Ringling Retro — Modern and Contemporary Art From the Permanent Collection Today-Oct. 26, Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700. ringling.org.
Visions of Florida — A Clyde Butcher Retrospective Today-Oct. 31, South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Collection of giclees and original silver gelatin landscapes photographs. (941) 746-4131. southfloridamuseum.org.
The Greatest Crime of the War: The Armenian Genocide during World War I Today-Oct. 19, Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. Text-and-image panels portray the mass murder of the Armenian people in Anatolia (1915-1916).(727) 820-0100 or toll-free 1-800-960-7448. flholocaustmuseum.org.
EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Today-Oct. 31, Walt Disney World. International food tastes from Shanghai to Marrakesh, wine and beer tastings, seminars and dinners, guest chef demonstrations and concerts at EPCOT's annual festival. Costs vary, park admission required for most events. (407) 939-3378. disneyworld.com/foodandwine.
By the Waters of Babylon 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., through Oct. 12., American Stage Theater, 211 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Schenkkan is a passionate love story that begins when a reclusive widow hires a man to tend to the sad state of her garden. $22-$35, student rush tickets $10 30 minutes prior to curtain. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
Social Security Life gets interesting when Mom moves in on gallery owners Barbara and David Kahn. Comic play by Andrew Bergman. Friday and Sunday, doors open at 3:30 p.m. Two performances Thur. and Sat., matinee doors open 10:30 a.m., evening 3:30 p.m., Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.90 plus tax. (727) 446-5898. earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
Spring Hill Plants 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Spring Hill Garden Club's annual fall plant sale includes a wide variety of plants at reasonable prices, plus botanical garden tours. Free admission. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.
Orchid Sale noon-4 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Honeywell Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. Florida West Coast Orchid Society's annual orchid show and sale with many varieties and help with orchid care. Free admission. (727) 460-4606.
Bluegrass Strings and Crafty Things 6-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts event with music by bluegrass bands on two stages including Southern Star and the Foothill Bluegrass (Fri.) and Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad (Sat.). Also arts and crafts show and green market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. only, with handmade art, crafts, fashions, fresh/organic/recycled green-themed items, children's activities and trains. Free. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.
ZooBoo 7-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29-30, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly Halloween event with haunted houses and trails for older zoogoers. Including new haunts this year: Project Alien and Sinister Shadows. Also special activities for young kids and free unlimited zoo rides in the dark. $17, $14 ages 3-11. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.
Florida Orchestra 8 p.m. Fri., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. "Piano Pops." $19-$65. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286. floridaorchestra.org.
Compost Happens 8:30 a.m. Sat., Hillsborough County Extension, 5339 CR 579, Seffner. Create rich soil compost from garden trimmings and kitchen scraps; registration required. Free, $20 cost for compost bin for non-Hillsborough residents. (813) 744-5519, ext. 105.
4-Seasons Market at Ferg's 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 360-9423.
Violets Over the Rainbow 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala. Judged show starts at noon Oct. 4. "Over the Rainbow" is the theme of the African Violet Council of Florida's annual judged show and sale, with hundreds of varieties of African violets, plus gesneriads and experts to help with growing tips. Arrive early for best plant selection. Free, but donations accepted. (352) 237-3308.
Florida Orchestra 8 p.m. Sat., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Super Pops concert featuring "Piano Pops." $19-$65. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286. floridaorchestra.org.
Victorian Draw on the Veranda noon-4 p.m. Sun., Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. A celebration of drawing, with local artists drawing and painting on the veranda and in Plant Park. Museum will supply canvas (recycled window shades) and paper to those who want to participate. No charge for outdoor events, museum admission by donation. (813) 254-1891. plantmuseum.com.
