Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 8-14

Hip-hop legends Mary J. Blige and Nas, Aerial Dragons theatrical circus, Shark Con and Dunedin Orange Festival fill the week.
Published July 7

Mary J. Blige and Nas: The hip-hop legends join forces Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. ($30.50 and up).

Aerial Dragons: Hypnotica: The Tampa troupe that specializes in acrobatic, theatrical circus performances perform at the Straz Center Saturday and Sunday in a show subtitled “Theater of the Bizarre,” with a vintage freakshow/carnival flavor. $27.50-$77. strazcenter.org.

DATE NIGHT

Music: Rock the Yacht brings an overflowing snifter of AM gold to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday with performances by Ambrosi, Stephen Bishop, John Ford Coley, Looking Glass, Player’s Peter Beckett and Walter Egan ($33.75 and up). Saxman Dave Koz and Friends will bring along Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Aubrey Logan to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday ($37 and up). Audien brings his pop- and rock-inspired fun to DJ Saturday at the Ritz Ybor ($15 and up). Prog rock’s Yes and Asia bring their summer Royal Affair Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. ($63.25 and up). Bradenton’s Have Gun, Will Travel will release their sixth album this week and put on a show Saturday at Ybor’s Crowbar. ($10)

SharkCon: By combining fun and games, SharkCon also slips in some education. There will be more than 100 vendors of ocean-related merchandise, and you can try indoors scuba diving. There will also be touch tanks, a shark tooth sand dig, bounce houses and slides, all included with admission of $19.95, $4.95 children 13 and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Night Nation Run: Billed as the world’s first running music festival 5K, the course at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday will include multiple DJs, an illuminated race course, glow lights, bubble zones and light shows. $25-$80. nightnationrun.com

MetroCon 17: Florida’s largest anime convention, Metrocon runs Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. Day passes are $30-$40; $10 age 6-12; age 5 and younger free.

Adam Rank: The fantasy football expert and co-host of NFL Fantasy Live brings a combination of stand-up comedy and Fantasy Football question and answer session to the Improv in Tampa Wednesday ($30).

KIDS AND FAMILY

Girl Power Fest: With a lineup of women-led bands from around Florida, including Wet Nurse, Reality Asylum, Bitemarks and more, this show benefits Girls Rock Camp St. Pete. $12. 7 p.m. Saturday. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Dunedin Orange Festival: The 10th annual citrus celebration includes craft beer, music, vendors and children’s activities. Free. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Dunedin.

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