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Things to do in Tampa

09 Today

Florida State 4-H Horse Show: Youth from around Florida compete at disciplines including Hunter, Western, Saddle Seat and speed events; qualifiers move on to Southern U.S. regionals, 8 a.m. today and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. Free. Call (352) 392-1916.

Kids arts and crafts: Bring kids ages 5 to 10 to make some summer arts and crafts at the mall, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Mall. Free. Call (813) 259-0345.

Xtreme Fighting Championships: Mixed Martial Arts superstars come to town for XFC 11 "The Next Generation," at 7 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. This live action fighting integrates jiujitsu, judo, karate, boxing, tae kwon do and wrestling. Cost is $15 to $70. Call (813) 301-6500 or visit

'Dear Aunt Gertrude: Camp Wigglewam': A zany, themed short-form improv show complete with insect repellent, nature hikes and awkward camp dances, 8 p.m. at the Box, 1300 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (813) 248-3301.

10 Saturday

Ybor City Saturday market: Produce, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh-baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, plants, pet treats, arts and crafts, jewelry and bath and body products, 9 a.m. at Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave. Free. Call (813) 241-2442.

Beertopia: Join the festivities in annual celebration of beer, with free tastes of parade of beers, ales, plus new wines; live music, barbecue in the outdoor beer garden, at 5 p.m. at Tank's Tap Room, 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway. Free admission, charge for food and beverages. Call (813) 961-2337 or visit

11 Sunday

Summer run: A 5K race with an after party and food including soda, juice, water, hotdogs, chicken and snacks, begins at 8 a.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 race day. Call (813) 874-7223 or visit

Ladies Tea and Spa Party: Get spoiled as you're served hand-selected teas, petite sandwiches, cheese boards, petit fours and more with crystal, linens and bone china, from noon to 3 p.m. at Empress Tea Room and Bistro, 6810 E Fowler Ave. After tea and treats, relax in the spa with a goodie bag and choice of two miniservices $50. Call (813) 988-9027 or visit

Classic movie: As part of its summer classics series, the Tampa Theatre presents It Came From Outer Space, complete with 3D glasses to accompany classic sci-fi, at 3 p.m. at 711 N Franklin St. Tickets are $9, $7 for theater members. Call (813) 274-8286.

Indie tunes straight up: Stick Martin Show, a hip-hop trio, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Hub Bar, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Ages 21 and older only. Free. Call (813) 229-1553.

15 Thursday

Mother and Daughter Art Show and Reception: Painting and photography by artists and avid gardeners Brigitte Mailahn and Melanid Mailahn, at 5 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. The reception with the artists includes refreshments and a plant swap. Free. Visit

Battle of the Bands: Quest for the Ultimate Opening Act: Thursday nights in July feature a handful of bands battling it out on stage for a spot in the final battle in August, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (813) 247-2555 or visit

Group bike ride: Weekly guided bike ride for the fast and slow, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. The ride ends at a select bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required. Helmets suggested. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

Showcase | Parade of Sail

Sail Tampa Bay begins with tall ships sailing into the channel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Call (813) 274-8511 or visit

Things to do in Tampa 07/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 1:06pm]
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