Florida State Fair: The fair returns Thursday for the 112th year with a "So Much More to Explore" theme. In addition to rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions and shopping, the fair guarantees at least 112 free things to do … after you pay for admission: $5-$9 advance; $6-$13 at the gate.
Localtopia: Nearly 200 St. Petersburg area independent businesses present a celebration of all things local with arts, culture, shopping, food, drinks, health, wellness and sports Saturday in Williams Park. Free.
Shatner's World: You know we're all just living in the world run by the man made famous as Capt. Kirk, who brings his show to the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday. $59.50-$79.50.
Music: We Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow, at Amalie Arena on Thursday with saxophonist Dave Koz ($19.75-$149.75). Two-time Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash comes Tuesday to the Capitol Theatre ($52.50-$99.50). On Wednesday, start The Final Countdown to see Europe at Pinellas Park's England Brothers Bandshell ($9.99-$99.95), or go Under the Streetlamp with four leading Broadway cast members of hit Broadway musicals at the Capitol Theatre ($49.50-$59.50). Composer-performer-peacemaker Yanni performs audience favorites at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($48.75-$128.75).
Katt Williams: The actor, rapper and comedian brings his Conspiracy Theory tour to the University of South Florida Sun Dome on Saturday. $50.75-$102.75.
The Abduction from the Seraglio: The St. Petersburg Opera Company opens its season with Mozart's homage to the Turkish craze of the early 19th century Friday at the Palladium Theater. $22-$67.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Masters of Illusion: Straight from the hit TV show to the Mahaffey Theater, the family-friendly spectacular features grand illusions, vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation Friday. $25-$55.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: The festival opens Saturday with a "Pillage the Village" theme at Tampa's MOSI with competitions in arm wrestling, best tattoo, best pirate costume and perfect pirate, a traders port and fairy house voting. $12.95-$20.95; $10 dogs.
Monster Jam: Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Grave Digger, Madusa, Dragon, Son-uva Digger and Scooby Doo Monster Jam return Saturday to Raymond James Stadium for some crushing action. $15-$125.
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