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Best Bets: Fun things to do this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: August 9, 2014 at 03:49 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 Oddball Comedy festival to the first concert at Steinbrenner Field since 1996.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

Cowabunga! Order a pizza with coconut and sweet pickles on it, because the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” are back at the movies for the first time in years. The new re-boot starring Megan Fox as April O'Neil has the digitally-animated turtles battling the Foot Clan in 3-D for the first time.

 

BREWS AND BITES

The first Friday of the month means an after-work party with food trucks and craft beer at the Sail Pavilion on the river outside the Tampa Convention Center. This month's trucks include Jimmy's Meatballs, In-Law Subs and Just Smokin' BBQ.

 

FUNNY OR DIE

Friday to Sunday

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival brings a dream lineup of stand-ups to the MidFlorida Ampthitheatre, including Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, Chris Hardwick and Marc Maron. Looking for something more intimate? Whether you remember Tommy Davidson from “In Living Color,” “Bamboozled” or “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls,” we bet you laughed. He's at the Tampa Improv in Ybor.

 

EXPLORE YOUR LIMITS

Friday to Sunday

Indulge in a forbidden fantasy at Fetish Con at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, a festival where almost anything can happen. Single-day passes are $40. Just check out the website for the rules of conduct.

 

STOP SMILING, PARENTS

Saturday

Ease the kids' transition from summer frolic to school homework at the Back to School Fair at Glazer Children's Museum, which includes giveaways, live entertainment and a scavenger hunt. Admission is reduced to $5 for the event.

 

A TRIP TO MARS

Saturday

Steinbrenner Field hosts its first concert since the mid-1990s when Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI arrive for the Carnivores Tour. You can be the judge as to whether 30 Seconds frontman and Oscar-winner Jared Leto makes a better actor or rock star. Tickets run $40 to $115.

 

GET YOUR GEEK ON

Saturday

Take a photo with your favorite characters from the Marvel smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” during Emerald City Comics' in-store celebration of the movie. Actors will be dressed as Star Lord, Groot, Drax and Gamora and a Groot-themed treasure hunt will score you free merchandise from the store.

 

SHARK WEEK

Saturday and Sunday

If you simply can't wait until Monday to begin celebrating Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, The Florida Aquarium has you covered with special events including breakfast with the sharks, shark tours, games, learning activities and more. Children get $5 off regular admission through Aug. 16 as part of Shark Week.

 

ROSEBUD

Sunday

Spend a hot Florida summer afternoon in the cool air conditioning of Tampa Theatre watching the rise and fall of a newspaper tycoon in “Citizen Kane.” Tickets are $10.

 

LIKE AN ANIMAL

Monday

Industrial heavies Nine Inch Nails, fresh off their great comeback with 2013's sparse, atmospheric “Hesitation Marks,” arrive at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre with '90s grunge kings Soundgarden, who are not-so-fresh of their so-so comeback album “King Animal.” Tickets are $29 to $99.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Indoor mini-golf: The Largo Public Library is setting up two indoor ranges as a fundraiser for the facility, including an 18-hole “Family Fairway” book-themed course spread throughout the library and a 9-hole “Toddler Tee-Off” course; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; $2 per person, per round; Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo; (727) 587-6715

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