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Plan your weekend: Halloween parties, Kings of Leon, Santana, free comic books, Open Streets St. Pete, So You Think You Can Dance tour

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
A Pig Jig themed carved pumpkin during the Tampa Pig Jig a BBQ event at The Heights in Tampa, FL on October 26th, 2013. LUKE JOHNSON / STAFF

Plan your weekend


Halloween parties: With Halloween falling on a Tuesday, this is the weekend most of the big parties will be going on. There will be a block party Saturday on Tampa’s Franklin Street with live music and DJs on three stages, drink service and a lucrative costume contest ($10 and up. Call (813) 786-1300.) 711 Franklin St., Tampa. The annual 13 Ugly Men Halloween Party celebrates its 20th year throwing a "Party With a Purpose." This year it benefits Redefining Refuge. $30 women, $40 men. Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa. (813) 248-2954. 8 p.m. Friday. We have loads more parties, haunted attractions, ghost tours, movies and more on Halloween page at


Kings of Leon: The rock-god fashion plates behind Use Somebody and Sex on Fire take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. But if it’s a great American rock and roll band you want to see, check out Dawes, who will open. The California band’s wistful, evocative songs are the work of ace singer-songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, a lyricist on par with the Jason Isbells and Ryan Adamses of the scene. Tickets are $24.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.


Tampa Pig Jig: A day of barbecue and live music that’s a little bit of country and a little bit of soul: That’s Tampa Pig Jig. The annual event in Curtis Hixon Park brings headliners Justin Moore and Americana-soul revivalists Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and benefits NephCure Kidney International, raising more than $2 million in the last six years toward finding a cure. The event is likely to draw more than 8,000 people, organizers estimate. 1-11 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $40, $175 VIP; $50 day of; children 12 and younger free.


Santana: When his legendary rock ensemble hits Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday, Santana will preach this gospel of positivity like the supernatural shaman of rock ‘n’ roll lovin’ he’s become. "We play music that is extremely and supremely spiritual and sensual, and we help people, we invite people, to validate your horniness — but do it with honor and grace and respect," he told us in an interview. His show is 8 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $66.25 and up. (813) 301-2500. For more on the Santana interview, see

Take the kids

Halloween ComicFest: Comic book stores are celebrating Halloween with free comics this Saturday. At Clearwater’s Emerald City Comics,, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. all guests will receive three free comics, and if you dress in costume, you get one extra for free. 4902 113th Ave. N. (727) 398-2665. At Tampa’s Demolition Comics, they’re having a buy one item, get a second item 50 percent off sale and free giveaways, including comics. Wear a costume and get your picture taken with the beloved Rick. 4149 W Waters Ave. And Brandon’s Read More Comics, in addition to the free comics, will have a sale with 25 percent off all comics, toys, statues and graphic novel noon to 8 p.m. at 15 E Brandon Blvd. (813) 655-7838. To find more locations and to see a list of free comics, visit


John’s Pass Seafood Festival: Now in its 36th year, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival will bring more than 100 seafood options, as well as an adult Halloween block party (7-11 p.m. Friday), a fishing tournament, trick-or-treating (1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), an attempt at the "World’s Largest Bloody Mary Toast" (1 p.m. Sunday) and music. 3-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. Free admission.


1812 Overture: The Florida Orchestra brings out the big guns with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture this weekend, best known for the 16 cannon shots symbolizing Russia’s defense against Napoleon. Also cued up: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, the "Little Russian," and contemporary Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. And you can hear the premiere of Horizon Gravy, University of South Florida professor Paul Reller’s new work. Concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa; and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg . $15-$45. (727) 892-3337.


So You Think You Can Dance? Finalists on Fox’s ever-popular So You Think You Can Dance? show bring a national tour of Season 14 finalists plus All-Stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45 and up; dinner, meet-and-greet packages available. (727) 791-7400.

Play time

Open Streets St. Pete: Go play in the street! For five hours Sunday, Central Avenue will be closed to cars between Ninth and 22nd streets to allow the public to freely bike, stroll or roll skateboards. The pet-friendly afternoon will have vendors, food trucks and activities such as free 30-minute boot camp classes, the Nomad Art Bus for kids, cornhole, giant Jenga and other games. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free parking in the Tropicana Field lot. Find a map and list of activities at