1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 16-22

Metrocon: The convention focused on anime that also covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by it settles into the Tampa Convention Center Thursday-Sunday. $30-$40.

Beer Project: Inspired by the ancient mosaics in their collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg looks back to how beer was used in antiquity during the two-day event. Thursday, enjoy beers made using ancient ingredients and techniques. ($35, $25 designated drivers). Friday, learn about the ancient Roman drinking game convivium, and taste ales crafted by students in the USF Brewing Arts program. ($45, $25 designated drivers). (727) 896-2667.

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Music: Country band Rascal Flatts boot scoots through Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday ($21-$85.75). Saturday, rock-reggae-hip-hop fusion band Slightly Stoopid perform at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg ($25-$40.98), while legendary rockers Chicago and Reo Speedwagon co-headline at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($29.50-$129.50).

The Fun Show with Cat and Nat: The mom duo known for their viral #Momtruths video and Facebook Live shows bring their act to the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday ($39.50-$49.50).

Tampa Theatre BeerFest: The annual fundraiser is once again a movie-themed party, this time called "Hop Gun," and party-goers are encouraged to dress up in the Top Gun theme. Premium sampling begins at 7 p.m. ($65-$70), and the grand sampling is at 8 p.m. ($40-$45). 711 Franklin St., Tampa.

Sun, Swimsuits and Suds: Put on a bathing for this bar crawl on Saturday in Ybor City with water fun along the way, including squirt guns, and kiddie pools. It starts off at Crowbar at 1:30 p.m., 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $25-$30 (includes free drink, towel and swag), $10 after-party only.

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Glo-Night Party: Families can enjoy glowing fun disco lights, black lights, lasers, slides, glow necklaces, lighted mohawks and DJ dancing at the Highland Family Aquatic Center in Largo Friday night. $8, $5 members. l

Meet 'Dolphin Tale' Stars: Dolphin Tale stars Nathan Gamble (Sawyer), Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Hazel) and Austin Highsmith (Phoebe) will make special appearances and be available for photos and autographs at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Saturday. $17.95- $22.95.

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