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Plan your weekend July 15-17: Dierks Bentley, Mud Wars, Jon Lovitz, Bret Michaels at the Rays

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Dierks Bentley: The country music superstar, left, brings his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard opening the show. 7 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $27-$51.75. (813) 740-2446.


Bret Michaels after Rays game: The Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series continues this Saturday with Poison front man and reality show stalwart Bret Michaels, ready to talk dirty to fans at the Trop. The concert follows the Rays versus Baltimore Orioles at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field. It's free with a game ticket, though you can purchase a field wristband for $20.


98 Degrees: Nick Lachey, left, and his trio team up with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera for the MY2K Tour, taking fans back to the '90s. 7 p.m. Friday MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29-$79. (813) 740-2446.

Play dirty

Extreme Mud Wars: The sloppy fun returns to Spa Beach in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday and this mud play is not for kids. Teams of six to 10 adults will compete in an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war, dodge ball and mud ball frenzy in a super-sized trough filled with 10 dump trucks' worth of mud. It's free for spectators to wallow in, watch and check out the beer garden — just don't wear your white shoes. If you want to compete, you have to sign up in advance and it may well be sold out. If available, it's $500 for a team of at least six adults, $60 for an individual who will be put on a team at It runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-877-820-2582.


Moonshiners: Mark Ramsey, left, and "Digger" Manes from the hit Discovery Channel show Moonshiners will be at Universal Fine Wine and Spirits in Holiday on Saturday for samples of Sugarlands Shine, the moonshine and whiskey produced by their distillery in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Then line up to purchase a bottle and have it autographed by the Tennessee moonshine legends. 21 and older only. Free 1-3 p.m. Saturday at 1542 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. (727) 937-8330.

Take the kids

Kids Day: Antsy kids can have fun in the air-conditioned Tampa Convention Center with slot car racing, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo, samples, games, and a meet and greet with Peyton List (Emma in Disney Channel's Jessie and Bunk'd.) Free (fees for some activities) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (727) 563-8851.


Dive-In Movies: The Epicurean Hotel hosts an evening of poolside music and movie trivia and a screening of Hot Tub Time Machine 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Food and cocktails will be available for purchase. Entry is free, $5 parking at Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (855) 829-2536.


Jon Lovitz: Best known for his many characters on Saturday Night Live, Jon Lovitz is a late bloomer as a stand-up comic. It wasn't until 2003, at the age of 46, that the actor who gave us Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar, gave stand-up a try. He now says he prefers it to his comic film roles. He performs at 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 at the Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

Hog heaven

Beer, Bacon and Fireworks night: The Dunedin Blues Jays bring back Beer, Bacon and Fireworks night on Friday when the team plays Bradenton because, why not? Sponsored by Budweiser, gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the beer and bacon-dish sampling will run from 6-8 p.m. A game and bacon sampling ticket is $12. Five-ounce craft beer samples will be available for $1. Or get a ticket, unlimited beer and bacon plus a refillable souvenir cup for $20 at or (727) 733-0429. The game is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 733-9302.

Clown around

Garden Brothers Circus: This weekend brings what the Garden Brothers Circus says is the last chance to see elephants in its circus ring when the third-generation family-owned circus sets up at the USF Sun Dome. It is celebrating its 100th anniversary with daredevils, Chinese acrobats, a human slingshot, racing camels, clowns and aerialists. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (941) 343-2378. Tickets are $10.75-$35.75 at

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Plan your weekend July 15-17: Dierks Bentley, Mud Wars, Jon Lovitz, Bret Michaels at the Rays 07/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 4:54pm]
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