Showcase | Hillsborough County Fair
Don't miss the midway rides, livestock shows, live music, chili cookoff, horse show and food galore, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, corner of Sydney Washer Road and State Road 60, Brandon. $7 adults, $5 students age 6 through high school, 5 and younger free. Call (813) 737-3247.
ZooBoo: Haunted houses and trails for older zoogoers, boo houses and seasonal lights for little ones, and unlimited zoo rides in the dark, 7 to 10 p.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. $17 adults, $14 children. Call (813) 935-8552.
The Colored Museum: The 1986 George C. Wolfe play uses stereotypes and satirical sketches to follow 200 years of African-American history, 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. $26. Call (813) 251-8984.
Phoenix: The play about two strangers asks tough questions about the purpose of life, 3 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Studio Theatre, 2204 N 15th St., Ybor City. $20, $15 students, seniors and military. Also 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (813) 253-7000.
Gem show: Gems, minerals, jewels and fossils will be for sale in this Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club show, also featuring demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Strawberry Festival Expo Building, 2301 W Oak Ave., Plant City. $5, ages 12-16 $4, 11 and younger free. Call (813) 831-1944.
Orchid expo: Find new favorites at the Tampa Orchid Club show and sale that includes vendors with exotic and colorful species, hybrids and 2 p.m. seminar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive. $5. Call (813) 244-7564.
Repticon: Vendors will have reptile pets and everything related to reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals. Includes raffles, seminars and children's activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $10, $5 ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Call (863) 268-4273.
Hairspray: See the musical at 3 p.m. at the University of South Florida Theater 1, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 974-2323.
Lots of laughs: Comedian Carl LaBove performs at 7 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. For pricing, call (813) 960-1197; sidesplitterscomedy.com.
Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest: Features music by Joe Oberaitis and the Oktoberfest Express and the Alex Meixner Band, German food, festival foods, a carnival and games, including stein-holding, log-sawing, barrel-rolling and keg-tossing. noon to 7 p.m. at Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5, free for kids ages 12 and younger. Carnival rides cost extra. (813) 855-4233. oktoberfesttampabay.com.
Bay Area Saxophone Quartet: This foursome of local artists is the first concert in 2012-13 Classical Music Series. 2 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $16-$22. (813) 269-1310. carrollwoodcenter.org.
Roots rock: Swamp Cabbage plays at 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $5. Toll-free 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.
Fall farm festival: Celebrate fall with children's activities including hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and games, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Horse Power for Kids, 8005 Race Track Road. $10 children, $8 adults (pumpkin purchase not included). Call (813) 855-8992.
Bicycle to MacDill AFB: The bike ride starts at the Independent, runs along the Riverwalk and ends at MacDill Air Force Base, with brunch, coffee and pastries back at the Independent. Helmets mandatory, 8 a.m. at the Independent — Seminole Heights, 5016 N Florida Ave. Free. Call (813) 341-4883.
Downtown market: Stroll among more than 50 vendors offering crafts, prepared foods and local produce, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. Call (813) 649-8747.
Museum tour: Docent Barbara Goldstein leads a 40-minute tour of the museum, 1 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 254-1891.
Upstairs/Downstairs: Theatrical, single-character vignettes bring turn-of-the-century hotel staff members and guests to life, 2 p.m. at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Show is free with museum admission. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students, $5 children ages 4-12. Call (813) 254-1891.
Night at the Museum: Mix history and Halloween with trick-or-treating, pirates, Ghostbusters haunting the museum and a spooky streetcar ride, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. $14, $9 children; $8, $6 children members. Call (813) 228-0097.
Pops in the Park: Enjoy a picnic and concert under the stars with the Florida Orchestra. Concert-goers are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest, 7 p.m. at River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St. Free. Call (727) 892-3331.
Book discussion: Crime novelists Dennis Lehane and Michael Koryta discuss their new novels with Tampa Bay Times book editor Collette Bancroft, 7 p.m. at Four Green Fields, 205 W Platt St. Free with purchase of Lehane's Live By Night or Koryta's The Prophet at Inkwood Books. Call (813) 254-4444.
Menopause the Musical: In the musical parody with tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s, four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common except a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes and night sweats, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $45. Also 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (813) 229-7827.
Jekyll and Hyde: American Idol vet Constantine Maroulis and R&B singer Deborah Cox star in the musical about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality, 7:30 p.m. today through Thursday in Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. Tickets start at $44.50. Call (813) 229-7827.
Die Antwoord: The South African group features outlandish frontman Ninja, pint-sized sidekick Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek performing a mix of electro beats, multilingual lyrics and trash culture aesthetics, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $22. Call (813) 247-2555.
Honors Symposia Series: Kacy Tillman, UT assistant professor of English, presents "Turncoats, Traitors and Tories of the American Revolution," 5 p.m. at the University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Free. Call (813) 257-3545.
Awolnation: The electronic pop-metal outfit and frequent Tampa Bay guests perform, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $20. Call (813) 247-2555.
More roots rock: Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo performs at 8 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. Toll-free 1-800-594-8499; skipperssmokehouse.com.
Photography exhibit: Look at photographs of particular places in the reception for this architectural photography exhibition, 6 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive. $10 general admission, $5 members, free contest entrants. Call (813) 221-2222.
Joyce Meyer conference: The Christian author and speaker brings her ministry tour to Tampa. Features music by Fuzed Worship, 7 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Free. Call (813) 301-2500.
NOPE Candlelight Vigil: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner appear at this Narcotics Overdose and Prevention Education vigil for those lost to drug addiction, 7 p.m. at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street. Free. Visit nopetaskforce.org.
Florida's Freshwaters: Tampa photographer laureate Karen Glaser talks about the evolution of her Florida projects starting with Mysterious Manatees, 7 p.m. at the Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Free. Call (813) 974-2954.
Book signing: Kathleen Flinn's new book, Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, shares practical advice on healthy, budget-friendly cuisine, 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. Free. Call (813) 253-2638.
The Kinsey Sicks: The band of drag divas performs the satirical musical Electile Dysfunction about politics with numbers such as Vote for Me (I'm Not From Kenya). Benefits the Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 8 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $28.50-$38.50, $78.50 VIP. Call (813) 274-8982.
Gorey Stories: Jobsite Theater puts on this collection of creepy vignettes inspired by the author Edward Gorey, 8 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $28. Call (813) 229-7827.