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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Feb. 3-9

The Florida State Fair and Knight Parade return to Tampa, plus catch performances from Mike Epps, Lucinda Williams, Billy Joel and more.
The Florida State Fair will open in Tampa on Feb. 6, running through Feb. 17. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]

Florida State Fair: Midway rides and kooky foods collide during the annual tradition, which also brings live music and other entertainment. Runs through Feb. 17. $9, $7 seniors, $5 children; $20 and up armbands. 10 a.m. Thursday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 621-7821.

Illuminated Knight Parade: WWE star Titus O’Neil serves as grand marshal of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago’s big celebration in Ybor City. Expect illuminated floats, dozens of marching bands, local dignitaries and thousands of participants throwing beads beginning at Nuccio Parkway and Seventh Avenue. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Thousands of people line Seventh Avenue in Ybor City for the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in 2013. [Times (2013)]

Mike Epps: For his Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival tour, the headlining comedian and actor is joined by Sommore, Lavell Crawford and Gary Owen. $59 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3111.

Lucinda Williams: This Grammy-winning singer and songwriter returns with her band Buick 6 for a two-night stand. $48.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Lucinda Williams will perform at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Feb. 7 and 8. [Courtesy of David McClister]

Billy Joel: The piano man last performed here in 2016. He’s always good for a crowd-pleasing concert. $49.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

Gulfport Fine Arts Festival: Painters, potters, jewelers, fiber artists and photographers set up displays for an outdoor gallery experience. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Veteran’s Park, 5350 31st Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 344-3711.


Grandmaster Flash: One of the original innovators of hip-hop celebrates the genre’s most formative decade. $12.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6793.

Grandmaster Flash will perform at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on Feb. 7. [Courtesy of Grandmaster Flash]

Arlo Guthrie: With more than 30 albums in his discography, the iconic folk singer-songwriter delivers a time capsule, from the works of his dad Woody Guthrie to present day. $42 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre.

Jamey Johnson: This Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Jamey Johnson is one of the few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year awards from both the CMA and ACMs. $38. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

Durand Jones: The Indiana soul group’s American Love Call was one of our favorite albums of 2019. See them live and it’ll become one of yours, too. $15 and up. 9 p.m. Friday. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. (813) 241-8600.

Whitney: The indie duo are on tour with high-energy Japanese pop outfit Chai. $25 and up. 7 p.m. Thursday. Orpheum, 1915 East 7th Avenue, Tampa.

Chai will open for Whitney at the Orpheum in Tampa on Feb. 6. [Courtesy of Julien Kelly Gross]

Phil Vassar: A piano-pounding powerhouse on stage, this country music hitmaker taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. $55 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.


Carmen: Opera Tampa presents George Bizet’s classic about the fiercely independent woman and the fate of the man who tries to claim her. Sung in French with English supertitles. $95.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Catherine Daniel stars in Opera Tampa's 2020 production of "Carmen." [Courtesy of the Straz Center]

Rob Schneider: The Saturday Night Live alum often appears alongside Adam Sandler in movies, including The Waterboy and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. $30. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Cirque Diablo: A cirque-style performance featuring a cast of world champion acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists. $33 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Florida Orchestra: Michael Francis conducts soaring strings and bold brass to showcase the music of James Bond, from Goldfinger to Live and Let Die to Skyfall. $21 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Palladium Chamber Players: The Calidore String Quartet plays an all-Beethoven program in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth. $25 and up; $10 students and St. Petersburg College staff. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

WineFest: Cabbyshack: Tampa Theatre’s annual fundraiser invites you to sample dozens of boutique wines and food from top local restaurants. $65, $55 members. 8 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Theatre.

Bill Murray's character confronts the gopher in "Caddyshack." [Warner Bros. Pictures]

Pasco Blues and Food Festival: Groove and get your grub on during this dog-friendly event with beer and wine, vendors and a kids’ zone. $10, children 11 and younger free. Noon Saturday. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.

Mutts Gone Nuts: Comedy duo Scott and Joan Houghton bring their nine pooch partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescued, as canines and comedy collide. $18 and up. 1 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Rumors: Hat Trick Theatre presents Neil Simon’s comedy about four couples who have gathered for a party where the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farce. Runs through Feb. 16. $20 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Parasite: Watch the dark comedic thriller everybody’s been talking about as part of the International Cinema Series. In the movie, a family from Seoul’s hidden underclass infiltrates the upper middle class and discovers the realities of 21st century privilege. Filmed in Korean with English subtitles. Free, but preregistration required. 7 p.m. Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7979.

"Parasite" stars, from left, Woo-sik Choi, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang and So-dam Park. [Neon via AP]


Rays Fan Fest: Shop the charity yard sale and Clubhouse Corner before taking part in youth clinics, tours and panel discussions with executives and coaches. Benefits Rays Baseball Foundation. Free, but tickets are required. 11 a.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 825-3242.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Bolts face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. $32.25 and up. 7 p.m. Thursday. Amalie Arena.

Rock the Park: The Urbane Cowboys hit the stage during this monthly music series showcasing talents of all genres. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa.


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