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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend

Relive ‘Game of Thrones’ at a live concert, watch a movie at Adventure Island and see author Salman Rushdie and ‘Grease 2′ at Tampa Theatre.
During the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, an orchestra will accompany outsized visuals and scenes from the epic HBO show. [HBO]
Published Sep. 18


Before the HBO blockbuster fades from memories, the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience returns to Tampa on Sunday. This will be the first local show that has taken place outdoors; previous Game of Thrones concerts took place at Amalie Arena. World-renowned composer Ramin Djawadi’s theme to the epic fantasy show is performed by an orchestra and accompanied by outsized visuals and scenes. The music has become as much a cultural phenomenon as the Emmy Award-winning show itself. Djawadi’s score expertly swelled and soared beneath the trials, tribulations and turmoil of Westeros and its inhabitants. Djawadi himself won’t be here this time. We’re guessing it’s because the concert is the same night as the Emmy Awards and he might have his hands full. $18-$65. 8 p.m. Sunday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. [Courtesy of Game of Thrones Live]


After you’ve spent the day sliding, swimming and sunbathing, you can wind down with a movie this weekend at Adventure Island’s Slide-In Movie Nights. Friday features Aquaman (PG-13) and Saturday features Shazam (PG-13). Water slides close at 7:30 p.m., but the wave pool and main pool remain open until the end of the movies. Included with park admission, on sale right now for $25.99, a 50 percent discount. Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Tampa theme park Adventure Island will host Slide-In Movie Nights on Friday and Saturday. [Adventure Island]


The Sing-Along Sunday at Tampa Theatre has already sold out all tickets to The Greatest Showman. No surprise there since the ode to P.T. Barnum sells like crazy every time. But if you are still itching for a musical, check out the theater’s Rewind series entry this week, 1982′s Grease 2. You can learn a lot from failure, and the cheesy, campy Grease 2 is tailor-made for the Rewind series, the theater said in an announcement: “Grease 2 is pretty likable, as disasters go. Michelle Pfeiffer is undeniably delightful. Most of the songs are fun. And it made back its budget. But it was doomed from the start, and since our audience loves singing along to Grease so much, we figured: why not present it in a little context?” $8, $5 members. 10:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as the leader of the Pink Ladies in 1982's "Grease 2." [AP]


Award-winning author Salman Rushdie will be at Tampa Theatre in celebration of the release of his new book Quichotte, in which Don Quixote gets a modern makeover. Set in contemporary America, this social satire and road trip quest has already made the Booker Prize long-list, the latest in Rushdie’s imaginative and lauded collection of works. Rushdie will talk with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft, so expect a great conversation. $42 and $52 for two; includes a presigned hardcover copy of Quichotte. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Next week, author Salman Rushdie will appear at Tampa Theatre to talk about his latest novel. [CHRIS YOUNG | AP]


  1. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  2. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  3. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. COLE BURSTON  |  AP
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
  5. From left: A scene from 1975's "Rocky Horror Picture Show," starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon. 20th Century Fox
    The star of ‘Rocky Horror’ will screen the movie in Tampa and other Halloween-themed fun, plus the Tattoo Arts Convention and “Brick History.”
  6. The Florida Orchestra's Pops in the Park will return to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and River Tower Park in Tampa this weekend. Times (2013)
    Make a picnic basket for Pops in the Park, take the kids to Marine Quest or Oktoberfest and enjoy no traffic at Open Streets St. Pete.
  7. Jeremy Piven participates in the "Wisdom of the Crowd" panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2017. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision/AP
    The Emmy-winning ‘Entourage’ star will host a bash at the poolside club WTR.
  8. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  9. Anjelah Johnson attends the launch event for Kevin Hart's new streaming video network, Laugh Out Loud, in 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. DANNY MOLOSHOK  |  Invision/AP
    A sold-out Tampa show from comedian Anjelah Johnson, the Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Pinellas Park and a Tampa performance by singer Bea Miller.
  10. Bratwurst will be the star of Brat Blast, replacing Ribfest as the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg's big charity fundraiser of the year. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Brat Blast will be the Northeast Exchange Club’s big charity fundraising party this year after the high cost of bands and security for Ribfest cut into its charitable work.