Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 12-18

Queen and Adam Lambert will be in Tampa, the Busch Gardens Bier Fest returns and food trucks have a Tater Tot Throwdown.
Queen and Adam Lambert will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Lede Company.
Queen and Adam Lambert will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Lede Company.
Published August 11

Queen + Adam Lambert: The legendary rock band has a new lead singer in Adam Lambert to belt out hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. ($45.75 and up).

Bier Fest: Busch Gardens brings back its brew celebration for a second year, opening Saturday and running through Sept. 8 with dozens of breweries and new pub-inspired food fare set up in “culinary cabins” around the theme park.

DATE NIGHT

Music: The reunited Wilson sisters of Heart headlines a femme-fronted rock show with fellow legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and pop outlaw Elle King Saturday at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre ($22.50 and up). Clearwater’s Tilian Pearson, who has fronted Dance Gavin Dance and his own solo career, returns home for a show Wednesday at the Orpheum ($17). The fifth Vibes of the Bay independent music festival returns to the Crowbar Saturday with Slum Village, King Complex, Mike Mass and more (free with RSVP or $10 at the door). The Indiana-based Umphrey’s McGee brings its summer tour to t. Jannus Live on Thursday ($30). Jazz vocalist Ona Kirei performs her arrangements from the Iberian Peninsula and her original compositions Thursday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ( $12-$15; $24 reserved). The ‘90s alt-rock titans Bush and Live bring their 25th anniversary tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday ($25 and up). Hippiefest at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on Friday with ‘60s icons like Ten Years After, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Vanilla Fudge and Henry Gross ($45-$79). Tongue will meet cheek on Friday as Okilly Dokilly, the Ned Flanders-themed metal band, teams up with Mac Sabbath, the McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath parody band at Ybor’s Crowbar ($17). Country’s Josh Ward performs at the Dallas Bull on Friday ($10 and up). Soul singer and keyboard player Latimore returns home Saturday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($18-$35). Get your reggae fill on Sunday when Rebelution performs with Protoje and Collie Buddz in Vinoy Park ($35 and up).

Comedy: Veteran comedian Alonzo Bodden (Last Comic Standing, NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me) will be at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Thursday through Sunday ($16-$18) and improv comedy podcast The 85 South Show will rant and roast one another at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday ($40 and up).

Cagestock: A three-day celebration of “peace, beer and music” will have a lineup of 20 local bands on two stages at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg Friday through Sunday. Free.

Beer Olympics: The Rotary Club in Dunedin tests your skills in beer pong, cornhole and other bar games Saturday at this popular fundraiser. Teams win prizes and the best costumes also get a surprise. $25-$30 day dunedinwaterside.com/beer-olympics.

Cult Classics: The Dali Museum ends its summer series with Mean Girls Bring a chair for the free screening Thursday at 7 p.m. Food trucks on site.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Tator Tot Throwdown: Friday’s food truck rally in St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Park will have nearly two dozen food trucks lined up at the waterfront park and all will have at least one tator tot dish, as well as their regular cuisine. 6-11 p.m. Friday. 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Dog Swim Day: Dogs can dive in and splash in St Petersburg’s Fossil Park Pool on Saturday. Proof of vaccination required. $5.

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