Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Events

Plan your weekend Sept. 16-18: Zac Brown, tattoo convention, Tampa Theatre WineFest

Plan your weekend

Ink spot

Tattoo Arts Convention: The Villain Arts crew is back for its third Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. You can get tattooed on site by world famous artists, see sideshow acts and meet television celebrities like Ink Master contestants James Vaughn, Kyle Dunbar, Big Ceeze and Mark Longenecker. There will be 200 artists at the event, plus entertainment such as burlesque performances and live human suspension, which is not for the squeamish. You'll also see the Enigma, the guy who turned his body into a sort of tattoo jigsaw puzzle who was featured in an episode of The X-Files, and daily tattoo contests. Admission is $20 per day, $40 for three-day pass; ages 12 and under free at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8511. 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Wine

Tampa Theatre WineFest: There will be bites from local independent restaurants, sips from wineries, an evening of wine and food pairings and a special screening of Casablanca (costumes encouraged) at the historic movie theater for a fundraiser this weekend. Things start off Friday with a two-tiered wine tasting and silent auction. On Saturday, the historic stage will be expanded to seat more than 250 and transformed into Rick's Café for an elegant wine pairing at 6:30 p.m. with a multi-course menu created by Mise en Place chef Marty Blitz. Things wrap up Sunday with a screening of Casablanca at 3 p.m., followed by a conversation with Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall and former Tampa Tribune movie critic Bob Ross. 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. tampatheatre.org.

Concert

Zac Brown Band: The band is touring behind Jekyll + Hyde, their rockish sixth studio album, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Zac, above, and company remain some of the fiercest live acts in all of music, with no two sets quite the same. You'll get your Toes and your Chicken Fried, sure, but you also might hear a cover of Nirvana or Rage Against the Machine. $25.50 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Fitness

Hoofin' It 5K: Two-footed runners get to gallop on the horse track where a Kentucky Derby winner once ran and cross the track's actual finish line. Additional family activities include fun runs for kids, a Mega Soccer Ball Drop and foot golf. $30 5K, $15 kids fun run at tbusc.com. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 792-7757. 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Party

Bands and Beer on the Bay: Safety Harbor Waterfront Park will be packed with activities Saturday. First up is a variety of trucks for kids to climb on, games, an obstacle course, arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All free. That's followed from 3-10 p.m. by Bands and Beer on the Bay with music from the Black Honkeys, the New Rulers and Shevonne and the Bad Boys as well as craft beer from Safety Harbor's Crooked Thumb brewery and a wings throwdown featuring local restaurants. $5 entry; $50 VIP tent. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. (727) 791-8255.

Food

Beer and Burger Throwdown: There will be a delicious war Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Attendees taste and vote for their burger favorites, with restaurants and food trucks offering their best burger creations for $3 to $5, local brews on tap from the beer stations and free craft beer and home brews to sample. Guests can watch college football under the tents, enjoy the DJs, play in the game zone for adults or hang out with pets in the dog zone. There's also a fun zone for kids and a craft village in the stadium's North Parking Lot. Noon to 6 p.m. $10, cash at door; free for active military and kids younger than 16. Burger, beer and beverage costs are extra. Proceeds benefit Animal Coalition of Tampa. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (727) 674-1464.

Dance

Our Town: A Moving Dance Tour of St. Pete: On Saturday, a group of choreographers and dancers have arranged a walk that should prove memorable. The St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and Dance Linkages aims to blend "dance, music, art, architecture and technology, creating moving public art," the producers said in a statement. The walk starts at 7 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, and proceeds to the mural alley along Sixth and Seventh streets. Along the way, a musical composition by Elizabeth Baker can be downloaded to your phones.

'80s jams

Super Freestyle Explosion: The annual '80s-tastic jam returns to Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Stevie B and Lisa Lisa lead the snappy format, which whips between old-school hitmakers with nary a moment's break, and enduring nostalgia for the upbeat, radio-friendly dance jams of the Me Decade. In addition to Stevie B (Because I Love You (The Postman Song)) and Lisa Lisa (Head to Toe), this year's lineup brings Exposé (Point of No Return), Shannon (Let the Music Play), Sweet Sensation's Betty Dee (Hooked on You), Noel (Silent Morning), Trinere (All Night), Connie (Funky Little Beat), the Jets (You Got It All) and Stacey Q (Two of Hearts). $34.50 and up. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

Wurst way

Oktoberfest Kickoff: It may only be September, but as true fans of Oktoberfest know, the tapping of the first Oktoberfest beer barrel by the Munich mayor will take place this weekend. Naturally, the Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg, a franchise of the original built in Munich in 1589, will have an Oktoberfest Kickoff party Friday. Tampa Bay Rowdies players will serve as guest bartenders as the beer hall celebrates its first anniversary with food and drink specials and entertainment by Gulf Coast Enzianer Schuhplattler Verein, a local troop of Bavarian dancers. It starts at 11 a.m. Friday at Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg, 123 Fourth St. S. (727) 898-3333. hofbrauhausstpetersburg.com.

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