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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 3

Unnamed characters pose for a photo at MetroCon at the Tampa Convention Center. [Saturday, July 23, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]


Unnamed characters pose for a photo at MetroCon at the Tampa Convention Center. [Saturday, July 23, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Metrocon: The focus of Metrocon is anime. But the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from video games to pop music to games like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Voice actors scheduled to appear include Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Steven Universe, Stars Wars Rebels), Christina Vee (Sailor Moon). Noon, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $30-$40 for single-day pass. (813) 517-1171.

Pier Beer Summer: Grab a Pier beer and a commemorative Pier cup and sit back to hear Pier architects discuss the progress of the new St. Petersburg Pier. 5:30 p.m., St. Pete Brewing Co., 544 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 744-2020.

Rock the Park: Monthly music series with food and beverages on site. Bands: Band of Sorrows, Venus Bleu and Kerry Courtney. 6:30 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 221-3686.

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Cult Classics @ Dali: Edward Scissorhands: The garden at the museum serves as the stage for classic cult films. Bring your lawn chair and dress in theme. Also includes food trucks on site and a craft beer tasting. 7 p.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. Free (food/drink additional). (727) 823-3767.

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Cole Link Foundation Benefit Bash: A grand opening celebration with food, dancing to music by Kelly Rhodes, Belinda Womack-Christy and The Black Honkeys, silent auction, photo booth and a raffle. Benefits the Cole Link Foundation for Educational Awareness, Health and Wellness and The Arts. 6 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (727) 791-7400.

Keep St. Pete Special: A camera crew will be on site to ask people what they love about the city, and document St. Petersburg residents enjoying live art by Derek Donnelly and other artists, beer, food and free shuffleboard. 6 p.m., Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 824-7802.

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Cardboard Space Adventures: Jump into MOSI's cardboard spaceship and help build an outpost in outer space. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. (813) 987-6000.

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Summer Play Dates: A pop-up playhouse for kids to enjoy over-sized games including Connect Four, checkers, chess and hop scotch. 4 p.m., Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. Free. (813) 205- 5572.

Back to School Open House: Get your family ready for school at this expo with free school supplies, hands on activities, games and information on health, wellness, safety and finances. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. Free. (727) 738-2920.


SERIES PREMIERE: The Guest Book, 10 p.m., TBS: Similar to HBO's Room 104, The Guest Book follows guests of a hotel. But TBS's new series has more comedy, with different sets of guests vacationing at the Froggy Cottage in a small mountain town.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 3 08/02/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:25pm]
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Long time music venue and hangout New World Brewery in Ybor City will be closing it's doors and moving locations. Patrons enjoy one of the last events before New World Brewery changes its location to Busch Blvd in Tampa.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]