Tampa Is Hosting A Massive Shark Convention This Weekend
Duh nuh, duh nuh - Fun and ecology swims into The Bay.
Shark Week is coming up later this month, and we're ready for over 20 hours of shark content on the Discovery Channel. If you can't wait until July 28th for Sharkweek, you can get your fix early at a Shark Con in Tampa this month.
Shark Con is coming back for their 6th year in Tampa Bay and will be bigger and better than ever, featuring more free things to do, more speakers, and more vendors so you can shop to your shark-heart's content. The massive event will spread over 2 days, July 13th and 14th.
Speakers from Discovery Channel's 'Shark Week' will join the con for the very first time, as well as some from National Geographic and Animal planet - all offering education and entertainment during their panels.
You'll be feeling extra nerdy as you hang out with the voices of Squidward and Pearl Crabs at the Spongebob Panel on Saturday. Or hear the Jaws theme in your head on repeat at the Jaws panel on Sunday. If you're lucky, you might be able to convince the voice behind Squidward to say something in his voice, such as a quote from Sailor Moon like in the video below.
Of course, we're not only here to hear for the speaker panels - no matter how hilarious hearing Squidward quote Sailor Moon is; Shark Con will feature multiple free experiences to try and vendors for you to shop til you drop. Try virtual reality shark experiences, dig for shark teeth, touch marine life in the touch tanks, try scuba diving in the Go Dive Now tank, and much much more.
Everything shark all under one roof; as their website for the event says, "If it's about sharks or pertaining to sharks, it's at Shark Con." If you're a mega (lodon) shark fan, this is the one con you definitely won't want to miss.
When: Sat. Jul 13, 2019 at 9:00am & Sun. Jul 14, 2019 at 5:00pm. You can view the con schedule here.
Where: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo-Hall, 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610
$19.99 for a single adult day ticket online, or $24.95 for the 2-day ticket; Tickets purchased at the door are an additional $5. Online tickets can be purchased here.
Why you need to go: All things shark under one roof from entertainment to ocean awareness. Celeb guest speakers from Shark Week, National Geographic, and Animal Planet will be joining the con this year for the first time ever. Enjoy hundreds of vendors to shop til you drop, free interactive activities included in your ticket price - you can even geek out with some of the cast of Spongebob Squarepants.