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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Monster Jam Triple Threat, silent movies at Tampa Theatre

In this 2017 photo, a crew member from the El Toro Loco monster truck installs a tire in preparation for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Amalie Arena. The competition will return to the Tampa venue on Saturday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2017)]
Published Aug. 21

BIG WHEELS: Monster Jam Triple Threat

Dirt and obstacles have been hauled into Amalie Arena for the sole purpose of pushing drivers to a high-flying limit for the return of the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series. As if the ginormous monster trucks weren't enough, this competition challenges each driver to race three different vehicles: the famous Monster Jam trucks — including Grave Digger and El Toro Loco — as well as lightweight Speedsters and ATVs, customized to look like a corresponding truck to compete in various obstacle courses. The audience gets to play a part, too, by voting on their phones. This is in an arena instead of an outdoor stadium, so bring some earplugs because it will be loud when 12,000-pound machines do backflips and vertical two-wheel skills. Hit the pit party from 10:30 a.m. to noon to see the drivers and vehicles up close and snap pictures. $15 and up. There will be two shows Saturday, at 1 and 7 p.m. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

AFTER HOURS: For kids, adults

The notion of cutting loose after closing time has appeal for both adults and kids this week, when MOSI hosts an adults-only party and a Dunedin recreation center lets teens and tweens have a late-night skate jam. Science After Dark was a popular date night option that sold out when the Museum of Science and Industry offered it last spring. There will be appetizers, beer and wine sampling, robots, astronomy and rockets. $14.95, $12.95 members. 6 p.m. Friday. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

Dunedin's MLK Jr. Recreation Center is letting kids 9 to 14 have a night of skating and "extreme inflatables" for Midnite Madness. There will also be outdoor laser tag and the "Big Games Truck." Throughout the night there will also be game raids, mini skate park jams, snack food buffets and prize giveaways. $15-$20. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday. 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. (727) 738-2920.

BAR CRAWLS: Football or suds

Tampa is crawling with bar hops both wet and dry. The Sun, Swimsuits and Suds wet bar crawl returns with a splash. Revelers with swimsuits and Super Soakers hop to five Ybor City locations to get soaked or take turns in the dunk tank. $10, $15 VIP, includes drink specials, a towel and T-shirt. 1 p.m. Saturday. Stone Soup Company, 1919 E Seventh Ave.

The College Football Kickoff Bar Crawl party bus will shuttle fans to four Tampa bars with a free shot at each stop, food and drink specials, a beer pong tournament and a beer shotgun. $15-$35. 3 p.m. Saturday. Franklin Manor, 912 N Franklin St., Tampa.

SOUNDTRACK: Silent movie organist

Nationally renowned theater organist Steven Ball of St. Louis will be at the Tampa Theatre to play along with classic comedies of the silent film era. The Silent Clowns is a collection of four short comedies from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. It's part of the summer classics series, and Tampa Theatre remains one of the only movie houses in the world that can revive its original programming by presenting a silent film with live musical accompaniment on the theater's original 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Retired film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion afterward. $10-$13. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.


  1. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  2. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  3. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a game in Toronto this month. COLE BURSTON  |  AP
    The Bolts are home for games against the Avalanche and Penguins, plus wrestling and volleyball.
  5. From left: A scene from 1975's "Rocky Horror Picture Show," starring Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon. 20th Century Fox
    The star of ‘Rocky Horror’ will screen the movie in Tampa and other Halloween-themed fun, plus the Tattoo Arts Convention and “Brick History.”
  6. The Florida Orchestra's Pops in the Park will return to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg and River Tower Park in Tampa this weekend. Times (2013)
    Make a picnic basket for Pops in the Park, take the kids to Marine Quest or Oktoberfest and enjoy no traffic at Open Streets St. Pete.
  7. Jeremy Piven participates in the "Wisdom of the Crowd" panel during the CBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at CBS Studio Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2017. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Invision/AP
    The Emmy-winning ‘Entourage’ star will host a bash at the poolside club WTR.
  8. The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. AP (2015)
    The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
  9. Anjelah Johnson attends the launch event for Kevin Hart's new streaming video network, Laugh Out Loud, in 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. DANNY MOLOSHOK  |  Invision/AP
    A sold-out Tampa show from comedian Anjelah Johnson, the Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Pinellas Park and a Tampa performance by singer Bea Miller.
  10. Bratwurst will be the star of Brat Blast, replacing Ribfest as the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg's big charity fundraiser of the year. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Brat Blast will be the Northeast Exchange Club’s big charity fundraising party this year after the high cost of bands and security for Ribfest cut into its charitable work.