Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 12-18

Kanye West: Even if his social antics make him hard to love, Kanye West is the most influential pop artist working today, and he is bringing his tour to Amalie Arena on Wednesday — with a floating stage that hovers above the audience. $25.75 and up. amaliearena.com.

St. Pete Art and Fashion Week: Today through Saturday brings an array of fashion-inspired art and art-inspired fashions. Get tickets at stpeteartfashion week.com.

Date night

Music: Ukelele star Jake Shimabukuro plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre today ($38-$48). Ja Rule and Ashanti get early 2000s nostalgia in full swing on Thursday at the Ritz Ybor ($35). Soul crooner Leon Bridges plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday with jazzy folk-pop singer Lianne La Havas opening ($38.75 and up). The Super Freestyle Explosion returns to Amalie Arena on Saturday, an '80s-tastic jam with Stevie B and Lisa Lisa, Expose, Shannon, Sweet Sensation's Betty Dee and many more ($34.50 ). The Zac Brown Band brings its fierce, fiery live show to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sunday ($25.50). The second in Busch Gardens' new Red Carpet Series brings in Cuban jazz icon Arturo Sandoval on Saturday in the park's Moroccan Palace Theatre ($30).

Tattoo Arts Convention: The Tampa Convention Center's huge annual show will have celebrities like Ink Master contestants James Vaughn, Kyle Dunbar, Big Ceeze and Mark Longenecker. And you can get tattooed on site from the more than 200 artists Friday through Sunday. $20 per day, $40 weekend; 12 and younger free at villainarts.com.

Oktoberfest: Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg celebrates its first anniversary and kicks off Oktoberfest with a party Friday. Tampa Bay Rowdies players will serve as guest bartenders starting at 11 a.m.

Kids and family

Beer and Burger Throwdown: Saturday brings the kind of competition we especially like to see at Raymond James Stadium, but this one will be in the stadium's North Parking Lot. There's also a fun zone for kids. $10 cash at door; active military and kids younger than 16, free. Burger, beer and beverage costs, extra.

more to explore

You can map out your music wish list with our Fall Concert Preview at tampabay.com/thingstodo.

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