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  1. America II: Extreme Mud Wars

    Editor's pick

    Spa Beach at the Pier approach

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This wildly popular day of rolling in a mud pit and slinging dirt returns to Spa Beach, this time for two days and with a beer tent set up.  The slots for competing are sold out, but it's free to watch more than 600 people compted in an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug- …

    Price: Free for spectators; $450 team only (Saturday), $400 team, $50 individual (Sunday).

  2. Metrocon

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Convention Center

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

    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. But the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from video games to pop music to games like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Al …

    Price: $10-$100.

  3. Summer Classic Movie Series : The Gay Divorcee

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    All summer long, Tampa Theatre will show classic Hollywood movies. This year features classics spanning over seven decades and one film chosen by Tampa Theatre fans.

    In The Gay Divorcee, a woman plans to divorce her husband by staging an adulterous relationship, but she gets more than she bargained for when her lawyer forgets to arrange for private detectives to "catch' the couple in the action. There will be a dance performance before the screening and a discussion after.

    Price: $10, $8 members; $12, $10 children/seniorsmembers (June 21-22 and Aug. 24).

  4. 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.

  5. Sunday Bicycle Rides

    Hillsborough Community College Corporate Training Center

    Davis Islands : 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, 33606

    Meet at the tennis courts adjacent to Tampa General for a 14 mile tour of waterfront homes, the dog park, airport and boat basin. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 10 to 14 MPH. Call (813) 598-4944.

    Price: Free.

  6. 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.

  7. 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  …


  8. William Dean Chocolates: Chocolate Wars

    William Dean Chocolates

    Largo : 2790 W Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 33770

    Compete with other teams to see whose confections reign supreme, preparing macarons, chocolate truffles, bon bons and more alongside the chefs. Each student takes home a box of treats from the day's competition, and lunch is provided. $95.

    Price: Advance registration required.

  9. Pastry & Baking Classes: Gluten Free Desserts

    Michael's Extraordinary Desserts & Baking Academy

    Largo : 11151 66th St. N, #301, Largo, 33773

    Chef Michael Ostrander shares his secrets as an executive pastry chef in hands-on full day class.

    Enjoy guiltfree treats without gluten.

    Price: $100, includes lunch, recipe book.

  10. 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.


  11. Organic Artisan Bread Baking: Conventional Baking 101

    20 Shekels Bread

    Clearwater : 1877 Drew St., Clearwater, 33765

    Learn the techniques of artisan baking at interactive class, and take home fresh-baked creations.

    Five hour interactive class teaches how to craft organic, artisan loaves; take home a loaf of each creation. $95, registration required.


  12. Kids Day

    Tampa Convention Center

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

    CBS Radio Tampa Bay is hosting their second annual family-friendly event featuring bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, games, giveaways and a free meet and greet with Calum Worthy (Dez from Disney Channel's Austin and Aly).

    Price: Free.

  13. Tropical Plant Fair

    University of South Florida Botanical Gardens

    University Area : 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 33620

    Vendors sell tropical plants and give advice on how to create a tropical paradise. Also, lectures on growing and repotting orchids, a pepper beauty contest and a fern rainforest.

    Price: $5.

  14. Seminole Heights Market at Southern: Special Beer Release

    Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supplies

    Seminole Heights : 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33603

    Smaller version of the Sunday Morning Market, with local vendors offering take home and ready to eat foods, agricultural and farm-produced products, local art and craft items, plus special event glassware for sale by Southern Brewing that provide discounts on purchased beer for July, Aug. and Se …

    July's market features special beer release in collaboration between Florida Avenue Brewing and Southern Brewing & Winemaking; the summer beer contains pure maple syrup.

    Price: Free admission.

  15. Kids Ride Free

    Florida Railroad Museum

    Parrish : 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, 34219

    Kids ages 3 to 11 can take a free 1.5-hour train ride along historic tracks. Adults pay full fare. Offer valid every Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 31.

    Price: $14 ages 12 and older.

  16. Yoga + Dali

    Dali Museum

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

    The vinyasa/ashtanga-based classes are held in the Community Room or Avant-Garden with views of the waterfront. Bring a mat and a towel.

    Price: $15, $10 members.

  17. Marvel Universe Live!

    Tampa Bay Times Forum

    Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza including cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

    Price: $40-$120.

  18. Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival

    Editor's pick

    Jannus Live

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

    A Caribbean music festival with performances by the Branches Steel Orchestra, Kewin Cosmos, the Fusion Band and DJ D-Nero (Saturday); and Patrice Roberts, Kevin Lyttle, Kewin Cosmos, Tony Wylie, Leon Coldero and Code 868 (Sunday).

    Price: $15, ages 10 and younger free.

  19. The World of Narrative Improv Workshop

    American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hit Austin improv group the Available Cupholders will teach attendees how to take their improv skills to a whole new level in this interactive workshop. The tuition includes a ticket to their show later in the day.

    Price: $40.

  20. 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.


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