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Plan your weekend July 26-28

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Vans Warped tour Making this weekend "one louder" for sure, the Vans Warped Tour, which stops in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on Friday, has plenty of thrashy metal and punk bands on the bill, but you're also just as likely to spot a DJ, rapper, folkie or pop singer — remember, it wasn't so long ago that Katy Perry did a summer on Warped. With more than 90 artists on nine stages, gates to Friday's show open at 11 a.m.; tickets start at $28.50. Go to for a full lineup.


Metrocon Calling itself Florida's Largest Anime Convention, Metrocon has much more to offer than panels on Japanese cartoons and cosplay of battle-ready heroes. The convention runs Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. Daily and weekend passes can be purchased at the door; $30-$35 single-day adult, $60 weekend pass. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Friday, but you should be in line by 8 a.m.; last year, more than 6,000 people registered on site. (813) 898-1310.


Pawgaritaville This Caribbean-themed party at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's shelter will have cool drinks, hot music, food trucks and half-priced pet adoptions. There also will be dog-training demos and activities for children from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 876-7138.


Half Way to Gasparilla Pub Crawl Prepare for an invasion and dust off those pirate costumes for the 12th annual Half Way to Gasparilla Pub Crawl, a night of drinking at bars and clubs in Ybor City. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $20 with costume; $30 no costume (cash only at door). The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663.

Take it off!

Magic Fridays Male Encounter — the group that inspired the movie Magic Mike — brings a women's-only beefcake show to Push as part of Magic Fridays. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. $10. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 871-7874.


Cuban sandwich Meet the winners of the "Best Cuban Sandwich in Florida" at the Best Cuban Sandwich Awards, and watch as they attempt to break the record for world's longest Cuban sandwich. It's part of the 2013 Cuban Sandwich Show, a month of events dedicated to Tampa's signature sammy. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 N 15th St., Tampa. For details, see


Kendra Wilkinson The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is upping the star wattage for its Hot Summer Nights Poolside Party. Reality TV star and Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson will appear at the casino's weekly 21-and-up poolside party on Friday, which gets started at 9 p.m. Expect things to get wilder later at night inside. The pool party is free; for details, call (813) 627-7625.


Spring Awakening Since winning the 2007 Tony for best musical, when it featured, appropriately enough, future Glee stars Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff as sexually curious youth, Spring Awakening has only expanded its rabid cult following. Lyricist Steven Sater and pop star Duncan Sheik modernized a dreary 19th century play by German Frank Wedekind with slick, singable songs that convey an age-old truth: Growing up, no matter which century, can be a serious bummer. The show runs through Aug. 18 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Contains adult situations and is intended for mature audiences only. $37-$44. (727) 498-5205.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Plan your weekend July 26-28 07/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:16pm]
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