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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay area this week

Published:   |   Updated: May 29, 2014 at 01:51 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do in Tampa, from the Zac Brown at the Midflorida Amphitheatre to “2001: A Space Odyssey” at the Tampa Theatre.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Playing now

There's always two sides to a story, right? “Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie in a tale that delves into the backstory of one of Disney's most evil villainesses. Turns out it was a ruthless betrayal that set her on the vindictive path to cursing sweet Aurora (“Sleeping Beauty”).

 

ZAC ATTACK

Friday

The always-popular country group Zac Brown Band plays back-to-back nights at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre on the heels of their new Dave Grohl-produced studio album. That means they've added a rock edge to their musical repertoire, which already includes bluegrass, Caribbean and reggae. Kacey Musgraves will open. Tickets run $31.50 to $79.50.

 

DARK COMEDY

Through Sunday

It's the final weekend to see “All New People,” the Jobsite Theater production of the play by Zac Braff (“Scrubs,” “Garden State”) that has gotten great reviews. Charlie (Chris Holcom) goes to his friend's beach house with plans of suicide, but just in the nick of time, a wacky real estate agent, Emma, (Meg Heimstead) bursts in on him to get the dark comedy rolling. Tickets are $28.

 

SIDE OUT

Friday to Sunday

Watch the best players in beach volleyball, including Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser, as they serve, set and spike at the AVP St. Petersburg Open at Spa Beach Park. General admission runs $10 to $18.

 

ARE YOU READY?

Saturday

Answer that question at MOSI's Hurricane Expo, where vendors, government agencies, local TV meteorologists and other experts help you get prepared for hurricane season. Admission is free.

 

SO LONG, SEA LIONS

Through Saturday

It's the final weekend to check out the colony of coastal sea lions at the Lowry Park Zoo's “Sea Lion Splash” attraction, which features a giant inflatable slide and a chance to get a photo taken with a sea lion pal. It's $2 to get into Sea Lion Splash, in addition to regular zoo admission.

 

MUD BUGS!

Saturday

The fourth annual Crawfish Festival in Riverview celebrates the Cajun shellfish delicacy known to some as “mud bugs,” but there will be plenty of other food for sale to enjoy as well, plus lots of kids activities and live music.

 

OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS, HAL

Sunday

Tampa Theatre kicks off it's Summer Movie Classics series with a sure thing — “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Sure, we still don't know what it all means, but it's still a glorious ride. Tickets are $10.

 

BASEBALL ON THE BEACH

Sunday

Head to the Guy Harvey Outpost in St. Pete Beach for a family-friendly Rays watch party on the beach, as the Rays take on the Red Sox in Boston. There will be a giant screen set up on the sand, giveaways from the Rays street team and food and beer specials. The party is free; parking is $10.

 

THE LONG HAUL

Tuesday

Southern rock heroes, Drive-By Truckers, just keep truckin' along. Lucky for us, they're making a pit stop at Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $23 and $29.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Free yogurt: Citrus Park's newest froyo spot is having a grand opening with balloon artists, face painters, music DJ and, of course, free yogurt; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday: free; Yogurtland, 7002 Gunn Hwy., Tampa; (949) 265-8000

 

Guided nature tour: Park rangers lead tour participants along the boardwalk and scenic Hillsborough River highlighting native plants, birds and usually an alligator or two. Those wishing to participate are invited to gather at the visitor center prior to departure and to wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring binoculars and a water bottle; 8:30 a.m. Sunday; free for tour, $2 per vehicle for parking; Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa; (813) 987-6204

 

Target Tuesday: It's the first Tuesday of the month and that means free admission for both kids and adults to enjoy the Glazer Children's Museum. Character appearances from the popular children's book and TV series “Arthur” are scheduled throughout the day; 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; free; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 443-3861

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