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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. Gondolas move to various locations at Walt Disney World on the Disney Skyliner aerial tram, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Disney officials said the resort’s Disney Skyliner started operating again on Monday.
  2. From left: Jason Mewes as Jay and Kevin Smith as Silent Bob in "Clerks II." The Weinstein Company
    Catch a showing of the ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,’ the Jokes on You Comedy Tour continues and celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Alien.’
  3. Alison Krauss will perform at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 20. Capitol Records
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns with a strong music lineup, Zac Brown Band plays Tampa and Barry Bostwick will be here to screen ‘Rocky Horror.'
  4. On Sunday, Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Wayne Brady performs at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg hosts the UpDog Triple Crown Challenge and Taking Back Sunday stops by Jannus Live.
  5. J.B. Smoove will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    J.B. Smoove takes the Straz Center stage, plus Roboticon Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center and the St. Pete Side Lot hosts the Guerilla Art Market.
  6. On Friday, Chris Stapleton will take over Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre for a performance. Courtesy of Andy Barron
    Chris Stapleton appears at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Oktoberfest Tampa begins and Jeanne Robertson stops by the Capitol Theatre.
  7. Lizzo is scheduled to perform during this year's Jingle Ball at Tampa venue Amalie Arena. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Jingle Ball, which will feature acts like Lizzo and Sam Smith, leads the lineup, along with the Turtles and Kris Kristofferson.
  8. This artful Jack-O-Lantern bandleader on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom,is part of the decorations in place for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party held annually at the theme park. A separate ticket is required to attend for the event running through Nov. 2. Associated Press
    Find a pumpkin, a party or a haunted house this weekend.
  9. Smokey Robinson will visit the new Hard Rock Event Center at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Thursday. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Motown legend Smokey Robinson plays the Hard Rock, ‘And Then There Were None’ opens at Ruth Eckerd and rockers Adelitas Way hit the Orpheum.
  10. For Creatures of the Night, the Halloween event being held weekends at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, there are activities for all ages includes scare zones, nighttime animal encounters and a ghoulish dance party. Courtesy of ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    As we head into Halloween season there’s lots of both scary and kid-friendly choices to get into the Halloween spirit this week.