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 the Tampa this week from the costumed craziness of Comic Con to brews at the zoo during Lowry Park's WaZoo.
AT THE MOVIES
After stealing a mysterious orb coveted by the evil Ronan, an American pilot (Chris Pratt) and a group of misfits find themselves the focus of a manhunt across space in Marvel's highly-anticipated blockbuster-to-be “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Grammy-winning R&B superstar Maxwell brings his sexy, soulful sounds to the stage in Clearwater for another show at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $41 to $131.
Friday to Sunday
Walk your Hobbit feet to Tampa Bay Comic Con, a three-day feast of comic books, fantasy, vendors and special guests from “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones,” “Arrow” and more. It's $30 for the day, or $60 for a three-day pass.
KING OF COMEDY
Friday to Sunday
D.L. Hughley, immortalized in Spike Lee's classic stand-up comedy film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” and a veteran road comic who these days hosts the nationally-syndicated morning radio show “The D.L. Hughley Show,” will headline the Tampa Improv in Ybor City for three nights. Tickets are $30.
TAP INTO FUN
Hops-loving humans, the best bites from area restaurants and Lowry Park Zoo creatures converge at WaZoo, once named one of “10 great beer festivals” in the U.S. by USA Today. Tickets are $60.
Saturday to Aug. 31
The power of one person to create change is the focal point of the powerful “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” presented by freeFall Theatre in a unique way — the audience surrounds the elevated stage to pull them into the action. Tickets are $20 to $44.
“Earthquake” and “Jaws” will kick off the first week of '70s classics at the Capitol Theatre in Cleawater. The historic theater is screening a '70s double feature for $7 on Saturdays in August and September, featuring prizes and '70s themed concessions.
Saturday and Sunday
Get to Tropicana Field early if you want to snag a highly-sought-after Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head before the Rays take on the Angels at 7:10 p.m. On Sunday it's another giveaway, this one a bit creepier, as the team hands out Wil Myers bicycle horns before the 1:40 p.m. game. Have we mentioned that the Rays are THE BEST when it comes to giveaways?
THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
It's a summer of love and forbidden dance in the Catskills for Baby and Johnny as “Dirty Dancing” plays Tampa Theatre as part of its Summer Classics series. Tickets are $10.
TIME TO SHINE
It's a big week for Mark McGrath fans. On Thursday he starred in the premiere of “Sharknado 2” and on Sunday his band Sugar Ray is playing the Under the Sun Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall along with some of the biggest bands of the '90s: Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker.
ON THE CHEAP
Military, first responders free days at zoo: Military members and first responders are being treated to free admission weekdays in August when they register online at lowryparkzoo.com/Hero/; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; free; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) (813) 935-8552
Tampapalooza: Celebrate the Tampa Bay area with family fun and games. Stilt walkers, craft beer, local musicians, games, Buccaneers Street Team and more. Visit www.tampapalooza.com/ for more details;10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa; (813) 621-7821
Health & Wealth Expo: Load up on health and financial fitness information while enjoying free health screenings, giveaways and more. Meet Batman and Ironman and see the Batcycle and the Ironcycle; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; free; Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater; (727) 791-7400