Top 15 Tampa Bay Area Events for the Week of August 22-28


Clothing art 16: After a two-year hiatus, the 16th annual “sweet 16” art and fashion-themed mashup features runway presentations, a gallery exhibit, and the art of hair and makeup. $85 to $135, $20 standing room/screen video. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Dunedin Center for Fine Arts, 1143 Michigan Blvd. 727-298-3322.

Carlos Santana, shown here performing in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2016, is scheduled to perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa on Saturday. [ Associated Press ]

Santana: Santana, whose hits include “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” will perform. Earth Wind & Fire are also on the bill. $60 to $165. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Trick Daddy 25th Anniversary Celebration: The concert includes performances from Trick Daddy, CeeLo Green, Trina, Juvenile, Plies and more acts yet to be announced. $39 to $115. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.

Gecko Ball: Dress up like a gecko, or dress up, for a night of dancing to live Hot Tonic music, games, snacks, a costume contest and the crowning of the Gecko Queen. Takes place as part of Gulfport Geckofest. $30 to $40. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070.

Florida Gun Show: The event showcases new, used, and antique firearms, ammunition, shooting supplies, and knives. There are also shooting accessories including scopes, clips, and carrying cases. Concealed Weapons Permit courses will be offered throughout the weekend. $13, parking $10. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.

Toy Train Show: Kids can enjoy a moving train layout as you check out vendors selling model trains, die-cast cars, and other collectibles. $5, 12 and under free. 9am-2pm Saturday. Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-244-1341.

Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Timed admission tickets can be purchased in advance and will include votes and a to-go container for mini cupcakes (pack of 12 or 24 free). Tickets are priced with a first-hour early access fare (noon-1pm) guaranteeing first choice of some of the most popular flavors and beautifully decorated cupcakes (at no extra cost for Morean members). $10 to $25. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-821-7162.

Find out who makes the best cupcakes in the area on Saturday at the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest.
Find out who makes the best cupcakes in the area on Saturday at the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest. [ Shonnika Denise ]
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Oktoberfest Roast Pork: Grab your commemorative drink and kick off the Oktoberfest season at this party with unlimited roast pork, sausages and sides, ice sledding and a photo booth. $50. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Zydeco Brew Werks, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-252-4541.

Summer Rum and Seafood Festival: Several distilleries serve rum and rum cocktails during this festival along with crab races, live music by The Sapphire Band and Come Monday, food trucks and fresh seafood from area restaurants. $5. Upgrades available on EventBrite. 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Premium Outlets, 2398 Grand Cypress Drive, Lutz. 727-674-1464.

Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, flyers, hand balancers and daredevils display their talents right in front of you, with no seat more than 50 feet from the ring. $25 to $65. 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Drive from downtown Brandon. 877-829-7839.

You might see feats like this from Cirque du Soleil at the Flip Circus show in Brandon.
You might see feats like this from Cirque du Soleil at the Flip Circus show in Brandon. [ PAUL KITAGAKI JR. | The Sacramento Bee ]

Science After Dark: Adults have the chance to play with MOSI’s interactive labs and hands-on exhibits, including the animatronic dinosaurs around the world that will be touring this summer. There will also be light aperitifs, beer and wine tastings. $15.95. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6000.

Big Wave Boat Crawl: Board the Pirate Water Taxi for a boat pub crawl with stops at Sparkman Wharf, Ricks on the River, Four Green Fields, Sail Pavilion, and Strandhill Public. Includes beer, swag and raffles. $25. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-274-8511.

Clear Water Vixens: The Threshers entered the field as the Beach Dogs to take on the Tampa Tarpons. The first 1,000 guests receive a free Beach Dogs sports towel. Fridays are also dog friendly. Fans can bring their dog to BayCare Ballpark to enjoy the game. Dog tickets are $7 and are available for walk-in purchases. Dog tickets benefit a local pet charity that will be on site. $7 to $11. 6:30 p.m. Friday. BayCare Ballpark, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-712-4300.

The Threshers wear Beach Dogs uniforms and the dogs are allowed into BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater on Friday.
The Threshers wear Beach Dogs uniforms and the dogs are allowed into BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater on Friday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Summer Classics Film Series: The 31st Annual Classic Film Series features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ, sing-along songs and modern classics. This part features the short 1920 comedy “One Week” (unrated, 19 minutes) and the 1928 comedy-romance “The Cameraman” (PG, 67 minutes). $10 to $15. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Ukraine Independence Day: This exploration of Ukrainian culture includes presentations by Mayor Jane Castor, Ukrainian singers, a violinist, bandura music, karaoke, comedy, a fashion show, dancing and the reading of Ukrainian poetry in English. $10 donation appreciated. 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-675-5400.

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