Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks for things to do in Tampa this week, from Motley Crue’s final tour, to rum of every variety in Ybor City.
AT THE MOVIES
With his team infused with new blood, and possibly some Botox, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) goes after Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is now a notorious arms trader, in “The Expendables 3.” Newcomers Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes join franchise regulars Jason Statham and Jet Li and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Brad Paisley is getting great reviews for his tech-savvy Country Nation Tour, but don’t be fooled. When it comes down to it, Paisley might be the best guitarist working in country music today, and that’s what will make this one memorable. Tickets run $29.95 to $64.75.
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY
Plop a squat in Tampa’s newest green space, Water Works Park, and celebrate the park’s opening with food trucks, music, fireworks and Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
After the week you’ve had, don’t you deserve a taste of the islands with a festive umbrella? The Summer of Rum Festival is here to serve — literally. Tickets are $20.
PATRICK WILSON’S BRO BAND
Hollywood star, and area native, Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen,” “The Conjuring”) unites with brothers Paul and Mark to perform a back-to-school benefit show as Wilson Van at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete. Fun fact: they were originally called Van Wilson, a nod to their rock heroes, Van Halen. Admission is $20.
USF Fanfest kicks off the Bulls’ sports season with activities for kids, photo opportunities with Rocky and the Spirit Squad, USF athletes and coaches. Shop the USF yard sale and more from noon to 3 p.m. at Corbett Stadium at USF.
The event is free.
Amateur and pro bakers will submit their best-tasting and most artistic cupcake designes at the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest at Morean Arts Center. Admission and samples are free, but a $1 donation gets you a vote in the competition for the glass cupcake trophy.
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID
Saturday and Sunday
A love triangle, Nazis and a long, last walk into the fog. “Casablanca” is so great, Tampa Theatre has to screen it twice. Tickets to the theater’s Summer Classics Series are $10.
DON’T GO AWAY MAD
You get one last chance to shout at the devil with Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and the rest of Motley Crue before they head home sweet retirement home. Tickets to the show at the MidFlorida Amp are $20 to $119.
ON THE CHEAP
At the Back-to-School Bash, families are invited to gather on the patio for free samples, face painting, “Build Your Own Trail Mix” and more. The first 100 kids in line will get a free healthy, pre-packed lunch, perfect to carry for the first day of school; 1 to 3 p.m Sunday, for free, at Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood.
Jamie Kennedy, star of “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” “Scream,” “Scream 2” and the TV prank series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” brings his stand-up act to Sidesplitters comedy club. Tickets are $20 to $24.