Family First Celebration: Join Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Grammy winner Michael W. Smith as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Family First, a Tampa-based nonprofit that launched All Pro Dad, at a benefit Thursday night at Tampa's Straz Center. $30-$100. strazcenter.org.
Florida Orchestra Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: The Florida Orchestra accompanies Cirque du Soleil performers including acrobats, contortionists and strongmen Friday through Sunday at the Straz, St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater and Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. $15-$45. florida orchestra.org.
Oktoberfest Tampa: Plenty of beer and German fare come to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday through Sunday, along with competitions including stein hoisting and carry the wench. $10-$25. oktoberfesttampa.com.
Music: Alt-rockers Dandy Warhols kick off the week tonight at St. Petersburg's State Theatre ($22-$25). Tuesday, oddball rap duo Rae Sremmurd play at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($35). Thursday, 2 Chainz and Dreezy perform at the USF Homecoming Concert at the Sun Dome in Tampa ($10-$25; free for students). Country superstar Garth Brooks will play four shows Thursday through Sunday at Orlando's Amway Center ($74.98). Back in the bay area Friday, ARW (members of Yes) performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($73.75-$128.75). Saturday, Canadian pop-punk outfit Sum 41 play the State Theatre ($24). Sunday, reggaeton artist J Balvin headlines Herencia Hispana at Coachman Park in Clearwater ($25-$30, 5 and younger free).
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: Continues through Saturday at several venues. Single screening, $15; packages, $50-$5,000. tiglff.com.
Kids and family
Creatures of the Night: Lowry Park Zoo's Halloween event has activities for all ages and extended hours Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. Included with one-day admission ($22.95-$29.95 at gate; kids 2 and under free); after 4 p.m. ticket available for $19.95. lowryparkzoo.com.
Blacklight Slide: Get unlimited trips down the slide with glow-in-the-dark water Saturday night at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. $50. floridastatefair.com.
More to explore
Find Halloween events at tampabay.com/holiday.