Today's best bets: April 12

April 12, 2013 

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.

Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto

The Seventh annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest will be 4-10 p.m. April 12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 13, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 14 featuring award winning grilling teams from across the nation and a line up of national and local musicians and entertainers including Boss Hawg Band and Eric Darius on Friday, Doug Demming and Dennis Gruenling with The Jewel Tones, Mitch Clark Band, The Lee Boys, Foghat, and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on Saturday, and Trinity 7, Soul Crooners, Urban Mystic and Fantasia on Sunday. A special 5K Rib Run will be 6:30 p.m. Friday with registration at 4:30-6 p.m. and free admission for all runners. Registration: $30 before April 7 and $35 at the door. Admission: $15-$40, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult. Information; 941-746-7470 or

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:

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

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