Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 6-12

Florida State Fair: The fair returns to Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday with a "Picture Yourself at the Fair" theme. Highlights include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, lawn mower races, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Runs through Feb. 20. $9, $5 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free (advance); $7 seniors (Feb. 13-17 only). (813) 610-3211. floridastatefair.com.

Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: The night-time parade in Ybor City on Saturday features more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation lead the parade which starts at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio; moves east on Seventh to 23rd Street, the parade's end. Free, $25 bleacher seats. (813) 248-3088. knightparade.com.

date night

Music: Rick Astley brings his tour on the heels of his new album to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre today ($35-$59), where on Wednesday, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal performs ($35-$55). Thursday, Michael Franti and Spearhead play St. Pete's Jannus Live ($30-$35), while Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson takes the Mahaffey Theater ($59.50-$92.50). Friday, legendary Detroit punk band Death rock The Local 662 in St. Pete ($15). (727) 258-4829 . Saturday, roots singer Delbert McClinton brings his unique sound to the Capitol Theatre ($46.25-$56.25).

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The legendary comedians present, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life on Saturday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, featuring stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin's Grammy-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers, will also perform ($100.25-$220.25).

Cinderella: Opera Tampa presents a full-scale production of Rossini's opera Friday and Sunday at the Straz. Sung in Italian with English supertitles ($27.50-$79.50).

Wicked: The multiple Tony award-winning musical continues Tuesdays-Sundays through Feb. 26. at the Straz Center in Tampa ($31.50-$125).

kids and family

Rick Wallenda High-Wire Walk: Aerialist Rick Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas, will traverse St. Pete's Sundial shopping and entertainment district on the high wire. Come early for other circus themed performances and photos with Wallenda. Free. (727) 800-3201. sundialstpete.com.

more to explore

Valentine's Day is almost here! Find great date night ideas at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

Comments
Why is ‘Hold My Hand’ an all-time classic? Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum explain

Why is ‘Hold My Hand’ an all-time classic? Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum explain

Here’s how Darius Rucker recalls the conversation with Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley. "I want you to do a Hootie song with us," Kelley told Rucker as they prepared for their joint summer tour. "All right. Which one do you want to do?"...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 26

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 26

The Fantasticks!: The world’s longest running musical features the classic song, Try to Remember. Through Oct. 21. 7 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23-$50. (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com.Tampa Bay Rays: vs. New York ...
Published: 09/25/18
Before Tampa show, comic Hari Kondabolu talks Apu, Colin Kaepernick, #MeToo and race in America

Before Tampa show, comic Hari Kondabolu talks Apu, Colin Kaepernick, #MeToo and race in America

Hari Kondabolu’s grandmother died this summer. He spent three weeks in India, saying goodbye and grieving with family. And even then, even at such a sorrowful time in his life, he couldn’t turn off the part of his brain that looks for jok...
Published: 09/25/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 25

USF Lecture Series: Amara La Negra: The Dominican-American native of Miami is best known as the breakout star of this season’s Love and Hip Hop: Miami. La Negra’s free talk is expected to focus on the challenges of navigating the entertainment indust...
Published: 09/24/18
Review: Freefall opens its season with a crafty and talent-laden ‘The Fantasticks’

Review: Freefall opens its season with a crafty and talent-laden ‘The Fantasticks’

ST. PETERSBURG — The longest-running musical ever, The Fantasticks, weaves fairy tale and disillusionment, theater and its deconstruction together in charmingly simple ways. Freefall Theatre take it a few steps further, with two actors also playing p...
Published: 09/24/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 24-30

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 24-30

Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum: Two of country music’s most upbeat and crowd-pleasing acts perform Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. ($35.25 and up). Super Boat National Championship: The high-speed powerboats return ...
Published: 09/23/18
Updated: 09/24/18
At 50, Clearwater's real-life superhero is hanging up his super suit

At 50, Clearwater's real-life superhero is hanging up his super suit

CLEARWATER — For two decades, Dale Pople patrolled the streets feeding the homeless, helping old people carry groceries, extinguishing a car fire. He wore a red, yellow and blue Spandex outfit with an SH emblem: "Super Hero." Now, Clearwater&...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/24/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, Sept. 23

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, Sept. 23

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: The kicks off the hockey season with this free event including player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, food and beverage discounts, merchandise specials, hockey equipment sale and activi...
Published: 09/23/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Sept. 22

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Sept. 22

Niall Horan: The One Direction singer-songwriter on his own tour brings along country’s Maren Morris. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$107. (813) 740-2446.MegaCon Tampa Bay: The multi-genre convention brin...
Published: 09/21/18
Review: Robert Olen Butler’s Paris in the Dark packed with action

Review: Robert Olen Butler’s Paris in the Dark packed with action

On a fall night in 1915, an American reporter sips Chartreuse at a sidewalk table as German Zeppelins patrol the perimeter of Paris. As he plans how to finagle his way to the front lines of World War I, a bomb explodes at another cafe nearby, and he ...
Published: 09/21/18