Friday, April 20, 2018
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay: week of Aug. 11-17

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden: It's only fitting that two of the best bands of the '90s unite for a co-headlining tour celebrating their entire catalog at 7 p.m. today at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $29.50-$99.50. (813) 740-2446.

Less: Karleigh Chase's one-woman show about being a homeless female opens at [email protected] in St. Petersburg on Thursday, and the gallery will also have paintings by a previously homeless artist and music by a band comprised of homeless or previously homeless musicians. The show runs through Sunday. $15, $10 students/seniors. (727) 895-6620

date night

Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour: If you love the TBS sitcom you can see four of the show's stars perform at the Improv in Ybor City at 8 p.m. Tuesday. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Concerts: It's a busy week for concerts at the Florida State Fairgrounds with the punk band Offspring playing Thursday ($33-$51), Brad Paisley on Friday ($29.95-$64.75), OneRepublic (Apologize) on Saturday ($25-$65) and the bad boys of Motley Crue on Sunday ($20-$119) bringing Alice Cooper as an opener for their final tour. (813) 740-2446.

Free show: The electro duo Big Data (Dangerous) plays a free show Tuesday at the Orpheum in Ybor City thanks to radio's 97X. Get tickets at 97Xonline.com.

Summer of Rum Festival: The Cuban Club in Ybor City will be awash in rum drinks at its island party Saturday. $20-$95 at 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba.

Craft Beer Experience: More than 100 beers will be pouring at the Mahaffey Theater Saturday with food from downtown St. Petersburg restaurants starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35. (727) 893-7832

kids and family

St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Amateur and professional bakers will show off their best creations at the Morean Arts Center contest, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. A $1 donation allows you to vote for the People's Choice Award. (727) 822-7872.

Baseball: The Rays play the Yankees at home Friday through Sunday and though the Yankees don't make us smile much, the Rays are giving away a Mr. Happy smiley face bobblehead toy for kids at Sunday's game.

Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays: To celebrate its last pool party of summer, Largo's Highland Recreation Complex will have a glow-in-the-dark pool party Tuesday night for ages 11-17. It's $4-$5, at 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

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