HUZZAH! Bay Area Renaissance Festival
Verily, alas, 'tis opening weekend for the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival, which runs hither and yon weekends through March 20 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. This weekend's theme is "Pillage the Village," with an arm wrestling, tattoo and pirate costume competition. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of for ages 5-12; $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. It's held on the grounds next to the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. bayarearenfest.com.
GET TRICKY: Masters of Illusion
The illusionists from the hit CW television show Masters of Illusion take the stage at the Mahaffey Theater on Friday, bringing a family-friendly spectacle of illusions, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation. Performers include Jonathan Pendragon, who was included on Magic Magazine's list of the 100 most influential magicians; Greg Gleason, who makes a full-sized helicopter materialize on stage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco, who was a finalist on America's Got Talent; and magic comedian Nathan Phan. $22-$52 at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.
TAKE IT OFF: Tampa Undy Run
An entertaining fundraiser for colon cancer will have people dropping trou in Al Lopez Park on Saturday. The Tampa Undy Run is a family- and pet-friendly 5K and 1-mile fun run that comes with boxer shorts in the race packet. While some participants sport their favorite pair of family-friendly bloomers, others dress as superheroes or run in purple tutus and dress babies in onesies that say "Cancer stinks like my diaper." It's all in good fun for a good cause that benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance. $30-$40. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. 9 a.m. Saturday. (813) 274-8184. ccalliance.org.