This Week in Entertainment: 2/29

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

Read up on this week’s biggest entertainment happenings in the Tampa Bay Area with this weekly breakdown by Isabel Hanewicz. 

Monday, Feb. 29: Leap Year Run

Celebrate the extra day with some exercise at the Leap Year run. Starting in Cotanchobee Ft. Brooke Park (601 Old Water Street, 33602), the 2.29 mile course is pet friendly for those wishing to run with their dogs. The race starts at 6:30 p.m., and participants who wish to get a longer run in can run the course twice. The $40 entry fee includes a t-shirt and dog tag style finisher medal. To sign up, click here.

Tuesday, March 1: Josh Groban at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Grammy nominee Josh Groban comes to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall (1111 N McMullen Booth Rd, 33759) to preform his newest album, Stages, consisting of some of the “greatest” songs from musical theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $95 and go up to a $195 show and dinner package. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, March 2: Harlem Globetrotters at the Amalie Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters take their 90th anniversary tour to the Amalie Arena. The show promises a family-friendly show of basketball artistry that is sure to thrill. Tickets start at $10 and go up to $110 and can be bought here.

Thursday, March 3: Strawberry Festival opens

The Florida Strawberry Festival kicks off March 3 and lasts through March 13. Expect lots of midway rides, performers (most of them country) like The Band Perry and, of course, lots of strawberries. The gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily, but festival hours vary by day, so check the complete listing here. Admission for adults (13 and older) is $10, children 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit the Strawberry Festival website here.

Friday, March 4: Sunlit Festival begins

Literature fans rejoice: the second annual Sunlit Festival begins Friday and lasts through March 13. Produced by St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Keep St. Pete Lit, and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the festival promises 46 events in 24 different venues in St. Petersburg celebrating literature, most of them free. For a full calendar of events, click here.

Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is neither nearby nor inexpensive, but even still, the lineup promises to be one of the most prominent coming to South Florida this year. Headliners include rock band Mumford & Sons, seven-time Grammy winner and rapper Kendrick Lamar and EDM producer and DJ Skrillex. The festival also promises attendees yoga, art, workshops more in the backdrop of Okeechobee’s Sunshine Grove. Tickets start at $259.50 and can be bought online here.

Saturday, March 5: Rise Up Reggae Festival

St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park (701 Bay Shore Dr NE, 33701) hosts the Rise Up Reggae Festival on Saturday. The event features reggae acts including Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds and Stick Figure. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the festival is scheduled to last until 10 p.m. To buy tickets, click here.