1. Things to Do

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 3-9

Paul Simon will bring his farewell tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 7, 2018. Photo: Jake Edwards.
Paul Simon will bring his farewell tour to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 7, 2018. Photo: Jake Edwards.
Published Sep. 4, 2018

Paul Simon: Friday could be your last chance to see the legendary singer and songwriter of iconic songs including Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson and You Can Call me Al, as he brings his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena ($50-$150). amaliearena.com.

Gay Softball World Series: Teams from around the country come to various locations around Tampa Bay Tuesday-Saturday to compete in the national softball championship. Free. tampagsws.com.

Date night

Music: Friday, rapper G-Eazy brings Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, and the rest of the crew to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($40-$284). Saturday, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander performs with his son Robin Taylor and his daughter, Robin-Sailor as the Robin Zander Family Band at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($29-$39). Also Saturday, be ready to fist pump as Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D plays the Ritz Ybor, right after he GTLs, for sure ($20; $85 VIP).

Vincente Martinez Ybor's Birthday Block Party: To celebrate the birthday of the founder of Ybor City, the party at the Ybor City Museum State Park on Friday features live music, food, drinks, community displays and guest speaker Rafael Martinez-Ybor, his great-grandson. Festivities will abound throughout the weekend in Ybor. ybormuseum.org.

I Like It Hot Festival: Turn up the heat with fiery foods, sauces and salsas at the spicy food festival at Minnreg Hall in Largo on Saturday. Dare to enter a pepper eating contest, amateur hot sauce and salsa competitions, a hot hula hoop competition, spicy lolly lick-a-thon, amateur salsa competition, whip cracking demonstration, music by DJ XL, free samples and hundreds of pepper plants for sale. $5, 12 and younger free. Ilikeithotfestival.com.

Kids and Family

Loomis Bros. Circus: Coming to the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville Thursday-Friday, the "Circus is Alive" themed show features elephants, acrobats, tigers, daredevils, clowns and a live circus band. All tickets are general admission, first come, first served. $20, $8 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. (352) 587-2845.

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