1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of July 30-Aug. 5

LUIS SANTANA  |   Times Ibri Day poses for a photo at opening day of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center. (Friday, July 31, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
LUIS SANTANA | Times Ibri Day poses for a photo at opening day of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center. (Friday, July 31, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Published Jul. 29, 2018

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.

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. 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.

Date Night

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).

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.

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  1. Draped against the St. Petersburg skyline on Tuesday evening on January 14, 2020, the Bella Vita is visible as it docks in Port St. Pete. The yacht is nearly 250 feet long and costs about $650,000 to charter for a week in the winter, according to broker Moran Yacht and Ship. It can accommodate 12 passengers between its six staterooms and six decks, and a staff of 22. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
    Meet the Bella Vita, a yacht almost too luxurious to believe.
  2. An Australian shepherd named Waylon gets some pampering from Kathryn Ross-Nash at the Florida Gulf Coast Classic Cluster of Dog Shows held Jan. 9-13 and Jan. 15-19 at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville.  Ross-Nash of Bradenton is an owner/breeder/handler of Australian shepherds and has been showing dogs for 30 years. "I love the show. Love the set-up, and I'm close to home," she said. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    Annual Florida Gulf Coast Cluster Dog Show draws thousands of dogs to Brooksville from around the country. The winners go on to the Westminster show in New York next month.
  3. Ava Calvin, 5, participates in a unity dance during the First Night of Kwanzaa in St. Petersburg ceremony on Thursday evening. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    In St. Petersburg, community gathers for annual tradition.
  4. Clearwater may soon vote to allow commercial megacycles to ply the streets downtown and on Clearwater Beach. They'll be missing a key ingrediant, though: Beer and wine. [Pedal Pub]
    One operator calls the proposed ordinance a deal killer without beer and wine. The city council on Thursday will discuss a six-month pilot program.
  5. As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
  6. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. []
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  7. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  8. Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
    Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
  9. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  10. Ari Shipley, 5, (left) reads to a golden retriever named Turbo, while her brother, Jett, 3, looks on. Reading to Turbo is a new program at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    Specially trained therapy dogs help youngsters grow their reading skills.