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

Published:   |   Updated: August 14, 2014 at 04:01 PM

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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 this week, from Motley Crue’s final tour, to rum of every variety in Ybor City.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

With his team infused with new blood, and possibly some Botox, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) goes after Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is now a notorious arms trader, in “The Expendables 3.” Newcomers Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes join franchise regulars Jason Statham and Jet Li and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

COUNTRY NATION

Friday

Brad Paisley is getting great reviews for his tech-savvy Country Nation Tour, but don’t be fooled. When it comes down to it, Paisley might be the best guitarist working in country music today, and that’s what will make this one memorable. Tickets run $29.95 to $64.75.

 

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY

Saturday

Plop a squat in Tampa’s newest green space, Water Works Park, and celebrate the park’s opening with food trucks, music, fireworks and Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

 

RUM THERAPY

Saturday

After the week you’ve had, don’t you deserve a taste of the islands with a festive umbrella? The Summer of Rum Festival is here to serve — literally. Tickets are $20.

 

PATRICK WILSON’S BRO BAND

Saturday

Hollywood star, and area native, Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen,” “The Conjuring”) unites with brothers Paul and Mark to perform a back-to-school benefit show as Wilson Van at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete. Fun fact: they were originally called Van Wilson, a nod to their rock heroes, Van Halen. Admission is $20.

 

GO BULLS

Saturday

USF Fanfest kicks off the Bulls’ sports season with activities for kids, photo opportunities with Rocky and the Spirit Squad, USF athletes and coaches. Shop the USF yard sale and more from noon to 3 p.m. at Corbett Stadium at USF.

The event is free.

 

CUPCAKES!

Saturday

Amateur and pro bakers will submit their best-tasting and most artistic cupcake designes at the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest at Morean Arts Center. Admission and samples are free, but a $1 donation gets you a vote in the competition for the glass cupcake trophy.

 

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID

Saturday and Sunday

A love triangle, Nazis and a long, last walk into the fog. “Casablanca” is so great, Tampa Theatre has to screen it twice. Tickets to the theater’s Summer Classics Series are $10.

 

DON’T GO AWAY MAD

Sunday

You get one last chance to shout at the devil with Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and the rest of Motley Crue before they head home sweet retirement home. Tickets to the show at the MidFlorida Amp are $20 to $119.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Sunday

At the Back-to-School Bash, families are invited to gather on the patio for free samples, face painting, “Build Your Own Trail Mix” and more. The first 100 kids in line will get a free healthy, pre-packed lunch, perfect to carry for the first day of school; 1 to 3 p.m Sunday, for free, at Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood.

 

EXPERIMENTAL COMEDY

Thursday

Jamie Kennedy, star of “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” “Scream,” “Scream 2” and the TV prank series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” brings his stand-up act to Sidesplitters comedy club. Tickets are $20 to $24.

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