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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, July 14

In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. Mote will be among the other aquariums and shark scientists with SharkCon displays at Tampa’s Florida State Fairgrounds on Sunday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2018)]
In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. Mote will be among the other aquariums and shark scientists with SharkCon displays at Tampa’s Florida State Fairgrounds on Sunday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2018)]
Published Jul. 13, 2019

SharkCon: The weekend of speakers, exhibits, celebrities, themed vendors, art and water sports for fans of sharks and the ocean comes to a close. $19.95, $4.95 children. 9 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (941) 539-0833.

Tampa Bay Bridal Show: More than 125 wedding professionals provide samples, tips and time-savers to couples planning for their special day. The first 500 brides get a free swag bag. $5. Noon. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (727) 893-8134.

Tribute to David Pate: A jazz concert commemorating the 35 years Pate has served as the director of jazz studies at Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Expect performances from an array of artists, all of whom he has taught. $20 and up. 3 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.

The Smash Brothers: In 2015, identical twin comedians Cory and Chad were featured on Andrew Dice Clay's The Blue Show on Showtime. $15. 7 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Hypnotica: Aerial Dragons, which specializes in acrobatic, theatrical circus performances in the vein of Cirque du Soleil, brings the vintage freakshow/carnival flavor during this new show. $47.50 and up. 7 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Cool Art Show: The Professional Association of Visual Artists' two-day juried show spotlights works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, mixed media and jewelry. Free. 10 a.m. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Ninth Anniversary Weekend: Throughout the weekend, score $5 admission. The annual "Exquisite Corpse" exhibition accompanies the collection of Dale Chihuly's glass art. $5. 10 a.m. Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 896-4527.

MetroCon: Now in its 17th year, a huge anime celebration featuring voice actors, exhibitors, video games and films, plus collectibles and cosplay artists. Runs through Sunday. $30 and up, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Noon. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 274-8511.

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