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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday, July 20

The Tropical Fruit Tasting, a two-day tradition that draws a crowd, will return to Jene’s Tropicals in St. Petersburg this weekend. [Times (2011)]
The Tropical Fruit Tasting, a two-day tradition that draws a crowd, will return to Jene’s Tropicals in St. Petersburg this weekend. [Times (2011)]
Published Jul. 19, 2019

Tropical Fruit Tasting: Sample various fruits from around the world as you shop among hundreds of trees for sale and land growing tips from experts. There are fruit-inflected dishes to try, too. Runs through Sunday. Free. 10 a.m. Jene's Tropicals, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 344-1668. jenestropicals.com.

Dierks Bentley: With support from Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights, the multi-platinum country singer and songwriter returns to perform as part of his Burning Man tour. $35.25 and up. 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest: An inaugural celebration of fizzy sippers featuring a mixology battle between 10 local bars, in addition to unlimited beverages and bites. Benefits St. Petersburg Free Clinic. $50 and up, $70 VIP. 4 p.m. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 495-6002. 3dbrewing.com.

Girls Rock Camp: This year's concert highlights eight female-led bands. Benefits Girls Rock St. Pete. $10. 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

Trashion Fashion: Now in its 12th year, the recycled runway event allows Tampa Bay designers to showcase looks from unorthodox, eco-friendly materials. $20 and up, $10 ages 10-17. 8 p.m. Artpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.

Apollo Landing 50th Celebration: Expect space-related activities on the gallery floor. Included with admission. 10 a.m. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. greatex.org.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, view the latest Apollo 11 documentary with never-before-seen footage and audio recordings. Free. 2 p.m. Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. (727) 943-4922. tarponlibrary.org.

Snoopy in Space: Kids can observe the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon mission with several festivities, including one in which they engineer a lunar rover. Space food and interstellar story time round out the highlights. $15, $10 ages 1-12. 10 a.m. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org.

Nerdier Than Thou Literary Con: Two days of geeky literary programming driven by local sci-fi, horror, fantasy and steampunk writers, as well as journalists, comic book writers, comedians, satirists and paranormal investigators. Steph Post, Gale Massey, Craig Pittman, Kimberly Lojewski, Stefani Deoul and Arin Greenwood are among the participants. Runs through Sunday. $5. 11 a.m. Emerald City Comics, 4902 113th Ave. N, Clearwater. (516) 906-2140.

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds: Swimsuits and super soakers are required for this wet bar hop to five or more Ybor City venues. You score drink specials, a towel, a T-shirt and unlimited tries at the dunk tank. $10, $15 VIP. 1 p.m. 5 Star Dive Bar, 1811 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 248-3712. eventbrite.com.

Tampa Bay Rays: The home team hosts the Chicago White Sox, while fans land a Blake Snell replica jersey until they're gone. $20 and up. 6:10 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (888) FAN-RAYS. mpv.tickets.com.

Martinis for Moffitt: Hosted by the Bay Area Advisors, an annual cocktail party benefiting Moffitt Cancer Center's Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) program. $150 and up, $300 VIP. 7 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. bayareaadvisors.org.

Rompers and Mimosas: This themed brunch buffet starts with bottomless mimosas, then takes you aboard a bus for a three-stop pub crawl with a free drink at each location. $20 and up. 11 a.m. Mole y Abuela, 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa. eventliveus.com.

Jeremy Carter: The saxophonist pays homage to the music of John Coltrane, alongside La Lucha's John O'Leary (piano), Alejandro Arenas (bass) and Mark Feinman (drums). $18 and up. 8 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. mypalladium.org.

Thriller Dance: Master the iconic routine and prepare to take part in the worldwide Thriller flash mob. Free. 9:30 a.m. Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 434-1383.

Natasha Leggero: The actor, comedian and writer, who stars in her own Comedy Central series Another Period, brings a couple of sets to town. $25 and up. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. (813) 864-4000. improvtampa.com.

Singing in the Rain: Based on the iconic film, this musical shows how things change for two silent movie stars once "talking pictures" were on the horizon. Runs through July 28. $23 and up. 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon mission with hands-on space and engineering activities, as well as a live broadcast with experts discussing experiences from NASA sites. $12.95, $10.95 seniors/military, $7.95 ages 3-12. 10 a.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts students present this classic farce. $15 and up. 7 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

Brett Ernst: The comic has appeared on Comedy Central and the film Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. $10 and up. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

Meet the Dolphin Tale Stars: Rub elbows with actors from the Dolphin Tale franchise. On Saturday, expect a Q&A, plus photo and autograph opportunities, with Nathan Gamble (who played Sawyer), Austin Highsmith (who played Phoebe) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (who played Hazel). Highsmith also signs her book. Runs through Monday. Included with admission. $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-12. 10 a.m. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790. seewinter.com.

To Watch

First Man, 8 p.m., HBO: On the 50th anniversary of the initial moon landing comes the airing of the 2018 film. The epic biographical movie stars Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong and follows the trying years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission.

More to Explore

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