Monday, January 22, 2018
Events

Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: Metrocon, Bolts Brew Fest, Great Brain Wash 5K

 

ANIME CONVENTION: Metrocon

The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. Running Thursday through Sunday, the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from videos to pop music to games like Pokémon. Voice actors including Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Christina Vee (Sailor Moon) will be there, as will top cosplayers. Don't miss the live fire shows each night on the Riverwalk or Saturday's Anime Human Chess Match. It runs from noon to 2 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 517-1171. $30-$40 for single-day pass. metroconventions.com.

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CHEERS: Bolts Brew Fest

The Bolts Brew Fest is taking over the floor of Amalie Arena. Beer fans sample their way around more than 100 craft beer varieties from more than 50 local and national breweries, including 3 Daughters Brewing's Beach Blonde Ale, Cigar City's Cherry Lime Florida Weisse and 7venth Sun Brewery's Graffiti Orange and Headbanger. VIP is sold out, but a general admission ticket ($50 advance, $60 day of) includes three hours of unlimited beer sampling and a free ticket voucher for a 2017 Lightning preseason game. The taps start pouring at 7 p.m. Saturday. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. cltampa.com/bolts.

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FUN RUN: Great Brain Wash

North Straub Park will be transformed into a 5K foam pit with slip-n-slides and numerous water obstacles for the Great Brain Wash, a run that benefits the Brain Tumor Alliance. Afterward, there will also be music, dancing, food and beer. Children must be at least 6 to go down the big slides, and younger children will have a bouncy house and slides. The first wave of runners dive in at 8 a.m. Saturday. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $35-$40 advance, $45 day of. (727) 781-4673. braintumoralliance.org/brainwash.

 

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