Here's what is going on this weekend in Tampa-
Concerts: Country band Rascal Flatts boot scoots through Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
Saturday, rock-reggae-hip-hop fusion band Slightly Stoopid perform at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, while legendary rockers Chicago and Reo Speedwagon co-headline at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Comedy: The Fun Show with Cat and Nat: Best known for their viral #MomTruths videos and very funny weekly Facebook Live shows, they say out loud what moms are really thinking. Catch them Sunday at Straz Center.
Drinking: Tampa Theatre’s annual movie-themed fundraiser, BeerFest, has produced parties with tongue-in-cheek themes (Barley’s Angels, the Brews Brothers and Hoppy Gilmore) This year it’s “Hop Gun,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, Ybor City is cooling things off with a bar crawl starting at Crowbar at 1:30 p.m. The crawl will hit Ybor area pubs and restaurants with water fun along the way, including squirt guns, kiddie pools and splash zones. An after-party back at Crowbar at 6:30 p.m. will have a summer-themed costume contest.
Fashion: Head over to the Trashion Fashion show! This year’s show should be a blockbuster, as more than 30 designers transform unusual materials into wildly imaginative head-to-toe looks that they’ll dress more than 40 models in things like a dress made of soda can tabs or woven Publix bags. The runway starts at 10 p.m., Saturday but doors open at 8 p.m. at ArtPool, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Theme parks: Universal Studios has a brand new nighttime lagoon show. It's a new high-tech, dancing-fountain, cinematic show — from the dinos of Jurassic Park to E.T. to the Transformers and, of course, the boy wizard Harry Potter.
The show uses projectors and sophisticated software to turn a wall of water from 120 fountains into a screen for movie images. Meanwhile the fountains dance, and thanks to tricks of the light, can look like sparks or balls of fire.
This Week in Dress Up: This weekend, go all out for Metrocon! The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. But the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from video games to pop music to games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh. There will also be a human anime chess match, a fire show along the Riverwalk and loads of panels. This convention is going on Thursday- Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center.