Best bets: April 11-17

April 11, 2013 

TODAY

Discover Pinta and The Nina: Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto

The "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus' ships will be open for tours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through April 14. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced "sailing museum" for the purpose of educating the public and school children. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students 5-16. Children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 787-672-2152.

FRIDAY

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: Vinoy Waterfront Park, downtown St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Park 12:30-10 p.m. April 12-13 and 1-10 p.m. April 14 featuring internationally renowned musicians and performers including Dave Fields, Lucky Peterson, Janiva Magness, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Dickey Betts and Great Southern on Friday, Marquise Knox, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Curtis Salgado, and Johnny Lang on Saturday and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito, and Tab Benoit, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Sunday. An official "After Show" featuring many participating Festival performers will be 9:30 p.m. April 12-13 at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. St. Petersburg. There will be food and beverage vendors, and free shuttle service on First Street North from city parking garages. Tickets: $35-$40 individual adults, $90 three-day pass on line in advance. Tickets purchased at the gate are cash only. Blankets and chairs are encouraged. No coolers allowed. Information: www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

SATURDAY

Marauders concert series: The Bradenton Marauders host the St. Lucie Mets at McKechnie Field for a three-game series starting April 12. The series features the first of five concerts in the first-ever Marauders Concert Series, a postgame performance by Tampa rock group Pitbull Toddler after the game on April 13. A ticket to the game is required to attend the concert. Ticket prices vary. Information: McKechnie Field ticket office, 941-747-3031 or online at www.BradentonMarauders.com.

Gears and Beers Classic Car Show and Festival: Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will host the Gears and Beers Classic Car Show and Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 featuring a classic car show, live music by Mike Sales and Bill Bowdish, arts and crafts, and food and beverage vendors. Admission if free. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island. Information: 941-536-4257.

Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, 2603 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13 featuring a bake sale, housewares, tools, jewelry, antiques, fresh produce, collectibles, toys and much more for sale. Look for the pirate ship "Scullywag" with Privateers selling grilled burgers and hot dogs. Food from Big John's Famous Texas Barbecue is also available for purchase. Information: 941-798-9266 or visit www.amiprivateers.org.

DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta: Southside of Palma Sola Causeway, Bradenton

Bring the family to the DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 and see teams compete in homemade boats of all shapes, sizes and themes and witness various teams of friends, coworkers and children who have spent countless hours fabricating an array of exotic-looking boats that float on hundreds of plastic bottles. Teams row the bottle boats with paddles to get from start to finish line. Teams will vie for a range of awards from fastest boat to best-dressed crews and more. Information: 941-747-1998 or www.desotohq.com.

Siesta Fiesta: Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, Siesta Key Village, Sarasota

The 35th annual Siesta Fiesta will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13-14 featuring 250 of the nation's leading artists and crafters as well as superior local and regional talent offering unique original arts and crafts in a vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collages, and mixed media. Information: 561-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.

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