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Things to Do Planner: Beer fests, last blast before school, fun at a new water park

CHEERS FOR BEER: BREWS AT MOSI AND MAHAFFEY

Our Ultimate Bar Guide lets you know where to imbibe all year long. But this is an extra-special weekend to be a beer snob. Beerfest at MOSI will give craft beer enthusiasts more than 70 varieties to sample from 35 breweries, with food trucks, entertainment and MOSI exhibits to peruse. It runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55, $15 designated driver at xorbia.com or $65 at the door at Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 739-4800.

In St. Petersburg, the Craft Beer Experience, hosted by Drew and Shark from 97X, will have more than 100 craft beers at the Mahaffey Theater starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the Craft Beer Experience are $30 at 97xonline.com in advance, $35 at the door if they are available. This event sold out last year and was getting close at press time. The beer will be flowing at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7832.

LAST BLAST: FUN BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

Public schools around the Tampa Bay area open their doors next week, so why not have one last family blast? The Clearwater Threshers are having a Superhero Night on Saturday with parents and kids dressing up as their favorite caped crusaders and some characters strolling the park, and there will be a post-game fireworks display at Bright House Field. Tickets are $5-$9.50 and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4467.

Over at the Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, their idea of a Back to School Night is for the drivers to help kids' wishes come true by smashing up school buses in a figure-eight race to the finish. Other races Saturday night include bombers, mini-stocks and modified minis. Tickets are $15, $13 seniors, 10 and younger free. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the speedway at 21050 E State Road 64, Bradenton. (941) 748-3171.

BEACH BASH: NEW WATER PARK

The newly opened SunWest Park in Hudson has turned a former rock mine into a lakefront park that is also bordered by the Gulf of Mexico. The park is set up with volleyball, kayaking, paddleboarding and there's an aqua park of inflated playground equipment in the water. The official grand opening won't come until 2016, but the mostly finished park is hosting a charity Beach Bash on Sunday that benefits the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida. It's $20 per carload for this party with water sports, swimming, music, food vendors, inflatables, raffles, door prizes and gift baskets from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at SunWest Park, 16540 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (727) 817-0905.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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