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  1. 5 things to know before Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend

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    Tampa Bay Comic Con returns to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend, expected to attract more than 55,000 like-minded nerds mingling with cosplayers, celebrities, artists and sellers of comic books and collectibles.

    Surrounded by the bridesmaids dressed as Disney princesses and groomsmen dressed as Marvel superheroes, Gwen Walter of Venice, Fla., kisses her husband, Shawn Walter, also of Venice, after their wedding ceremony on day two of the 2016 Tampa Bay Comic Con in the Tampa Convention Center on August 6, 2016. The pair got engaged at Megacon 2015 and were married wearing "Nightmare Before Christmas"-themed costumes. Two different couples were married in Room 24 on the second day of the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times
  2. Plan your weekend July 28-30: Comic Con, Lady Antebellum, Margarita Wars, Tampa's Fourth Friday

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    Geek out

    Tampa Bay Comic Con: The fan convention returns to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend, bringing actors Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Lt. Uhura), Khary Payton (Ezekiel in The Walking Dead) and the "inconceivable" Wallace Shawn from The Princess Bride. But best of …

    Ibri Day poses for a photo at opening day of the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center. (Friday, July 31, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Margarita Wars, Tampa Bay Comic Con

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    GEEK OUT: Tampa Bay Comic Con

    Now in its seventh year, Tampa Bay Comic Con returns to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend, bringing actors Kate Beckinsale, left, Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Lt. Uhura), Khary Payton (Ezekiel in The Walking Dead) and the …

    Seth Alderman, left, and Kieron Phoenix both dressed as the Spiderman at the 2016 Tampa Bay Comic Con.
  4. 5 things to do under $5 July: Bucs training camp, Dive-In Movie, free Glazer Museum admission

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    1 Bucs Training Camp: The public is invited to a series of free Bucs practices through Aug. 26. And don't forget this season HBO's Hard Knocks will focus on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including quarterback Jameis Winston, right. There will be discounted concessions, merchandise tents, appearances by …

    LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times (2016) Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.
  5. Dragon ride in Harry Potter section of Universal closing for new themed ride

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    Universal Orlando announced Monday that it will close Dragon Challenge for a new "highly themed" Harry Potter ride to open in 2019 — sending wizard fans into a guessing game with hopes for a Floo Powder Network or the maze from the Triwizard Tournament.

    Universal Orlando announced Monday that it will close Dragon Challenge on Sept. 5 for a new "highly themed" Harry Potter ride to open in 2019. The ride, originally the Dueling Dragons roller coaster, was renamed and incorporated into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when the hugely popular area opened in 2010.
  6. It's possible to do Tampa Bay Comic Con on a budget. Here's how.

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    One of the best parts about being a geek is going to conventions. Huge halls packed with cosplayers, celebrities, comic books, collectibles and a community of like-minded weirdos. It's paradise.

    Luis Romero of Tampa has five Spider-Man suits and has made 25 different covers and inside panels out of $3 presentation boards. 
“I spent three years of research trying to find the perfect red and blue classic Spider-Man suit,” the 37-year-old said.
  7. Plan your weekend: DJ Kitty Onesie, Taking Back Sunday, Kid Day, comic Felipe Esparza

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    DJ Kitty Onesie: The first 15,000 ticket holders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie. It's complete with a tail, a hood featuring a cat face and "DJ Kitty" written across the back. …

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  8. Snag a DJ Kitty onsie for adults at Saturday's Rays game

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    The first 15,000 ticketholders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie.

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  9. Top things to do this week: Celebrate Shark Week and Snooty the manatee

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    Shark Week starts Sunday on the Discovery Channel and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is using the occasion to highlight its toothy residents, Thelma and Louise. A special $25 Shark Adoption gets you a tote bag, a plush shark and a bio on the aquarium's two nurse sharks. CMA is also launching a …

    Tyler Wann looks at one of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s two nurse sharks, who are stars (other than the human ones of Dolphin Tale) at the aquarium’s Shark Week.
  10. Quick! Do these fun things with the kids before school starts!

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    Three weekends. That's all we have left before the new school year is upon us.

    Ya'riah Ellison,6 of Tampa works on a pop art self portrait at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa on Friday, July 14, 2017. On Monday, July 20th, a new pop art exhibition will open in which children will be able to create self portraits in a variety of ways including screen printing, pointillism and pop art methods.