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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 12-18

Queen and Adam Lambert will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Lede Company.
Published Aug. 9

Queen + Adam Lambert: The legendary rock band has a new lead singer in Adam Lambert to belt out hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You at Tampa's Amalie Arena. ($45.75 and up).

Bier Fest: Busch Gardens brings back its brew celebration for a second year, opening Saturday and running through Sept. 8 with dozens of breweries and new pub-inspired food fare set up in "culinary cabins" around the theme park.


Music: The reunited Wilson sisters of Heart headlines a femme-fronted rock show with fellow legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and pop outlaw Elle King Saturday at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre ($22.50 and up). Clearwater's Tilian Pearson, who has fronted Dance Gavin Dance and his own solo career, returns home for a show Wednesday at the Orpheum ($17). The fifth Vibes of the Bay independent music festival returns to the Crowbar Saturday with Slum Village, King Complex, Mike Mass and more (free with RSVP or $10 at the door). The Indiana-based Umphrey's McGee brings its summer tour to t. Jannus Live on Thursday ($30). Jazz vocalist Ona Kirei performs her arrangements from the Iberian Peninsula and her original compositions Thursday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ( $12-$15; $24 reserved). The '90s alt-rock titans Bush and Live bring their 25th anniversary tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday ($25 and up). Hippiefest at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on Friday with '60s icons like Ten Years After, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Vanilla Fudge and Henry Gross ($45-$79). Tongue will meet cheek on Friday as Okilly Dokilly, the Ned Flanders-themed metal band, teams up with Mac Sabbath, the McDonald's-themed Black Sabbath parody band at Ybor's Crowbar ($17). Country's Josh Ward performs at the Dallas Bull on Friday ($10 and up). Soul singer and keyboard player Latimore returns home Saturday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($18-$35). Get your reggae fill on Sunday when Rebelution performs with Protoje and Collie Buddz in Vinoy Park ($35 and up).

Comedy: Veteran comedian Alonzo Bodden (Last Comic Standing, NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me) will be at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Thursday through Sunday ($16-$18) and improv comedy podcast The 85 South Show will rant and roast one another at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday ($40 and up).

Cagestock: A three-day celebration of "peace, beer and music" will have a lineup of 20 local bands on two stages at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg Friday through Sunday. Free.

Beer Olympics: The Rotary Club in Dunedin tests your skills in beer pong, cornhole and other bar games Saturday at this popular fundraiser. Teams win prizes and the best costumes also get a surprise. $25-$30 day

Cult Classics: The Dali Museum ends its summer series with Mean Girls Bring a chair for the free screening Thursday at 7 p.m. Food trucks on site.


Tator Tot Throwdown: Friday's food truck rally in St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Park will have nearly two dozen food trucks lined up at the waterfront park and all will have at least one tator tot dish, as well as their regular cuisine. 6-11 p.m. Friday. 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Dog Swim Day: Dogs can dive in and splash in St Petersburg's Fossil Park Pool on Saturday. Proof of vaccination required. $5.


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  1. A sign outside the new Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge shows the virtual queue closed on opening day, Dec. 5. Luis Santana
    Disney’s newest ‘Star Wars’-themed ride saw its virtual queue filled by 8:30 a.m. on opening day, with no other ride options available. The park’s scheduled open time was 9 a.m.
  2. Michael McDonald, right, will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that'll hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on June 10. Clay Patrick McBride
    Seats for Lyle Lovett, Chicago with Rick Springfield and more are up for grabs.
  3. Jessica and Tommy Garvin pose for a selfie outside of the Tropicana Field Wednesday evening after they were notified that their wedding ring lost at Enchant Christmas was found. Photo courtesy of Jessica and Tommy Garvin
    After thinking it was gone forever, the Garvins are thrilled to have their sentiment of love returned.
  4. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge new attraction, Rise of the Resistance, at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The stakes are high for Rise of the Resistance after Disney got mixed reviews for opening its new Star Wars land before its marquee attraction was open.
  5. Disney guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance — including a face-off with Kylo Ren — when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World
    Glitches stopped the ride for most of the morning, but once aboard, the fans found a treat.
  6. Jessica Garvin, 26, lost her wedding ring on Black Friday within 15 minutes of a family trip to Enchant Christmas St. Petersburg. She and husband Tommy Garvin spent the restr of the night searching for it, but never found it. Photo Courtesy of Jessica Garvin
    The ring, a 14-karat gold band with a torn-paper edge and stones set into an engraving, is not your typical wedding ring. And to Jessica Garvin, it’s much more.
  7. The St. Pete Beach holiday boat parade will return on Dec. 7 with a visit by Santa at the Merry Pier. Tampa Bay Times (2015)
    Boat parades, snow festivals, a free Family Day at the museum and more top the list of free and cheap fun.
  8. Guests will traverse the corridors of a Star Destroyer and join a battle between the First Order and the Resistance when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Dec. 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Walt Disney World
    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens at Disney, the Globetrotters show off their tricks and bluegrass and ukulele music rule the day.
  9. Lil Bub waits in the arms of owner Mike Bridavsky to meet and greet fans during CatCon 2017 in Pasadena, Calif in August 2017. RICHARD VOGEL  |  AP
    The cat died peacefully in her sleep Sunday after battling a rare bone infection.
  10. Snowfest returns to Straub Park on Saturday, giving Florida kids a chance to play in the snow. Tampa Bay Times (2013)
    You can play in snow or catch the Harlem Globetrotters, plus lighted boat parades begin and Tony Bennett and Trisha Yearwood perform.