Plan your weekend
The Dixie Chicks: Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer take the stage in Tampa Friday for their first tour in a decade. Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith open at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
Tampa Bay Rays: Fans are encouraged to show the Rays how much the St. Pete community supports them. Lower level seats are $25 and include a team hat. Upper level seats are $10. Sunday is Family Fun Day. For Military Monday, active duty, honorably discharged, retired veterans and dependents of military personnel can get two free tickets to the game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. 7:10 p.m. Friday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday, 7:10 p.m. Monday.
Take the kids
The Beach Tampa: This is the last week to play in the free installation of 1.2 million white plastic balls designed to look like an ocean of bubbles at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers are available through thebeachtampa.com. Most weekend times have been snapped up, but weekday tickets are still available online. The exhibit's last day is Aug. 25. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.
Craft Beer Experience: Get your tickets ASAP because the 97X event on Saturday is known to sell out. There are more than 100 craft beers, with live music and signature food selections from downtown St. Pete restaurants. $30, $35 at the door; includes a commemorative 97X Craft Beer Festival cup. In addition to local brews like Tampa Bay Brewing and Florida Avenue Brewing, participating breweries include Kona, Magic Hat and Big Storm. 4 to 8 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832. themahaffey.com.
Lobster Fest: For the third annual Tampa Bay Lobster Festival at the Kapok Special Events Center in Clearwater, live lobsters are being flown in from Maine, and there's live music, crafts, wine sampling and a "Sweet Street" of desserts. Dinner includes a 1.25-pound steamed lobster, a side dish, potatoes, fresh lemon wedges, dinner roll and melted butter. $10 admission, plus $24.95 dinner. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. 923 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (877) 476-8499. tampabaylobsterfestival.com.
Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Professional chefs and home cooks compete Saturday for bragging rights (and a nifty trophy made by a professional artist from the Morean Center for Clay), and tasters can vote for the People's Choice award by paying $1 per taste. The sugar coma benefits the Morean's education and exhibition programs. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.
Comedy: Brad Williams, whose Showtime special, Fun Size, topped the comedy special charts for 2015 and who was born with a type of dwarfism, draws material in part from his stature, often making light of his interactions with people who don't know how to deal with it, performs at 8 p.m. today through Sunday at the Tampa Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813)864-4000. improvtampa.com. Over at Side Splitters Comedy Club, there's Jamie Kennedy, the comedian and actor of the Scream films and Malibu's Most Wanted who made a documentary, Heckler, about people who hate his stand-up act. $20-$25. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com. 8:30 p.m. today through Saturday.
Blades of glory
Ice Arena Open House: Tampa Bay Lightning alums will be on hand Saturday for an open house to show off a $5 million expansion of the Clearwater Ice Arena. There will be free public skating (1-7 p.m.) and a hockey game between police officers of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties (7:30 p.m.). Special appearances include ex-Lightning player Brian Bradley (2 p.m.), the Rolling Thunder game truck (3 p.m.), Lightning Girls (4 p.m.), Thunderbug (5 p.m.) and Lightning great Dave Andreychuk (5 p.m.). Free, $5 skate rental at Clearwater Ice Arena, 13940 Icot Blvd. (727) 536-5843.
Gulfport Art Walk: Stroll through the streets to see more than 35 locally owned shops, businesses, boutiques, galleries, bars, and restaurants while catching live musical performances. Free. Gulfport Art Walk, 3007 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 322-5217. 6-10 p.m. Saturday.
Home and garden show
Tampa Home Show: Chip Wade of HGTV's Curb Appeal and other home makeover shows will do meet and greets. The show boasts more than 600 exhibits with products and home improvement ideas. Admission is $8. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Toll-free, 1-877-730-7469.
Super Hero Night at the Threshers: Saturday is Super Hero Night with a free post-game fireworks show. Dozens of characters from the Makers United for Children's Hope Foundation will be available for pictures on the concourse and for in-game entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the MUCH Foundation's mission to provide personal visits from familiar costumed characters to brighten the days of children who are hospitalized or under medical care. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 6:15 game against the Daytona Tortugas. Tickets are $6-$10 at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.
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