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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 5

Photo courtesy of Side Splitters Comedy Club. Comedian Matt Bellassai used social media to develop a following of millions.

Photo courtesy of Side Splitters Comedy Club. Comedian Matt Bellassai used social media to develop a following of millions.

Matt Bellassai: He's the 2016 recipient of the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Social Media Star, having gained fame from Facebook, and as the writer, producer and star of BuzzFeed's web series, Whine About It. 10:15 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$45. (813) 960-1197.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: New vendors joining the market include Gourmet Muffins, with gluten free and vegan varieties, and Gulf Coast Seafood, offering Gulf shrimp, crab cakes, and fish spread. 9 a.m., Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Summer Nights: Busch Gardens celebrates summer with extended hours, the Kinetix rock-fueled acrobatic show, fireworks and DJ dancing. The park remains open until midnight every Friday and Saturday night through out Summer Nights. Included with regular daily admission. 9:30 a.m., Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $99, $79 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447.

Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: This guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, includes demonstration of Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's secrets, stories, art and architecture. Benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations. 11:30 a.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/one and younger free. (813) 274-8982.

Walk for Love: A leisurely 1-mile walk along Tampa's Riverwalk followed by a Ballyhoo celebration with street hockey and appearances by Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls. Benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. 6 p.m., The Sail, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25. (813) 281-8465.

South Pacific: St. Petersburg Opera presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, featuring songs that have become standards, including Cock-Eyed Optimist, Some Enchanted Evening and Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 822-3590.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Free Tuesday at Glazer Museum: The hands-on museum and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission from 2 to 7 p.m. 2 p.m., Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-3861.

TO WATCH

Chopped, 10 p.m., Food Network. It's time for another culinary throw-down in teh form of a Grill Masters tournament from Napa. High-caliber chefs are ready to get fired up.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find TV recaps at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 5 07/01/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2016 3:32pm]
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