Mr. Maddon Head
Get your Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Anaheim Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 7:10 p.m. Aug. 2. You can put him on the shelf next to your Joe Maddon Bobblehead and your Zim Bear. Find tickets at tampabay.rays.mlb.com.
Ready for some football?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers preseason football, that is. The Bucs take on the Miami Dolphins Aug. 16 and the Washington Redskins (this may be the last time you can see them under that name) Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets are available at buccaneers.com.
Named one of the 10 Great Beer Festivals in the Country by USA Today, the annual tropical taste explosion features 275 beers and beverages from around the world, as well as food and music. Animals will not be on exhibit during the event. It's from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Get details at lowryparkzoo.com or by calling (813) 935-8552.
Back to the '70s
Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Toto ... whew! Talk about music with the ability to catapult us younger boomers back in time to those dorm-room afternoon get-togethers with our buddies. If you yearn to go back, Michael McDonald — of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers fame — and Toto — the Van Nuys band that gave us Rosanna, not the little dog terrorized by the Wicked Witch of the West — will appear together at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. See rutheckerdhall.com or call (727) 791-7400 for details and tickets.
Celebrate summer's end
There will be a lighted boat parade and fireworks after dark Aug. 31, with food trucks selling their wares, and music, starting at 5 p.m. on Channelside Drive in Tampa. Get details at funintampabay.com or by calling (813) 223-4250.