Plan your weekend
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper: Two of music's most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers arrive at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday when Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart is joined by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $31-$141. amaliearena.com.
Take the kids
Shark Con: Far inland, this weekend's Shark Con at the Florida State Fairgrounds is all about sharks, with a touch tank, shark tooth dig pit, a paddle board clinic, an ocean bounce house, a scuba pool, shark ride, mermaids, marine rescue exhibits, STEM projects and even a shark dissection. Admission is $14.95, $4.95 children (one day); $19.95, $7.50 children (two days). Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (941) 539-0833. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. shark-con.com.
Sharknado: As part of Shark Con, director Anthony C. Ferrante hosts a screening of the gloriously schlocky Sharknado at 10 p.m. Friday, Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. $7. tampatheatre.org. Ferrante is also a guest speaker at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Shark Con.
Incubus: The multi-platinum alt-rock icons embark on the 8 tour with Jimmy Eat World and Judah the Lion. See them Friday at 7 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25-$99.50.
Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party: This free community event brings artists, makers and vintage sellers together for a day of craft appreciation. The day includes art demonstrations, make-and-take projects, vintage items for sale, a raffle and swag bags to the first 100 adults. Benefits the Heart Gallery. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg : 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Welcome to Night Vale: This podcast has often been called a geeky cultural gem, and this Saturday brings its live show to the Tampa Theatre with narrator Cecil Baldwin and musical guest Eliza Rickman. They will bring to life an evening of "incredible, spooky, funny and monumentally charming" news from the small desert town of Night Vale. Tickets are $27.50-$32.50. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. tampatheatre.org.
Game Of Throws: Winter is coming, and Longo gets a bobblehead! Saturday's Tampa Bay Rays game against the Red Sox at 4:10 p.m. has one of the season's better giveaways: The first 15,000 fans get a free Evan Longoria Game of Thrones bobblehead. Then on Sunday, the Rays go much more wholesome with American Idol's Lauren Alaina giving a free post-game concert. Get tickets at raysbaseball.com. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.
Dunedin Orange Festival: This old-fashioned festival celebrates the fruit that made Florida famous with a family zone, live music, mojo cook-off competition, free orange juice samples and craft beers. Free. Edgewater Park, 51 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 736-1176. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.
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