Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of July 18-24

Howard Jones: New wave icon and synth rock pioneer Howard Jones, whose hits include “No One Is To Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better,” performs with a special guest Midge Ure. $40-$60. 8 pm Saturday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Keith Sweat R&B Music Experience: The artist who has produced 15 Top 10 hits and was the recipient of the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award headlines a lineup of artists including Monica, Tevin Campbell, Tamar Braxton, 112, Ginuwine and Silk. $65-$145. 7 pm Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Pictured is Jurassic Quest as a drive-thru experience at Tropicana Field last year. This year it moves to the Florida State Fairgrounds and adds rides and live interactive shows. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Jurassic Quest: See a herd of life-size animatronic dinosaurs, meet baby dinos and watch a live interactive raptor show. Other activities include dinosaur rides, a giant fossil dig, inflatables and a fossil science exhibit. Timed entry tickets are available at jurassicquest.com. $22, 1 and younger free, $36 all-inclusive. 9 am-8 pm Friday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 4802 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.

1982 Summer Movie Series: The Summer Classic Movie Series celebrates the 40th anniversary of select films. This portion features “The Dark Crystal” (93 minutes, unrated). $5, $30 four-pack (with four drinks and four popcorns). 1 pm Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Big Time Rush: Forever Tour: The pop music boy band created for a Nickelodeon show performs after an eight-year hiatus, bringing along TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio as an opening act. $29-$299. 8 pm Thursday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Rising Above! Youth Explosion: This fifth annual event for kids in grades 6-12 provides free breakfast and lunch with lots of games and contests. From 10:30-11:15 am Wednesday, the USA Dunk Team will entertain with acrobatic basketball and the Clearwater Threshers Fun Team will be on hand. From noon to 3 pm Thursday,, the Ultimate Gaming Experience and the Street Game Virtual Bus stations will be there, plus there will be to build a robot and make a lava lamp. From 10-11:45 am Friday, there will be brain games and bubble mania. Register at cnfc.eventbrite.com for free tickets. Free. 9:30 am-3 pm Wednesday-Friday. Neighborhood Family Center, 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. 727-442-5355.

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Jay Pharoah: The comedian who stars in Netflix’s “Resort to Love” with Christina Milian and has had recurring roles on ABC’s “A Million Little Things” and Fox’s “Family Guy” performs. $37. 7:45-9:15 and 10-11:45 pm Friday, 7-8:30 and 9:45-11:15 pm Saturday. The Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. 813-864-4000.

Show Me Reptile and Exotics Show: Bring the family to learn about exotic reptiles, and maybe take one home. $7-$20. 10 am-3:30 pm Saturday-Sunday. Largo Event Center, 6340 126th Ave. N. 636-358-1281.

Cool Art Show: The Professional Association of Visual Artists’ 33rd annual Cool Art Show returns with approximately 60 award-winning Florida artisans that have been selected to exhibit in the mediums of paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, digital, mixed media and jewelry. There also will be children’s art activities, including a scribble wall, Matisse paper-cut art and rubbings. Free. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-892-5202.

The annual Cool Art Show returns to the Coliseum in St. Andrews  Petersburg July 23-24.
The annual Cool Art Show returns to the Coliseum in St. Andrews Petersburg July 23-24. [ DAVID LAWRENCE | Courtesy of PAVA ]

Jon Lovitz: The Emmy-nominated comedian known for his “Saturday Night Live” characters performs. $35-$55. 8 pm Thursday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400

Cocktails and Collections: In Person: The museum’s Cocktails and Collections is back in person, with live entertainment, customized docent tours of special exhibitions and collections galleries and art-inspired signature cocktails. This month’s event features “Gio Swaby: Fresh Up.” $20, members free. 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

Jupiter Coyote: The Georgia-born Southern rock band blends bluegrass, funk and boogie into what they call “mountain rock.” Free. 7 pm Friday. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Raptors: This interactive and educational experience features birds of prey from around the world, including the Aplomado falcon and the Harris hawk. The flighted exhibition takes place at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm daily on the Florida Aquarium’s scenic rooftop terrace. Runs through Sept. 5. Included with admission. Aquarium hours are 9:30 am-5 pm daily. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-273-4000.

Learn more about Harris hawks like this one at the Florida Aquarium this week.
Learn more about Harris hawks like this one at the Florida Aquarium this week. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Dinosaurs Around the World: The exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs takes visitors on a journey back in time to a super-continent filled with roaring creatures including Tyrannosaurus rex. Remains on display through Sept. 5. Included with admission. Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm daily. MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6000.

Sunrise Sale: Wear your pajamas and snag extra deals at downtown St. Petersburg’s annual Sunrise Sale, which starts at 6:43 am and celebrates the 49th anniversary of the event. Look for yellow flags and balloons to find specials. You’ll even find breakfast at some locations. 6:43 am Thursday. facebook.com/DBAStPete.

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