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

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks, from Fourth of July fireworks to a Disney star at Busch Gardens.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Sure, it’s an “E.T.” knockoff, but its been 30 years since that alien phoned home, so why not? “Earth to Echo” is about a group of children that helps an alien left stranded on Earth, shot with a found-footage, “reality” feel.

 

FIRED UP

Friday

Tampa’s largest Fourth of July fireworks display launches from Channelside Bay Plaza where there will also be a dozen food trucks, plus live bands, including a performance by the Soul Circus Cowboys. For a full list of fireworks and Independence Day celebrations around Tampa, go here.

 

CLEARWATER VACATION

Saturday

Jane Wiedlin says she and the remaining Go-Go’s will prove they’ve still got the beat when they play Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets start at $52.75.

 

DISNEY AT BUSCH GARDENS

Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”) will perform at Busch Gardens as part of the park’s Summer Nights concert series. She’s not on the pop music success level of fellow Disney alum Selena Gomez yet, but she’s hoping tracks like “Hurricane,” and “Forgot to Laugh” will take her there. The concert is free with paid admission to the park.

 

WHERE’S MY COMB?

Saturday

See if your fave hair band still has any hair when Winger, Great White, Slaughter and Stephen Pearcy play Hairapalooza in Pinellas Park. General admission is free.

 

LAST CHANCE TO RETURN

Saturday and Sunday

The critically-acclaimed production of “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” the Shakespeare meets B-movie sci-fi meets classic rock ‘n’ roll comedy, ends its run at the Straz Center. They’ve added a 7:30 p.m. show on Sunday for the final weekend. Tickets are $29.

 

COMEDIAN OF COMEDY

Through Sunday

Stand-up comedian Christian Finnegan was one of the original panelists on VH1’s “Best Week Ever,” played Chad in the classic “Chappelle’s Show” sketch “Mad Real World,” and starred on the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet.” Tickets are $17.

 

SANDY AND CRAFTY

Saturday and Sunday

If you need a break lounging on the beach, the annual Madeira Beach Craft Festival features work by more than 100 artists from around the U.S. It’s free to browse along Madeira Way, between Gulf Boulevard and 150th Avenue N. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

THEY’LL NEED A BIGGER THEATER

July 10

“Sharknado,” the SyFy movie about killer sharks attacking L.A., is ripe for ripping and ribbing from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew at a Fathom in-theater event in Brandon, Tampa and Pinellas Park.

 

JUST SUPER

July 10 to 13

The Tampa kick-off of “Marvel Universe LIVE!” will bring together more than 25 Marvel characters, including Thor, Captain America and Iron Man, in an ambitious live-action show.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Clearwater Celebrates America: Get in on the free family fun including mascot parade, games, face painting, kid zone, Mostly Pops Orchestra concert and of course, fireworks. Coolers permitted, but no alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; free; Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street, Clearwater; (727) 562-4800

 

Buy a gift card, get a free movie ticket: Buy a $25 Red Robin gift card and get a free Fandango movie ticket to see “Hercules” when it hits theaters on July 25th. For details and restrictions visit www.redrobin.com/giftcards

 

Get in free on the Fourth: Meet two dozen costumed historical interpreters depicting Civil War, Seminole War, Spanish American War and WWII-era soldiers when admission is waived for the holiday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; free; Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa; (813) 228-0097

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