LIGHTNING STRIKES: Bolts Family Carnival
Amalie Arena serves as a big top for the third annual Bolts Family Carnival, a hockey celebration with games, meet and greets with Tampa Bay Lightning players, special photo opportunities, challenges with players, mystery bag sales, appearances by Lightning alumni, locker room tours, a NHL skills contest, face painting, balloon art and ice science classes. Admission is $40, $20 children, and it benefits the Lightning Foundation. The foundation has awarded a $50,000 check to a nonprofit charity at all 41 regular season home games for the past five seasons — more than $11 million to more than 400 charities, according to the Lightning's website. The carnival runs 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.
ROCK THE PARK: Pinellas Park's Chili Blaze, country music
It's the biggest weekend of the year for Pinellas Park's England Brothers Bandshell Park, with a popular chili cookoff and a free concert from country legend Ricky Skaggs. The Pinellas Park firefighters' annual Chili Blaze will set mouths on fire for the cookoff with live entertainment, arts and craft show, children's activities and fireworks at the end of the day. It's free, with a $10 tasting ticket that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. Saturday brings Country in the Park, the city of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show. The headline event is a concert by Skaggs at 8 p.m. The 14-time Grammy winner dominated the country charts in the '80s so thoroughly that producer Chet Atkins credited Skaggs with "single-handedly" saving country music. There will also be local performers, an arts and crafts show, car show, tree and plant show, zip line, mechanical bull rides, food vendors and carnival rides. No coolers allowed. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
PUNCHLINES: Sinbad and Carrot Top
Two comics with 30 years of performing under their belts, Sinbad, top left, and Carrot Top, bottom left, are making their way to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre this week. And you might discover that comedy purists who use their names as punchlines are jerks. Sinbad may have made fashion and movie duds over the years, but he occupies the No. 78 spot on Comedy Central's list of the Top 100 stand-up comedians of all time. He had a hard fall after the '90s, when his goofy humor made critics recoil. But Sinbad has a sense of humor about it, once playing himself in a rehab center in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. 8 p. m. Saturday. $35-$82. And Carrot Top is pretty funny in person, and a lot more filthy than you might expect from a pun-based prop comic. After three decades of performing, Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson has the last laugh. He's now a Las Vegas icon, celebrating his 11th anniversary this year at the Luxor Resort and Casino. "I'm happy not only that I have my own style, but that I've been an original from the very start," he said in announcing his tour, which arrives at 8 p.m. Wednesday. $39.50-$55. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.