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5 Things to do in St. Pete This Weekend

What are you doing this weekend, St Pete? Cirque du Soleil's Kooza? Weezer? Ribfest? Second Saturday Artwalk? Romeo and Juliet?

1. Weezer at the Mahaffey

A limited amount of tickets are available to see Weezer Friday night at the Mahaffey Theater. Sing-alongs to "Buddy Holly", "Island in the Sun", "Say it isn't So" and many others will ring out at the Mahaffey tonight at Weezer celebrates its 20th anniversary as a band. Tickets are priced $29.50-$99; prices include tax and facility fees, but are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Box Office. The show starts at 8 p.m.

2. Ribfest

All weekend long, Ribfest takes over the Vinoy Park with great music and great food, all for a great cause. Headlining acts this year are Heart, Buddy Guy and Montgomery Gentry. The outdoor concert fundraiser benefits All Children's Hospital and other charitable efforts in the Tampa Bay area. This year's Ribfest will feature national recording artists throughout the weekend, as well as the Family Fun Zone and a Classic Car and Truck Show. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the gate. 

3. Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA

Under the big top at the Trop parking lot, the circus get a unique twist with Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA. The show runs now through Dec. 16. Tickets for all performances of KOOZA are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or may be purchased in person at the Cirque du Soleil box office located inside the entrance tent at Tropicana Field. Friday night's show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday has two shows, one at 3:30 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m. Sunday has a 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. show. Tickets range from $43.50 - $143.50. 

4. Second Saturday Art Walk

Along Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete and through the Grand Central District will be the Second Saturday Gallery Walk this weekend. Participating Galleries open their doors for extended hours on the second Saturday evening of every month. A full list of participating galleries can be found online . The walk is free and is from 6 - 9 p.m. 

5. Romeo and Juliet at freeFall

Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet is playing now through Nov. 18 at the freeFall Theater. According to the plays description, "so begins one of the most widely known and best-loved plays in the English language. An ensemble of 8 versatile actors will bring the classic to life in this vibrant staging of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Join us as freeFall builds on its award-winning approach to Shakespeare’s plays." Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $39. 

WillH November 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Ribfest is terribly overrated. I went with the wife and my two kids yesterday afternoon with the intent of seeing Heart play in the evening. First, $20 to get in (per person) is a bit steep. Then there's the "family area" which really had nothing to do except for the bounce houses which are another $12 per kid! Even if the kid only goes once and doesn't like it and even if you get there at 4pm with only an hour or two of daylight left. The lines for food were ridiculously long (40+ minute wait in line) and the food frankly wasn't that good. For what it costs I could have had a much better meal at a restaurant instead of standing outside in the cold. And by the way, there's not enough seating area for people to eat in - not even close - so you will be standing to eat your food. Beer selection is outright terrible with blue moon and killian's being their attempt at "craft beer" - $6 a cup after the $20 admission! Otherwise you'll be drinking miller lite or ice house swill at $5 a cup. The event is badly over-sold, it's so crowded it is seriously dangerous for smaller children and I feel bad for anyone foolish enough to bring a stroller. Plus half the people are seriously drunk which is no small feat considering how expensive the [terrible] beer is. Seriously, stay away! This event was a terrible disappointment. Worse still the staff were rude to me and my wife when we expressed our dismay with the event and the misleading flyer. You have been warned.

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