Tampa Bay Boat Show: There will be boats on display, boating and fishing supplies, and plenty of other seaside accessories to browse starting at 10 a.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (813) 621-7821.
Artists' Market: This annual market offers wearable art, paintings, prints and more. There will also be area food truck vendors, local art and cultural groups, and an Art Book Nook with gently used books for sale. Bonus: The museum is open for free during the event and free docent tours start at 2 p.m. Market starts at 1 p.m. at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762.
Jimmy Shubert: The stand-up comedian has also landed several roles in films (Coyote Ugly, The Italian Job, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and on TV in a recurring role on King of Queens. See him at 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $14-$18.50; or get free admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item. (813) 960-1197.
Kids and family
Fall Plant Festival: Find orchids, bougainvillea, tropical plants, garden accessories, decor and more from 60 vendors and plant clubs. There's also a scarecrow display, kids activity area, broom-making and broom racing. It's at 10 a.m. at University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5, kids under 12 and members free. (813) 974-2329.
The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, 9 p.m., OWN Oprah not only toots her own horn for getting these girls through school, but she also gets the tear-jerker award for having some of the students tell their sob stories. And you will sob.
SEASON PREMIERE The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC Last season, the show was split between a yammer-happy first half and a blood-spattered second half. You guess which one fans liked more. Hold your breath and see if the show follows the comic book's horrific prison story arc to its conclusion.
More to explore
Find a full list of Halloween events, including corn mazes and ghost tours, at tampabay.com/things-to-do.