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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 19-25

Monster Jam brings an arena show of multiple vehicles, Ted Nugent shreds at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the river will be swarmed with rubber ducks.
Light-weight Speedsters compete in the Monster Jam Triple Threat show coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 24. Each competitor will drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Speedsters, ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Courtesy Feld Entertainment
Published Aug. 18

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series: Like the stadium tour, this high-octane show will challenge the drivers to also race the lightweight Speedsters, ATVs and of course the ginormous monster trucks as they tear up the dirt in Amalie Arena at two shows Saturday ($15 and up).

The Incredible Duck Race: Hillsborough River turns into a sea of yellow as the Kiwanis Club of Tampa tosses more than 15,000 rubber ducks into the water for a race. The first three ducks to cross the finish line win their adoptive parents cash prizes. $5 to enter. The race starts at 10 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Wearable Art: It’s the 15th year for this avant garde platform for fashion designers at Dunedin Fine Art Center, with parties before and after Saturday’s runway show. $20; $85-$135 runway seats at

An ensemble by Lina Teixeira, who will create a fashion installation for the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Wearable Art 15, which is happening on Aug. 24, 2019. Photo courtesy Dunedin Fine Art Center


Music: Guitar legend and showman Ted Nugent plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday ($35.25-$53.25). Video blogger and songwriter Tessa Violet is at Ybor’s Crowbar on Wednesday ($15-$17). Improvisational music projections from Elizabeth Baker will be joined on Thursday by pianist John O’Leary at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($12-$15) . The self-titled “space rock” band Papadosio splashes down on Jannus Live on Friday ($23.50). (727) 565-0550. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Artimus Pyle , drummer from Lynyrd Skynyrd, brings an evening of hits Friday to Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center ($24.50-$39.50). On Saturday edgy comic rapper Tyler Cassidy (formerly Froggy Fresh) plays Crowbar ($15-$50. ). The Puerto Rican rapper and producer Jon Z performs Saturday at Whisky North in Tampa ($25-45). The New Jersey-based electronic producers and DJ trio known as Cash Cash play the Ritz Ybor Saturday ($15 and up)

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds: Swimsuits and super soakers are required for this wet bar hop with unlimited tries at the dunk tank starting at Stone Soup Company in Ybor at 1 p.m. Saturday. $10, $15 VIP.

The Silent Clowns: Nationally renowned theater organist Steven Ball will travel from St. Louis to the Tampa Theatre on Sunday to play for a collection of four short comedies from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy. It’s part of the historic movie house’s summer classics series. $10-$13. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa.

Showgirls: As a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, comedic drag performer Matthew McGee will offer up some delicious commentary for a screening of Showgirls on Saturday. Raunchy or leopard print attire recommended. $20. 7:30 p.m. Metro Wellness and Community Center, 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Science After Dark: Adults get to take over MOSI in Friday’s after-hours, adult only, hands on experience with appetizers, beer and wine sampling, robots, astronomy and rockets. $14.95.


Rodeo Fest: The rodeo offers a taste of the wild West with bull riding, barrel racing, four horse relay racing, mounted shooting and mutton busting (children riding sheep). $15. Saturday at 5 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (412) 592-6916.

Midnite Madness: Ages 9 to 14 can enjoy a late night of skating, extreme inflatables, outdoor laser tag, a game truck, game raids, mini skate park jams, snack food buffet, prizes and giveaways. $15-$20. 7 p.m. Friday MLK Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920.


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