America II: Extreme Mud Wars: Last we heard, competitor slots were almost gone, but the real (and free!) fun is in watching other people get dirty in the obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war and more. It runs Saturday and Sunday at Spa Beach in downtown St. Petersburg. (877) 820-2582.
Dunedin Orange Festival: The fruit did make Florida famous, so celebrate with juice samples, family fun zone, live music and best of all: mojo cookoff competition. Admission is free, but you can taste the mojo for $10 Saturday at Edgewater Park. (727) 330-4888.
Marvel Universe Live: Your favorite Avengers come to life on stage — a world premiere — so nerds of all ages, assemble! The pyrotechnic and stunt-packed show is Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. $40-$120. (813) 301-2500.
Fresh off the release of Supernova, folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday ($53.25-$125; (727) 791-7400). And we like it, we love it: Catch Tim McGraw on Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($30.25-$70; (813) 740-2446).
Inventing Van Gogh: In this hallucinatory mystery-drama, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Jobsite Theater opens the show Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts' Shimberg Playhouse for $28. But catch $14 preview performances Wednesday and Thursday. (813) 229-7827.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Did you know we're "Half Way to Gasparilla"? The Trop sure did. So air out your pirate gear Saturday and get a lower-level seat and Gasparilla beads for $35 with promo code Krewe1 by Thursday. After the game, catch Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performing.
Kids and family
Cow Appreciation Day: Dress as a cow from head to hoof and you'll be rewarded Friday with a free meal at any Chick-fil-A restaurant. A partial costume receives a free entree. (813) 286-0534.
Metrocon: Florida's largest anime convention is back Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center with an anime human chess match, formal Fantasy Masquerade and fire show. $10-$100. (813) 898-1310.
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