We've got rock music, classical music, a couple of classic foot races, a jumpin' outdoor festival complete with salsa dancing and flamenco, the celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim by a famous Jewish reggae singer, and the thrill of the year, the Oscars.
FLORIDA ORCHESTRA Friday, Feb. 22 8 p.m.
Principal violist Ben Markwell performs Suite for Orchestra, and solo viola, then, conductor Rossen Milanov leads the orchestra in Tchaikovsky's symphony No. 5. $15 $30 $45
Straz Center/Performing Arts 1010 W. MacInnes Place Tampa 33602 813-229-77827 strazcenter
GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC Saturday, Feb. 23 7 a.m.
One of the best known races in the region, these 5K, 15K, 8K and half-marathon foot races sure do tie up traffic for two days (also on Sunday) but they sure are fun. Registration is required. Tickets are $25 45
Tampa Convention Center 333 S. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 813-254-7866 tampabayrun
MUSE Saturday, Feb. 23 7:30 p.m.
This is the first time this rockin' British trio has headlined a local show, and they have a lot of loyal area fans awaiting them. $32.25 - $62.25
Tampa Bay Times Forum 401 Channelside Drive Tampa 33602 813-301-2500
YBOR 66TH ANNUAL FIESTA DAY Saturday, Feb. 23 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
Originally conceived as a day of rest for cigar workers in Ybor city, this event has blossomed into a day long Latin style celebration with food, activities, outdoor drinking and eating, salsa music and flamenco dancing. Free
Seventh Avenue between 15th and 22nd Streets Ybor City
MATISYAHU Saturday, Feb. 23 8 p.m.
That's right, he's a Jewish reggae singer and he is here for the past few years to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim -which celebrates the release of Jews from an evil ruler in Persia a long time ago. There will be a Purim after party with traditional kosher treats and a reading of the Megillah, from the Book of Esther. $$38.50 - $58.50
Tampa Theatre 711 N. Tampa Street Tampa 33602 813-274-8981 tampatheatre
OSCAR EXPERIENCE: TAMPA Sunday, Feb. 24 6:30 p.m.
Whoopie! This is a really fun event every year, complete with limos, an audience dressed to the nines, lots of air kisses, papparazzi, a red carpet with 'Roan Jivers' oohing and aahing over everybody's outfits, just like Hollywood on their biggest night, and this live event up on the screen inside the theatre is one of the few around the country sanctioned by the Oscars. $30 $25
Tampa Theatre 711 N. Franklin Street Tampa 33602 813-274-8981 tampatheatre