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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

LUIS SANTANA   |   Times Tampa Bay Downs hosted the Tampa Bay Corgi Meetup group and 50 Corgis and their owners for a 6 heat Corgi dirt track race. Hundreds of people lined up to see the races and a post race concert by the Soul Circus Cowboys.  [Sunday, June 25, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
LUIS SANTANA | Times Tampa Bay Downs hosted the Tampa Bay Corgi Meetup group and 50 Corgis and their owners for a 6 heat Corgi dirt track race. Hundreds of people lined up to see the races and a post race concert by the Soul Circus Cowboys. [Sunday, June 25, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Published Feb. 16, 2018

Mutt Derby: Bring your non-aggressive dog for a day of dog races and other doggie games. Races will be done in weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound Pets of America. 11 a.m., Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of (dog registration); spectators free. (727) 595-7852.

Volta: The bendy people of Cirque du Soleil. Through March 18. 1:30 and 5 p.m., Greyhound Track, 8300 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Starting at $37. Toll-free 1-877-924-7783.

WhigFest: Chicago jam-rock fusionists Umphrey's McGee headline, along with Stokeswood, Polyenso, Forrest Hoffar, Swimm, J.T. Brown, Mountain Holler and Kristopher James. See the lineup and tickets at 2 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $40 and up. (813) 247-2555;

Jesse Colin Young: The legendary singer-songwriter and lead singer of The Youngbloods is best known for 1967's Get Together, the peace and love anthem that became the anthem of the Summer of Love. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$55. (727) 791-7400.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market on St. Pete Beach: Browse the weekly market with more than 60 local vendors. 10 a.m., Along Corey Avenue, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free admission. (813) 481-8805.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2018 festival runs weekends through March 25 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $21.95, $17.95 seniors/students, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (813) 983-0111.

Cheval Winter Blues Festival : Family friendly event with local blues artists, fire pit, kids area, beer stations and food from around the bay. 12 p.m., Cheval Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz. Free.

Cruisin' at the Cap: The annual street party with a classic car show features live music by the Reverend Barry and the Funk, food trucks and vendors. Noon, Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 791-7400.

The Glass Menagerie: Freefall Foreword: Tennessee Williams' masterpiece follows Amanda Wingfield, who dwells in her idealized youth and smothers her grown children, driving her son, Tom, to escape to the streets and her daughter, Laura, to retreat to her collection of glass animals. Through Feb. 25. 1 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$50. (727) 498-5205.

Candice Guardino: Italian Bred Comedy: Told from the perspective of a little Italian girl from Staten Island, Guardino slips in and out of a cast of characters based on her colorful family. 2 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25. (813) 960-1197.

Jeanne Robertson: The former Miss North Carolina brings her humorous observations. Her family friendly engaging comedy has produced three books, eight nationally-released DVDs and more than 46 million YouTube hits. 5 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $36.25-$49.25. (727) 791-7400.

Stephen Tharp: Organist that has performed extensively having gone on more than 32 solo tours and given over 800 concerts in North America alone will perform in a recital 5 p.m., St. John's Church, 906 S Orleans Ave., Tampa. free. (813) 259-1570;

Finesse Mitchell: He's a Saturday Night Live alum and had a role on the Showtime series, Roadies. 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000;

Wyclef Jean : Urban artist, Haitian rapper, actor and Fugees co-leader will perform. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $26. (727) 565-0550;

Bill Schustik and James Hawkins : American troubadours will go back in time performing a special President's Day concert full of patriotic songs from the souls of Lincoln and Washington and songs about Florida's history and the Venice/Sarasota area. 7 p.m., Fogartyville Community Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. $10-$12. (941) 587-6588;

Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story: The program also celebrates a century of Bernstein with his jazzy Prelude, Fugues and Riffs. Trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger makes his TFO debut with Aerial, a trumpet concerto written for him by HK Gruber. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.


Bolts Family Carnival: Amalie Arena serves as a big top for the annual carnival themed celebration with carnival games, special photo opportunities, mystery bag sales, appearances by Lightning personalities, locker room tours, NHL skills contest, face painting and balloon art. Benefits the Lightning Foundation. 1 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $40, $20 children. (813) 301-2500.


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