Monday, June 18, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: The two-day fest is a zesty jambalaya of blues musicians and seafood. Today features blues legend Buddy Guy, Curtis Salgado, the Michael Williams Band and more. Gates open at noon at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Free; reserved seats $25-$45. clearwaterseablues.com.

Grand Central Chili Cook-off: Spice up your day and sample winning entries judged by local celebrities. Plus, arts and crafts, entertainment on two stages, and food and drink vendors at 10 a.m. in the Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free admission; $15-$20 tasting ticket. (727) 828-7006.

Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Talk show host Jerry Springer is the honorary grand marshal for this Pin Chasers parade featuring illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. And, of course, beads! Starts at 7 p.m. at Seventh Avenue and Nebraska Avenue in Ybor City; then moves east on Seventh to 23rd Street, the parade's end. Free. (813) 248-3088.

Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival: This annual outdoor festival returns with gift items, a green market and crafts including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings. It's at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Dunedin. Free. artfestival.com.

kids and family

Rays Fan Fest: Rays players, coaches and baseball alumni will be on hand to meet and sign autographs. Activities include kids clinics, running the bases, high-five stations with Rays players, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty, clubhouse tours and a yard sale of memorabilia. Starts at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free; Thanksmas dinner is sold out.

to watch

The Ride, 8 p.m., Showtime Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, took 40 days off in 2009 and rode his bicycle across America.

SEASON FINALE Pit Boss, 10 p.m., Animal Planet Shorty agrees to be roasted in order to raise money for dog shelters. No, like a comedy roast. The dogs aren't that hungry.

more to explore

Find date night ideas at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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