Bill Maher: The politically incorrect comedian and host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher comes to Clearwater for some candid standup one day after the Republican National Convention concludes in Tampa. Coincidence? Saturday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall. $50, $65 and $89. (727) 791-7400.
Mummies and food trucks: The Mummies of the World exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa has only a couple of weeks left. Here's a chance to see it extra-creepy at Mummies after Dark — combined with a food truck rally — Friday night. Mummies admission: $18.95, $16.95 seniors.
Old Skool Labor Day Weekend: This annual beachfront party sends off summer with plenty of bikinis, umbrella drinks and live music at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater. The party is Saturday and Sunday, but the highlight is Vanilla Ice and Rob Bass on Sunday. Prices range from free to $20 throughout the weekend; go to shephards.com.
Sandbar Concert: If you prefer your Labor Day celebration a little more laid back, try this floating concert. Wade into the water and listen to live music from a barge anchored off Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. Featured Sunday is blues and Southern rock by the Cross Creek Blues Band and Hal Hammer Jr. Free.
Cabaret: The classic musical set in the seedy Kit Kat Club was a hit at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg earlier this summer. Now it's back for an encore, with newcomer Jennifer Byrne as Sally Bowles. It opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 30. $39–$46. (727) 498-5205
Kids and family
Gecko Fest: Ah, that quirky street festival that attracts thousands to Gulfport, where a whimsical costume parade with decorated umbrellas and hats is more charming than cheesy. This year's theme: Hooray for Geckowood! Also, roving character and street performers, ending with a street dance featuring the Urban Gypsies. It's all day Saturday along Beach Boulevard. Free. geckofest.com.
Corvettes at the Pier: This is the 19th year for this huge show of sleek Corvettes — 117 in all — ranging from 1950s classics to new models and race cars. They will be lined up near the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg with their hoods popped for gearheads to gander and drool. The free show is Saturday with live entertainment and vendors selling car-oriented products.
More to explore
Check out this year's toast to local bars at tampabay.com/things-to-do.