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Top things to do today in Tampa Bay Feb. 22

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the wizards, warriors and commoners who populate this replica of a 16th century village with entertainment, street theater, live jousting, human chess matches and more. The opening weekend kicks off at 10 a.m. at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $19.95; $15.95 seniors/students; $11.95 ages 5-12 at the gate; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-601-4848.

Rays Fan Fest: It's free entry and free parking, but brace yourself for crowds for this popular day at Tropicana Field featuring Rays players, coaches and Major League alumni. It runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1 Tropicana Drive in St. Petersburg.

Gasparilla Distance Classic: Lots of roads will be closed today to make room for one of Tampa's best-known road races. The chief attraction is the 15K today, which takes runners along an out-and-back course from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions of Bayshore Boulevard. Things get started at 6 a.m. at the intersecton of Twiggs and Tampa streets.

Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival: Grab your sampling glass and get ready for a day of beer sipping, bourbon tasting, music, cigars and barbecue starting at noon at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $40; $25 designated driver; 12 and younger free; $75 VIP. beerandbourbon.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Motocross: A cast of freestyle motocross riders play out a narrative in a maze of synchronized and choreographed tricks. Expect lots of pyrotechnics. It's at 7:30 p.m. at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $20-$100.

Battle of Ballast Point Civil War Re-enactment: The 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Re-enactor Regiment hosts this American Civil War weekend encampment and historical battle re-enactment. It's 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. Free; $5 entrance fee to the park.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE About a Boy, 11:07 p.m., NBC Based on the movie about a serial womanizer who forges a bond with his 11-year-old neighbor.

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Top things to do today in Tampa Bay Feb. 22 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 3:36pm]

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