1. The Chocolate Nutcracker
The Chocolate Nutcracker, now in its 13th year, has been a community project consisting of more than 200 children from the Tampa Bay area. The production will again be a spin on Tchiakovsky’s classic, beginning with a Harlem Renaissance swing setting and then taking the audience to Jazzland, Gospeland, Land of Funk, Africa, Brazil and many more experiences. There are two shows Saturday, one at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets can be purchased at the themahaffey.com.
2. The Art of Golf at the Museum of Fine Arts
The Art of Golf is the first major museum exhibition in the United States devoted to this popular game. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition spans four centuries of golf and features approximately 90 works by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Avercamp, Sir Henry Raeburn, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and the celebrated photographer Harold Edgerton. The exhibit runs through Feb. 17 and even features a miniature golf course for you to try out. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday.
3. Last Weekend of KOOZA
This weekend will be your last opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil's KOOZA under the big top at Tropicana Field. 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 and Saturday have 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. Color Run
Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, downtown St. Petersburg will turn shades of orange, blue, pink and yellow as 10,000 people participate in the Color Run St. Petersburg. "The Happiest 5K on the Planet," begins at the Vinoy Park and travels through downtown ending back at the park. The Color Run is officially sold out.
5. A Doll's House at American Stage
View performances of the classic play a Doll's House at American Stage Theater this weekend. American Stage describes the play as, "It’s Christmas Eve and sweet, cheery Nora Helmer is reveling in her role as wife and mother. Her husband has just been made manager of the local bank, and it looks as though she and her family are finally on the brink of unadulterated financial freedom…until a knock at the door threatens to destroy her doll house of a world forever. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece speaks just as powerfully today as it did nearly 150 years ago, questioning how we define ourselves as individuals and as a society in the face of the challenging realities of life." There are performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online and are $49 Friday and Saturday and $39 for Sunday's performance.