Tampa Bay Comic Con: Nerds take over the Tampa Convention Center Friday-Sunday, which will be filled with booths full of comics and collectibles, along with discussion panels, a film festival, comedy shows and numerous comic book artists and writers on hand. Celebrity appearances include Val Kilmer (Batman), Carmen Bicondova (Gotham), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Next Generation), David Harbour and Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things). $30-$40; $60 three days, 12 and younger free. tampabaycomiccon.com.
WWE Smackdown Live: See all your favorite wrestling stars in action, including AJ Styles, The Miz, Samoa Joe and Carmella. Tuesday at Tampa’a Amalie Arena. $25-$115. amaliearena.com. Fans can meet WWE Stars Jimmy and Jey Uso that morning at Cricket Wireless (15231 N Dale Mabry, Tampa.) Free. (813) 205-7742.
Vans Warped Tour: The final run of the largest traveling music festival makes a stop at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday, with a lineup including Reel Big Fish, Simple Plan and Less than Jake. $61 and up. amphitheatretampa.com.
Music: Another jam-packed week of music awaits. Tuesday, get your ‘90s fix when Counting Crows plays with opener Live at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg ($29.50-$125). Thursday, popular roots-reggae band jam at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($33.50-$83.50). Friday, country superstar Miranda Lambert performs with Little Big Town at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($25-$84.75). Also Friday, R&B sensation Jeremih takes the Ritz Ybor ($32.50-$40). Sunday, powerhouses Kesha and Macklemore team up to co-headline at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($29.50-$125).
Kevin Hart: The prolific comedian and star of the films Ride Along and Jumanji brings the funny to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Saturday ($35-$125). amaliearena.com.
kids and family
Back to School Dizzy Kickball Classic: Teams of children, firefighters, police officers, professional athletes and local celebrities battle it out in a six inning kickball game at the Thomas ‘Jet’ Jackson Park and Recreation Center (1000 28th St. S, St. Petersburg) on Sunday, with Mayor Rick Kriseman rolling out the first ball. An "anti-back to school" kids carnival that’s open to the public follows and includes bounce houses, DJ dancing, free haircuts and styling, and more than 100 free backpacks full of school supplies.
more to explore
Find more back to school events at tampabay.com/thingstodo.