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Top 11 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Sink your teeth into the area’s best Cuban sandwich at the Cuban Sandwich Festival or dance in the streets at Gulfport’s GeckoFest.
People gather around the table as they assemble a large Cuban sandwich during the Cuban Sandwich Festival in 2019.
People gather around the table as they assemble a large Cuban sandwich during the Cuban Sandwich Festival in 2019.
Published Aug. 30
Updated Aug. 30

Cuban Sandwich Festival: More than 20 contestants from around the world compete for best Cuban sandwich in the world at this dog-friendly festival with live music, dancing and cultural vendors. The event typically features an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for biggest Cuban sandwich. Free (food/drink additional). 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-229-2214.

GeckoFest is a wacky end-of-summer celebration where it's perfectly normal to dress up like a giant green reptile and sashay through the streets, banging a drum or noisemaker of choice. It takes place in downtown Gulfport Saturday.
GeckoFest is a wacky end-of-summer celebration where it's perfectly normal to dress up like a giant green reptile and sashay through the streets, banging a drum or noisemaker of choice. It takes place in downtown Gulfport Saturday. [ Times (2009) ]

GeckoFest: Gulfport’s 20th annual festival celebrates the end of summer with music, dancing, food and an American Bandstand or gecko-themed costume parade and contest. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Downtown waterfront district near the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-322-5217.

Sugar Ray: The rockers that have sold more than 10 million records perform. $45 and up. 8 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Powerboat Grand Prix: This motorsport event visible from the shore in downtown St. Petersburg will include the double bill of offshore powerboats and Jet Ski racing. There will be some 40 powerboat teams and 60 AquaX racers from all over the world in two days of racing. The boats will also be on display throughout the weekend at Vinoy Park. Find a schedule and VIP tickets at p1offshore.com. Free for spectators; VIP $100-$500. St. Pete Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

Thomas Rhett: The artist combines his love of country, rock and hip-hop in his music. $54-$134. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Thomas Rhett, pictured in 2019, will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Saturday.
Thomas Rhett, pictured in 2019, will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Saturday. [ MARK J. TERRILL | AP ]

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays take on the Red Sox (Monday-Thursday) and the Twins (Friday-Sunday). All areas of the stadium are open except the 300 level. Ticket prices vary. 7:10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

Anberlin: The alternative rock band formed in Winter Haven performs. $26.50. 6 p.m. Sunday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-565-0550.

The Brewery Comedy Tour: Top comedians you’ve seen on TV take to the road to perform at breweries across the country. $11. 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday. If I Brewed the World, 2200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-201-4484.

American Victory ship: Thursday marks V-J Day, the surrender agreement in the Pacific in World War II. In Tampa, the American Victory ship will host On To Victory that day, a dinner cruise aboard the Yacht Starship in support of the historic WWII-era ship’s major restoration. The ship and museum, docked in Tampa’s Water Street District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of only three remaining Victory ships from that era. The Yacht Starship dinner cruise will get underway at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $150-$1,000 for the fundraiser, available on Eventbrite. 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. americanvictory.org.

One of the cannons on the American Victory ship. The WW II-era ship is also a mariners museum docked behind the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa.
One of the cannons on the American Victory ship. The WW II-era ship is also a mariners museum docked behind the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. [ JIM REED | Times (2012) ]

Largo Palooza: The “Women of Distinction”-themed concert series features bands with strong female leads. This portion presents Joy Gann and her “Ode to Music.” $10. 7 p.m. Friday. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. 727-518-3131.

Closeline Comedy Machine: Area comedians have 60 minutes to perform 30 scenes based on popular topics printed on cards strung along a clothesline. $20. 9-10 p.m. Saturday. Spitfire Comedy House, 1920 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-329-6290.