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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 26

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Chocolate Fantasy: The festival continues with a Chocolate Fantasy including a fencing competition, whirlwind wedding wars, mural competition and a chocolate festival. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of (ages 5-12); $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. Toll-free 1-800-966-8215.

Hollywood Awards Night: Watch the Oscars in style by dressing in a movie-themed costume or Hollywood inspired attire and head over to this Tampa slice of Hollywood glitz and glamor. "Roan Jivers" announces your arrival as you exit your complimentary limo for "red carpet" festivities and a large-screen viewing of Academy Awards telecast. Stay after the viewing for coffee and doughnuts in the lobby. New this year is a backstage experience with access to the Tampa Theatre Green Room and complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and signature cocktails until 11 p.m. 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $20, $15 members (general); $75, $70 members (backstage). (813) 274-8982.

100 Artists Show: The two-day, outdoor event features a juried showcase of national and local fine art and craft artists, live demonstrations, food, and music by the Dave Williamson Band. 10 a.m., St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 367-3818.

Eco Fun Festival: Learn how to make positive environmental changes at this family festival with a touch-a-truck, facility tours, exhibits, presentations and more. 11 a.m., Pinellas County Solid Waste, 11418 34th St. N, Clearwater. Free. (727) 464-7500.

Mardi Gras at Ricky P's: Jazz Brunch: Ricky P's holds a weekend long Mardi Gras party. 11 a.m., Ricky P's Creole Kitchen, 11002 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. No cover. (727) 821-4061.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra's Spectrum Concert: Doors open 90-minutes prior to concert with an opportunity to meet and talk with the conductor and musicians. 2 p.m., Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. $15 for adults, $5 for students (K-12). (352) 515-6993.

Red Velvet: The play tells the true story of the first black actor to play Othello in London's Theatre Royal in the early 1800s. Through March 26. 2 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $25-$52. (727) 498-5205.

Justin Hayward: The legendary singer-songwriter and Moody Blues frontman embarks on "The Wind of Heaven" tour in support of the album release, All the Way. 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$69. (727) 791-7400.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Dinos Alive: A special exhibit of life-like and life-size dinosaurs. The outdoor display features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Runs daily through August. 9:30 a.m., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Included with admission. $32.95, $24.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

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