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Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of April 26 through May 2

Eat a pickle pizza at the fair, or take in some culture with the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Contemporary Dance
This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year. From Angela's Pizza, it has a white garlic sauce base and is topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. After it comes out of the oven it's garnished with ranch and dill seasoning.
This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year. From Angela's Pizza, it has a white garlic sauce base and is topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. After it comes out of the oven it's garnished with ranch and dill seasoning. [ Florida State Fair ]
Published Apr. 26
Updated Apr. 26

Florida State Fair: This year’s fair, which was slightly delayed, is back with rides, food and a midway. Scaled-down entertainment includes Daredevil Daze 2.0, Extreme Illusions, Fireguy, GASCAR Crazy Animal Races and Tour of Destruction Demolition Derby. Masks are required and sanitation stations are available throughout the midway. $9, $7 seniors, $5 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Sunday. Florida State Fair, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 800-345-3247.

DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
Jason Day follows his drive after teeing off on the second hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor in 2019.
DIRK SHADD | Times Jason Day follows his drive after teeing off on the second hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor in 2019. [ SHADD, DIRK | Tampa Bay Times ]

Valspar Championship: The PGA Tour returns to Tampa Bay with four championship rounds of golf and activities. Round one is Thursday, round two is Friday, round three is Saturday and the final round is Sunday. Rounds will be broadcast on the Golf Channel at 2 p.m. (Thursday-Friday) and 1 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). Saturday and Sunday rounds will also be shown on CBS. At 3 p.m. Saturday, fans are encouraged to wear their best Derby Day attire or hat for a contest on the 18th green following play. $50. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. 727-942-5566.

POPera: The 13-voice St. Petersburg Opera presents “The Return of Grand Opera,” the closest the group has come to a full-scale opera production since closing down due to COVID-19, with staging and costumes. Masks are required for the indoor, socially distanced performance. $35-$95. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This week’s theme is Pirates and Pups, so you can bring your dog and pirate pals to the 16th century European village featuring four stages of entertainment. There will be pup rescue groups, pup training demonstrations and contests for dogs. More than 100 artisans will fill the festival marketplace and you can watch live armored jousting over six themed weekends through May 23. $14.95-$22.95. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Weekends through May 23. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. 800-601-4848. bayarearenfest.com.

A socially distanced orchestra presents two performances of Dvorak's New World Symphony Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
A socially distanced orchestra presents two performances of Dvorak's New World Symphony Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Socially distanced on the stage, the orchestra presents Dvorak’s New World Symphony. $23-$53. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337.

May Day Soiree: Celebrate the first of May with music by Nova Era, known for performances at Disney Springs. Enjoy classical music with a modern groove, presented in full Italian Renaissance-era costumes. Ticket includes three hours of music and appetizers. Full dinner and cash bar available for purchase. Lawn chairs are welcome at the outdoor concert. Social distancing is required, and masks are required when inside the building. $25-$30. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

Seasons 52 was featured at the 2016 Taste of South Tampa, which returns to the Tampa Garden Club on May 2.
Seasons 52 was featured at the 2016 Taste of South Tampa, which returns to the Tampa Garden Club on May 2.

Taste of South Tampa: The Tampa Garden Club is transformed into an outdoor festival with live entertainment, food samples from local restaurants, a beer garden and prizes. Admission includes unlimited food and drink samples, live entertainment, giveaways, voting for the “Best of South Tampa” awards and a mix and mingle with celebrity judges including MasterChef’s Jeff Philbin. $40-$50. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. 813-251-5059.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance: This portion of the quinceanera celebration of the group’s 15th anniversary features “Tribute to Muriel G. Mayers.” Seating is socially distanced and limited. Livestreaming is also available. Call for tickets and streaming information. $50, $25 streaming. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-260-8485.

Run through the fairgrounds as a Ferris wheel spins, flashing its lights at twilight, at the Florida State Fair.
Run through the fairgrounds as a Ferris wheel spins, flashing its lights at twilight, at the Florida State Fair. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Deep Fried Dash: A 5K run through all the sights, sounds and smells of the 117th annual Florida State Fair. Racers even receive a corn dog. There is also a virtual version of the race to raise money for charity. $35-$45. 7 a.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821. Register at floridastatefair.com/5k/register.

The Truffle Hunters: St. Petersburg’s 100-seat independent art house film theater presents the film short-listed for the 2020 Oscar for Best Documentary Film. The film follows a group of men in Piedmont, Italy, searching for the valuable and rare white Alba truffle. $10.70, $8.56 seniors/students/children. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.