WOBtoberfest: Enjoy beer and live music from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. today and noon-2 a.m. Saturday at World of Beer Tampa Palms, 17004 Palm Ponte Drive, Tampa. $10 two-day pass includes free draft; $5 each day. Proceeds benefit the University of South Florida Alumni Association. (813) 632-0020.
Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest: Old Bavaria and New Florida combine for authentic German food, drink, music and dancing from 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5; military families with proper ID and children ages 12 and younger are free. (813) 855-4233.
Body Cavity artist reception: Meet the artists Kallie LeFave and Heather Mahoney at a reception for their exhibit focusing on expressions of the female body from 7-9 p.m. at the University of South Florida Centre Gallery, 4202 E Fowler Ave., MSC 2700, Tampa. Exhibit is on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Oct. 29. Free. (813) 974-5464.
Romeo & Juliet: The Berkeley Preparatory School's Advanced Drama class performs the play at 7:30 p.m. at Lykes Center for the Arts, 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa. $15 reserved seating, $8 general admission. (813) 885-1673. berkeleyprep.org.
Howl-O-Scream: 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Not recommended for small children. $19.95-$79.95. Busch Gardens. howlo scream.com/tampa.
A Haunting We Will Go: In this play, a television producer vows to spend the night alone in an old hotel famous for an unresolved murder. Performed by Masque Community Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Backstage Cafe, 8858 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. $14, $12 students/seniors, $10 child. (813) 293-2511.
Lots of laughs: Comedian Dov Davidoff performs at 8 and 10 tonight and 6, 8 and 10 Saturday night at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For prices and more information, call (813) 960-1197 or visit sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Haunted hayrides: Climb aboard a haunted hayride and afterward find a seat around a bonfire from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hire A Pony, 8005 Racetrack Road, Tampa. Marshmallow toasting and storytelling are included. $10. (727) 482-9958. hireapony.com.
Zydecyo and boogie: Buckwheat Zydeco with Gumbo Boogie perform at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$18. (813) 977-6474. skipperssmokehouse.com.
USF away game tailgating: Cheer for the Bulls at 8 p.m. at World of Beer Carrollwood, 12904 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Pregame barbecue and cornhole. Free food with the purchase of drinks. (813) 968-7300.
Happy Dal-Loween! Bring dogs of all breeds for a Halloween party from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lake Park and Dog Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz. Games for dogs, fire truck tours, nail clippings, pet costume contest, live music by Wood Smoke, auctions and drawings. Proceeds benefit Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay. $2 per car up to eight people, fees vary for contests, games and services. (813) 973-3840. dalrescuetampa bay.org.
Reel Terror Film Fest: The one-day film fest is from noon to midnight at the Creative Loafing Event Space, 1911 N 13th St., Tampa. It features films by local horror scene producers; a panel discussion with filmmakers; celebrity appearances by Linnea Quigley from Return of the Living Dead and Nightmare on Elm Street 4, and Mike Christopher from The Hare Krishna Zombie and Dawn of the Dead; and an awards ceremony. $10-$15. (813) 739-4800. tampa.creativeloafing.com.
Sweetwater Organic Community Annual Planters Ball: The annual potluck fundraiser features food, organic beer and wine, entertainment by the Barnstorm Quartet and a raffle. Bring a covered dish to share. The farm will provide a fresh, organic salad, bread and dessert. 5:30-9 p.m., at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. $10, $5 children. (813) 887-4066. sweetwater-organic.org.
Groovy Monster Bash: Bring the family to a dog-friendly Halloween party at 6 p.m. at Groovy Cats and Dogs, 10213-B Lake Carroll Way, Tampa. Features a pet costume contest for prizes, catered food, live music, dancing and pet photos. Benefits the Lost Angels Animal Rescue. $25 per person. (813) 265-1333. groovycatsndogs.com.
WMNF presents Tom Petty 60th Birthday Party and Tribute: Celebrate Gainesville native Tom Petty's birthday at a party at 6 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Seventeen bands play 50 Tom Petty originals from 26 albums in a span of six hours. $12-$15. (813) 977-6474. skippers smokehouse.com.
Spanish Serenade Masquerade Ball: An elegant evening of music, dancing, appetizers and silent auction from 7-11 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. Guests are encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes. Masks and fans will be available for purchase. $25 for members, $30 nonmembers. Proceeds benefit the center. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
Folk music: Frank Thomas and Darryl Wise perform at 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 988-8188.
Pete's Jam: Honor the life of Pete Scordato at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Scordato, who played in several Tampa bands, lost his battle with cancer in August. Several bands will perform in his honor. $10 suggested minimum donation. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Sarcoma Foundation. (813) 977-6474. skipperssmoke house.com.
Monday Night Jazz Series: Guitarist Fred Hamilton performs originals and classic jazz with the USF Jazz Faculty Ensemble from 8-9:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Music Recital Hall FAH 101, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $12; $8 students/seniors in advance; $15, $10 students/seniors day of. (813) 974-2323.
Skipper's got the blues: The John Sutton Band plays with Shelly Starks and the Stark Naked Band (don't worry — they won't really be naked) at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7. (813) 977-6474. skipperssmokehouse.com.
Comic's Night Out: Comedy at 7:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $10-$12 at the door. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitters comedy.com.
Classical guitar concert: Peter Jankovic performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Puckett Auditorium at Florida College, 119 N Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace. Call for more information. (813) 899-1425.
Laugh: Comedian Ian Gutoskie performs at 8:30 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $8-$10 advance, $2 additional day of show. (813) 960-1197. side splitterscomedy.com.
Send information two weeks in advance to [email protected]; fax to (727) 869-6233; or call (813) 909-4617.