We’ve got an action-packed weekend ahead of us folks! Literally… an action-packed weekend with Metrocon taking over the Tampa Convention Center and Marvel Universe Live! at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, there is no shortage of characters invading Tampa this weekend! Beer festivals, food trucks, fireworks and fancy pool parties we’ve got you covered with our top things you don’t want to miss!

Brews and Bites | Friday, July 11 | Sail Pavilion on the Tampa Riverwalk | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
I would say that tonight’s Brews and Bites will be the MOST entertaining night you will ever experience. In addition to grubbing on fantastic food trucks, libations, craft beer and music at Tampa’s only 360 degree waterfront bar, Metrocon kicks off today as well.  Bring on the people watching folks!

Marvel Universe Live! | Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13 | Tampa Bay Times Forum
Marvel’s most notorious villains invade Tampa Bay this weekend as Marvel Universe Live! Kicks off its national tour this weekend at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  Action heroes like Iron Man, Spider-man, Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk take part in a part live action stunt show and part comic book fantasy.  If you missed our blog earlier this week, you can check it out here: http://bit.ly/1qnlxyk
For more information visit: http://www.tampabaytimesforum.com/events/detail/marvel-universe-live

Metrocon | Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13 | Tampa Convention Center
Florida’s largest anime convention comes to the Tampa Convention Center offering a fun peek inside the worlds of anime, cosplay and Japanese culture and artwork. Tickets range from $10-$100.
For more information visit: http://www.metroconventions.com/

Big Buck Expo | Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13 | FL State Fairgrounds
This three-day expo features outdoor personalities like the Outdoor Channel’s Byron Ferguson and an archery tournament, a snake and reptile show and more than 250 hunting and fishing exhibitors.  Yeehaw! Tickets range from $7-$12 and Military First Responders and their families are FREE (with ID).
For more information visit: www.SouthernTrophyHunters.com

Beer & Loathing in Las Vegas | Saturday, July 12 | Tampa Theatre | 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy craft beers from local brewers, snacks and samples from some of Tampa’s top independent restaurants.  Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a “Loathing”-inspired costume.  For ticket info and details visit: http://tampatheatre.org/

ZOOArtica | Saturday, July 12 | Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Summer is heating up and the Zoo cools down for the “coolest” day of summer.  Experience chilly animal enrichment activities like watching animals enjoy icy juice pops, frozen fish and more! The Zoo is the perfect place to chill out this Saturday (ZOOartica is included in Zoo admission). 
For more information visit: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/

Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks Series | Saturday, July 12 | 5 p.m. (Fireworks 9 p.m.)
The Fourth of July celebrations continue with the Saturday night Summer Fireworks Series presented by the Tampa Attractions Association every Saturday throughout the summer in Channelside. Enjoy food trucks, live music, a classic car show and a fireworks finale at 9 p.m. The event is FREE. 
For more information visit: www.funintampabay.com

Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven Town Tour 2014 | Saturday, July 12 | 7 p.m.
Country heartthrob, Tim McGraw returns to Tampa for this Sundown Heaven Town Tour this Saturday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.  I wonder if Faith is accompanying him. Hmmm…
For ticket information visit: http://www.midfloridacreditunionamphitheatre.org/

Splash Sundays | Sunday, July 13 | Epicurean Hotel
Sunshine and champagne!!! Sip on handcrafted cocktails and champagne at Tampa's hottest upscale pool party presented by Moet Ice at the new Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa.  Admission is $15 (in advance) or $20 (at the door) and you must be 21+ to attend.  For more information visit: http://epicureanhotel.com/

Brew Bus Ride Around Brewery Tour | Sunday, July 13
Hop on the Brew Bus this Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. the Ride Around Brewery Tour and visit some of the amazing breweries the Brandon area has to offer.  Bus leaves from Cigar City Brewing.  The 3 breweries include: Two Henry’s, ESB Brewing and Three Palms. Cost is $30 per person and there is complimentary craft beer on the bus! For more information visit: www.brewbususa.com

Yoga in the Park | Sunday, July 13 | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | Yoga begins at 6 p.m.
FREE (donation suggested) yoga class in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  The yoga class is open to all level, but it is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). For more information visit: http://www.yogadowntowntampa.com/yogainthepark/


Coming up…

Lionel Richie with CeeLo Green
Monday, July 14 | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre | 7:30 p.m.

Dave Mathews Band
Wednesday, July 16 | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre | 7 p.m.

Showstoppers- Film to Footlights | Patel Conservatory at David A. Straz, Fr. Center for the Performing Arts | FRI, July 18- 7 p.m. and SAT, July 19- 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Youngsters from 27 schools will perform songs from popular movies and Broadway musicals.  Written and directed by Scott Daniel, this year’s show will take audience members on a journey from film to footlights. For more information visit: http://www.strazcenter.org/

WaZoo | Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo | SAT, Aug. 2| 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Named “One of the country’s 10 greatest beer fests” by USA Today, WaZoo features over 275 beers, local cuisine and live music. For more information visit: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/wazoo/
Insiders Tip: Get your tickets early, this event sells out FAST!