Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 11

KENT NISHIMURA   |   Times 
Henri Darling, of Massachusetts's lance breaks while jousting against Mark Desmond of Brandon during a Royal Joust performance at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.  The fair, which features seven themed weekends, over 100 booths, and live armored jousting among other events is open on weekends through April 6, 2014 from 10am to 6pm.
KENT NISHIMURA | Times Henri Darling, of Massachusetts's lance breaks while jousting against Mark Desmond of Brandon during a Royal Joust performance at the 36th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The fair, which features seven themed weekends, over 100 booths, and live armored jousting among other events is open on weekends through April 6, 2014 from 10am to 6pm.
Published February 9
Updated February 11

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Chocolate Fantasy: The festival opens with a chocolate festival with free samples, a fencing competition, fudge fling, whirlwind wedding war and a pie eating contest. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (813) 983-0111.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors offering farm fresh produce, specialty and ready-to-eat foods, plants, handcrafted items, live music, then stop in for breakfast or lunch at the nearby restaurants. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Marilyn & Dean: A Toast To Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe: Andy DiMino sings well known songs such as Thatís Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, and the ttenish Susan Griffiths (who appeared as a Marilyn imitator in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction) harken back to the days of Vegas in the 1950s. Takes place in part of the Adults at Leisure Series. 1 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.

Laura Benanti: The Tony-winning actor debuted on Broadway as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. 7 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35.50-$55.50. (813) 229-7827.

Florida Orchestra Pops: Music of Star Trek and Star Wars: Under the direction of Michael Francis, the orchestra presents a concert that pits Trekkies against The Force. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations: Join Duncan McClellan and the featured artists from his gallery for brunch at 1:30, then a lecture at 3 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667.

Music: The Original Social Media: Central Florida area artists present a series of dance routines, vocal pieces and short scenes demonstrating how social media has picked up where classical performing arts left off. 1:30 p.m., Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $15 advance, $20 day of. (863) 944-8298.

Valentineís Day in New Orleans: Enjoy a cash bar and optional buffet as you listen to romantic tunes and Mardi Gras music by the Jazz Phools. Musicians are welcome to sit-in. 2 p.m., Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. $10, $15 two, HJS members free. (352) 799-9690.

Sykes Chapel Concert Artist Series: Paul Jacobs: Seating is limited. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance. The only organist to ever have won a Grammy Award. 2 p.m., University of Tampa Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-3333.

My Jazzy Valentine: Romantic tunes from the Great American songbook. 3 p.m., Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. free. offerings $5-$10 suggested. (727) 446-3001.

Oscar Shorts: Animation: View this yearís Oscar-nominated short animated films, including Dear Basketball, Negative Space, Lou, Revolting Rhymes, Garden Party, Lost Property Office, Coin Operated and Achoo. 6 p.m., live action shorts start at 8:15, Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11. (813) 274-8982.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Florida State Fair: Disney and Nickelodeon Stars : The fair returns for the 114th year with a "Discover the Fun" theme. Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Area youth can hang with some of their favorite Disney and Nickelodeon stars in the Teen Stars Live Tour. Shows at 1 and 4 p.m. Hardee County students admitted free with a school ticket. 9 a.m., Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $13, $7 ages 6-11, $9 seniors; $35 anyday armband; $25 weekday armband. (813) 740-4640.

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