Plan your weekend
Flavor Run Ready to taste the race? Runners of all skill levels will face a sensory assault Saturday when they dash into the clouds of colored dust swirling around the back of the Florida State Fairgrounds. Not only will the cornstarch being hurled at them by "flavor fairies" smell like fruit and candy — it will taste that way too. Registration for the Flavor Run 5K will be $55 and the 1-mile fun run will be $25 per person. Spectators are free but parking at the fairgrounds is $6 cash per car. For more information on what you'll need for race day, visit flavorrun.com.
Hot Summer Nights Poolside Party Kaya Jones of the Pussycat Dolls will make an appearance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, with music by DJ Kcao. The poolside party is for people 21 and older with complimentary liquor-sponsor samples for the first 500 guests. Free. 9 p.m. Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 627-7625.
Dine Tampa Bay What started in 2010 with 58 restaurants has blossomed to 97 participating restaurants this year for a "week" that runs from Friday to Aug. 30. Customers take advantage of affordable deals to try out new places. It's dinner only, with casual and special-occasion restaurants spread across Hillsborough and Pinellas offering short lists of appetizers, entrees and dessert for $25, $35 or $45. Visit DineTampaBay.com to see the list of participating restaurants, all of which offer a prix-fixe $25, $35 or $45 dinner menu Friday through Aug. 30.
USF Bulls Fan Fest Grab your footballs, hats, jerseys and any other memorabilia because there will be plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures with your favorite Bulls players and coaches. The field will have interactive experiences set up. It's free from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500.
Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest Now in its third year, this challenge once again promises to bring out creativity in both novice and professional bakers and bring in the crowds who plunk down a $1 a vote to pick their favorite confections. It's free for the audience to try samples, and the creativity just keeps getting better. In the past, cupcakes have come with little gummy versions of Dale Chihuly's glass artwork or in flavors ranging from figs and goat cheese (a People's Choice winner last year), pistachio, black cherry, toffee with salted caramel frosting, various takes on bacon and even chicken and waffles. The contest starts at noon Saturday at the Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg, 719 Central Ave.
Fetish Con If you've been rehearsing kinky karaoke and can't wait for the antics of the Rev. B Dangerous freak show, these are your people. The 13th annual Fetish Con is one of the largest (and kinkiest) conventions on the East Coast with vendors, models and much more we'd rather not mention. You must be 18 or older to attend Friday through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St. Price: $75 (all access); $25 per day (dungeon access not included) at fetishcon.com.
98 Rock Presents: Big Night Out 98 Rock brings a handful of soon-to-be-classic-rock acts to that sunny patch of grass we call Vinoy Park. "Big Night Out" is a fundraiser where attendees pay 98 cents (VIP reserved seating is available for just under $30) to see Fuel get their Shimmer on while Hoobastank look for The Reason and Alien Ant Farm give 'em some Attitude and throw down their epic Michael Jackson cover, Smooth Criminal. It's Sunday at 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $0.98-$29.50. (727) 893-7441.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]