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Best Bets: Fun things to do around Tampa this week

Published:   |   Updated: May 2, 2013 at 02:57 PM

Not sure what to do this week? We've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the carnival rides and concerts of the Funshine Festival, to the competing canines at the Incredible Dog Challenge.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Robert Downey Jr. returns as the billionaire businessman in the superhero suit, this time with an army of armored soldiers who take on a cunning enemy played by Sir Ben Kingsley in “Iron Man 3.” Summer blockbuster season is officially underway.
 
Check out our giant, summer movies preview here.

A LOWRY LEAP

(Friday)

Park yourself at the Lowry Park Bandshell Friday night as the Acme Jazz Garage and Rayzilla's Dreamboat get the weekend off to a smooth start at the free Friday Extra Concert Series.

DASHING DOGGIES

(Friday and Saturday)

Watch amazingly athletic dogs from around the country competing in agility, disc catching, racing and diving events in the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg.

FUN AND FUNK

(Friday through Sunday)

Your head may spin when you hear the roster of talent at two area music festivals this weekend. Get down with Keyshia Cole, Anthony Hamilton, Salt-n-Pepa, and more at Funk Fest in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. At the three-day Funshine Festival, more than 25 performers, including Train, Smashing Pumpkins, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Gary Allan and Kix Brooks will rock the Florida Fairgrounds. Daily tickets start at $40 for Funk Fest and $30 for Funshine.

IT'S ALL ABOUT ANIMATION

(Friday through Sunday)

Don't be alarmed if you see what appear to be pink-haired Japanese cartoon characters around Tampa this weekend, they're probably just going to Khaotic Con, the three-day anime and video game convention that takes over the Sheraton Tampa East with dance parties, fashion shows and special guests. Single day tickets are $25.

SWING AND A MISS

(Saturday)

Come watch Tribune columnist Steve Otto and his Media All-Stars make fools of themselves playing BeepBall (a blindfolded version of softball) during their annual game with the Lighthouse for the Blind at Steinbrenner Field. Tickets are $3.

MAY MEANS MARIACHIS

(Saturday and Sunday)

Celebrate the fifth of May all weekend long at the Cinco de Mayo street party in downtown Dunedin. The free party, centered around the Casa Tina restaurant, features dance lessons, live salsa and mariachi bands, a giant puppet parade and more.

THE RAINBOW CONNNECTION

(Sunday)

The lovers, the dreams and us will be at Tampa Theatre on Sunday to watch the all-felt gang go on Mr. Kermit's wild ride west in “The Muppet Movie.” It's part of the theater's family favorites series. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children.

JUST SOME SONGS BEFORE THEY GO

(Tuesday)

Crosby, Stills & Nash's offstage relationships may be legendarily tumultuous, but when they come together in concert, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are some of the all-time greatest rock 'n' roll songwriters and vocal harmonizers to ever grace the stage. Tickets start at $62.50.

POWERFUL PRODUCTIONS

(Opening Thursday)

Conflict lies at the heart of three very different plays opening on the same day. Religion and rage are explored in Jobsite's “Behind the Gates.” War and history collide in freeFall's “John & Jen,” and Stageworks' “Of Mice and Men” wrestles with social mores and the laws of friendship.
Read our full preview of all three productions here.

ON THE CHEAP

Free comic book day: Stop in any participating comic book store and get a free book while supplies last; Saturday; free; for information and participating locations visit www.freecomicbookday.com

Walk for Life: Join the walk for fun, fitness and fundraising for crisis pregnancy centers and other charities. Food, music, bounce house, splash pad, playground and more; 8 a.m. Saturday; free to participate, but donations are accepted; Ballast Point Park, 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa; (813) 931-1804

Ride the mini train: Largo Central Railroad offers free mini-train rides on the first full weekend of each month. Children must be at least 1-year-old to ride; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.

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