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Things to do in Tampa Bay week of Feb. 18

Music to our ears: We have loads of top-notch concerts to choose from this week. Country star LeAnn Rimes wraps up the Florida State Fair tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 not including fair admission. Last year's Best New Artist Grammy winners, the Zac Brown Band, play the Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday; $31.50-$64.50. British rock trio Muse takes over the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday; $32.25-$62.25. And Chris Daughtry's multi-platinum band joins rock quintet 3 Doors Down on Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall; $52.50-$79.50.

Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best known road races hits the streets this weekend. The 5K and 15K is Saturday, and Sunday features an 8K and a half marathon. Cost is $25-$45 at

Date night

Stars Behind the Bar: Celebrities including Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, baseball legend David Wells and more will dole out drinks for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Belly up to the bar Thursday at 6 p.m. at Pete & Shorty's of Pinellas Park, 7402 49th St. N.

Stay classy: Violinist and classical music superstar Joshua Bell plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday; $50-$100.

What a feeling! Flashdance brought us leg warmers and ripped sweatshirts, now the 30-year-old movie brings us a stage show about the Pittsburgh welder by day, go-go dancer by night who aspires to be a ballerina. It opens Tuesday through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. $44.50-$89.50.

Kids and family

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This weekend kicks off seven weekends of Medieval madness on the grounds next to MOSI in Tampa. It starts with a Buccaneer Beer Fest — huzzah! Tickets are $15.95-$18.95, kids $7.95 to $10.95 at

UniverSoul Circus: With soul and hip-hop music as well as performers from around the world, this show in the Raymond James Stadium parking lot will have aerialists and animals and more. Tickets are $18-$30 at the stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Thursday through Sunday.

Spring training: Baseball season is here, with spring training games starting around the Tampa Bay area this weekend. The Rays spring training game is Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte; $10-$27.

$5 Day at the Zoo: Sunday it's just $5 to get into the Lowry Park Zoo. It's normally $24.95 so that savings draws a crowd; 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa.

More to explore

We are gearing up for Beer Week in March! If you're enjoying a frothy beer beverage this week, snap a pic and tag it #tbtbeer.

Things to do in Tampa Bay week of Feb. 18 02/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:25pm]
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