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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Jan. 24-30

Besides the big Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, Gabriel Iglesias brings his comedy to Tampa and the Kumquat Festival takes over Dade City for a sweet treat.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs at Tampa's Yuengling Center Friday.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias performs at Tampa's Yuengling Center Friday. [ MITCHELL ZACHS | Associated Press ]
Published Jan. 24

Gasparilla Parade of Pirates: “Make way, mateys!” shout Tampa’s original buccaneers as they wind their way down Bayshore Boulevard and take downtown Tampa captive. The Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates features more than 140 units, including more than 103 elaborate floats, five marching bands and 50 kjrewes. It begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards, continues along Bayshore to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein, then heads north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street and Ashley Drive. Free. 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Bay to Bay and Bayshore boulevards, Tampa. 813-251-3378.

Gabriel Iglesias: Iglesias, one of America’s most successful standup comedians, who in 2018 was included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 40 Comedy Players” issue, performs. $45.75-$75.75. 8 p.m. Friday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.

A tiny citrus fruit with a powerful punch is the attraction for the Kumquat Festival held on Jan. 29 in downtown Dade City.
A tiny citrus fruit with a powerful punch is the attraction for the Kumquat Festival held on Jan. 29 in downtown Dade City. [ MICHELE MILLER | Times ]

Kumquat Festival: The 2022 Kumquat Festival features more than 200 vendors, a car and truck show, kumquat-laden food items by area restaurants, food trucks, an interactive kids coral, quilt show, farmers market, health and wellness area and kumquat-based beers. Free (food/drink additional). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Meridian Avenue and Seventh Street, downtown Dade City. 352-567-3769.

Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise: Wynonna, who was one-half of the legendary mother-daughter duo The Judds and who has sold more than 30 million albums, performs. $42.50-$75. 8 p.m. Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Romeo & Juliet: From historic feud to ill-fated union, Jobsite’s Romeo & Juliet production is set against the backdrop of the 1980s. 8-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday. $18 and up. Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Gaelic Storm: The popular band presents a twisted knot of storytelling, bluegrass and Celtic music. $25-$35. 8 p.m. Thursday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Dwight Yoakam will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Dwight Yoakam will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Thursday. [ Courtesy of Emily Joyce ]

Dwight Yoakam: The Grammy-winning country singer who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide performs. $48.25-$103.25. 8 p.m. Thursday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Leo Kottke: The two-time Grammy-nominated acoustic guitar player who draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music performs. $36-$46. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

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Mutts Gone Nuts: Canines and comedy collide in this family-friendly comedy dog spectacular. 1 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE: Time Bubble Tour: The originators of the idea of riffing on a terrible movie bring their 30th anniversary tour to town. Host Emily Connor and movie-riffing robots Tom Servo, Crow and GPC will take the audience through the 1985 film Making Contact. $39.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new pirate- and mermaid-themed "traveling water circus" in Wesley Chapel.
Performer Hector Pazaran performs a futuristic act for Cirque Italia's new pirate- and mermaid-themed "traveling water circus" in Wesley Chapel. [ ANDYBUIPHOTOGRAPHY.COM | Cirque Italia ]

Cirque Italia: This pirate- and mermaid-themed Cirque-style show with European flavor uses lasers and water effects. There will be aerial work, tight rope, contortion, hand balancing and clown comedy between acts. Seating is limited and socially distanced inside the traveling tent. Masks are recommended and directional signs must be followed for safety. $25-$50, $10-$45 children. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd. 941-704-8572.

Sertoma Family Fun Day: Bring the family and lawn chairs for a festival with a Beatles tribute by the Beatlemaniax, a corn hole tournament, children’s activities, vendors, DJ dancing, food, beer and wine. $10, 12 and younger free. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-849-2343.

Alan Parsons Live Project: The Alan Parsons Project, whose hits include Eye in the Sky and Don’t Answer Me, performs. $53.25-$128.25. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Brett Karlin of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay joins the Florida Orchestra for performances Saturday and Sunday.
Brett Karlin of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay joins the Florida Orchestra for performances Saturday and Sunday.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Under the direction of Michael Francis, and joined by Brett Karlin of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. $20.50-$57.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Also at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-892-3337.

Robert Cray Band: The Grammy-winning band with millions of record sales worldwide performs. $36.50-$56.50. 8 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

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