Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show and the Central Florida Boat Show.

The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Power & Sailboat Show will be held Dec. 2-5 at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park.

In addition to boats and marine gear, there will be an array of special events and fun and educational activities. The show will offer more than 65 seminars and educational sessions, including a variety of marine seminars by Sail America, the new Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show and youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit organization Hook The Future.

Attendees also will be able to enjoy refreshments and live musical entertainment.

Sail America will present seminars on all of the show days. Topics include weather interpretation skills; how to get into sailing; exploring Florida's Big Bend Coast; cruising the Caribbean; cruising the Bahamas; fishing secrets of Tampa Bay; using tools properly; winter fishing techniques; marine electronics for safe boating; stability and safety; and survival and rescue at sea.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Adult admission is $8 online or $10 at the show. Children under 15 are admitted free.

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Central Florida marine dealers are anticipating bigger crowds and hoping for more sales during the 44th annual Central Florida Boat Show, which will run Feb. 3-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Hundreds of boats, marine engines and related accessories and services, representing scores of manufacturers and marine service providers, will be on display. As always, the show also will feature entertainment for the entire family, including the popular Fishing and Kids zones.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6.

Admission this year is $8 for adults; children under 15 are admitted free.


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