Last day of fair: If you and the kids have Washington's Birthday off today, it should be gorgeous weather for the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Plus, bring one empty can of original Pepsi and receive $5 off a Pepsi armband. And it's Student Day with $6 admission for ages 12-12th grade and $5 for ages 6-11. It's $10 for adults. Opens at 10 a.m.
Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Chaos: There's supposedly a plot, but with back-flipping motorcycles — on fire — thumping music and Nuclear Cowgirlz, who cares? Shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Tickets start at $10 for ages 2 to 15 and $20 for adults. (813) 301-2500.
Lebowski Fest: On Friday, see the cult classic The Big Lebowski on the big screen, along with music by Have Gun, Will Travel at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor in Ybor City; $15 in advance; $18 at the door; (813) 247-2555. On Saturday, it's bowling, costumes and trivia at 6 p.m. at AMF University Bowl in Tampa; $25 in advance; $30 at the door; (813) 985-4468.
Jeff Dunham: With his menagerie of puppets, the ventriloquist is the highest-grossing standup act in the country. Show is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. $41.50. (813) 301-2500.
Wayne Brady: The Orlando native first made a splash with his quick improv skills and serious singing pipes on Whose Line Is It Anyway? He's at the Club at Treasure Island at 9 p.m. Friday ($60) and Saturday ($65). (727) 367-4511.
Einstein on Food and Wine: MOSI's Mardi Gras-themed event features wines, champagne and treats from more than 30 restaurants. It's 7 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. $80, $125 VIP. (813) 987-6000.
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Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners at this medieval fest, which starts off with Buccaneer Beer Fest at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It runs weekends through April 17 on the grounds of MOSI in Tampa., with a variety of themes. Advance: $14.95, $6.95 ages 5-12; $3 more at the gate. (813) 983-0111.
Spring baseball: Everybody knows spring training games start this week (see tampabay.com/things-to-do), but here's something different: the International Baseball Series at Al Lang Field at Progress Energy Park in St. Petersburg. The first of 13 games is today at noon, pitting Penn State against the Seoul Nexen Heroes. $6-$13. stpeteinter nationalbaseball.com. (727) 551-3000.
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