MESSY FUN: Pub crawl, Mud Wars and Great Mess-Plorations
It's the dog days of summer, so there's just no use fighting the battle to keep your hair or makeup intact. It's all coming down in a sweaty mess. So embrace it with some messy fun this week.
• The Sun, Swimsuits and Suds pub crawl Saturday in Ybor City will have stops at local pubs and restaurants, but the twist is you will end up in Super Soaker wars and water balloon fights in the street. Included in the ticket price ($25 through Friday and $30 the day of) is a 5-ounce beverage and a small giveaway at each bar. The first 150 to sign up get a T-shirt. The block party runs 2-6 p.m. Saturday, with an after-party at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. ybor.org/events.
•The wildly popular America II Extreme Mud Wars returns Saturday to Spa Beach at the Pier approach in St. Petersburg, where 10 dump trucks of mud have been spread around. There were still a few spots left at press time to play in the mud ($500 per team or $60 for an individual), but it's free and fun to watch, and there will be a beer garden set up. More than 600 people are expected to compete in an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumpers, tug-of-war, dodge ball and mud volleyball. Teams of six to 10 must have at least two women per team. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-877-820-2582. extrememudwars.com.
• Great Explorations Children's Museum will explore messy art on Saturday for Great Mess-ploration. That includes shaving cream art, shake painting, tie dye and sticky sand castles. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. (727) 821-8992.
UPCYCLED: Trashion Fashion
Your dress is made of what? ARTpool Gallery brings back its popular and unorthodox Trashion Fashion show featuring wild designs created entirely from recycled, bizarre products. In the past 10 years, we've seen skirts made of CDs, a purse made entirely of beer can tabs and a bustier made of Skittles. The audience is encouraged to wear its own trashion fashion, so you can finally find a use for all that Amazon packing material. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the runway is at 10 p.m., a party goes till midnight. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20, $45 VIP runway seats. (727) 324-3878. artpoolgallery.com.