 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39. (727) 823-7529.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading: The festival’s 25th year brings bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly, children’s author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie), award-winning science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer and former Fox News commentator Gretchen Carlson, among more than 45 authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and books for young readers. See the full lineup at the festival’s website, festivalofreading.com. 10 a.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-8435.

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk: Meet artists and gallery owners, and be among first to see the latest exhibits, as over 40 studios and galleries in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District and the Warehouse Arts District come together for one arts celebration. Free trolley available. Map available at www.stpeteartsalliance.org. 5 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142.

Ribfest: Dennis DeYoung: This annual festival by the bay features music, delicious ribs and fair food like funnel cakes, pretzels and more. This year’s headliners are Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung, Orleans and Ambrosia and country great Charlie Daniels Band. The Styx singer headlines, along with Orleans and Ambrosia. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $30, 12 and younger free. (727) 528-3828.

Die-Cast Toy Show: The annual show for children and adults includes Hot Wheels, Matchbox, RC, and other diecast collectibles with a drag strip on site and remote control sled pulling on a 30-foot clay track. 9 a.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $3, children ages 12 and younger free. (352) 585-9775.

Holiday Gift Market: Expo Hall sets a festive atmosphere allowing shoppers to browse nearly 160 specialty vendors featuring unique holiday crafts and gifts. Benefits the Junior League of Tampa. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $8, 5 and younger free. (813) 254-1734.

Veterans Day at the Florida Aquarium: All Veterans, active duty or drilling reservist or National Guard members and dependents get one free ticket to the aquarium. Additional guests (up to 4 people) get $15 general admission. 9:30 a.m., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $23.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. Prices are generally about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at the aquarium’s site. (813) 273-4000.

St. Jude Fall Festival: The school’s annual four day festival brings us a giant midway, food, entertainment, arts and crafts. 10 a.m., St. Jude Fall Festival, Corner of 66th Street N and Ninth Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free; $20 daily ride bands, $60 four day ride band. (727) 347-8622.

Veterans Day at the Holocaust Museum: The museum will be offering free admission to veterans with ID. Active U.S. military members always receive free admission. Regular admission for all others. 10 a.m., Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/USF students/ages 6 and younger free. (727) 820-0100.

Tampa Greek Festival: Opa! The 37th annual festival celebrates Greek heritage. 11 a.m., St. John Greek Orthodox Church and School, 2418 W Swann Ave., Tampa. $2, 11 and younger free, free Friday until 4 p.m. (813) 876-8830.

Bay Pines VA Veterans Day Ceremony: The ceremony includes a performance by the Keswick Christian School Choir, a parade of colors, a firing salute, Taps, the posting and retiring of the U.S. flag and guest speaker U.S. Navy Adm. (Ret.) John Kirby. 11 a.m., C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and National Cemetery at Bay Pines, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 398-9426.

Dunedin Dogtoberfest: Bring your pooch to the annual dog themed Oktoberfest and join the fun of a doggie costume contest, the "Running of the Wieners," an alumni parade, blessing of the animals and the "My Pet’s Got Talent" competition. 11:30 a.m., Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Free; $5 parking. (727) 786-1330.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Marvin Hamlisch and More: Under the direction of Lee Musiker and accompanied by vocalist Doug LaBrecque, the orchestra presents the best works of the late Marvin Hamlisch. 2 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Entheos: Tech metal band goes on tour with Whitechapel, Carnifex, Rings of Saturn and So This is Suffering performing hit single The World Without Us from their new album Dark Future amongst others. 5 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 895-3045.

The Bless Up: The two-night reggae-rock stint features Iration, Inner Circle and Through the Roots. 6 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$40. (727) 565-0550.

Thrice and Circa Survive: The California quartet of post-hardcore rockers are back on tour after a four-year respite with a new album and Philadelphia rockers Circa Survive. 6 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2555.

Happy Anniversary Skatepark of Tampa: The world famous skatepark celebrates 25 years of business with a party featuring a cement courtyard session and the Santa Cruz video premiere. 7 p.m., Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $25; free with Tampa Am weekend pass. (813) 621-6793.

Corey Holcomb: The Last Comic Standing alum has His numerous film and television credits including Wild n’ Out, Last Comic Standing, The Cleveland Show, Think Like a Man Too and Adult Swim’s Black Jesus. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Marvin Hamlisch and More: Under the direction of Lee Musiker and accompanied by vocalist Doug LaBrecque, the orchestra presents the best works of the late Marvin Hamlisch. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra: The Grammy-nominated flamenco style guitarist performs with his band. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $39.50-$99.50. (727) 791-7400.

Primus: The oddball alt-funk rockers tour in support of their ninth studio album, The Desaturating Seven. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$69. (727) 791-7400.

Toubab Krewe: The quintet has been blending American and West African influences since 2005. 9 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $13-$15. (813) 241-8600.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Farm City Day: Families can enjoy farm animal activities including making butter and ice cream, milking goats, feeding calves, petting 4-H animals and farm animal activity stations. 10 a.m., Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. Free. (727) 582-2123.

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