Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Highland Fling: The 2017 festival runs weekends through April 2 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. 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.
Grand Central Chili Cookoff: Restaurants, local businesses and chefs cook up their own style of chili at this tasting with celebrity judges, beer for sale, street vendors and live music. Noon, Grand Central District, 1800 block of Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 advance, $20 day of cookoff, $10 kids under 12. (727) 828-7006.
San Gennaro Festa: Italian food, live entertainment, local craftsmen, cannoli eating contest, bocce ball, children's activities and Italian cars. Noon, Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. $6, 12 and younger free. (727) 724-1572.
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival: Grab your sampling glass for beer sipping and bourbon tasting, at the hoedown throwdown, with 60 beers on tap, 40 bourbons, plus barbecue and more. 2 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $39 advance, $75 VIP advance; $25 designated driver.
George Saunders: An Afternoon Conversation: The short-story icon and MacArthur 'genius' grant winner celebrates the release of his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. 2:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $38.50. (813) 274-8982.
Gumbo and Jazz Festival: Kick off Mardi Gras enjoying cool jazz from the Sauce Boss as he prepares his famous gumbo (tasting charge extra); additional food vendors on site. Benefits homeless veterans. 4 p.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. $20 advance, $25 day of, $40 gumbo tasting. (727) 280-5893.
Parker Millsap: The singer-songwriter. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, 706 Second St., Safety Harbor. $20-$25. (727) 725-4018.
Chris Roach: He plays Mott on CBS' Kevin Can Wait and had a recurring role as Rodney the mental patient on ABC's One Life to Live. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$16.50. (813) 960-1197.
Will Hoge: Rocker with a country soul. 7 p.m., The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20-$35. (828) 773-9481.
Oscar Shorts: Live Action: View the 2016 Oscar nominated best live action short films including Ennemis Interieurs, Silent Nights, Sing, La Femme et le TGV and Timecode. All films are appropriate for ages 13 and older only. 7:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $11, $9 members. (813) 274-8982.
Dan Andriano and Matt Pryor: The vocalist and bassist of the Alkaline Trio teams up with Get Up Kids singer-songwriter for a tour. 7:30 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $12.50-$16. (813) 241-8600.
Florida Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven's Symphony No. 2: Under the direction of Michael Francis, the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay present Durufle's Requiem set against Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15-$45. (727) 893-7832.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet: The group blends the richness of Louisiana Cajun traditions with zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues. 8 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$39.50. (727) 822-3590.
Vodkanauts: Tampa Bay's power lounge quintet. Free. 8 p.m., Red Star Rock Bar, 5210 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 237-0012.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Weinermobile Comes to Town: Hotdogger and car driver Taylor Lennox bring the Wienermobile to the Tampa Bay area for photos, free wiener whistles and a peek inside the vehicle. 11 a.m., Walmart, 23106 U.S. 19, Clearwater. Free. (727) 724-7777.
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