Vans Warped Tour: The festival returns Saturday to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, featuring shock-metal icons Gwar, hardcore punks Sick Of It All, ska band Save Ferris and indie-pop group Never Shout Never ($39.50-$49.50). vanswarpedtour.com.
Dan TDM: See the gamer and YouTube personality live Sunday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall for a Minecraft-related adventure ($53.25-$82.75). rutheckerdhall.com.
Celebrate America: Get a jump on Fourth of July festivities Saturday in Kenneth City. A parade begins at 62nd Street and moves east on 54th Avenue, ending at James Ernst Park for a festival. Free. (727) 322-5217.
Music: There's an eclectic mix this week, almost all interestingly tied to Chicago. Classic rock hitmakers Chicago and the Doobie Brothers co-headline the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Thursday ($17-$117). Friday, Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal, featuring drummer Joe Keery (who plays Steve on Stranger Things), plays Ybor City's New World Brewery ($7). Sunday, Chicago punk rockers Dwarves will be joined by Richie Ramone at the Orpheum in Ybor City ($15-$35).
Rickey Smiley and Friends: The comedian, TV host and actor brings the funny to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Friday ($43.50-$133.50). themahaffey.com.
Into the Woods: St. Petersburg Opera presents Stephen Sondheim's musical featuring a cast of storybook characters at the St. Petersburg's Palladium Theater on Friday and Sunday ($22-$67). stpeteopera.org.
Bring It! Live: As seen on the Lifetime TV series, Miss D and her Dancing Dolls bring their routines to Tampa's Straz Center on Sunday ($36.25-$63.25). strazcenter.org.
Guardian Con: This gamer heaven at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday combines cosplay, panel discussions, vendors, meet and greets, artists and activities ($30, $50 both days). guardiancon.co.
Kids and family
Summer Sunset Celebration: Stroll Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo as the sun sets Friday and Saturday nights through July 29 and enjoy live music, roaming entertainment and an expanded light show finale ($22.95-$32.95, 2 and younger free). lowryparkzoo.com.
Corgi racing: About 48 corgis will race at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, followed by a concert from Soul Circus Cowboys ($5). tampabaydowns.com.