Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 11-17

‘Hamilton’ takes the stage in Tampa at last, the Renaissance Festival returns and we have romantic Valentine’s Day options.
Published February 10

Hamilton: After months of anticipation, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s groundbreaking Broadway musical comes to Tampa’s Straz Center on Tuesday with a run through March 10. Tickets range $86-$489, but a digital lottery begins two days before each performance of tickets sold for $10 each. Visit to register. (813) 229-7827.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Time travel through a village of kings, queens, jesters and madrigals at Tampa’s MOSI, starting Saturday through March 30. This weekend’s theme is Highland Fling. $21.95, $13.95 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (813) 983-0111.

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Valentine’s Day: The most romantic event on Thursday by far is the Valentine’s Day Group Wedding, when couples gather at Largo’s Florida Botanical Gardens for a mass wedding. The clerk waives the ceremony fee, but standard license fees apply.

Music: The Taj Mahal Trio kicks off a week full of iconic musicians when they play Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Tuesday ($35-$59). Wednesday, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé plays a timely show at Tampa’s Amalie Arena in support of his new album, Love ($65 and up). The love fest continues on Friday, when Michael Bolton brings his Symphony Sessions tour to the Capitol Theatre ($80-$96). Groundbreaking jazz keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock brings his unique sound to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($53.75-$118.75). Saturday, genre crossers Los Lobos return to the Capitol Theatre ($35-$59).

The Florida Orchestra Masterworks: The Planets: NASA images flash on the big screen for the 100th anniversary of Holst’s sonic trip through the galaxy, conducted by Michael Francis. Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($18-$48).

Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection: The comedian and actor takes questions from the audience and shows video clips from her shows Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($72.50-$257.50). (727) 791-7400.

Comedy: Lewis Black brings his impassioned rants to the Capitol Theatre Wednesday-Thursday ($59.50-$79.50; Man-child Bert Kreischer appears at Tampa Theatre Thursday and Friday ($37.50 and up), where podcaster and Chelsea Lately regular Jo Koy performs on Saturday ($38.50-$48.50;

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Florida State Fair: The fair continues all week through Feb. 18. Ticket prices vary by day; find them at

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