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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Aug. 8-14

Dress up like a superhero for a Clearwater Threshers game or pick your favorite dog at the AKC All Breed Dog Show.
Dress like a gecko and hit the streets for the Gecko Crawl this weekend.
Dress like a gecko and hit the streets for the Gecko Crawl this weekend. [ EVERYTHING AT REPTICON SLITHERS OR CRAWLS, INCLUDING THIS COLORFUL GECKO OR GREEN PYTHON. VENDORS WILL BE ON HAND WITH REPTILE PETS AND EVERYTHING RELATED TO REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, EXOTIC ANIMALS, AS WELL AS RAFFLES, SEMINARS AND CHILDREN?S ACTIVITIES. FEB. 23-24 AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS.PHOTO COURTESY REPTICO | Repticon ]
Published Aug. 8

Gecko Crawl: Dress like a gecko or in tropical clothes for this six-stop bar crawl with one free drink at each location, a poker run and an after-party. Stops include Caddy’s, Gulfport Brewery, Neptune Grill, North End Taphouse, O’Maddy’s and Tiki Bar and Grill. Takes place as part of Gulfport Geckofest. $25, $10 for poker. 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Caddy’s, 3128 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. 727-381-8548.

Trumpet, a bloodhound, competes for best in show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Catch an AKC dog show Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Trumpet, a bloodhound, competes for best in show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Catch an AKC dog show Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [ FRANK FRANKLIN II | AP ]

AKC All-Breed Dog Show: At this all-breed dog show, you can watch as a spectator, mingle with other dog lovers and cheer on the competitors. $6, $10 parking. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.

Chris Brown: The R&B singer and one-time Grammy winner performs, along with Lil Baby. $29.50-$239.50. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Crooner Michael Buble performs Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Crooner Michael Buble performs Saturday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [ BEATRIZ VELASCO | Getty Images North America ]

Michael Buble: The Grammy Award-winning entertainer brings his 27-stop Higher tour to Tampa. $65-$149.50. 8 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Illenium: The Grammy-nominated producer, DJ and instrumentalist will perform at a pool party. $30. 11 a.m. Sunday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

Clearwater Threshers: It’s Defenders of the Diamond Night at BayCare Ballpark when the Threshers take on the St. Lucie Mets. Come dressed as your favorite Marvel superhero for photos on the concourse all night. The Threshers hit the field in Iron Man jerseys to be auctioned off to benefit Costumers with a Cause. 6:30 p.m. Friday. BayCare Ballpark, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-712-4300.

The Threshers will dress in Iron Man-themed jerseys Friday to be auctioned off to benefit Costumers with a Cause.
The Threshers will dress in Iron Man-themed jerseys Friday to be auctioned off to benefit Costumers with a Cause. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

Summer Classics Movie Series: The 31st annual series of classic movies features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, sing-alongs and modern-day classics. This portion features the 1979 musical drama “All That Jazz” (R, 123 minutes). $10-$15. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Let the preseason games begin. Watch as the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Miami Dolphins. Ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-350-6500.

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Freestyle Explosion: The ‘80s throwback music lineup includes Lisa Lisa, Stevie B, The Jets, The Cover Girls and Brenda K Starr. $39.50-$150. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Empress Theray poses with Pup Dax and Pup Abaddon for a photo during the 2016 Fetish Con meet-and-greet cocktail party at the Hilton St. Petersburg. This year's Fetishcon begins Friday.
Empress Theray poses with Pup Dax and Pup Abaddon for a photo during the 2016 Fetish Con meet-and-greet cocktail party at the Hilton St. Petersburg. This year's Fetishcon begins Friday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Fetish Con: Walk the kinky red carpet at this fetish-bondage-dominance-leather convention with fetish speed networking, karaoke, a pool party, fan photo shoot, trade show, awards, a fetish ball and more. The dungeon is open until 3 a.m. nightly. $40-$100. Noon-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-894-5000.

Countdown Improv Festival: The festival features 67 separate improv groups from 18 different states, Washington, D.C., Canada and the United Kingdom. This year’s festival also marks the debut of the Countdown Improv Festival Ensemble, comprised of eight individual improvisers from across the United States. Performances will also take place Aug. 10, but must be viewed online at twitch.tv/countdownimprov. Free (Wednesday), $20-$60 (Thursday-Saturday). 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 6-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. HCC Ybor Studio Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Ybor City.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: After a two-year hiatus, families can once again trick-or-treat among costumed Disney characters at this after-hours party with the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show, dance parties and the Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. Guests do not need to make a park reservation and can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. $99-$199. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. 407-934-7639.

Bier Fest returns to Busch Gardens starting this weekend.
Bier Fest returns to Busch Gardens starting this weekend. [ Busch Gardens ]

Bier Fest: It’s opening weekend for the festival in which guests will find a wide range of brews and beer-inspired food set up in kiosks around the park. Live entertainment and contemporary fare will pay homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with more than 70 craft beers and seasonal eats. Food and beverage samplers start at $35. Noon-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Nunsense: A-Men: When Sister Julia accidentally poisons 52 sisters with her soup, problems unfold. The nuns’ funds aren’t enough to cover the multiple burial costs, so Mother Superior, portrayed by award-winning local actor and drag performer Matthew McGee, organizes a talent show fundraiser. $20.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

The Odd Couple — Female Version: Neil Simon’s original Felix and Oscar turn into Florence and Olive. Instead of the poker party that opens the original, Olive invites the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. $25, $22 seniors/students. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-265-4000.

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