Plan your weekend
Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Just as we are recovering from Gasparilla, the Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade hits the streets of Ybor City Saturday with a night-time parade of floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Before the parade, there will be a meet and greet at Centro Ybor at 4 p.m. by Divorce Court's Judge Lynn Toler, Tampa Bay Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty. The parade starts at 7 p.m. with Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and pitcher Jake Odorizzi in attendance. It heads down Seventh Avenue at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio Parkway. The parade is free but you can get $25 bleacher seats at knightparade.com.
Tweed Ride: The Gatsby-esque Tweed Ride returns Saturday with ladies and gents donning derby hats, vests, petticoats, lace-up boots and other fashionable vintage choices for a bike ride around downtown St. Petersburg. It runs from 2-9 p.m., and tea and scones will be served before the ride. And there will be a game of croquet or two. After the ride, gather at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, for a party with food trucks and music by Buster Cooper. $15-$25. (727) 822-2083.
Florida State Fair: As the fair heads into its second week of deep-fried fun, we get an Elvis Extravaganza with a bevy of Elvis impersonators at noon Friday through Sunday on the Coca-Cola Stage. For more dignified entertainment, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be elegantly clip-clopping their way through the fair at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today through Sunday. They are included with admission, as are concerts by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (7 p.m. Friday), the Robert Cray Band (7 p.m. Saturday), Venezuelan singer Ulises Hadjis (6 p.m. Sunday), and country's Colt Ford (6 p.m. Monday). In addition to rides, food, exhibits, and animals, the fair guarantees at least 112 free things to do. Admission is $11 weekdays, $13 Saturday and Sunday; $6-$7 for ages 6-11. Open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821.
Florida Orchestra: The orchestra gets romantic with Valentine's Pops concerts with songs from the Beatles, West Side Story, Forrest Gump, Pirates of Penzance, and even Star Wars, Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45.
Comedy: MADtv star Aries Spears performs today through Sunday at the Tampa Improv ($25-$27; $52 with dinner Sunday). And cast members Randy and Mr. Lahey of the cult Canadian comedy show Trailer Park Boys perform Sunday at Ybor's Crowbar (sold out).
Valentine's Day: You've been warned. Get your flowers and reservations lined up before Sunday. Check Tampabay.com/things-to-do for our critics' suggestions for quintessential Tampa Bay dates.
Hillsong United: One of the most attended and highest-grossing tours on the planet, this group that grew out of an Australian youth ministry nearly 20 years ago has two shows this weekend at the USF Sun Dome. The group's sweeping alt-pop anthems have a lot in common with that of other arena-fillers, like Coldplay or Imagine Dragons. Their live shows are highly anticipated events among fans of worship music, which explains why their weekend trip to Tampa was extended from one night to two. They'll perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. $27.50 and up. (813) 974-3004. sundomearena.com.
St. Pete Indie Market: Popping up this weekend on the rooftop terrace of Station House St. Petersburg, find sweets for your sweetheart from Pinellas Chocolate Company. Miss Johnny Squirrel by Yuki Osada is boasting adorable minimalist love notes. And Stoned and Charming is a go-to for jewelry. Those are just three of the 15-plus local vendors that you'll find up on the roof, along with a pop-up bar and DJ set by the boys of Jensen Serf Company. It's happening from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday on the fourth floor of 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. stpeteindiemarket.com.
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