Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, Feb. 9

The Rays Fan Fest get under way, the Sant’ Yago Knight Parade rolls through Ybor and Seal is at the Florida Orchestra Gala.
GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times (2018)
Kids can play interactive games and meet the players during the Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field on Saturday, Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg.
GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times (2018) Kids can play interactive games and meet the players during the Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field on Saturday, Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg.
Published February 8
Updated February 8

Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest: It’s a free day at Tropicana Field for an interactive baseball experience with autographs from players and games. Fans ages 18 and older must visit raysbaseball.com/fanfest for a free ticket. Autograph passes are $25. 11 a.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 825-3242.

Sant’ Yago Knight Parade: And Gasparilla season continues. This time, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn serves as grand marshal for this year’s night-time parade featuring more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. The parade runs down Seventh Avenue from Nuccio Parkway to 22nd Street. 7 p.m. Free. $25 bleacher seats. (727) 895-5030.

The Florida Orchestra Gala: Four-time Grammy Award winner and international star Seal will perform with the Florida Orchestra at its annual gala concert. He will b joined by music director Michael Francis, who will conduct the orchestra an evening of American standards and soulful music from Seal’s hit albums. 7 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $75-$250. (727) 300-2000. themahaffey.com

Lady Swanwhite: The world premiere of Anton Coppola’s chamber opera, adapted from the fairy tale, will be conducted by Maestro Jorge Parodi. Don’t be surprised to see a few Hollywood notables from the famous Coppola family in the audience 7 p.m. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $67-$118. (813) 229-7827.

The Magpie Salute: Rock band featuring Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, and key members of Crowes fame, guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien, and vocalists perform its new debut release High Water I. 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $29-$39. awin1.com

Florida State Fair: The fair returns for the 115th year with rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Admission is $11 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 11, free for children 5 and under. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-4640.

Japanese Breakfast: A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner’s solo project Japanese Breakfast showcases Zauner’s dark lyrics, unique vocals and inherent knack for pop melody. 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $20-$35.

Sandy Marks: From CBS’s King of Queens. 9:30 p.m. Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ’s, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $20. (727) 360-5653.

Vinyl Record Show: Enjoy music as you shop among dealers buying, showing and selling thousands of LP’s, 45’s, 78’s and CD’s. 9 a.m. Clearwater Record Show, 1610 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 200-9397.

Get Fit St. Pete: Trail Fun Run: Join #HealthyStPete every Saturday for a different Get Fit St. Pete’s Fitness in a park for a free workout. The Trail Fun Run is every second Saturday. 9 a.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. facebook.com

Tony Roberts: He’s appeared on Def Comedy Jam, Sand toured on the Shaquille O’Neal All Star Comedy Jam. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave, Tampa. $17. (813) 864-4000.

Pasco Blues and Food Festival: Featuring live entertainment and great food from around Tampa Bay. There will be a fun zone for the kids. 11 a.m. Land O’Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. $5. (727) 674-1464.

Motorcycle Expo: AJ and Deuce from 98 Rock serve as emcee for the 21st annual motorcycle expo and bike builder invitational with live music, a burlesque show, cash drawings, a poker walk and a custom built motorcycle competition for $20,000 cash and a Super Bowl style championship ring worth $5,000. 11 a.m. Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, 10525 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Free. (727) 935-4875.

Real Music Real Masters Series: With performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the series brings The Diamonds to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission; $89 online. 2 and younger free. (813) 884-4386.

Yappy Hour with Humane Society of Tampa Bay: Bring your dog for this happy hour with adoptable pets on site, along with pet vendors and food. Benefits the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. 12 p.m. 81Bay Brewing Company, 4465 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa. Free. (813) 637-0156. southtampachamber.org

Pipeline: Inner city teacher Nya struggles to give her son opportunities for his future. Through Feb. 24. 2 p.m., 8 p.m. American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54. (727) 823-7529.

Ready Steady Yeti Go: An interracial couple’s relationship is threatened by bad parental advice and white guilt. Through Feb. 24. Opening night: $45. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

Second Saturday ArtWalk: Art venues from the waterfront to the Warehouse Art District open their doors to show the latest works. 5 p.m. Downtown St. Petersburg, Various locations, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 518-5142. stpeteartsalliance.org

kids and family

Sesame Street Safari of Fun: Pirate Party Weekends: Kids can join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and other Sesame Street Friends for a Pirate Party including treasure scavenger hunts, crafts and dance parties. 11:30 a.m. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. Included with admission. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com

Be Winter’s Valentine: Kids ages 12 and younger can bring a Valentine’s Day card for any of the aquarium’s rescued animals and get in for $9.99. Wtch holiday themed dive shows at 11 a.m., 2:and 4:30 p.m. Valid Feb. 8-14. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $24.95, $9.99 ages 12 and younger. (727) 686-3499.

Chinese New Year Festival Celebration: Celebrate the Year of the Pig with food, craft vendors, traditional Chinese dancers, music, a cultural walk, Chinese exhibits, Lion dances and photos with Le Le the panda. Also, a children’s playground with crafts and games 11 a.m. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8615.

to Watch

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 8 p.m., HBO: Clueless Oscar voters might have given the cold shoulder to this fascinating and heartfelt documentary about children’s television icon Fred Rogers, but we clearly could use more of his kindness and compassion right now.

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