Friday, February 23, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 5

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's art and architecture. Benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations. It's at 11:30 a.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $7.50 adults, $5 ages 2-12. (813) 274-8982.

Clearwater Threshers: It's dollar night at the Threshers game against the Daytona Cubs, and that means you can get some game tickets for $1, plus $1 hot dogs, beers, soft drinks, popcorn, peanuts and ice cream sandwiches. The game is at 7 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4467; threshersbaseball.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Target Tuesday: The hands-on Glazer Children's Museum has free admission today for everyone from 2 to 7 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays: Teens and tweens ages 11-17 can hang with friends and enjoy swimming, snacks, games, prizes and dancing in and around the pool. It's at 7 p.m. at Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $4-$5. (727) 518-3016.

TO WATCH

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, 8 p.m., ABC If three hours of country music is your way of spending a weeknight, then knock yourself out. We know this much: Brad Paisley plays a mean Telecaster and Miranda Lambert sings a mean revenge song.

Food Paradise, 10 p.m., Travel Channel This episode — "Hot and Spicy Paradise" — stops in one of St. Petersburg's favorite local restaurants, Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine, home to the infamous Inferno Soup. (They are even giving out samples this week if you want to try one spoonful.) Only two people in three years have managed to finish it.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Looking for things to do with the kids? We have lots of them at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Coming up

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: With an all-star lineup of comedians, you can see Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick and more when they hit the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday to kick off a tour. $35-$99.75. (813) 740-2446.

30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park: Catch Oscar winner Jared Leto on Saturday amid this epic mashup of alt-rock that also features AFI at Tampa's Steinbrenner Field. $40-$115.

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Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

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