Saturday, July 21, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 13

Gordon Lightfoot: Legendary singer-songwriter. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $49-$70. (727) 791-7400.

Valentween Rock Drop: St. Pete Rocks invites artists and crafters of all ages to paint a rock representing dark romance and leave it at any park in St. Petersburg for others to find. 8 a.m., Fossil Park & Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-5759.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: Live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, herbs and more. 9 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Dunedin Mardi Gras: One of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state in its 27th year. It starts at 4 p.m. with a food truck court, vendors and live music by Danielle Mohr and the Moonlight Madness, Edge of Red and Gumbo Boogie. The parade begins at 7 p.m. starting at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and travels north along Douglas Avenue to Skinner Boulevard. 4 p.m., Downtown Dunedin, along Main Street, Dunedin. Free. (727) 437-3569.

James E. Rooster Parade: In celebration of Fat Tuesday, join a New Orleans style jazz memorial procession (known as the Rooster Funeral) and follow the casket of James E. Rooster, Ybor’s famous rooster who was killed by a dog in 1997. 5:30 p.m., The Dirty Shame, 1929 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. No cover. (813) 247-7930.

True Stories: Audience members tell true, personal stories in five minutes or less. No notes or props allowed. February’s theme is "flames." Bring stories of love (new and old), getting burned or emotional devastation. 7 p.m., Hawthorne Bottle Shop, 2921 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (917) 442-0292.

Natural History Speaker Series: Raptors on the Move: Learn about a different topic in nature each month. In this portion, trace the 10,000-mile journey of a swallow tailed kite. 7:30 p.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 893-7326.

Forever Plaid: Four young singers killed in a car crash posthumously hit the stage for one last performance full of barbershop quartet harmonies and 1950s nostalgia. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $42. (813) 229-7827.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Florida State Fair: Senior Day: Highlights this year include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Seniors get in for $9 at the gate. It’s also Hungry Howie’s Family Night. Two adults and two children get admission and rides for $50. Present a coupon from Hungry Howie’s and take an additional $5 off. 10 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.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE: The Bachelor Winter Games, 8 p.m., ABC: In the premiere, 25 bachelors and bachelorettes meeting in Manchester, Vt., for a celebration of unity and love. There will probably be drama and tears involved.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find ideas for Valentine’s Day at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, July 21

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, July 21

Chicago & Reo Speedwagon: Two of the most successful, legendary and critically acclaimed rock bands perform some of their greatest hits and more. 7:30 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$129.50. (813) 740-2...
Published: 07/21/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Sunday July 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Sunday July 22

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Published: 07/20/18
Review: Kent Wascom's 'New Inheritors' a novel of love, power on the gulf coast

Review: Kent Wascom's 'New Inheritors' a novel of love, power on the gulf coast

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Published: 07/20/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 23-29

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 23-29

Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan got most of the original Grammy-winning, alt-rock band back together and hit the road. They’ll stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Wednesday, likely performing favorites from Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinit...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay on July 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on July 20

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Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Bar review: Sip and smoke at Blue Torch

Bar review: Sip and smoke at Blue Torch

Well, the bad news is that Blue Torch Cigars & Winery is not actually a winery. That combination seemed too ambitious to fly under my radar, as Blue Torch had since its opening this year, and that ended up being true.While it’s a curious name for wha...
Published: 07/19/18

Hernando Events for July 27

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Published: 07/19/18
Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

Paul Reiser, coming to Clearwater, talks about returning to standup and never winning an Emmy

When Paul Reiser returned to standup comedy a few years ago, younger comics couldn’t figure him out. "All the younger comics would say, ‘Are you doing a special?’ I’d go no," said Reiser, 62. "‘What, are you getting rea...
Published: 07/19/18
Top events this weekend: Rascal Flatts, #MomTruths comedy, Metrocon, swimsuit bar crawl

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Published: 07/19/18
Local craft beer of the week: Good For Life gluten-reduced Kölsch, Pair O’ Dice Brewing

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Published: 07/19/18