Plan your weekend
Hit or myth
MythBusters: Behind the Myths Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have made delightful entertainment out of testing myths from history, folklore and Hollywood on the Discovery Channel, always through the prism of that grade-school science-fair staples. They bring their show to life at 8 p.m. Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $38-$200. (813) 974-3004, sundomearena.com.
Journey With Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Loverboy. These iconic '80s rockers and power balladeers will conjure up the days of lighters-in-the-air (real ones) and excessive hair product. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $24-$166. (813) 740-2446.
Oktoberfest Tampa Singing, dancing, Shunkeling (swaying on the benches!), live music, and the overall feeling of "gemütlichkeit" (coziness) are trademarks of this event. The Oktoberfest Games features more than 20 events including keg toss, stein holding, carry the wench and cornhole. 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $8, $20 weekend, $45 VIP. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 397-8722. For other Oktoberfests around the region see TampaBay.com/Things-to-do.
Fall Plant Sale In our upside-down state, fall is the planting season in Florida. Our tomatoes grow from October to May, and our orchids are just now showing off their lovely blooms. You can find those, plus bougainvillea, begonias, African violets, tropical plants, garden accessories, decor and more at the Fall Plant Sale at the USF Botanical Gardens. Check out 60 vendors and plant clubs and even stroll through the scarecrow display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5, kids under 12 and members free, at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa.
Abnormal Formal Art pARTy It's ARTpool's third year throwing its Halloween-themed party with art, music, fashion, video art and a costume contest. Bring your carved pumpkins for a contest, and don't miss the Dia De Los Muertos runway show at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. See artpoolgallery.com.
Bang for kittens
Headbangers Furball Metalheads come together for cat care. Who knew? Brutality, Generichrist and other metal bands will come together at 4 p.m. Friday at Tampa's Brass Mug for the third Headbangers Furball, an event benefiting Metal Meowlisha. The group, created by Donald Tardy of death metal heroes Obituary, cares for feral cats in the local community. Tickets are $10-$12, with $1 off if you bring a can of cat food. For more info, search for Metal Meowlisha on Facebook.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]