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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 4 to 11

The Florida State Fair returns, the Sant' Yago Knight Parade keeps Gasparilla vibe going, fan festivals for Rays and Lightning
The tallest ride at the Florida State Fair is the Midway Sky Eye, the largest portable Ferris wheel in North America, towering at 155 feet tall.  There are more than 110 rides, making it the largest midway in the country.
Photo courtesy Florida State Fai
The tallest ride at the Florida State Fair is the Midway Sky Eye, the largest portable Ferris wheel in North America, towering at 155 feet tall. There are more than 110 rides, making it the largest midway in the country. Photo courtesy Florida State Fai
Published Feb. 4, 2019

Florida State Fair: The fair returns to Tampa's Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday for the 115th year with a "Discover the Fun" theme. Highlights include rides, food, exhibits, animals, shopping, rodeos and a candy exhibition. Admission is $11 for adults; $6 for children 6 to 11; and free for children 5 and under. Visit floridastatefair.com for more ticket options.

Sant' Yago Knight Parade: Gasparilla season continues on Saturday when Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn serves as grand marshal for this year's night-time parade along Seventh Ave. in Ybor City, featuring more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Free, $25 bleacher seats. (727) 895-5030.

Gulfport Peace, Love and Pride Festival: Gulfport celebrates pride, diversity and everyone with music and a chili cook-off on Sunday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Free. (727) 289-9365.

DATE NIGHT

Music: Alt-rockers Sevendust play Jannus Live on Tuesday ($24), while alt-hip hop group G. Love and Special Sauce make a stop at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on the heels of their 25th anniversary tour ($32.50-$40). Indie-pop phenom Japanese Breakfast returns to Tampa on Saturday with a show at the Orpheum ($20).

111 Years of Broadway: Neil Berg's production returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, with revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as favorites from newer productions ($18-$35). rutheckerdhall.com.

Winston Duke: USF's lecture series features the Black Panther star, who will discuss his career and how films like Black Panther influence black culture. Takes place in Marshall Student Center on Friday. Free.

Madea's Farewell Play: Tyler Perry plays his most beloved character, the curmudgeonly Mabel "Madea" Simmons, on one more tour before he brings the character to an end. Wednesday-Thursday at Tampa's Straz Center ($48.75-$$128.75) strazcenter.org.

Lady Swanwhite: The world premiere of Anton Coppola's chamber opera at Tampa's Straz Center on Saturday will be conducted by Maestro Jorge Parodi. Coppola is the uncle of legendary director Francis Ford, so the event will likely be star-studded ($67-$118). strazcenter.org.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest: Get autographs from players ($25) and enjoy a gaming experience at Tropicana Field on Saturday. Fans ages 18 and older must visit raysbaseball.com/fanfest for a free ticket.

Hockey Day Tampa Bay: Join Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni and staff at Tampa's Amalie arena on Sunday for a day all about hockey with an LHSHL All Star game and a fire department vs. police department game ($10).

More to explore

Find more things to do at tampabay.com/arts-entertainment/

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