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Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Huzzah! The time is anon for the return of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival this weekend through April 2. The field next to MOSI in Tampa will become a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. It kicks off with a Scottish twist this weekend. General admission at the gate: $20.95 adults; $12.95 ages 5-12; $16.95 seniors/students. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 4801 E Fowler Ave.


Florida State Fair: The fair continues through Monday with deep-fried fun, rides, exhibits, animals, shopping, lawn mower races, rodeos and a candy exhibition. $9, $5 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free (advance); $7 seniors (today and Friday only). Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 627-7821. 10 a.m. today, 9 a.m. Friday-Monday.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival: Grab your sampling glass for beer sipping and bourbon tasting of 60 beers, 40 bourbons, plus a barbecue, gaming area with giant jenga, trike races, beer belly, Daisy Dukes and boots contests, seminars with the master distillers, brew masters and pit masters. Benefits Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation. $39, $75 VIP, $25 designated driver. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 2-6 p.m. Saturday.


Upright Citizens Brigade: The touring company from the comedy powerhouse that boasts alums like Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz and Rob Corddry brings a 90-minute show of quick-witted and super-funny improv pros. $25-$40. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. 8 p.m. Friday.

Date night

Muse Art and Body Art Show: This Valentine’s-themed, naughty night on the town features a "breathing canvas" of nude models painted head to toe, video art, a runway show and music. 18 and older only. $20, $45 VIP. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday.

Take the dog

Mutt Derby: Back after a 20-year hiatus, the hilarious day of non-greyhound racing on the Derby Lane track opens at noon Sunday. It’s free for spectators to watch pets line up by weight division to race. If you want to enter your mutt, registration begins at 11 a.m. Bring proof of vaccinations and $25. Greyhounds are welcome, but are not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound Pets of America. 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 432-2514.

Take the kids

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live: The puppets of Dinosaur Zoo Live are extraordinarily realistic in this entertaining and educational live show. $20-$30. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. 3 p.m. Sunday.


The Florida Orchestra: This weekend brings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, but first the program opens with Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances, with principal harp soloist Anna Kate Mackle. It closes with Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Michael Francis conducts. 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.


Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: Fresh seafood and sizzling riffs come together this weekend at the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, two days of tunes and gulf treats in Clearwater’s Coachman Park. Shaggy rockers JJ Grey and Mofro, the Record Company and more on Saturday; Walter Trout Sonny Landreth, Mike Zito and more on Sunday. It’s free at 1 p.m. both days, though you can purchase reserved and VIP seating for $25 and up at


The Lincoln Lawer: Author Michael Connelly, who has written 29 novels and is the executive producer the Amazon series Bosch, will welcome fans at Tampa Theatre to Sunday’s screening of The Lincoln Lawyer, the Matthew McConaughey film based on his 2005 novel. Connelly, left, a Tampa resident, will take questions after the film, along with the two Tampa-based criminal defense attorneys Connelly used when researching the book. 3 p.m. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 members.

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