Top things to do this weekend: Supercross Championship, Olate Dogs, Gasparilla Distance Classic

Published February 21 2018
Updated February 21 2018

BIKE RACE: Monster Energy Supercross Championship

The action-packed dirt bike stunts and racing of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship return to Tampa for the first time in two decades. Motorcyclists will race at more than 60 mph and fly off jumps reaching heights as tall as a three-story building. Each track in the 16-city series is different, so competitors will ride between 15 and 20 laps around the track and obstacles set up in Raymond James Stadium as the stadium sound system cranks out AC/DC and Motley Crue. There’s also laser lights, pyrotechnic blasts and 100-foot flames shooting out of the Monster Energy finish line apparatus. Stars expected will include Adam Enticknap, Cooper Webb, above, Josh Grant and Jason Anderson. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$161. (813) 350-6500.

POWER PUPS: Olate Dogs

The Olate Dogs show won over fans to win Season 7 of America’s Got Talent by walking on their hind legs — even while jumping over hurdles. They can form a conga line, slip down a slide, ride scooters and do backflips while charming the crowd. Led by Richard Olate, who developed his act on the streets of his native Chile with his wife, Rebecca, and son Nicholas, the family friendly show includes a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine and amazing cycling and juggling. 1 p.m. Saturday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $21-$26. (727) 791-7400.

LACE UP: Gasparilla Distance Classic

One of Tampa’s best-known road races, the Gasparilla Distance Classic, regularly attracts elite runners and first-timers alike, some 30,000 in all. The chief attraction is the 15K on Saturday, which takes runners on an out-and-back course from downtown Tampa, out just across Gandy Boulevard and back again alongside the mansions and water views of Bayshore Boulevard. The 5K and 15K are Saturday, and Sunday features an 8K and a half-marathon. Runners take their mark at the intersection of Twiggs and Tampa streets in downtown Tampa. 6:40-10:15 a.m. Saturday, 6-9:15 a.m. Sunday. $40-$115. (813) 254-7866.


Everything at Repticon slithers or crawls. Vendors will have reptile pets and everything related to reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. (863) 268-4273.