Women's Final Four
The teams are set: South Carolina, Maryland, UConn and Notre Dame have earned their seats in the NCAA Women's Final Four. They'll be facing off in the semi-finals and the final game when play begins Sunday, April 5. The weekend before the games will be filled with activities for the whole family. The Tourney Town fan festival will bring thousands of basketball fans to the Amalie Arena's west plaza and silver lot parking area for an enormous pep rally, the AT&T Mascot Challenge and plenty of music. Youth clinics will help young players develop their skills. The 4Kay 5K run and 1-mile walk will honor former N.C. State women's basketball head coach Kay Yow and raise money for cancer research.
Friday Friday at H.B. Plant Museum (5-7 p.m.)
Experience the Victorian opulence Tampa Bay's Gilded Age tourists met when they stepped off Henry B. Plant's railroad and for a stay at his Tampa Bay Hotel. Today, the hotel's minarets are an iconic part of the skyline, while the hotel is a museum and administrative building at the University of Tampa. The museum will open for free from 5 to 7 p.m. during April's First Friday event. Matt Weihmuller's Jazz Trio will play on the veranda. The tasting table will provide treats to share with friends. First Friday is part of the museum's Community Connection series, which includes Music in the Museum on the third Thursday of each month. First Friday runs through November.
String Theory's Fin Harp
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts will be transformed into a gigantic musical instrument when String Theory's Fin Harp, a sonic sculpture by Luke Rothschild, goes up this weekend. The harp consists of 14 1,000-foot musical brass wires stretched between the Tampa Riverwalk and the roof of the Straz Center. The harp will be played during the Best of Tampa Bay food festival April 11 and prior to Straz shows on throughout the month. During these events, everyone will get a chance to interact with the harp. Otherwise, it's look but don't touch, please.
The final major segment of the Tampa Riverwalk is open to the public, creating an unbroken 2.5-mile pedestrian path linking the Channelside area, downtown and Tampa Heights. Bring a bike or rent one from Coast Bike Share at one of the self-serve stations along the Riverwalk. Stop for lunch and a drink at the Columbia Cafe, Sail Pavilion, Sono Cafe or Ulele restaurant. Along the way, you can rent a water bike or take a spin in an e-boat.
Wizard of Oz
Explore the world of Dorothy (and her little dog, too) at the Glazer Children's Museum, which is hosting an interactive Wizard of Oz exhibit through the end of September. Make a tornado, see a horse of a different color and check out a replica of those famous ruby slippers. It's all part of the price of admission.