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Things to do in South Tampa and area

Celebrate Halloween — and a slice of local history — with the living and dead on a stroll through Oaklawn Cemetery guided by "Miss Prudence Fipwhistle." Founded in 1850, Oaklawn is Tampa's first public burial ground. It has been called the final resting place for "white and slave, rich and poor." The walk is from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery at Morgan and Harrison streets in downtown Tampa. Park next to the cemetery. $5. Call (813) 831-5214.

23 Today

South Tampa Fall Festival: St. Patrick's Church offers fun for the whole family and community at the 45th annual festival from noon to 11 p.m. at 4520 S Manhattan Ave. The event runs through Sunday with rides, music and beer. Call (813) 839-5337 or visit

Auto show: The hottest automotive trends come to Tampa for the weekend with the 2010 model Tampa Bay International Auto Show, noon to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. $9 for adults and $4 for seniors, military members, students with ID and children ages 7 to 12. On Sunday, kids 12 and under admitted free with adult ticket purchase. Call toll-free 1-800-426-5630.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour: The popular TV show brings fan favorites to perform live at the St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m., 401 Channelside Drive. $35.75 to $53.25. Call (813) 301-2500.

Traveling dance performance: Student Dance Happening features popular music with choreography by 21 University of Tampa students and alumni, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the David Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3745.

Freaker's Ball: The 30th annual Halloween bash hosted by Skipper's Smokehouse begins at 8 p.m. at 910 Skipper Road. This year's theme is "myths and legends." Originality and imagination encouraged. Music, food, drink and a costume contest accompany the evening. $10. Call (813) 977-6474 or go online to

ZooBoo: Lowry Park hosts its family-friendly Halloween event, 7 to 11 p.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave. Haunted houses, trails, a foam factory and boo houses cater to kids of all ages. Most rides are unlimited. Children 11 and younger can dress up. No toy weapons allowed. $17; $14 for ages 3 to 11. Call (813) 935-8552.

Howl-O-Scream: Haunted houses, spooky live shows, scare zones and roller coasters in the dark are at Busch Gardens, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. today and Saturday at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave. The event is not recommended for young children. $69.95, or $29.95 to $44.95 in advance online. For event hours through October, call toll-free 1-888-800-5447 or visit

24 Saturday

Pet Masquerade Contest: Dress up your dogs and cats and win prizes for the scariest, funniest and most original; 10 a.m. at the Hyde Park Village Pumpkin Patch, 742 S Village Circle. $5 per pet. Contest starts at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Call (813) 876-4150.

Witches Masquerade: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa offers its annual Witches Masquerade party from 6 p.m. until midnight at the church, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. This year's theme is "Harry Potter." $5. Call (813) 988-8188.

Spooktacular art mixer: The Tampa Artist Emporium hosts an art mixer with psychic readings, costume contests and treats alongside artwork by more than 100 local artists, 6 to 9 p.m. at 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd. Free. Call (813) 835-0212.

Sunset Cinema: Watch the sun go down, lounge outside with the family and enjoy a free showing of Shrek, 7:15 p.m. at Medard Park, 5726 Panther Loop in Plant City. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. Call (813) 274-8981.

25 Sunday

Girls night out: Susie Essman from Curb Your Enthusiasm and Better Half and Joy Behar from The View host a Jewish Community Center Girls Night Out via live satellite, 7:30 p.m. at 13009 Community Campus Drive in Citrus Park. $10 includes the broadcast, coffee and dessert. RSVP preferred. Call (813) 769-4725.

Just swing: Swing Gang Tampa Bay hosts a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at Zendah Grotto, 4109 N Lauber Way in the Drew Park area. Billed as the Tampa Bay area's biggest swing dance, the all-ages party costs $7, or $6 for students with ID. Arrive at 6 p.m. for free dance classes and learn the jitterbug and the Lindy hop. Visit

27 Tuesday

Happy hour fundraiser: Drinks are for a cause at "Light the Night," the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's nationwide fundraiser to benefit blood cancer research, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge, 516 S Howard Ave. The event includes music by 10th Concession, raffle prizes, free appetizers and special happy hour prices and drinks. $10. Call (813) 251-5634.

28 Wednesday

Live jazz: Bungalow Bistro features Denise Moore and Then Some on the veranda rooftop at 7:30 p.m. at 5137 N Florida Ave. Visit

Scandinavian dance: Learn Swedish and Norwegian dance, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave. $3. Call (813) 254-3350 or e-mail

29 Thursday

Halloween Ghost Ship: Walk the recesses and planks of a haunted 1945 war ship now possessed by monsters, ghouls and zombies, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the American Victory Ship, 705 Channelside Drive. $20. Call (813) 228-8766.

Stage fright (zombies!): Jobsite Theater presents the classic Night of the Living Dead, 8 p.m. at the Shimberg Playhouse, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Through Nov. 15. $24.50. Call (813) 229-7827 or visit

Things to do in South Tampa and area 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:31am]
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