By Barbara Ann Kelley,

We’ve got the scoop on the events that are guaranteed to help you blow off your work week stress. There’s a sand castle building contest on Treasure Island, NCAA Basketball at the Forum, and a Pig Jam in Plant City.  Here’s our list of the best of Tampa Bay’s fun things to do for the weekend of Nov. 16–18.

Sanding Ovations Masters Cup, Music Festival & Fireworks
107th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard
Treasure Island, FL |

Now in its 4th year, SANDING OVATIONS is Treasure Island’s Master Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival, a four day competition of ten sand sculpting masters from throughout North America and Europe, who create astonishing works of art using nothing but sand, water and lots of their own imagination.

Saturday – Sandsculpting 7:45am to 3pm
Vendors and festival open 9am to 10pm
Zumba on the beach 1pm

Voices of Jazz – 2pm
Sarasota Slim – 5pm
The Black Honkeys
Motown Funk Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll Review – 7:30pm
Fireworks – 9:30pm

Sunday – Sandsculptures on display until sunset (5:37pm)
Vendors and festival open 9am to 6pm
Zumba on the beach 11am

WMNF Florida Folk Show hosted by Pete Gallagher
featuring Dog Peter Pat, Jim Mason & Friends,
and the Local Yokels – Noon
Horses Wild, Country and southern rock ‘n’ roll – 3:30pm


Cirque du Soleil: Kooza
Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Drive
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705

Price: $33 – $143.50
Saturday: 11am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm | Sunday: 1pm & 5pm

Kooza show is an adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom.


Karaoke Friday Nights
9:30pm with Q105’s DJ Dave “Flash” Morgan
Eats American Grill
4502 S. Dale Mabry Hwy | Tampa, FL 33611
(813)835-3287 |


Outdoor Family Ice Skating
Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
Curtis Hixon Park
East Zack Street | Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 259-7376 |

Hours: Friday: 4 – 10pm | Saturday: 10am – 10pm | Sunday: 12n – 9pm

Try a 90-minute skating session, including skate rental, for $10 starting at 4pm.Tip: Bring a jacket, thick socks, & gloves.


Whatever Women Want Expo
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am – 4pm
Raymond James Stadium
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy | Tampa, FL 33607

Women Expo about hair, beauty and style. Hot celebrities and free product samples.


Plant City Pig Jam Barbeque
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10am – 5pm
Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex
1500 S. Park Rd. | Plant City, FL 33566

Teams of backyard barbecuers and serious veterans from all over the country will converge on Plant City to compete for $16,000 in cash prizes, trophies, ribbons and bragging rights at this Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. Barbeque, Music and fun for all ages.


NCAA Men’s Basketball
University of Florida vs. Middle Tennessee
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4pm
Tampa Bay Times Forum
401 Channelside Drive | Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 301-6500 |

Tickets: $15, $25 $40 & $100