Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of April 26 – May 2

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Florida State Fair: This year’s show, which was slightly delayed, is back with rides, food and a halfway point. Scaled-down entertainment includes Daredevil Daze 2.0, Extreme Illusions, Fireguy, GASCAR Crazy Animal Races, and Tour of Destruction Demolition Derby. Masks are needed and sanitation stations are available along the way. $ 9, $ 7 seniors, $ 5 6-11 years, 5 years and under free. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until Sunday. Florida State Fair, 4800 US 301 N, Tampa. 800-345-3247.

DIRK SHADD | Times Jason Day follows his training after starting on the second hole in the first round of the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor in 2019. [ SHADD, DIRK | Tampa Bay Times ]

Valspar Championship: The PGA Tour returns to Tampa Bay with four rounds of championship golf and activities. The first round is Thursday, the second round is Friday, the third round is Saturday and the final round is Sunday. The rounds will be broadcast on the Golf Channel at 2 p.m. (Thursday-Friday) and 1 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). The Saturday and Sunday rounds will also air on CBS. At 3 p.m. Saturday, fans are encouraged to wear their best Derby Day outfit or hat for a contest on the 18th green after the game. $ 50. 7 am-7pm Thursday to Sunday. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 US 19 N, Palm Harbor. 727-942-5566.

POPera: The 13-voice St. Petersburg Opera House presents “The Return of Grand Opera,” the closest to the group for a large-scale opera production since its closure due to COVID-19, complete with staging and costumes. Masks are necessary for inner and socially distant performance. $ 35 to $ 95. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: This week’s theme is Pirates and Puppies, so you can bring your dog and pirate friends to the 16th century European village with four stages of entertainment. There will be small rescue groups, puppy training demonstrations and dog competitions. Over 100 artisans will fill the festival market, and you can watch live armored contests over six themed weekends until May 23. $ 14.95 – $ 22.95. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. Weekends until May 23. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard, City of Dade. 800-601-4848. bayarearenfest.com.

A socially distant orchestra presents two performances of Dvorak's New World Symphony on Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
A socially distant orchestra presents two performances of Dvorak’s New World Symphony on Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Florida Orchestra Masterpiece Series: Socially removed from the stage, the orchestra presents Dvorak’s New World Symphony. $ 23 to $ 53. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, Saint Petersburg. 727-892-3337.

Evening of May 1st: Celebrate May Day with music from Nova Era, known for her performances at Disney Springs. Listen to classical music with a modern groove, presented in Italian Renaissance costumes. The ticket includes three hours of music and aperitifs. Full dinner and cash bar available for purchase. Garden chairs are welcome during the outdoor concert. Social distancing is required and masks are required inside the building. $ 25 to $ 30. 6 pm-9pm Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

Seasons 52 premiered at the 2016 Taste of South Tampa, which returns to the Tampa Garden Club on May 2.
Seasons 52 premiered at the 2016 Taste of South Tampa, which returns to the Tampa Garden Club on May 2.

Taste of South Tampa: The Tampa Garden Club turns into an outdoor festival with live entertainment, sample food from local restaurants, beer garden, and prizes. Admission includes unlimited food and drink samples, live entertainment, freebies, voting for ‘Best of South Tampa’ awards, and a mix and match with famous judges including ChefIt’s Jeff Philbin. $ 40 to $ 50. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. 813-251-5059.

Contemporary dance from Sarasota: This part of the group’s 15th anniversary quinceanera celebration features “Homage to Muriel G. Mayers”. Headquarters are socially distanced and limited. Live streaming is also available. Call for tickets and streaming information. $ 50, $ 25 streaming. 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday. FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theater, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-260-8485.

Run through the fairgrounds as a Ferris wheel spins, flashing its lights at dusk, at the Florida State Fair.
Run through the fairgrounds as a Ferris wheel spins, flashing its lights at dusk, at the Florida State Fair. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Fried dash: A 5 km run through all the sights, sounds and smells of the 117th Annual Florida State Fair. The runners even get a corn dog. There is also a virtual version of the race to raise money for charity. $ 35 to $ 45. 7 am Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821. Register on floridastatefair.com/5k/register.

The truffle hunters: The 100-seat independent cinema in St. Petersburg presents the shortlisted film for the 2020 Oscar for best documentary film. The film follows a group of men from Piedmont, Italy, in search of the precious and rare white Alba truffle. $ 10.70, $ 8.56 seniors / students / children. 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Green Light Cinema, 221 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 508-816-8968.

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