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On your radar: Make Valentine's Day memorable on the Serengeti, check out a blues legend or gather some more beads at a night parade

Valentine's Day: If you want to go wild Tuesday, try Busch Gardens' Serengeti Night Safari, with animals in the dark, a bonfire, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries (6:30 p.m. $60 per person. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447). Not feeling the love? Head to the Bitter Ball on Tuesday at Green Iguana's Hawaiian Village in Tampa. You'll find drink specials, live music and, you never know, maybe a date. Free.

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: Hard to pass up a free concert by the world's foremost Chicago bluesman, Buddy Guy, on Saturday. And there's lots more music Sunday in the two-day festival in Clearwater's Coachman Park.

Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Just what you need: more beads. The wild, nighttime parade has TV talk show host Jerry Springer and the reigning Mrs. America and Mrs. World, Tampa native April Lufriu, plus more than 100 illuminated floats. Free at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ybor City.

Date night

Music: The enchantresses of Celtic Woman perform classic Irish tunes and pop anthems on Valentine's Tuesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa; $44–$77, (813) 229-7827. Mandy Patinkin, a.k.a. Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland, turns on his Broadway charm Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater; $45–$75, (727) 791-7400. On Friday, Empress of Soul Gladys Knight hits the Mahaffey ($50–$75. (727) 892-5798), and 1950s teen idol Paul Anka is at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($52.50–$98, (727) 791-7400).

Kids and family

Rays Fan Fest: Meet the players — word is Carlos Peña will be there — run the bases and score memorabilia in a big sale. Sorry, Joe Maddon's Thanksmas-style dinner is sold out. It's 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free.

Lawn mower races: The turf war of souped-up tractors Saturday and Sunday is new this year to the Florida State Fair, where there's also a zip line, extreme sports show and freaky fried food. The Fair runs through Feb. 20. Monday–Friday: $10 ages 12 and older, $5 kids. Saturday–Sunday: $12 and $6. (813) 621-7821.

Renaissance Festival: The annual replica of a 16th century village is back at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday and Sunday, with fire-eaters, jousting and medieval merriment. This weekend's theme is Highland Fling with a Celtic village. Advance: $15.95, $7.95 kids, $10 per pet (form required).

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On your radar: Make Valentine's Day memorable on the Serengeti, check out a blues legend or gather some more beads at a night parade 02/12/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2012 8:25am]
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