The Cult: The British band from the '80s turns up its mysterious acid rock sound at 8 tonight at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. $28. (727) 565-0551.
Veterans Day: Salute veterans at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center National Cemetery in St. Petersburg at 10 a.m. Thursday or at one of many ceremonies in the bay area. For options, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Ribfest: Tuck in a bib for ribs, music and kids activities starting at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. Music includes Doobie Brothers (Fri.), Rick Springfield (Sat.) and Phil Vassar (Sun.). $10 advance, $15 at gate; 12 and younger free, family fun zone $12 unlimited use. (727) 528-3828.
Fantasia: The American Idol champ who's had a bumpy road to fame brings her first headlining tour to Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz in Tampa at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $34.50. (813) 229-7827.
Comedy: Your choices this week are distinctly different: edgy alternative comic Doug Stanhope at 8 p.m. Friday at Crowbar nightclub in Tampa ($20), or Weeds co-star and Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon at the Improv in Tampa on Friday and Saturday. $25. Visit improvtampa.com.
Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival: Part of Main Street is closed to traffic Friday and Saturday evening for a street party with wine and food vendors, plus blues in Pioneer Park. Admission is free, but charge for food/drink. Visit www.dunedin winestheblues.info.
Kids and Family
Ice Palace: If you need a little Christmas, see Tampa's International Plaza light up the Ice Palace and snow globes to welcome Santa at the mall's Grand Court at 7 p.m. Friday. Free light wands for kids while they last.
Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller: And if you need a little more Christmas, this concert of new age interpretations of yuletide faves is 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. $35-$95. (727) 892-5798.
Dogtoberfest: Gussy up your pooch in her best dress and help break the Guinness record for the most dogs in costume. There's also a yodeling contest for dogs and humans; pup art; crowning of King and Queen of Dogtoberfest with Court; and the Running of the Wieners. Sponsored by the Suncoast Animal League. Visit www.suncoastanimal league.org for entry forms. It's 11 a.m. Saturday at Highlander Park in Dunedin. Free. (727) 786-1330.
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