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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. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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 the "Little Bit of Country" show.

    Price: Free.

  5. Tampa Bay Rays Summer Concert Series: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

    Editor's pick

    Tropicana Field

    St. Petersburg : 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, 33705

    It's a 2-for-1 deal as the concerts will begin shortly after select home games conclude.

    Price: Included in game admission.

  6. Tim McGraw

    Editor's pick

    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    The only thing that would make a performance by the Grammy award-winning country music icon better, would be a surprise duet with his wife and better half, Faith Hill. Hear songs from his upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, set to be released in September. The Country Megaticket will be availab …

    Price: $30.25-$70.

  7. Contra Dance

    Rhapsody Ballroom

    Tampa : 12101 N 56th St., Tampa, 33617

    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 Gadabouts with Eric Harris calling.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Tour de Crank Works

    Crank Works Bicycles

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 20120 Cortex Blvd., Brooksville, 34601

    The bicycle shop honors the Tour de France with a three-stage ride featuring 20-miles of flat, 42-miles of hilly and 52 miles of mountain. A big screen race viewing party follows with food and wine.

    Price: Free.

  10. 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.

  11. Splash And Dash Biathlon

    St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

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

    Open to kids 6 to 15 with age appropriate run and pool swim. Distance requirements range from a half -mile to one mile for run and 100 to 200 yards for swim. 

    Price: $25, $35 non member.

  12. Outdoor Skills Workshop

    Chinsegut Conservation Center

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601

    Learn more about outdoor skills and good stewardship of natural places. The program will include: "Leave No Trace Workshop", to learn the principles that help you stay safe in the outdoors; "Primitive Chef Class" teaches about cooking in the outdoors with dutch ovens and open …

    Price: $10 per person or $30 per family of four.

  13. Summer Nights: El Gran Combo

    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.

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  14. 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  …

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  15. Aquaponic Water Quality and Fish Health

    Morning Star Fishermen Facility

    Dade City : 33336 Old St. Joe Road, Dade City, 33525

    Learn how to assess water quality and different aspects of aquaponic system for optimum fish health, along with fish care and breeding.

    Price: $200.

  16. Benefit Rummage and Bake Sale

    First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg

    Pinellas Park : 1900 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33702

    The event features a wide variety of gentle used household item, clothing, crafts and jewelry. There will be guided tours of the Church, and baked goods, hot dogs and drinks for sale. Proceeds benefit Impact International Mission trip fund for Costa Rica and Haiti.

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  17. Plant Propagation

    Land O'Lakes Community Center

    Land o' Lakes : 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, 34639

    Have a favorite plant you want to make more of? Learn how to start new ones inexpensively from cuttings and other propagation methods in Extension Service seminar.

    Price: Free.

  18. Paddle to Cure Diabetes

    Sand Key Intracoastal Area

    North Pinellas beaches : 1001 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, 34429

    A six-mile race and a two-mile course for ages 12 and younger features divisions for paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    Price: $35, or $100 through sponsorship.

  19. Young Movie Makers Camp: Screenwriting 101

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    Three-hour sessions for budding film buffs in grades 6 through 12 to learn more about specific aspects of movie making and appreciation.

    This session presents the basics of good storytelling and character and plot development.

    Price: $50 per person/per sesson.

  20. Cooking Camp

    Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church

    Clearwater : 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Kids ages 5 to 12 who like to cook can learn how to make a biscuit pizza, dessert, spaghetti tacos, and even a simple meal for their parents at this two-session cooking camp July 12 and 19.

    Price: $20 (registration required).

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