1. Opera Tampa, which presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in January of 2020, will bring the show back to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in March of 2022.
  2. Jason Beckstead, left, and Web Beckstead work to make a manual cross cut while Lee LeCaptain, center, uses a chainsaw during a log cutting exhibition, part of the lumberjack show, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the opening day of the 2021 Florida State Fair, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
  3. The Florida State Fair, pictured in February 2020, will kick off Thursday in Tampa.
  4. The Bay Area Renaissance Festival has moved from its usual location at MOSI to the Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. The festival will be held weekends through May 23.
  5. Celebrities and fans turned out by the dozens at the Palladium in St. Petersburg for the Sunscreen Film Festival in 2017. Kirstie Alley was among the actors who attended the event.
  6. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  7. Starting May 28, the new acrobatic show "Cirque Electric" will be open at Busch Gardens with modified operations in the park’s theaters.
  8. Crystal Fox of Tampa, who plays Lady Catherine, fences with Ryan Jones of Detroit, who plays Chippy, during the Trial by Combat Fight Show on Sunday at the 36th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
  9. Florida seen from the Space Shuttle. [NASA]
  10. 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, topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. Garnished with ranch and dill seasoning after it comes out of the oven.
  11. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, St. Pete Pride is back this summer, albeit without its signature parade. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times (2018)]
  12. Brad Paisley, shown performing at his 2011 H20 Tour in Tampa, returns to the bay area in July for three outdoor shows in Florida that month.
  13. Dressed in full uniform, firefighters are pictured after a previous American Lung Association Fight for Air stair climb. This year, the climb moves to the open air stairwells of Raymond James Stadium.
  14. A royal joust performance will be among the features of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The popular medieval festival is moving this year from its longtime home at MOSI in Tampa to Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. It runs weekends through May 23.
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    Ron Smith has sighted more than 700 bird species out of an estimated 850 found in North America.
  16. Disneyland's new Avengers Campus will debut on June 4, nearly a year after originally planned.
  17. Danielle Bayard Jackson is a PR agency owner, licensed educator, author and certified friendship coach.
  18. Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Nights" becomes a multimedia experience in scenes from "Van Gogh Alive" at the Dali Museum. The museum was first North American stop on this international touring exhibition, and it's been a big hit. Few spots are left before it ends on June 13.
  19. Jurassic World Velocicoaster, the new attraction in Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure, will open June 10.
  20. Epcot reopened on Wednesday as Walt Disney World continued its phased reopening. Masks are required for all and visitors had to make a reservation in advance to visit the park to enable limitations on crowd capacity. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  21. Jaalin Harvey, 24, at Walt Disney World. He's been an annual passholder since he was in seventh grade.
  22. SeaWorld’s Aquatica opened Riptide Race April 3, a ride billed as the world’s largest dueling raft water slide.
  23. Amy George, 63, and her daughter Rachel Crozier, 36, along with Wilson, Crozier's dog, are pictured at Dell Holmes Park on 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg. “We were determined to hit all 150 parks,” George said. They spent the past year walking the parks in St. Petersburg.

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