Gecko Fest: This whimsical family street festival celebrates Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. Street party guests include the o-Fish-al Gecko Goddess and the Gecko Governor with exotic roving character and street performers. There's also live music on two main stages and the famous Street Dance at 8 p.m. It starts at 10 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free. (727) 322-5217.
Old Skool Labor Day Weekend: This year's beachfront Labor Day Weekend celebration features music today by Flats, the Untouchables, Kid n Play and C&C Music Factory (Saturday). It starts at 1 p.m. and continues until 3 a.m. at Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Ranges from free to $20. (727) 441-6875.
Bill Maher: The Emmy-nominated host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher comes to Clearwater for some candid stand-up comedy one day after the Republican National Convention in Tampa. We think he'll have plenty of fresh material. See him at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50, $65 and $89. (727) 791-7400.
Back to School Music Bash: Laid-back alt-rockers Sublime with Rome perform with Matisyahu, Cypress Hill, the Dirty Heads and Pepper at noon at England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $27. (954) 536-9084 .
Cabaret: Freefall Theatre opens its 2012-2013 season with an encore of the classic that had a popular run earlier this summer. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, the story focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Club and cabaret performer Sally Bowles. It's at 2 and 8 p.m. at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $39-$46. (727) 498-5205.
Saving Hope, 9 p.m., NBC The peacock has to get rid of episodes of this show somehow, so might as well be tonight.
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