Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 9-15

Richard Dreyfuss plays Matt Hooper in ''Jaws.'' Photo from Universal Studios
Richard Dreyfuss plays Matt Hooper in ''Jaws.'' Photo from Universal Studios
Published July 9 2018

SharkCon: It’s all about sharks this Saturday-Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, with a touch tank, shark tooth dig pit, shark ride, marine rescue exhibits, STEM projects and shark dissection. Adding a comic con element this year are celebrity appearances by Richard Dreyfuss of Jaws and stars from Sharknado, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo and Gena Lee Nolin. $14.95, $4.95 ages 3-13 (one day); $19.95, $7.50 children (two days). A special event, Jawing with Richard Dreyfuss happens on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $49.99. Dreyfuss will delve into behind-the-scenes stories of the making of Jaws, with a video and photo montage.

America II Extreme Mud Wars: It’s free to watch teams get down and dirty at St. Petersburg’s Lake Vista Park on Saturday. This wildly popular day of rolling in a mud pit and slinging dirt will have people competing in ultimate football, belly bumpers, dodge ball, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, joust pit, the eliminator and mud volleyball.. It’s free for spectators, with food trucks and a beer garden, but you can sign up to compete at

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Music: The Rock and Roll Express Tour comes through St. Pete’s Al Lang Stadium Wednesday featuring alt-rockers 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul and Soul Asylum ($49.50-265). Friday, Grammy Award-winning crooner Sam Smith plays Tampa’s Amalie arena ($35-$121). Saturday, hit-making rapper Chief Keef takes the Ritz Ybor ($27-$120).

The Greatest Love of All: Whitney Houston Show: Belinda Davids perform a tribute to the icon Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg ($32.50-$59.50).

Free Museum Admission: It’s free admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum on Thursday, an opportunity to see the "Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann" exhibit before it closes on July 15.

At the Movies: Ant Man & The Wasp, and a free Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary screening

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Back to School Bash: The free expo at the Brandon Westfield Town Center on Saturday also includes activities and appearances by Thunder Bug from the Tampa Bay Lightning and DJ Kitty from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Activities for Kids or Adults: From surfing inside a retail store, to skydiving indoors



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