Dragon Boat racing: World Dragon Boat Racing Championships will be like Tampa's version of the Olympics, with more than 2,000 athletes from 17 countries. Opening ceremonies with a parade of nations are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and racing runs Wednesday through Sunday on Seddon Channel. There's also an expo at the Tampa Convention Center. All free. tampabaydragonboats.com.
Lil Wayne: Expect a bigger band, pyrotechnics and a large scaffolding for Weezy to race around on. Plus he'll debut tunes off Tha Carter IV, due out at the end of August. With Rick Ross, Keri Hilson and more at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. $38.75-$106.45. (813) 740-2446.
Go-Go's and Goo Goo Dolls: No, not together, but in the same weekend after Rays games at the Trop. The peppy '80s group the Go-Go's perform Friday; the alt rockers known for Iris, Saturday. Both games against the Oakland A's start at 7:10 p.m. Included with game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.
Kings of Leon: They grew up in the Deep South fearing God but loving rock 'n' roll. On Tuesday, they'll play mostly from their latest disc, Come Around Sundown, at 7 p.m. at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. $39.50-$70.50. (813) 740-2446.
WaZoo: Take your pick from more than 250 beers and ales, plus local cuisine, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. $50-$58 advance, $65 day of event, $75 Beastly Beverage Club (includes air-conditioned Safari Lodge and more food), $20 designated driver. (813) 935-8552 ext. 276.
Brian Wilson: The pioneering musician who co-founded the Beach Boys in his teens and wrote many of the band's hits will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $45-$69. (727) 791-7400.
Kids and Family
Extended Hours at the Aquarium: On Tuesday, the Florida Aquarium in Tampa will stay open until 8 p.m., with $10 admission after 5 p.m. (free for members). You can also get a deal on a Swim With the Fishes package: (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.
Back to School Bash: More than 40 vendors and organizations aimed at kids in grades K-8, plus giveaways and entertainment at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Pier in St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-0437. For more back to school events, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
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