Skipper's 30th Anniversary: Think of it as Skipperdome's greatest hits week, with free concerts of rock, reggae and blues Tuesday through Sunday at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. Schedule at skipperssmokehouse.com.
More music: Hot country band Lady Antebellum is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, but the show is sold out, so good luck. On Wednesday, classic rocker Neil Young makes his first-ever visit to Ruth Eckerd at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. (727) 791-7400. Celebrity Apprentice winner and '80s hair metal bad boy Bret Michaels plays the Trop after the Rays game, which starts at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. And the unstoppable country trio Rascal Flatts is at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $51.75-$96.30. (813) 740-2446.
Parties: Two nights of intrigue, starting with the Masquerade: Masque dans le Miroir at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ritz Ybor. You must wear a mask — which comes off at midnight — for the party with restaurant samples, cocktails and live music. Benefits kids battling cancer. $75, $125 couples. (813) 247-2555. Starting at 7 p.m. Saturday is Tampa Theatre's annual movie-themed wine fest, Midnight in the Vineyard of Good and Evil. See tampatheatrewinefest.org for ticket options, including a wine pairing event Friday at Mise En Place.
Halloween: Get discounts Friday and Saturday for two Tampa haunted attractions. Family-friendly ZooBoo: Shriek Peek at Lowry Park Zoo is $10 ages 3 and older, starting at 7 p.m. (813) 935-8552. Ghoulish and gory Howl-O-Scream: Freaky Preview starts at 7:30 p.m. at Busch Gardens. Not recommended for small children. See www.howloscream.com/tampa for ticket options.
Kids and family
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Plop on Clearwater Beach at Pier 60 and watch free movies. On Friday, it's the PG-rated film Flipper, and Saturday is the PG-13 rated Bounty Hunter. Concessions will be for sale (no alcohol permitted), and shows start around dusk both nights. (727) 434-6060.
More to explore
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