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  1. Tampa Bay Comic Con

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    Numerous tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, Anime, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards and other collectibles. Special guests include Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Evan Peters (American Horror Story/X-Men), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings/Indiana Jones) and Caity Lotz (Arrow/M …

    Price: $30, $60 three days, 12 and younger free.

  2. Curren$y

    The Orpheum

    Ybor City : 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    The rapper will be joined by Spitta Andretti.

    Price: $30-$50.

  3. Contra Dance

    Pinellas Park Auditorium

    Pinellas Park : 7690 59th St. N , Pinellas Park, 33780

    You don't need a partner to dance to contra dance. Pre-dance lessons available at 7:30 p.m.

    This portion features live music by the Rafter Ringers with Joey Norton calling.

    Price: $8, $5 21 and younger, 12 and younger free.

  4. SOLD OUT The Dirty Heads

    Jannus Live

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The reggae-rock group will return to the Jannus Live stage with Pepper and opener Aer.

    Price: $35-$40.

  5. Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    You may recognize this stand-up comedian as Chloe from 24.

    Price: $20-$22.

  6. Maxwell

    Editor's pick

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Rising to fame in 1996 with his debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, the platinum soul star is still going strong and will embark on his Summer Solstice tour, which stops at the Clearwater venue.

    Price: $41-$131.

  7. Inventing Van Gogh

    Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    In this Jobsite Theater production, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait, which has never been seen until now. Through Aug. 3.

    Price: $28.

  8. Dive-In Movies

    Editor's pick

    St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

    South Pinellas beaches : 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    This popular summertime activity is back at the St. Pete Beach city pool with its huge Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset.

    This week features Happy Feet.

    Price: $4.

  9. Zomboy


    Ybor City : 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 33605

    The DJ who headlined the bass stage on Day 2 of this year's Sunset Music Festival will return to Tampa to perform at the EDM venue.

    Price: $15.

  10. Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    You may recognize this stand-up comedian as Chloe from 24.

    Price: $20-$22.

  11. Free Golf for Kids

    Ace Golf Brandon

    Brandon : 820 S Kings Ave., Brandon, 33511

    Kids ages 5 to 15 can get out of the house and onto the putting green. Every day through the end of August, they can sign up to receive a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview, or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, Wentworth Golf Clu …

    Price: Free.

  12. LeakyCon

    Orange County Convention Center West Concourse

    Orlando : 9800 International Drive, Orlando, 32819

    Just in time for the opening of Universal's Harry Potter expansion, fans of the Potter-centric website the Leaky Cauldron gather for LeakyCon in Orlando. The website and LeakyCon has expanded to embrace fans of all kinds of fantasy fiction, movies and games. There's panels on The Hunger Games, B …

    Price: $60; Lit Focus passes $125 weekend passes for $125-$275.

  13. Free Admission for Blue Star Museums Initiative

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI joins more than 2,000 museums across the country to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from May 26 (Memorial Day) through Sept. 1 (Labor Day). This is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department  …


  14. Summer Nights

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens celebrates the arrival of summer with extended hours, the Kinetix rock-fueled acrobatic show, fireworks and DJ dancing. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Included with regular daily admission.


  15. It's Your Lucky Day for Back To School

    Westshore Plaza Mall

    Westshore : 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 33609

    Spend $250 or more while shopping for back to school clothes during tax free weekend and get a free $25 gift certificate for future purchases. Just take your same day purchase receipts to Guest Services and pick up your gift certificate.

    Price: $250 in purchases required.

  16. Passport Adventures

    Heritage Village

    Largo : 11909 125th St., Largo, 33774

    The two-hour hands-on program offers children a chance to spend time in the old Florida piney woods, participate in daily life activities, play games, hear stories and participate at "EnterAction" stations. The program runs Wednesdays through Friday through Aug. 8. Adult supervision re …

    Price: $3.

  17. Tax Free Shopping

    Westshore Plaza Mall

    Westshore : 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 33609

    Shop tax free for back to school items and bring any receipt for $250 or more to guest services and get a free $25 plaza gift card.


  18. Road Trip U.S.A.

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Children can learn about famous cities and national landmarks on a simulated coast-to-coast Road Trip USA, a collection of interactive installments with stops including National Parks, Mount Rushmore, Interstate System, Roswell Invasion and Roadside Attractions. Runs through Aug. 10.


  19. ROAR! The Ringling Order of Art Readers

    Ringling Circus Museum

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    This family program is designed to engage children ages 4 to 7 in activities that connect art with early literacy.

    Price: Free.

  20. Summer Circus Spectacular

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    In collaboration with the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry includes hand balancing, comedy skits, quick change artistry and aerial work. Runs through Aug. 1.

    Price: $15, $12 children.

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