The musical "American Idiot," based on the Green Day album, opens Friday at the Straz Center.
Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. From burgers battling it out in Curtis Hixon Park to a day of dogs at Raymond James Stadium, here are our editors' picks.
AT THE MOVIES
(Opened this week)
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” brings the voyages of the starship Enterprise back to movie screens for the 12th installment in the iconic sci-fi franchise. This time Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the crew take on a cunning enemy determined to destroy anything and anyone who crosses his path.
Geek out with our ranking of the 11 preceding “Star Trek” films here.
BACK TO THE '80S
Grab a can of Aqua Net and get ready for the Big Hair Ball, an '80s-themed bash featuring Bon Jovi and Journey tribute bands, classic '80s movies playing on screens and a $500 prize for the best '80s costume. Tickets are $12.
Local restaurants compete for the bragging rights to the “Best Burger in Tampa Bay” while you stuff your face with all the burgers you can eat at the second annual Burger Showdown in Curtis Hixon Park. There's also live music by Save the Radio and a French fry bar. Tickets are $45 to $75.
(Friday to Sunday)
Sure those beautiful Disney princesses are talented, but find out if they can skate when characters from “Brave,” “Tangled,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” take to the ice when Disney on Ice presents “Rockin' Ever After” at The Forum. Tickets range from $16 to $75.
GOING GREEN DAY
(Friday to Sunday)
“American Idiot,” the smash Broadway musical based on Green Day's award winning album of the same name comes to The Straz. We can already hear fans singing along to tunes such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Tickets are $79.50 and $44.50. Read the full preview of "American Idiot" here.
GIMME' A COLD ONE
Beer aficionados can enjoy more than 70 sudsy stouts, pale ales and other brewskis from around the world and tour the award-winning museum at the Red, White and Craft Brews Fest happening at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo. Admission is $25, which includes food and a souvenir cup.
DOGGIES AT RAYJAY
Instead of sitting by the door waiting for their master to come home, well-behaved pets are welcome to come along to the free Pet-A-Palooza at Raymond James Stadium. There will a dog/owner look-a-like contest, agility courses, splash pools, trick demonstrations, adoptions and Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel.
A TASTE OF HAVANA
(Saturday and Sunday)
Get a taste of Cuba without worrying about all the travel restrictions when the first-ever Cuban Cultural Fest lands at Ybor City's Cuban Club showcasing the music, dance, fashion, food and culture of the island nation. It's $10 for adults; $5 children ages 10 and younger. Read the full story here.
The Tampa Theatre's family favorites series continues with the 1982 favorite “E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial,” the film that taught us that aliens love Reese's Pieces (and good product placement.) In honor of the film's climax, Outspokin Bicycles will hold a free drawing for a BMX bicycle before the screening. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $7 for kids.
GET READY BROTHER
Native son Hulk Hogan returns for his first wrestling event in the Tampa Bay area in more than a decade, as part of TNA Impact Wrestling at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets for the show run from $17.50 to $127.50.
ON THE CHEAP
$6 day at the zoo: Save big on zoo admission when you visit one of the several discount days offered throughout the year; Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $6, children ages 2 and younger admitted free; Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa; (813) 935-8552
Boat show: Browse watercraft on display and enjoy fishing seminars, cast net lessons and more at the annual Tampa Bay Boat Show; 10 a.m. Friday to Sunday, free; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. Hwy 301 N. Tampa; (727) 893-8523
Shoot for free: Ladies' range fees are waived every Monday at Shooters World. Bring your own gun or rent one on-site; Monday; free; Shooters World, 116 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa; (813) 381-1111