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Take it outside for Florida fall events

Most of us have probably been enjoying the cooler weather, even if it is on our way in or out of the office. But now that the weekend is here, it's time to really get out and revel in our Florida fall. Luckily, this weekend has a lot of outdoor events that sound pretty fun. And the best part is that we get to enjoy an extra hour of the weekend because daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

See Jimmy Buffett for free!

That's right, Parrotheads, he'll play a free concert Sunday in Tampa to support Barack Obama for president. Which means things could get a little tricky if you're a John McCain Parrothead. Awkward. The rally is open to all Florida residents and students, but you still need tickets, which are limited to two per person until they run out. For locations, go to The show starts at 3 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N. No banners or signs permitted.

Extreme outdoors

Don't even try to keep your feet on the ground at the Adrenaline Project, which combines outrageous action sports and hip music. Bikes and boards will be flippin' and flying in stunt demos all day Saturday in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Then it's your turn on the 300-foot zip line, inflatable games, bungee bounce and rock climbing wall. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is the music headliner at 8:30 p.m., but you'll also hear Whole Wheat Bread, Part One Tribe and Full Fledged Unit. The fun runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive. $20. Go to for the schedule.

Send E.T. home

The classic story of a lost little alien and the little boy who takes him in will be shown at Al Lopez Park in Tampa as part of Bank of America's Sunset Cinema series. According to, director Steven Spielberg shot the 1982 film in chronological order to get a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. (Try not to sniffle when E.T. points to Elliot's heart and says, "I'll be right here." Awwwww.) The movie starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, but come anytime around 5 for good seating. It's free, and the address is 4810 N Himes Ave.

Stock up on art and crafts

This is prime art show season, and it shows in our event listings. These caught our eye:

Art Harvest. As art shows go, this is one of the biggies, since more than 50,000 people attend each year. More than 200 artists make the trek for this juried show of high-quality art with balanced media. While adults browse the artists' booths, a children's tent provides an interactive art experience for children with arts and crafts projects. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Highlander Park, Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Road in Dunedin. Admission is free, but expect to pay $5 for parking.

Citrus County Festival of the Arts. More than 100 artisans will be set up around the Historic Inverness Courthouse Square on Saturday and Sunday for the 37th incarnation of this juried show. If you're driving up from St. Petersburg, map your trip so that it takes you along the scenic route through Floral City, with its majestic oak canopy framing U.S. 41. The festival runs from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Art Arbor. Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Park stage this autumn family festival, which has 70 arts and crafts vendors. Also scheduled are music, wildlife presentations and environmental exhibits, guided tours of the park and children's activities. The preserve is at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 children, and the event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A Florida feast

Think of the Ruskin Seafood Festival as an early Florida-style Thanksgiving with a bounty of shrimp, grouper, mullet, oysters, clams and much more. There's also a boat show, crafts, live entertainment and a kids area with rides and games -- all along the waterfront at E.G. Simmons Park. No alcohol, but Fido can come on a leash. It's 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2401 19th Ave. NW. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 seniors and kids under 12 area free. Free shuttle from parking area.

Music in the air

Witchstock. It's billed as a cross between Woodstock and Halloween, but let's keep our clothes on and the air free of recreational substances, 'kay? In fact, bring the whole family -- adults, kids and pets -- in costume for contests and prizes. Songs from Woodstock will be played all day, with music by Flycatcher and The Defendants. You'll find vendors with food and beer, plus psychic readings. It's 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday along Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor. Free.

Sarasota Blues Festival. Need some new scenery and a new vibe? Hop in the car for a beautiful drive to the Sarasota Blues Festival on Saturday. The lineup for the 18th annual event includes Bobby Rush, J.J. Grey and Mofro, Diunna Greenleaf, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci and New Blood, the All Stars and the Wyatt Garey Band. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St. in Sarasota, but leave the coolers, pets and cameras at home. Food and drink available. Show runs noon to midnight. $25.

Let's get ready to rumble

Ah, there's nothing like the roar of thousands of motorcycles filling the cool fall air for the Plant City Bike Fest. Get revved up for more than 70 vendors and sponsors, with live entertainment hosted by Radical Randy. Trophies will be awarded in eight categories. It runs 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Plant City Train Depot, 102 N Palmer St. Admission is free; $5 registration fee for competitions.

Know your bungalows

Soak in the color and architecture as you stroll among 10 restored homes — plus cool vintage travel trailers — at BungalowFest in the historic Kenwood neighborhood of St. Pete. Maybe you'll be inspired to paint your house a vibrant new color. It's 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave.

Take it outside for Florida fall events 10/31/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 31, 2008 10:57am]
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