Looking for fun and adventure this weekend? Here are our major picks of events taking place in the Tampa Bay area: 

Gasparilla Children's Parade


Saturday 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

This event kicks off Gasaprilla season 2018. This alcohol-free G-rated invasion has various groups that will march down Bayshore Boulevard. The event concludes with fireworks at 7 p.m. 

Info: http://gasparillapiratefest.com/


Suncoast Arts Festival 

Wesley Chapel 

Saturday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Sunday 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Electric rockers Violectric headline this two-day event featuring music groups, food, arts and crafts at the Shops at Wiregrass Mall. 

Info: https://www.theshopsatwiregrass.com/event/suncoast-arts-fest/2145494826/


U.S. 103.5 Throwdown by the Bay 


Saturday 7 p.m. 

Country star Jake Owen, born in Winter Haven, headlines this show, also featuring Dan & Shay and Easton Corbin 

Tickets: $16.24, $35.75, $55.75, $65.75, $80.75

Info: http://www.amaliearena.com/events/detail/us-1035s-throwdown-by-the-bay


New movies in Bay area theaters: 


Phantom Thread

Den of Thieves

12 Strong

Forever My Girl