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Top things to do in Tampa Bay: Feb. 17-23

‘Mean Girls the Musical’ opens at the Straz Center, the Pasco County Fair returns to Dade City, Dunedin Mardi Gras brings a downtown party and more.

Mean Girls the Musical: Written by Tina Fey, the Tony-winning Broadway hit tells the story of suburban teenage girls’ vicious ways. Through Sunday. $51 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariiah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring company of "Mean Girls the Musical," which will hit Tampa's Straz Center on Feb. 18. [ Courtesy of Joan Marcus ]

Pasco County Fair: The same day that the Florida State Fair comes to a close in Tampa, this 77th annual fair returns with carnival rides, games and traditional fair food, plus student agriculture shows, art and community exhibits. Entertainment also includes country music concerts. Through Sunday. $10, $5 6-12; $20 and up midway bands. 2 p.m. Monday. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 567-6678.

Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival: Now in its 29th year, the downtown festival kicks off with musical performances at 1 p.m. and ends with a parade at 7. Parties spill over into area pubs and restaurants until closing time. Free, food and drink additional. Noon Saturday. Main Street, Dunedin.

Localtopia: More than 250 local businesses and organizations, craft beer and live music drive Keep Saint Petersburg Local’s signature celebration. Free, food and drink additional. 10 a.m. Saturday. Williams Park, 330 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg's Localtopia will return to Williams Park on Feb. 22. [ Times (2014) ]


Judy Collins: Known for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetic compositions, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performs. $33.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Judy Collins will perform on Feb. 23 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. [ Courtesy of Miller Mobley ]

Gregory Porter and Ledisi: Porter is a two-time Grammy-winning vocalist whose breakout debut Liquid Spirit was released in 2013, while Ledisi is one of the best soul singers of her generation. $39.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 490-9835.

Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival: A mix of local and regional bands perform in Seminole Heights on indoor and outdoor stages. There’s a mixed medium art show planned as well. $20 and up, children 11 and younger free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Brew Bus Brewing, 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 990-7310.

Dermot Kennedy: This Irish singer-songwriter went from busker to Spotify sensation with his 2019 single Outnumbered. Sold out. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050.

Dermot Kennedy performs on NBC's "Today" show in 2019. [ NATHAN CONGLETON | NBC ]

Pepper: The trio have a loyal following in the reggae/ska-loving crowd. Their Step to the Local Motion Tour also brings Kash’d Out and the Elovaters. $22 and up. 7 p.m. Saturday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550.

All Shades, All Hues: A Celebration of Song in Jazz: The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association presents lyrical interpretations of classic jazz works performed by the acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter Scotty Wright. $15 and up. 3 p.m. Sunday. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 323-1104.

Pavlo: Coming off his third PBS special Live in Guadalajara, the guitarist plays a Mediterranean sound, mixing the folkloric styles of Greek, Spanish and Latin music. $40. 7 p.m. Sunday. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

Black Violin: The duo, who brought sold-out concerts with their last visit to Tampa, combine classical and hip-hop music with string instruments and turntables. $38.50 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center.


Jeff Foxworthy: The bard of blue-collar comedy stops at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with two sets. $70 and up. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Hard Rock Event Center, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.

Gabriel Iglesias: The popular comedian and actor brings his world tour, Beyond the Fluffy, to Tampa. Sold out. 8 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. (813) 974-3004.

Gabriel Iglesias in a scene from his Netflix series "Mr. Iglesias." [ LARA SOLANKI | Netflix ]

Dancing With the Stars: Live: Accompanied by professional dancers, actor Kate Flannery, best known as Meredith on the sitcom The Office, performs fan-favorite routines from this past season of the hit ABC show. $38.75 and up. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto: The Florida Orchestra continues its two-year Beethoven celebration with the composer’s Coriolan Overture, plus the Violin Concerto led by Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma. Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra closes the show. $18 and up. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater.

Christopher Titus: Employing what he’s labeled “hard funny,” the actor and comedian presents a standup set in Ybor City. $25. 8 p.m. Thursday. Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Brian Posehn: The comedy legend packs his love of nerd culture, heavy metal and more into his performances. $23 and up. 9 p.m. Saturday. The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (828) 773-9481.

Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival: New York-style corned beef and pastrami and other Jewish food favorites drive this annual culinary celebration. Live music and a kids zone round out the highlights. Free, food and drink additional. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Temple B’nai Israel, 1658 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 531-5829.

Art and Seafood on the Waterfront: Artists from around the world display and sell their works during the two-day festival featuring a talent show, live music and seafood by top area restaurants and food trucks. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 726-2890.

Super Greek Festival: A three-day showcase of Greek culture full of food, beer and wine, DJ tunes, live music, dance performances, vendors, a kids zone, church tours and a raffle. Free, food and drink additional. 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday. St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 345-8235.

Bessie Adams sifts powdered sugar onto Kourambiethes cookies at St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church for St. Petersburg's Super Greek Festival in 2009. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times (2009) ]


Florida Game Con: Bring the family to enjoy a day of casual and competitive gaming, cosplay, anime, tabletop activities, vendors and artists. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center.

Big Bounce America: This immersive, sneakers-off jumping festival for all ages continues, offering four themed inflatables: airSpace, the Giant, Sport Slam and the “World’s Biggest Bounce House.” $17 and up. 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 Sixth St. SE.


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