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Top weekend picks for Tampa Bay: WWE Live, Fetish Con, Tebow mania, Craft Beer Experience

RING LEADERS: WWE Live

Unlike the last WWE event in Tampa, Saturday's WWE Live SummerSlam Heat Wave Tour at Amalie Arena is not going to be broadcast. Wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar, left, has been added to the bill, and this is one of the few chances to see the WWE Universal Champion in person since he only makes a handful of appearances per year. There will also be a WWE Championship Match between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal with the Singh Bros., as well as a Universal Championship Match between Lesnar and Samoa Joe. Also look for AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Smackdown Women's Champion Naomi and many more. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $20 and up. (813) 301-6500. amaliearena.com.

KINKY: Fetish Con

The annual gathering of fetish businesses, enthusiasts and performers returns to St. Petersburg this week for Fetish Con. It started 17 years ago in Tampa as a smaller convention called Diva Con and over the years has grown and changed and moved across the bay to the downtown St. Petersburg Hilton. The four-day event draws thousands for classes such as "Japanese bondage basics," and social events such as a masquerade ball and a pool party. More than 40 vendors and exhibitors sell the latest corsets, ropes and other wares. Noon Thursday through Sunday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. $40 per day; $150 weekend pass. fetishcon.com.

TEBOW MANIA: Clearwater Threshers, Tampa Yankees

Everything changes when Tim Tebow comes to town. The presence of the storied Gator quarterback and Denver Broncos first-round NFL draft selection has been a boon to attendance every time his St. Lucie Mets have visited a minor league field. And the Clearwater Threshers and Tampa Yankees expect more of the same. You never see a stadium hold a 30th birthday party for an opposing team's player, but that's what the Threshers are doing on Monday. "We plan to have fans sing happy birthday to him as part of the seventh-inning stretch," Threshers general manager John Timberlake said. "That's unusual, it's not something we would normally do, but it's an unusual circumstance and a chance to have some fun." The St. Lucie Mets will visit the Tampa Yankees for four games Thursday through Sunday at Steinbrenner Field, then play the Clearwater Threshers for four games Monday through Aug. 17 at Spectrum Field. Ballpark gates open one hour before games. $5 and up. milb.com.

Click here to read more on Tebow's impact since he signed with the Mets a year ago.

SUDS: Craft Beer Experience

For the sixth year, the Mahaffey Theater turns into a giant pub for the Craft Beer Experience with more than 100 beers from more than 33 brewers, live music, prizes and restaurant offerings. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35 in advance, $40 at the door; additional charge for food.

New this year is a Craft Beer Dinner Experience at 7 p.m. Friday. Chef Jeffrey Hileman of Locale Market will prepare a five-course beer-pairing dinner with "beertails" and appetizers. The $100 ticket for the dinner includes admission to the Craft Beer Experience the following day. themahaffey.com.

Top weekend picks for Tampa Bay: WWE Live, Fetish Con, Tebow mania, Craft Beer Experience 08/09/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:24am]
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