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Best Bets: Things to do in Tampa Bay area this week

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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 Labor Day weekend, from a pair of home shows to get your house looking right, to a lighted boat parade and fireworks over the downtown waterfront.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

I ain't afraid of no ghosts, and you shouldn't be, either, as the movie classic “Ghostbusters” starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd returns to theaters across the U.S. for one week to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

 

HOUSE RULES

Friday through Monday

Two, count 'em, two home shows in the area this weekend will help you create or fulfill your honey-do list. They're happening at the Tampa Convention Center (where John Godwin of “Duck Dynasty” will appear) and the Florida State Fairgrounds (where you can see a scale model of downtown Tampa in Legos).

 

YOU DON'T LOOK THE SAME EITHER

Friday and Saturday

Bobcat Goldthwait spent most of the past decade behind the camera, making really dark comedies such as “World's Greatest Dad,” but he's made peace with the fact that you'll probably remember him from the “Police Academy” movies. He'll get his demons out on stage (as he told us in 2012) during four stand-up performances at the Tampa Improv in Ybor. Tickets are $20.

 

LIKE LIZARDS?

Saturday

The month-long Gulfport celebration culminates with GeckoFest, a quirky, community-wide celebration complete with live music, tons of vendors, a costume parade and more. Admission is free.

 

GOT SOLE?

Saturday

There will be thousands of rare and limited sneakers to browse, trade, buy and drool over, plus clothes and accessories by streetwear brands from around the U.S. at the premiere sneaker event in the Tampa Bay area. Sneakers up for sale include an ultra-rare pair of red Air Yeezy 2s signed by Kanye West. There's also a giveaway for a pair Nikes that have yet to be released. Admission is $15 at the Tampa Convention Center. 

 

WHAT A DISASTER!

Saturday

At the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, watch two '70s disaster films in the “primitive” form, i.e. before CGI — “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno.” It's part of the theater's '70s classics series. Tickets are $7.

 

KICK IT OLD SCHOOL

Saturday

Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater turns back the clock once again for its legendary Old Skool Labor Day party featuring Grammy-winning rappers Arrested Development (“Mr. Wendal,” “Tennessee”) and Shock G of Digital Underground (“The Humpty Dance”). Tickets are $12.

 

LIGHT IT UP

Sunday

The second annual Light Up the Night celebration will bring a lighted boat parade and fireworks to Tampa's downtown waterfront, centered around Channelside Bay Plaza and The Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center. There will also be live music, food trucks and more, beginning at 6 p.m.

 

UMPH!

Sunday

Slightly strange prog-rock meets psychedelic rock six-piece Umphrey's McGee is going to jam at Jannus Landing in downtown St. Pete in support of a new album titled “Similar Skin.” Tickets are $24.

 

GET GLOW

Sunday

Get out your neon everything as Neon Xtreme, billed as “The World's Largest Glow Party,” returns to the Amphitheater Events Facility in Ybor City. This time, organizers are promising to disperse 75,000 glow sticks to the crowd as a huge lineup of DJs moves the crowd from 10 p.m to 3 a.m. This party has sold out eight years in a row. Tickets are $10 to $15.

 

RAISE A GLASS

Monday to Oct. 20

“Spirited: Prohibition in America,” a new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, tells the story of that tumultuous time when booze was abolished and happy hour was a secret. Admission runs $7.95 to $12.95.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Food Truck Madness at MOSI: USF students are admitted free to MOSI's standard exhibit galleries; everyone else pays just $5. Food trucks on site with their fare; 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; free; Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 987-6000

 

Goodwill donations earn aquarium discounts: Donate housewares or clothing to Goodwill in September and score a coupon for $10 off admission to The Florida Aquarium; daily in September; www.goodwill-suncoast.org/ for information and donation sites.

 

Free breakfast Mondays: “Free breakfast Mondays” are back, and everyone can enjoy a meal of scrambled eggs, home fries and turkey sausage; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday; free, no purchase necessary; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd St., Tampa; www.ikea.com/us/en/store/tampa/storeInfo

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