There’s also the Riverwalk Food + Art Festival, ‘Anastasia’ at the Straz Center, sunflower mazes and Tampa Train Day.
Mom gets in free
Taking your mom out on the town Sunday? Here are some places where she’ll get in free.
Chihuly Collection: Free admission for mom with a paid ticket. It also includes entrance to the Morean Arts Center, Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio. 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Bok Tower Gardens: Moms get free admission to the Lake Wales gardens and concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales.
Florida Aquarium: Free admission for moms with another paid ticket. Mom will get the “ultimate bouquet” of thousands of colorful sea creatures. 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa
Imagine Museum: Bring your mom for free to the mesmerizing museum and glass art gift shop. The Imagine Museum is also offering half off memberships through the rest of the month. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: Mom gets free admission and a free mimosa at the museum’s Canyon restaurant, which will also have a special Mother’s Day menu. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
ZooTampa at Lowry Park: Mom gets in free to visit some of the zoo’s famous animal moms, but you can upgrade her day with bottomless “mom”-osas for $15.99. 1101 W. Slight Ave., Tampa
Tampa Riverwalk Food + Art Festival
Water Works Parks in downtown Tampa will be filled with dozens of vendors, food trucks, food booths and local crafters. Specialty “food artisans” will be serving up jerky, jams, canned goods, dried fruits, specialty chocolate, homemade breads and more. There will also be live music and art demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa
Anastasia at the Straz Center
The historic musical wraps up this weekend. The show includes songs from the 1997 animated movie and original music to tell the story of a 17-year-old girl who may or may not be the heiress to a Russian Tsar’s fortune during the Bolshevik revolution. Tickets start at $75 for the final five Tampa shows.
Avenue Q at Largo Central Park
Don’t bring the kids for this show. Avenue Q is the Tony Award-winning musical that’s “part flesh, part felt” with a score of hilarious tunes. It tells the story of a recent college grad who moved into a shabby apartment and struggles with his friends to find jobs, dates and their “purpose in life.” And, it’s all performed through puppets. The show runs Friday through Sunday and May 16-19. Tickets start at $28.50. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Selfies with Dalí
Thanks to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, you can now interact and take selfies with the world-famous surrealist. The new permanent artificial intelligence installation used hundreds of interviews, photos, letters and quotes from the Spanish artist as well as more than 6,000 frames of Dali to create an interactive algorithm. Watch the digital Dali walk, gesture, adjust his tie and paint. In the first screen, Dali comments on the weather. In the last screen at the gift shop, you can take a selfie with him before leaving the museum. The Dali Lives exhibit opens Saturday, which would have been his 115th birthday. It’s included with museum admission.
Tampa Train Day
All aboard! Tampa Train Day returns this weekend at the Historic Tampa Union Station. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be history exhibits, transportation displays, model trains and live music. There will also be a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony, which marked the first spike installed for construction of the transcontinental railroad. The event is free and open to the public.
601 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
Free Pops in the Park
The Florida Orchestra hosts two free shows this weekend in Clearwater and Tampa. Brings snacks, drinks and a picnic blanket for shows Friday at Clearwater’s Coachman Park and on Sunday at Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Tampa Bay Harvest will be accepting donated canned goods. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Get your Instagram ready, there are two sunflower mazes this weekend. In Masaryktown, the HarvestMoon Fun Farm lets you explore its 5-acre sunflower field, pick flowers, ride carnival rides and enjoy homemade kettle corn and lemonade. Admission is $11.95 plus tax and you-pick sunflowers are $2 per flower.
Over at Sweetfields Farm in Brooksville, admission includes the sunflower maze, the hayride, animal visits, a duck race, a picnic area and free arts and crafts. Food, drinks, and produce are also available for purchase. Tickets are $9.50 plus tax.
Guy Harvey Weekend at Busch Gardens
Head to Busch Gardens this weekend to meet the world-famous artist and conservationist. Guy Harvey will be available for meet and greets and autographs Saturday and Sunday at the Xcursions gift shop. Pass members have an exclusive meet time at 9-10 a.m. Sunday. Bring your colorful fish shirts for him to sign or buy products for him to sign there.
Stargazing in Pasco
The Pasco Astronomers club hosts another stargazing and pet food collection Saturday evening. Bring your own telescope or use one of the group’s equipment. Stargazing is free. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park. 10550 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey.