Tampa Bay’s Saturday Playground

9:00 a.m.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fairgrounds

Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

The 2013 Florida State Fair runs through Feb. 18 and includes nearly 80 rides, games, animal exhibits, demonstrations and, of course, lots of fried food stuffs that have no business being fried. This year, the fair will be celebrating Florida’s 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ponce de Leon o …

Saturday is 4-H and FFA Day with free admission for 4-H and FFA members with identification or jacket.

Price: $8-$12 ages 12 and older, $4-$6 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free.


9:30 a.m.

Animal Enrichment Day

Florida Aquarium

Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

See animals involved in enrichment activities and learn why these activities are important to their well-being. Included with daily admission.

Price: Free


11:00 a.m.

Real Music Concert Series: Sha Na Na

Busch Gardens

Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

The rock group, who was the only band Grandpa wanted to see at Woodstock on The Simpsons, also appeared in Grease and their own show Sha Na Na. Theme park admission required.

Price: Free


2:30 p.m.

Animated Oscar Shorts Screening

Tampa Theatre

Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

Tampa Theatre screens the five animated shorts nominated for Oscars — Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head Over Heels and Paperman — along with a few additional shorts.

Price: $10, $8 senior, military, members.


6:00 p.m.

Gary Valentine

Side Splitters Comedy Club

Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

The older brother of Kevin James has a lot in common with him, having starred on The King of Queens and performing stand-up too.

Price: $6 advance, $8 day of.


8:00 p.m.

USF Spring Dance Concert

University of South Florida Theater 1

University Area : 4202 E Fowler Ave. , Tampa, 33612

This year’s dance concert includes Connecting in Reverse, a piece about disconnecting from a community, and Las Desenamoradas, a piece inspired by a Frederico Garcia Lorca play.

Price: $12 advance, $15 day of general admission; $8 advance, $10 day of students/seniors.


9:00 p.m.

Cupids and Curves: Red Dress Party

Glo UltraLounge

Town ‘n’ Country : 8831 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33615

Plus sized women and big handsome men may meet their Valentine at this upscale party with music by DJ’s Ninjai and Brian J. Johnson, a contest for best red dress and readings by psychic/medium Jennifer Rae. Red dresses for women and “upscale” attire for men suggested, but not required. …

Price: $5, $10 after 10 p.m .


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