What to do
Bat Boy the Musical: We're just going to let the show's creator, Ricky Cona, describe it as he did for tbt* reporter Jay Cridlin: "There are two large (musical) solos in it. Probably the one that's most known is Apology to a Cow. After Bat Boy has learned his true identity, he takes his anger out on one of the cows, and all his frustrations come to a point that's definitely the turning point of the show. Everything starts going downhill from there." 8 p.m. Through Oct. 19. Cuban Club, 2010 Ave. Republica De Cuba N, Tampa. $20. madtheatre.com.
Fall Flip Flop Fling: It's been a tough week for all of us. The election is heating up, the economy is in a deep freeze and the weekends just don't seem long enough. Sand, sun, booze, tunes. There are plenty of reasons to kick off your shoes for some good-ol'-fashioned Florida-style fun, but do you really even need one? 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $25. sirata.com.
Hope it doesn't rain: Whether you want to laugh or lounge, there are two great, free ways to spend this evening under the stars: 1: The Florida Orchestra will perform a special Pops in the Park outdoors show at 7 p.m. in Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. Canned goods will be collected for the Tampa Bay Harvest food drive. 2. "Walk this way" to a free outdoor showing of one of Mel Brooks' funniest follies, Young Frankenstein. 8 p.m. Riverwalk at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Martina McBride: Once called the "Celine Dion of country music" for her soaring soprano voice, McBride has been at the top of the charts for more than a decade and a half. True, she lives in Nashville, but her sound is more pop than twang. Her fans don't seem to mind, seeing as she's sold a bajillion records and was the central focus of ABC's strange stalker show, Six Degrees of Martina McBride. 7:30 p.m. today Ford Amphitheatre, Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $18.75-$54.50.
Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show: You might not see Mark Walberg there, but you're guaranteed to find some great items hidden away at this weekend-long show. After all, the hunt is half the fun. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N St. Petersburg. sunshinecityantiqueshow.com
That's not all: Get your weekend started with one of more than 170 things to do in Tampa Bay today. Find them at entertainment.tampabay.com. Suh-weet!
What to keep an eye on
Saturday: If you can't get enough free, outdoor fun, catch a free screening of The Goonies at River Tower Park in Tampa at 7 p.m. Never say die!
Saturday: Why does the tenth month score a 10 on the fun scale? Oktoberfests. Stop by the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg for Creative Clay's annual street party.