Advertisement
  1. Fun

5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay: Meteor shower, steampunk bash, cheap movie nights

The annual summer Perseid meteor shower, which began July 17 and ends Aug. 24, will hit its peak in the pre-dawn hours this week, bringing more than two dozen visible shooting stars per hour. [Getty Images]
Published Aug. 7

1. Perseids meteor shower: The annual summer light show peaks this week, so set your alarm and set up a lawn chair to look for some shooting stars. The Perseids, which began July 17 and will last through Aug. 24, are expected to produce about 25 visible meteors per hour, fewer than in past years because this year the moon will be very close to full during the peak nights of Sunday through Tuesday. You can already see some now, but the predawn hours starting Friday through Sunday will have less light pollution coming from the moon. The best viewing times are after midnight and before dawn, earthsky.org advises. It can be tough to find a dark corner to look into the northeast sky around here, so some Tampa Bay stargazers take a boat offshore or plant blankets to watch from a dark beach or the park near the airfield on Davis Islands.

2. End of Summer Steampunk Bash: Get out your top hat and old-timey goggles. Matt Knowles, author of Tales From Nocturnia, serves as emcee for a popup steampunk party. Steampunk is a style of clothing, gadgets and fiction that's easy to spot but sometimes hard to describe. Usually set in a Victorian era of steam-powered gadgets, it resembles the science fiction of Jules Verne, but post-apocalyptic and Old West themes also set in. This party will have two costume contests, tea dueling, parasol dueling, a professional photographer, food and drink specials. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. StoneFire Tavern, 10637 117th Drive N, Largo. (727) 914-6881.

3. Movies and trivia: Clearwater's Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre heads into the final stretch of its summer movie series with two cheap date night options this weekend. Friday brings The Matrix, with a pre-movie Matrix trivia contest at 6 p.m., so bone up on what the blue pill and the red pill do. And at 3 p.m. Sunday, it's the classic A Star Is Born. No, not the one with Lady Gaga, and not the one with Judy Garland, and not the original from 1937. It will be the 1976 A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in shaggy '70s hair and clothes — the one that gave us the song Evergreen. $5, $9 with unlimited popcorn and soda. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. atthecap.com.

4. Bubble Performer: Blaise Ryndes, an 18-year-old entertainer from Land O'Lakes, has performed at Disney World, local hospitals and last season's America's Got Talent, where he showed off amazing bubble sculptures and a long "bubble tube" that engulfed Tyra Banks. Now, catch his bubble artistry locally. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. (813) 929-1214.

5. Smurfs Sing-Along: As Papa Smurf would say, "It's the Smurfiest weekend of the year." The Westfield shopping malls in Brandon and Citrus Park will be having Smurf-themed entertainment with dancing, singing, face painting and games. The first 200 kids in line get a free Smurf surprise. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday at Westfield Citrus Park and 11 a.m. Sunday at Westfield Brandon.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. 5 hours ago• Arts & Entertainment
    Thrill St. Pete's 2018 version of its zombie dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" took place at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. There's a "Thriller" mob planned there and at Ferg's this week. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The last weekend before Halloween has some big costume contests and a Thriller mob scene, plus lots of trick-or-treating this weekend.
  2. Post Malone performs during the Firefly Music Festival in June at the Woodlands in Dover, Del. OWEN SWEENEY  |  Invision/AP
    Rapper Post Malone and comedian Carlos Mencia perform in Tampa, while the four-day Cooters Crab Fest kicks off in Clearwater Beach.
  3. The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Classic cars on both sides of Tampa Bay and the Lightning host the Predators.
  4. Earlier today• Arts & Entertainment
    The Hillsborough County Fair, shown here in 2012, will continue in Dover with the popular demolition derby on Sunday. Times (2012)
    Big Halloween parties, the second weekend of the Hillsborough County Fair, a rodeo and the return of the SPIFFS folk fair.
  5. On Saturday, visit Artpool Gallery to find a costume and stay for the Halloween Bash featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Courtesy of Marc Anthony Smith
    Check out the Halloween ComicFest at Emerald City and meet the artist behind the Furrybones dolls at Busch Gardens, too.
  6. Corgi dogs, shown here in a 2018 race, will run the dirt track at Tampa Bay Downs during Oktoberfest on Saturday. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2018)
    Enjoy corgi races at Oktoberfest, Tampa Riverwalk trick-or-treating, a free Opera Tampa concert and Henry Plant’s 200 birthday.
  7. On Wednesday, Bishop Briggs will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson
    Bishop Briggs takes the stage at Jannus Live, Jobsite Theater presents ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ and the Bolts play at Amalie Arena.
  8. Posies flower truck sells flowers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Vintage vehicles lend a certain charm to ice cream, flowers, clothing and more.
  9. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make a Dec. 14 appearance in Tampa for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans. AP
    The actors, who both have ties to the Tampa Bay area, will also do a question and answer session and meet some fans.
  10. Winter the dolphin, shown here in 2010, calls the Clearwater Marine Aquarium home. Times (2010)
    Celebrate the Halloween season with Winter in Clearwater, plus St. Petersburg mural fest Shine continues and there’s Spooky Bingo in Tampa.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement