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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16

Kenneth Williams, 8, of Clearwater, watches as USF running backs Willie Davis, left, and Michael Pierre, right, autograph a poster for him during the USF Bulls Fan Fest on Aug. 18, 2013. Coaches and players spent the day greeting fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs to kick of the season.

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Kenneth Williams, 8, of Clearwater, watches as USF running backs Willie Davis, left, and Michael Pierre, right, autograph a poster for him during the USF Bulls Fan Fest on Aug. 18, 2013. Coaches and players spent the day greeting fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs to kick of the season.

USF Bulls Fan Fest: Grab your footballs, hats, jerseys and any other memorabilia for autograph and picture opportunities with your favorite Bulls players and coaches. The field will have interactive experiences set up. The event will go on, rain or shine at noon, Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free. (813) 350-6500.

One Republic: The pop, rock band famous for Apologize and Secrets, perform with Script and American Authors at 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$65. (813) 740-2446.

Summer of Rum Festival: This tropically themed festival has three floors of rum zones, street vendors and performers, rum shacks, a 40-foot frozen drink trailer, live tropical music and food trucks including Street Surfer, Taco Bus, Daily Grinders. 2 p.m., Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. $20, $95 VIP. (813) 786-7480.

Summer Nights: The All-American Rejects: The last of Busch Gardens' summer concerts features the Dirty Little Secret rock band. Park opens at 9 a.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Included with regular daily admission: $95, $90 for ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

The Grand Brony Gala: Saddle up, bronies. This My Little Pony fan convention returns bigger and better than last year's event, with voice actors and writers from the show. 9 a.m., Embassy Suites Tampa - USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. $20-$77, $185 VIP; grandbronygala.com.

Clearwater Threshers: vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers: It's Veterans and Military Appreciation Night with pre-game parachute jumps, military vehicles on display, tributes during the game, camo drawstring backpacks for the first 1,000 fans and a post game fireworks extravaganza. 6:30 p.m., Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Amateur and professional bakers to show off their best-tasting and most artistically decorated creations in a bid to claim the coveted handmade glass cupcake trophy. Get to tasting at noon, Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free for audience; $15 entry fee to compete. (727) 822-7872.

Make and Take Saturday: Ages 5 and older can create a masterpiece inspired by themes of environmentalism in My Generation, then contribute to an environmental project using recycled marine debris. 11 a.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. (727) 896-2667.

TO WATCH

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion, 9 p.m., BBC America Whovians, there are specials leading to the Aug. 23 premiere of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. This one looks at what it means to be his companion. Willingness to time-travel at a moment's notice?

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 16 08/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 1:22pm]

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