Florida State Fair: New this year at the 110th annual fair: the largest traveling roller coaster in North America; food such as the Ramen Noodle Burger and Bacon Maple Funnel Cake; and FUNCARDs, prepaid cards that replace paper tickets for rides. It opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Admission prices vary by day, but you can get a deal if you buy in advance at floridastatefair.com or at Walgreens by Wednesday. Parking is free.
Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Gasparilla is over, but you need more beads, right? Get some at this nighttime parade, with more than 100 lighted floats, marching bands, krewes and TV talk-show host Jerry Springer, who returns as a guest. It's free Saturday in Ybor City. (813) 241-6554.
Queens of the Stone Age: The sludge-rock group comes to a very unmetal venue for its first bay area show since 2005, when it opened for Nine Inch Nails at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The show is Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $44.50-$66.50. (727) 892-5767.
Opera: You can catch St. Petersburg Opera's final performance of the distinctly American work Susannah, composed by Carlisle Floyd, on Tuesday at the Palladium Theater ($21.50-$64.50; (727) 823-2040). Then let Mozart whisk you to the land of enchantment in The Magic Flute, part of the Florida Opera Festival at the Straz Center in Tampa. It's Friday and Sunday. Sung in German with English supertitles. $34.50-$84.50. (813) 229-7827.
Bands, Brew and BBQ: In the wake of the Blackfish controversy, bands have been dropping out of this SeaWorld/Busch Gardens series, which also features craft beers and food. When it opens at Tampa's theme park on Saturday, who will the act be? Stay tuned for an announcement sometime this week. Included in park admission.
Kenny Loggins: In the '80s he gained popularity as the movie soundtrack king, with I'm Alright (Caddyshack), Footloose (Footloose) and Danger Zone (Top Gun), but he has been creating soft rock since the '70s. His show is Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Pablo Cruise will open. $55-$95. (727) 791-7400
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