Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Oct. 1

Saturday Morning Market: Saturday marks the return of this hugely popular market — celebrating 10 years — to the Progress Energy Park at Al Lang Stadium parking lot in St. Petersburg. Look for more markets to open this weekend and in the next few weeks. Go to tampabay.com/things-to-do.

The King's Men Tour: Four titans of gospel — Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton — hit the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Tuesday. $32.50-$62.50. (813) 974-3002.

Coffee: The World in Your Cup: Who knew that little cup of java you're sipping right now could have such long-percolating effects on cultures, environments and economies? This exhibit opens Saturday at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa. $12. (813) 228-0097

Kids and Family

Elmo Makes Music: Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters help out a music teacher in this live show at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. Five shows Friday through Sunday. $12-$57. (813) 974-3002.

Dragon Boats: For the first time, the colorful red boats will race at Bayboro Harbor in St. Petersburg. There's also a village with seminars and demonstrations, food, a beer garden and live music. It's free Saturday at USF St. Petersburg. (727) 492-4054.

Date Night

Retro music: Boyz II Men, the masters of silky tunes such as I'll Make Love to You, mark their 20th anniversary on this tour stop Thursday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. St. Pete native and American Idol competitor Michael Lynche opens. $35.50-$55.50. (727) 892-5798. Let's hope the Largo Cultural Center is ready for former Poison frontman Bret Michaels (Every Rose Has Its Thorn) on Friday. $59.50. (727) 587-6793. Also Friday is '80s band Bananarama (Venus, Cruel Summer) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa $13. (813) 627-7625.

St. Petersburg Opera: Here's your chance to experience the grisly Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in its full sonic glory, unlike the Johnny Depp movie. Shows are Friday, Sunday and Oct. 9 at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040.

Folkfest St. Pete: The annual folk art and music fest moves to Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday. Music lineup includes Antigone Rising, Applebutter Express and more. $5, $50 VIP. (727) 825-0515.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Oct. 1 09/30/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 5:49pm]

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