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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week

Published:   |   Updated: August 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from Blake Shelton at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre to fireworks and a boat parade in downtown Tampa.

AT THE MOVIES

(Now playing)

“The Spectacular Now” shows what happens when a hard-partying high school senior meets his match when a not-so-typical “nice girl” enters his life. Reviewer Roger Moore called it the best-acted film of the summer.

HE'S ROUND HERE

(Friday)

Country crooner Blake Shelton, last year's CMA Entertainer of the Year, leaves his coach's swivel chair on “The Voice” to headline his “Ten Times Crazier Tour” at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Tickets run from $25 to $54.75.

LARGE LEGACY

(Friday)

Big Country has carried on in the years since the death of singer Stuart Adamson. They come to the State Theatre with old hits and new material from their first album in 14 years, which features a guitar-driven sound that tips its cap to bagpipes and fiddles. Tickets are $18.

KING OF COMEDY

(Friday and Saturday)

Comedian, actor, host, and television personality D.L Hughley, who starred in his own sitcom, “The Hughleys,” will tell it like it is when he takes the stage at the Tampa Improv. Tickets are $30.

MEALS ON WHEELS

(Saturday)

Close to 100 food trucks will descend on the Florida State Fairgrounds in hopes of setting a world record. Come hungry, the eats will range from the adventurous, such as kangaroo on a stick, or cupcakes stuffed with Italian meats, cheese and olives, to familiar Cuban sandwiches. Entry is free, but parking is $6.

FROM G TO GENT?

(Saturday)

Houston rapper Riff Raff (aka the eccentric, tattooed and cornrowed guy from MTV's “G's and Gents”) performs at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg ($15). We wonder if he'll run into St. Pete rapper Dangeruss, since Riff Raff has publicly said he was the inspiration behind James Franco's character Alien in “Spring Breakers.” Franco has said the drug-dealing character was modeled after Dangeruss.

HOME IMPROVEMENT

(Friday to Sunday)

Get advice from the pros on how to complete projects on your honey-do list and meet Alison Victoria, star of HGTV's “Kitchen Crashers” at the Tampa Home and Garden Show at the Tampa Convention Center. It's $8 for adults, $4 for seniors.

FUNKY FESTIVAL

(Saturday)

The area along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport hosts the annual Gecko Fest, a free family street party with face painters, stilt walkers, musicians, magicians, mermaids and all sorts of other roaming street performers throughout the day. There will also be live bands on two stages and more than 200 vendors.

LIGHT SHOW

(Sunday)

Mark the unofficial end of the season at the inaugural Summer Light Up the Night along Tampa's waterfront, includes a lighted boat parade and live music and a fireworks display choreographed to music. Best viewing will be from Channelside Bay Plaza or the Sail Pavilion.

ISLAND IN THE SUN

(Sunday)

The sixth annual Labor Day Sandbar Concert, which literally takes place on a sandbar in “P” Channel between Rivera Bay and Tampa Bay, will feature Hal Hammer Jr. and the Cross Creek Blues Band. The show is free, but you'll need a boat, kayak or canoe to get there.

FAREWELL, MONSTERS

(Through Monday)

There are only a few days left to visit MOSI's “Sea Creatures Revealed,” the world's largest exhibit of plastinated sea animals, including a 15-foot mako shark, a 3,000-pound whale shark and a six-foot-wide manta ray. Admission is $12.95 for kids and $18.95 for adults.

ON THE CHEAP

Target Tuesday: Tuesday is Target Tuesday at the Glazer Children's Museum, featuring free admission for everyone. Meet Maya and Miguel from PBS Kids and have fun with Fit Kids Playground on-site fitness fun; 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; free; Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 443-3861

Free movie tickets: Several Bay area movie theaters will be hosting on-site blood drives the weekend of Aug. 30 and giving away two free movie ticket vouchers to donors. Donors also will get a wellness checkup including blood pressure, iron count and cholesterol screening. You must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate; For locations of participating theaters, including times and dates of the collections, visit www.oneblood.org/promotions/

Florida Pioneer Museum: Learn about life in the 1800s with this annual event celebrating the opening of the museum in 1975. Featuring Seminole War re-enactments, crafts, fish fry and more; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; $6 adults, children ages 12 and yougner admitted free; Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City; (352) 567-5277

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