Daniel Ulbricht & Friends, an Afternoon of Dance 3 p.m. Sun., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Featuring the choreography of George Balanchine, Arthur Saint-Leon, Petipa, and the world premiere of Servy Gallardo's Piazzolla Tango. New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and St. Petersburg native Daniel Ulbricht and six of his friends, in an exclusive Florida performance to benefit St. Petersburg's Friends of Dance. $25-$45. (727) 892-5767. mahaffeytheater.com.
Florida Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Sun., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Super Pops concert featuring "Piano Pops.'' $19-$65. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286. floridaorchestra.org.
Flavor of Jazz III 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. The third annual event features music by Spyro Gyra and tastings from 20 bay area restaurants. Benefits the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute Jazz Program. $40. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Master Gardener Plant Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11, Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Find Florida-friendly plants, including natives, herbs, fruit trees like mango and banana and more at the Sarasota Master Gardeners' annual plant sale. Also, get planting advice. Free admission. (941) 364-5838 or (941) 861-9807.
Fall Plant Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12, USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Spruce up a fall garden with crotons, African violets, orchids, bromeliads, begonias, cactus and succulents, bougainvillea, native plants and palms, camellias and more from area plant societies and growers; workshops all day Oct. 12, plus live jazz 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $4, members and kids under 12 free. (813) 974-2329. cas.usf.edu/garden.
Tampa Bay Lightning, home opener 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. NHL regular season game vs. Carolina Hurricanes. Tickets start at $8. (813) 301-6600. lightning.nhl.com.
Meat Loaf 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $55-$95. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Circus McGurkis 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18, Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Peace festival and people's fair by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) returns in its traditional form with art, crafts, musicians, dancers, storytellers, community action groups, kids activities and food. Free admission. (727) 768-3890. circusmcgurkis.org.
Dolly Parton 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $65-$150. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Florida Orchestra Opening night for the Masterworks series features Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Stefan Sanderling, conductor. Jeffrey Multer, violin. The schedule: 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa; 8 p.m. Oct. 25 Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg; and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $19-$65. Toll-free 1-800-662-7286. floridaorchestra.org.
Neil Diamond 8 p.m. Oct. 24, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $55-$120. (813) 301-2500. stpetetimesforum.com.
Heritage Village Country Jubilee 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Annual Pinellas County Historical Society fundraiser and village's birthday celebration. Features 125 craft exhibitors, live music, parade of historic homes, traditional craft demonstrations, living-history activities, pioneer family descendants, kids' activities. Parking at 119th Street, between Ulmerton and Walsingham Roads; free shuttle to event. Free. (727) 582-2123. pinellascounty.org/Heritage.
Times Festival of Reading 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25, University of South Florida, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Annual celebration of reading with more than 60 authors. Also children's book authors, book market, children's StoryLand and costume parade. Free. (727) 893-8523. festivalofreading.com.
Guavaween Family FunFest 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25, Seventh Avenue and nearby area, Ybor City. Family Halloween celebration with safe trick-or-treating, Spooky Story Time, amusement rides, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, pumpkin giveaway and the children's costume parade and contest. $5. (813) 242-4828. cc-events.org.
Guavaween Street Party and Mama Guava Stumble 3 p.m. Oct. 25, Seventh Avenue area, Ybor City. Night of costumed revelry, with music by national and local artists on multiple stages. Also "Guava Love It!" cooking contest, "Mama Guava Stumble" parade and costume contest. $15. (813) 242-4828. cc-events.org.
John's Pass Seafood Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 25-26, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. John's Pass Merchants Association's festival with local seafood and music. Free. (727) 394-0756. johnspassfestivals.com.
Downtown Clearwater Summertime Marketplace 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Last Wednesday of each month, between Cleveland and Pierce streets on Osceola Avenue. Market with handmade crafts, jewelry, music, more. Free. (727) 461-7674. clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.
Tampa Bay Symphony 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Features the St. Petersburg College Concert Chorus with Jay Coble and Lyle Manwaring, trumpet soloists. Jack Heller, conductor. $20. (727) 442-3696. mahaffeytheater.com.