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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. 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 '70s show.

    Price: Free.

  3. WaZoo!

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

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

    "Drink beer - save wildlife'' is the theme at this year's zoo fundraiser, named a Top Ten Beer Festival in America by USA Today. Zoo-wide samplings of more than 275 beers, ales and beverages from around the world, food from local restaurants like Gaspar's Grotto, Kona Grill and others, anim …

    Price: Through July 14: $60, July 15-Aug. 1: $65, day of event: $70, $40 designated driver; VIP: $100, $75 designated driver VIP.

  4. 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.

  5. Yes

    Editor's pick

    Mahaffey Theater

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The progressive-rock legends are bringing their summer tour to the St. Petersburg stage where they will perform two classic albums, 1971's Fragile and 1972's Close To The Edge, in their entirety, as well as some greatest hits and new material.  

    Price: $49.50-$125.50.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Crop Till You Drop

    Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center

    Largo : 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, 33770

    Bring a major scrapbooking project for a weekend of non-stop cut, paste and embellish with friends. Activities begin at 4 p.m. Friday and run through 5 p.m. Sunday. Includes six meals, snacks and drinks. Complex doors will be locked for security from midnight to 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

    Price: $100 (weekend); $50 (Sat. only).

  10. Summer Nights: Cher Lloyd

    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. Fall Vegetable Gardens

    Clayton Hall at Pasco County Extension Service

    Dade City : 36702 SR 52 (at Pasco County Fairgrounds), Dade City, 33525

    Now is the time to start a fall garden in Florida; learn when and how to grow a bumper crop of vegetables in Extension Service seminar.

    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. Explore the Ecosystems

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Take a guided hike along the trail, through wetland, oak hammock, pine flatwood and other areas. Wear closed shoes, bring water, hat; best for ages over six, children under 16 must be accompanied by adult.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  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  …


  15. Breakfast with Dali for Families

    Dali Museum

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

    Monthly docent-led tours introduce Salvador Dali and the Dali Museum to families with children. The interactive tour highlights Dali paintings and other works that appeal to children. A Spanish-themed breakfast buffet and hands-on activities follow the tour. Reservations required.

    Price: $21, $10 ages 6-12; $10, $5 ages 6-12 members.

  16. Summer Sizzle

    Stirling Art Studio

    Dunedin : 730 Broadway, Dunedin, 34698

    The opening for an exhibit of two and three dimensional art created by resident studio artists. Remains on display through Aug. 31.

    Price: Free.

  17. Health and Wellness Expo

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

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

    The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce wants to help you have a brighter tomorrow through this health expo with screenings, sports clinics, giveaways, workshops and a visit by Batman and Ironman.

    Price: Free.

  18. 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.

  19. Intro to Florida Friendly Landscaping

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Landscaping and composting techniques and more, in wide-ranging class for those both new to Florida landscapes or experienced gardeners.

    Price: Free.

  20. 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.


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