Pepper Fest: Turn up the heat with spicy barbecue sauce and sizzling salsas, hot pepper foods to sample and purchase, and pepper-eating contests. Benefits Elizabeth's Animal Rescue and Sanctuary (EARS). 10 a.m., England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $3, 12 and younger free. (727) 423-8433.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners and Weezer: Join the Rays for Autism Speaks Night and Teacher's Appreciation Night, then stick around after the game for the Summer Concert Series kickoff featuring Weezer. First pitch at 4:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297; tampabay.rays.mlb.com.
White Elephant Sale: Shop Lowry Park Zoo's collectible items including seasonal and holiday decor or props from ZooBoo and Wild Wonderland. Fixtures, merchandising supplies and trade items will also be sold. Opens at 9 a.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 935-8552.
Aquamania: Gulfport salutes its waterfront with a festival with arts and crafts vendors, children's entertainment, live music and water-themed games: a dunk tank, kayak and stand-up paddle adventures, a rubber duck race and rides. Starts at 10 a.m. at Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd. Free, fee for some activities. (727) 322-5217.
Urban Chicken Race: Dress like a chicken for a clucking fun scavenger hunt. Teams of up to eight people will compete to solve 12 clues on this family friendly race. 10:30 a.m., Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 1600 E Eighth Ave., Suite 123, Tampa. $75. (813) 247-1422.
Juliet Simms: The Voice's season 2 runner-up performs with her rock band, Automatic Loveletter. Goodnight Neverland and Lions After Dark will also play 7 p.m. at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 241-8600.
Smells Like Teen Lit: Teenage Wasteland II: Local writers read their angsty adolescent prose with special appearances by Permanent Makeup, Y Los Dos Pistoles and Glow Low. 7 p.m., Planet Retro Gallery, 2414 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 218-7434.
Tony Rock: The younger brother of Chris Rock is host of the newly revamped talent competition Apollo Live and a series regular on BET's Reed Between the Lines. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $15-$17. (813) 864-4000.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Dairy Day: Honoring National Dairy Month, the festival features calf scrambles, pig races, cow train and pony rides, waterslides, a rock wall, a fossil pit, mechanical bull riding, Florida food and raffles benefiting local ministries. 10 a.m., Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. $15 adults, $10 children 2-10, free children under 2; free parking. (941) 322-2802.
Iron Chef America, 10 p.m., Food Tropical desserts are the special of the day in a contest that pits Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian with pastry chefs Johnny Iuzzini and Elizabeth Falkner. You had us at "desserts."
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