Friday, November 17, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of August 8-14.

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Grand Brony Gala: This family friendly event for fans of My Little Pony is at the Sheraton Tampa East from Friday to Sunday, and includes special guests Jayson Thiessen, Nicole Oliver, Kelly Sheridan and Peter New, cosplay contests, games, vendors, panels and shows. $10-$55, $165 for VIP. Children 5 and younger are free. grandbronygala.com.

Fetish Con: If you've been rehearsing kinky karaoke and can't wait for the Kinky Red Carpet, this event is for you. The trade show at the Hilton St. Petersburg runs Thursday to Sunday, bringing vendors, models and much more. Ages 18 or older only. Tickets are $40 per day, $107 all-access and $25 after-party. fetishcon.com.

Date night

Music: On Thursday, Christian rock sibling group Hillsong Worship brings the Outcry Tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa ($18.95-$52.95), where Grammy Award-winning country artist Brad Paisley follows on Friday ($15-$54.75). Ray LaMontagne plays Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall also on Friday, accompanied by members of My Morning Jacket ($43-$83), and on Saturday, legendary rocker Alice Cooper visits ($48.75-$93.75). Sunday, the vibes are in St. Petersburg, whether you check out reggae-pop group UB40 at the Mahaffey Theater ($49.50-$69.50) or reggae-rockers Slightly Stoopid at Vinoy Park ($25).

Comedy: Shut Up and Laugh: The Wild 94.1 event on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater features Jo Koy, Robert Kelly and Leonard Ouzts. ($35-$69). Saturday, David Liebe Hart presents a comedy show using puppets, music and video at Tampa's New World Brewery ($10).

Kids and family

The Beach Tampa: Interactive art installation continues daily at Amalie Arena. Play in an ocean of 1.2 million white plastic balls in a 15,000-square-foot architectural installation. Timed tickets are free, but they're going fast, at thebeachtampa.com. Open through Aug. 25.

Dog Swim Day: There are two sessions — 9:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — of leash-free swim and play for dogs Saturday at Fossil Park in St. Petersburg before the pool closes for the season. Register with proof of your dog's current vaccination. It's $5 per dog; humans get in free, but can't swim.

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