Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 12-18.

Fat Tuesday: There are a few ways to celebrate the last day before Lent. Dunedin Mardi Gras is one of the state’s largest celebrations, featuring a food truck court, vendors and live music along Main Street and a parade that kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Free. . In Ybor City, Tampa Bay’s version of New Orleans, the James E. Rooster Parade pays tribute to the city’s famous fallen fowl with a New Orleans-style jazz memorial procession in a chicken parade that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the Dirty Shame (1929 E Seventh Ave.) dirtyshameybor.com.

Valentine’s Day: Tampa Theatre celebrates Wednesday with the Movie Lovers Vow Renewal, by which married couples and unmarried couples with a legal marriage license can get a mass renewal of their vows before a screening of When Harry Met Sally. $10. tampatheatre .org.

Date night

Music: Tuesday, legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot performs at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre ($49-$70). Wednesday, choose between two romantic concerts: Andrea Bocelli at Tampa’s Amalie Arena ($75-$355) or Rufus Wainwright at the Capitol Theatre ($35-$59). Friday, country music star Kelsea Ballerini plays Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($38.25-$125). Saturday, Grammy Award winner Paula Cole performs at the Attic in Ybor City ($50-$85). Sunday, former Fugee Wyclef Jean hits up Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($26).

Comedy: The Platinum Comedy Tour featuring Mike Epps, DeRay Davis and Don "DC" Curry comes to USF’s Sun Dome in Tampa on Saturday ($52-$99), while SNL alum Colin Quinn plays the Capitol Theatre ($22.50-$40) and Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger takes the Improv Tampa ($33-$43).

Volta: Wednesday, Cirque du Soleil brings the Grand Chapiteau to the Tampa Greyhound Track through March 18 ($37 and up). cirquedusoleil .com/volta.

The Phantom of the Opera: Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit returns to Tampa’s Straz Center on Wednesday through Feb. 25 ($40 and up). strazcenter.org.

Kids and Family

Florida State Fair: The fair continues in Tampa with discounted admission of $9 for seniors Monday-Friday, and $5 after 5 p.m. Friday for everyone. floridastatefair.com.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 25

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