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  1. Fort Desoto Triathlon and Duathlon Series

    Fort De Soto Park

    South Pinellas beaches : 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 33715

    This annual USAT sanctioned event offers a open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a bike tour through Fort Desoto Park and finishes with a run down the park's beach hard pack and returning on the paved path. The triathlon consists of a sprint distance .25 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run …

    Price: Sprint $79, Duathlon $79, International $129.

  2. Zoo Run Run

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Annual event with 5K run/walk and children's fun run inside Lowry Park Zoo and along the Hillsborough River. Benefits zoo programs. Event fee includes admission for the day to the zoo for entrants only. Check-in 6:30 a.m., 5K starts 7:30 a.m., walk at 8 a.m. and fun run 9:15 a.m.

    Price: $30 advance, $35 after Aug. 8; $15 fun run.

  3. Tailgate Taste Fest

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Football, food and fun combine as area restaurants present their tailgate food favorites, from chicken sliders to ribs, Cuban sandwiches and side dishes at unofficial football season kickoff, with family friendly games, live entertainment. Cheer the Buccaneers as they take on Buffalo, watch the  …

    Price: $20 advance wristbands, $25 day of event, both for five samplings, $15 for additional samplings, or $100 VIP for unlimited samplings.

  4. Southern Darkness Fest

    The Orpheum

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

    More than 27 bands, including Pelican, Phobia, Black Tusk and more, will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, doom, hardcore, sludge, post rock, all the way to grindcore.

    Price: $35-$40.

  5. SOLD OUT: Gecko Ball

    Gulfport Casino

    Gulfport : 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    The sixth annual Gecko Ball takes a "Roaring Geckos' theme to evoke a Roaring Twenties feel with period costumes, music and dance moves. Includes over the top decor, cocktail specials, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music by the Z Street Speakeasy Band, auctions and a costume contest. 

    Price: $35.

  6. Water Ski Show

    Tower Lake

    Oldsmar : 130 Burbank Road , Oldsmar, 34677

    Skiers ages 6-60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts.

    This week features a "Wild West" themed show.

    Price: Free.

  7. Villains Unleashed

    Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    Following the success of Disney's Friday the 13th villains event, Walt Disney World again highlights its famous bad guys. But this time, it's an extra ticketed event featuring more than 50 Disney villains, the Oogie Boogie Variety Show, Hades Hangout and Dance Party, limited edition merchandise, …

    Price: $67, $62 ages 3-9.

  8. Wearable Art 10

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin Fine Art Center

    Dunedin : 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, 34698

    Dunedin Fine Art Center's annual event showcases a growing contingent of artists working with fashion to present art that can be worn. Artists push the limits with outfits that contain pyrotechnics and raw meat. An after party includes live music and meet and greets with the artists.

    Price: $22-$77.

  9. Jamie Kennedy

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The actor and comedian perhaps best known as the white wannabe rapper in Malibu's Most Wanted will bring his stand-up to the Tampa comedy club.

    Price: $20-$22.

  10. Liquid Desires

    Editor's pick

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    In celebration of the Marvels of Illusion exhibit, this year's party mirrors Dali's fascination with double images through food and craft beer tastings, live music, dancing and access to the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. Upgrade to VIP for early admission, specialty craf …

    Price: $50, $85 VIP.

  11. Jamie Kennedy

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The actor and comedian perhaps best known as the white wannabe rapper in Malibu's Most Wanted will bring his stand-up to the Tampa comedy club.

    Price: $20-$22.

  12. Downtown Du Dash

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The duathlon with a 5K run and a 10-mile bike has categories for youth, competitive and recreational.

    Price: $40-$60.

  13. Courage to Tri Triathlon

    Sand Key Park

    North Pinellas beaches : 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Swim, run and bike in this USAT sanctioned sprint triathlon featuring a one third of a mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 13 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. This out and back course starts and finishes at scenic Sand Key Park.   

    Price: $85.

  14. Hooked on Heroes

    Hula Bay Club

    MacDill Area : 5210 W Tyson Ave., Tampa, 33611

    This fishing tournament is for kids ages 5 to 12, and will include awards and a brunch. All proceeds help provide emergency financial relief to Florida's wounded heroes.

    Price: $15.

  15. 5K Walk to Support Weekend Blessings

    Delta Woods Park

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606

    Walkers collect pledges. Hosted by the Hernando County Association of Realtors, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to support People Helping People's Weekend Blessings program. Weekend Blessings provides weekend food throughout the school year to more than 500 schoolchildren from needy famil …


  16. 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.

  17. Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic

    Wyoming Antelope Club

    Pinellas Park : 3700 126th Ave., Pinellas Park, 33762

    Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills, safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Students should bring ear/eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks, and water. A .22  …

    Price: $20 Youth under age 18, $60 adult.

  18. Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

    Brandon Junior Woman's Club

    Brandon : 129 Moon Ave., Brandon, 33506

    The 2014 Provisional Class will host a breakfast to help raise funds to provide sheets and pillows for the Tampa Women's Shelter.

    Price: $5 or donation of a new, standard sized pillow.

  19. Dino Days

    Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Purchase a ticket any day in August and you get a free ticket for a return visit between Dec. 1 and Dec. 19.


  20. Cruise-In and Car Show

    Flamingo Resort

    St. Petersburg : 4601 34th St. S, St. Petersburg, 33711

    View antique, classic, hot rod, custom and exotic cars and trucks at this cruise-in with food trucks, music, entertainment, a raffle and offers from area businesses.

    Price: Free.

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