Guavaween: No more Mama Guava Stumble Parade. No more reviled fence. That all will be replaced this year with a music festival featuring about 30 bands headlined by The Hold Steady at venues around Ybor City on Saturday. Wristbands are $20 advance, $30 day of. (813) 241-8838. ybor.org.
Dennis Lehane and Michael Koryta: The bestselling authors with Florida connections will talk about their new books with Times book editor Colette Bancroft at 7 tonight at Four Green Fields in Tampa. Free talk; ticket to book signing available with purchase of Live By Night (Lehane) or The Prophet (Koryta) at Inkwood Books. (813) 253-2638.
The Science of Beer: Geek out over how beer is made and then drink some at this informal discussion Tuesday at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Petersburg. Free admission. (727) 821-2533.
Jekyll & Hyde: American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis and R&B singer Deborah Cox star in the musical about the doctor who unleashes his evil side. Opens Tuesday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $44.50. (813) 229-7827.
Wit: The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a brilliant professor dying of cancer has previews this week before opening Friday at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $29 previews; $39-$49. (727) 822-3590.
Romeo and Juliet: Innovative Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg promises some surprises with Shakespeare's classic. It opens Friday. $37-$44. (727) 498-5205.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: FREEEEE BIRRRRRD!!! That's Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $61-$96. (727) 791-7400. Other music includes country superstars Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town on Friday at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre ($29.75-$65.25; (813) 740-2446); '80s flashback the Bangles on Sunday at Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa ($38; 1-866-502-7529); and, just in time for the scary season, Halloweenie Roast, a metal fest with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson on Saturday at 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre ($31-$165.98. (813) 740-2446).
Kids and family
John's Pass Seafood Festival: Lots of local seafood, a blessing of the fleet, live music, street dance, fireworks (Friday) and costume contest (Saturday), all at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach on Friday through Sunday. Free admission; charge for food and drink. (727) 322-5217.
More to explore
We have so many Halloween events it's scary, at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
Note: This article has been changed to reflect the following correction: For information about Guavaween, which will have about 30 bands Saturday in Ybor City, call (813) 241-8838. An outdated phone number was listed on 1B Monday.