Florida State Fair: The Governor’s Luncheon kicks things off Thursday and the fair runs through Feb. 19 with a mix of extreme sports, Disney stars, more than 15 acres of entertainment and the largest midway in North America. $13, $7 ages 6-11, $9 seniors; $35 any-day armband; $25 weekday armband. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. floridastatefair.com.
Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: We’re not done with Gasparilla yet. USF president Judy Genshaft serves as grand marshal with celebrity guests Jerry Springer and Divorce Court’s Judge Lynn Toler for the parade Saturday in Ybor City with more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands and krewes. Starts at 7 p.m. on Seventh Avenue. Free. knightparade.com.
The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann: The Florida Holocaust Museum on Saturday opens a blockbuster exhibition on the capture of the Nazi war criminal. Runs through July 15 in St. Petersburg. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17.
Billy Joel: The prolific Piano Man with a career spanning nearly 50 years returns to Tampa at the Amalie Arena on Friday ($49.50-$149.50) amaliearena.com.
Music: Wednesday, banjo legend Bela Fleck brings a trio version of his Flecktones to Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre ($39.50-$69.50) where ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro appears Thursday ($38-$48). Friday’s a busy night for concerts: Laid-back, bluesy hip-hop group G. Love and Special Sauce play St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live ($23.99); Little River Band will be Reminiscing at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall ($35-$70) and country singer-songwriter Chase Rice takes the Ritz Ybor ($26, $35 VIP).
Tony Bennett: The legendary singer performs Friday at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater ($69-$155). mahaffeytheater.com.
Florida Orchestra Pops: Music of Star Trek and Star Wars: Man your battle stations, Michael Francis leads the concerts Friday at Tampa’s Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($15-$45). floridaorchestra.org.
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Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The festival opens Saturday next to MOSI in Tampa and runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village. It’s a Chocolate Fantasy theme this weekend. $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. bayarearenfest.com.