Tampa Bay Comic Convention: People dress like their favorite comic book characters and flock to this annual convention, which features photo ops with the likes of Paul Bettany (Vision in the Marvel movies), William Shatner (Star Trek), James “Murr” Murray (Impractical Jokers”) ), RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Ross Marquand (“Walking Dead”) and more. $60-$125. Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-5pm. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-274-8511.
beer feast: Hop on your Schwinn and join Pee-wee’s Beer Adventure, featuring food and drink from local breweries and restaurants. Costumes inspired by Pee-wee’s Big Adventure are encouraged. Benefits from theater maintenance and educational programs. $55-$75. 7pm-10pm Saturday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.
Kendrick Lamar: The Grammy- and Pulitzer-winning rapper performs with special guests Baby Keem and Tanna Leone. $59-$179. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.
Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, hand balancers and daredevils demonstrate their talents up close. (No seat is more than 50 feet from the ring.) $25-$65. Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive. 877-829-7839.
1982 summer film series: The Summer Classic Movie Series celebrates the 40th anniversary of selected films.
- “The Thing” (R, 109 minutes): A group of researchers encounter a parasitic alien. 7 p.m. Friday.
- “The Best Little Brothel in Texas” (R, 114 minutes): A town sheriff and regular guest struggles to keep a historic brothel open. Saturday 7 p.m.
Each movie is $5, $30 a four-pack (includes four drinks and four popcorns). Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.
Last Friday downtown: Last Friday turns into the Harry Potter Birthday Party with a visit to Platform 9 3/4, a wizard scavenger hunt, children’s art, an extreme spinning top ball, a giant water slide, a market, ax throwing, food, Butterbeer and a Harry Potter – Themed costume contest. Free. 5pm-9pm Friday. McCall Park, 100 N Collins St., Plant City. 813-358-8898.
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Clearwater Beach Dogs: Threshers players and staff take the field in Beach Dogs uniforms, and fans can join in by rocking their favorite Beach Dogs gear. Beach Dogs Fridays are also dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch with you. Dog tickets are $7 and are available for Walkup purchases. Dog tickets benefit another local pet charity that will be on site. The human price varies. 6:30 p.m. Friday. BayCare Ballpark, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-467-4457.
Sales tax holidays at the start of school: Area retailers are offering tax-free shopping for families as children prepare to return to school. No tax is levied on clothing, shoes, some school supplies, study aids, puzzles, personal computers and certain computer-related accessories. Price restrictions apply to all items. The VAT holiday runs until August 7th. For free. Hours of operation vary by Tampa Bay area retail location.
Summer Circus Spectacle: Heidi Herriott acts as Empress for a Cirque-style show featuring Comedy, Handbalancing/Adagio, Contorsion, Aerial/Dance and Rolla Bolla/Balancing. These performers have performed in Las Vegas, at Walt Disney World, at traveling circus festivals and on television. Runs until August 13th. $18, $12 ages 12 and under. 11:00 and 14:00 Tuesday-Friday, 14:00 and 17:00 Saturday. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-360-7399.
Dutch: Set in New York City, this Obie Award-winning play about race and identity in America focuses on the struggles between African Americans and white Americans. $20 and up. 7pm-9pm Wednesday-Thursday, 8pm-10pm Friday-Sunday. American Stage Theater Company at the Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-823-1600.
Back to School Mass: The first 500 children will receive free backpacks at the 15th Annual Fair featuring face painting, games, photos with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ThunderBug, drawings, contests, performances and tax-free shopping. Free. 10am-2pm Saturday. West Shore Plaza Mall, 250 West Shore Plaza, Tampa. 813-773-0045.
B. Simone: The comedian-actress-businesswoman, who is a longtime cast member of the hit MTV series ‘Wild N’ Out,’ makes an appearance. $35-$45. 20:00-21:30 and 22:15-23:45 Friday, 19:00-20:30 and 21:45-23:15 Saturday. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. 813-864-4000.
Back to School Skateboarding Bash: An all-ages competition with divisions for 8 years and under, 9-12 years, 13-15 years, women, 16-20 years and 30 years and over. Skaters who do not have competitions receive half skating during competition times. spectators free. 8 a.m. Saturday. Tampa Skate Park, 4215 E Columbus Drive. 813-621-6793.
summer glow: It’s the last week that you spend your day at the beach and still have time to spend with rescued animals at the aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is extending its hours until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Activities include steel drum music, live entertainment, animal interaction and free boat tours. Included in admission. 4pm-8pm Thursday-Saturday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.
Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays take on the Cleveland Guardians this weekend.
- All fans will receive a free Brett Phillips Devil Rays basketball jersey while supplies last. 1:10 p.m. Saturday.
- Fans 14 and under will receive a free Brandon Lowe cereal bowl and mug set while supplies last. 1:40 p.m. Sunday.
The ticket price varies depending on the game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.