Monday, January 22, 2018
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Plan your weekend

Plan your weekend

Halloween

Spooky parties Though Halloween is officially next Wednesday, the parties with women dressed as slutty pumpkins and men pretending to be super heroes begin this weekend. Helloween at Jackson's Bistro is always one of the most outrageous costume parties in Tampa, with a $3,000 costume contest starting at 10 p.m. Friday; $20 male, $15 female at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. The 13 Ugly Men Freakshow gives all the proceeds away, so the twisted entertainment does good starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel; $20-$30 at the door for women; $30-$40 at the door for men. For more Halloween parties see TampaBay.com/things-to-do.

Music

Guavaween The parade is out this year, and so are the barricades on the street. Instead this year it's a music fest with a wristband that gets you into various Ybor clubs where there will be costume contests. Organizers of Saturday's inaugural Guavaween music festival have compiled a lineup full of energetic, party-minded artists, headlined by Brooklyn feel-gooders The Hold Steady. In all, more than 30 national and local artists will perform on seven stages around Ybor City starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Wrist bands are $20 advance, $30 the day of the event. See ybor.org or call (813) 241-8838 for information.

Olympic stars

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and the rest of Team USA's top performing gymnasts will make a stop in Tampa for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. In addition to Douglas and Raisman, tour producers confirmed that Nastia Liukin, who took home the gold all-around medal in 2008, will be in Tampa, as will 2012 team members Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and an injured McKayla Maroney, who will still make an appearance. From the men's team, Jonathan Horton, who won silver in 2008, along with his 2012 teammates John Orozco, Steven Gluckstein, plus other Olympians, will be performing at 6 p.m. Sunday. $25-$200. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

Food

John's Pass Seafood Festival The popular fest fills John's Pass with fresh local seafood, live music, fireworks (9 p.m. Friday) and a Halloween Block Party from 7 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, a children's costume contest takes place at 3 p.m. with trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fest is noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach. (727) 322-5217.

Take the kids

MarineQuest and Science Festival The annual family-friendly Marine Quest, an open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and activities for adults and kids. At the same time, the nearby USF St. Petersburg campus is hosting the St. Petersburg Science Festival with nearly 100 hands-on exhibits celebrating the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. There will also be food trucks on hand. They both run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]

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