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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Feb. 10-16

The state fair continues, Valentine’s Day is coming and the world’s largest bounce house gears up for jumping.
The Florida State Fair continues in Tampa through Feb. 17.
The Florida State Fair continues in Tampa through Feb. 17. [ Courtesy of the Florida State Fair ]
Published Feb. 10, 2020

Florida State Fair: The fair continues through the week with its midway rides and fair food. New this year is a Deep Fried Dash, a 5K through the fairgrounds on Saturday morning that includes free fair admission for all race participants. Registration is $30 and up. The fair is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Feb. 17. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

Valentine’s Day: You’ve been warned. Friday is the day of love and you can get mushy and watch 50 couples get married or renew their vows in a mass ceremony in the Florida Botanical Gardens. 2 p.m. 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Or go the opposite direction and join the Anti V-Day Block Party at MacDinton’s and Yard of Ale in downtown St. Petersburg, where revelers are encouraged to wear all black. No cover. 4-11 p.m. Friday. 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross: The indoor dirt bike racing championship series roars into Raymond James Stadium, where dirt will be hauled in to create a series of obstacles, jumps and tight banked turns for the motocross riders to master. $15 and up. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.


Los Lobos: The Grammy-winning band blends roots rock and traditional Mexican sounds. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Willie Nelson and Family: The 86-year-old country icon has a sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Sold out. 8 p.m. Friday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Willie Nelson will bring six decades of hits to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 14.
Willie Nelson will bring six decades of hits to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 14. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]

The Beach Boys: These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers led by original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston return. $48.75 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Andrea Bocelli: One of the most beautiful voices in the world is in Tampa for Valentine’s Day. $79 and up. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive. (813) 301-6500.

Periphery: This Grammy-nominated progressive metal band tours in support of its sixth album, Periphery IV: Hail Stan. $25. 6 p.m. Monday. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

A Tribute to Sir Elton John: The Rocket Man’s drummer Charlie Morgan joins Columbia, S.C.-based rock quartet Tokyo Joe for a fully costumed tribute to the pop icon. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (863) 990-8099.

American Masters Featuring Raschèr Saxophone Quartet: The Florida Orchestra brings Philip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet for a show conducted by Stuart Malina. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry: Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists, while Henry is an in-demand side musician for his mastery of guitars, mandolin and dobro. $20 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2787.

Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp: The annual showcase of great boogie and blues pianists brings headliner Victor Wainwright, along with Key West legend Barry Cuda, Los Angeles boogie master Rob Rio and St. Pete’s own Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues. $28 and up, $18 students. 8 p.m. Saturday. Palladium.


Marc Maron: The comedy writer and actor’s super-popular garage podcast WTF with Marc Maron became a worldwide phenomenon. But he still goes back to his stand-up roots. $37.50 and up. 8 p.m. Saturday. Straz Center.

Shen Yun: Chinese artists, some of whom escaped persecution, founded the New York-based group in 2006, in part to revive 5,000 years of history suppressed during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. It returns for a weeklong run starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. $80 and up. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Shen Yun will return to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for a weeklong run starting Feb. 14.
Shen Yun will return to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for a weeklong run starting Feb. 14.

An Evening with Rick Steves: The PBS star discusses travel with a goal of good stewardship. An audience Q&A follows. $25 and up. 6 p.m. Monday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Masters of Illusion: This hit CW television show brings a touring magic show that features escape artists, comedy magicians and illusionists. $35 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Rumors: Hat Trick Theatre presents Neil Simon’s farce about four couples who have gathered for a party where the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. $20 and up. Through Sunday in the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Christina P: The comedian brings her Ride or Die Tour to the Improv. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $20 and up. 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival: Now in its sixth year, the pork-out in the park offers barbecue, bourbon and beer samples, plus boots and bluegrass. VIP is sold out. $39 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Eric D’Alessandro: Staten Island’s funniest Instagrammer hits the road in this cross-country comedy tour of the impressions, bits, deadpan observations and female impersonations that made him a viral sensation. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Straz Center.


Big Bounce America: The second of a three-weekend visit by what is certified by Guinness as the “world’s largest bounce house” moves to Ruskin Recreation for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $17 and up. 901 Sixth St. SE. Book a time at

The Big Bounce America will stop at Ruskin Recreation for the next two weekends.
The Big Bounce America will stop at Ruskin Recreation for the next two weekends. [ Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

Viking Fest: Lords and ladies from around the realm will gather for a day of Viking demonstrations, mead, games, fabric weaving, weapons, fighting styles and vendors. $15, $5 5-12, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Say huzzah to the first of seven weekends of time travel as the village of kings, queens, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match set up in the acreage next to the Museum of Science and Industry. Themes include this weekend’s Romance and Song, followed by Highland Fling (Feb. 22-23), Pirates and Pups (Feb. 29-March 1), Barbarian Brew Fest (March 7-8), Shamrocks and Shenanigans (March 14-15), High Seas Adventure (March 21-22), Wonders of the World (March 28-29). $22.95, $18.95 senior, $14.95 5-12, 4 and younger free. 11315 N 46th St., Tampa. (813) 983-0111.

Charlotte’s Web: Based on the book by E.B. White, this story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte comes to the stage. $8.50, $7.50 child; $26 family four-pack. 11 a.m. Saturday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Be Winter’s Valentine: Kids ages can bring a Valentine’s Day card for any rescued animal and get into the aquarium for $9.99 Monday through Friday. Entry includes holiday-themed animal enrichment, photo frames, a giant card to sign and dive presentations at 11 a.m. and 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790.


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