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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Feb. 7-9

One more Gasparilla parade (this time at night), the free Rays Fan Fest, the world’s biggest bounce house and more.
People wave and yell for beads from an Ybor City balcony during the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in 2013. [Tampa Bay Times (2013)]
People wave and yell for beads from an Ybor City balcony during the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in 2013. [Tampa Bay Times (2013)]
Published Feb. 5


The last of the Gasparilla parades is the most glittery. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Illuminated Knight Parade brings an array of illuminated floats down Ybor City’s main drag. WWE star Titus O’Neil serves as grand marshal and fan favorite Jerry Springer will appear among floats, dozens of marching bands, local dignitaries and folks throwing beads at a crowd of thousands. The parade is free, but you can buy a reserved seat starting at $25. 7 p.m. Saturday. E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street, Tampa.

Titus O'Neil, shown in 2019 during the announcement that Wrestle Mania 36 will be held in Tampa this year, will serve as grand marshal of the Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City on Feb. 8. [Tampa Bay Times]


Fans of baseball and hockey get catered to this weekend. First up is the Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field. You can shop a sale of used equipment for charity, tour the clubhouse, check out a youth clinic by second baseman Brandon Lowe, play games with Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, and hear panel discussions with executives and coaches. Also among the players slated to participate are Willy Adames, Charlie Morton, Blake Snell and newcomer Yoshi Tsutsugo. The event is free, but tickets are required for admission using the Ballpark MLB app. Autograph passes, also available through the Ballpark app, are available for $25 for each player in limited numbers, with proceeds going to the team’s charitable foundation. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.

Players past and present, games and clubhouse tours will pack the Rays Fan Fest at St. Petersburg's Tropical Field on Feb. 8. [Tampa Bay Times (2010)]

Sunday is Hockey Day in Tampa Bay with a full day’s worth of programming that showcases the Tampa Bay Lightning and youth hockey in the area. The day will include an alumni skills competition featuring former Lightning superstars Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier, an esports NHL 20 tournament, girls hockey, sled hockey and used equipment sales. $10. 8:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.


It’s the first of three weekends for the World’s Biggest Bounce House, setting up first at Raymond James Stadium, then moving to Ruskin Recreation for the weekends of Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. The inflatable attraction is Guinness-certified and has expanded by 30 percent this year to more than 13,000 square feet of bouncing and a customized sports arena filled with goals, nets, hoops and balls of every size. There’s also a 900-foot-long obstacle course with 50 inflatable obstacles and airSPACE, the space-themed area of ball pits, mazes and a five-person slide. $17 and up, book your time slot online. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 901 Sixth St. SE, Ruskin.

Big Bounce America will returns to Tampa Bay for three weekends, starting on Feb. 8 and 9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Tampa Bay Times (2018)]


A troupe of dogs and their trainers come to town with the comedy show Mutts Gone Nuts. The family-friendly show will feature a range of tricks and humor created by Scott and Joan Houghton and their canine partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. See the dogs dance, leap, balance on barrels, jump rope, walk a high wire and even say their prayers. $18-$35. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Mutts Gone Nuts will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 9. [Mutts Gone Nuts]


  1. ALLIE GOULDING  |   TimesGuests walk down Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Disney World in Orlando.
  2. Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams plans to open two locations in Tampa this summer.
  3. Zac Brown Band last performed at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in 2019.
  4. Emilia Sargent of Tampa Repertory Theatre.
  5. The cast of "Floribama Shore." Season 3, which was shot in Pinellas County, premiered in November.
  6. The Weeknd will perform at the Amway Center in Orlando on July 21.
  7. Violinists, Patricia Quintero, RubŽn Rengel, Alex Gonzalez and Emilia Mettenbrink, with the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra from Detroit, perform at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum Thursday/
  8. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa.
  9. New Orleans-based Dat Dog offers exotic sausages like alligator, duck and crawfish, along with multiple vegan options and more than 30 toppings. The chain is seeking franchisees to bring a location to Tampa Bay.
  10. The Cheesecake Factory will bring an iconic selection of more than 50 cheesecakes and desserts to Clearwater mall Westfield Countryside this year.
  11. In 1935, Zora Neale Hurston visited Eatonville, where she grew up. The Florida town is the setting of some of the stories in "Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick."
  12. Four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba will play the Jaeb Theater at Tampa's Straz Center on June 5.