(970 WFLA) - Things to do this weekend in the Bay area...


Burger Showdown

The Burger Showdown is happening at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on May 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Several area restaurants will participate in the annual bragging rights competition and fundraiser for naming the "Best Burger in Tampa Bay." All proceeds support Culinary Operations Academy. 970 WFLA's Corey Dylan and sister station 620 WDAE's Ian Beckles will be judges.

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Free Comic Book Day

This event is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

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Kentucky Derby day

LIVE RACING – Tampa Bay Downs

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Caliente Bare Dare 5K

NOTE: Registration ends Friday at midnight, being Thursday overnight into Friday.

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Shark Con

Shark-Con is an event to raise awareness for shark and ocean conservation (reefs, whales, manatees, etc.). Held at the Tampa Convention Center, they hope to educate, entertain, and inform the general public about how important sharks and the ocean are to our world. Conservation groups, entertainers, artists, scientists, and vendors will come together to give those attending the conference a very special experience.

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9th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

The festival has grown from a gathering in a St. Petersburg, Fla., art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to a nationally recognized event with an annual attendance of more than 11,000 people. The festival is based at the BayWalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters but also uses multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg. Sunscreen is one of only 23 film fests nationwide in 2013 to be sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Cajun Café on the Bayou’s 7th Annual SPRING CRAFT ALE FEST

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2-6pm
200+ fine craft ales to taste, including great American craft beers,  European beers,  home brews and more!

Beautiful setting on Cross Bayou,  beer-garden atmosphere, 90% under cover, Souvenir Tasting Glass, Cajun Plate & other food included, Dunedin Doggie Rescue Fundraiser

Tickets Available Now at ETIX.COM
Admission:  $50 at ETIX.COM or $65 at the gate
Designated Drivers —  $15 at the gate

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Sea Lion Splash

A limited engagement at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will feature a colony (or raft) of coastal sea lions along with daily educational shows. The shows will teach guests all about their natural athleticism, intelligence and playfulness, while also educating audiences on rescue and conservation efforts for sea lions. This is a real treat for visitors and native Floridians alike, since there are no sea lions to be found in the Gulf of Mexico

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Antiques Evaluations Saturdays

Many of us have followed the “Antiques Road Show” on television hoping to spot a familiar family heirloom worth enough money to change our lives. At the Henry B. Plant Museum we have our own “Antiques Road Show” called Antiques Evaluations Saturdays. Seven Saturdays a year skilled appraisers donate their time to evaluate the community’s possessions.

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