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Plan your weekend Sept. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists

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Halloween

Howl-O-Scream: Halloween attractions and haunted houses are already popping up. Busch Gardens brings an Evil Encore theme to its annual scare fest starting Friday. Tickets start at $45.99; buschgardenstampa.com. Universal's Halloween Horror Nights has already begun in Orlando and this year has recreated iconic scenes from American Horror Story, The Exorcist, The Walking Dead and more. Regular tickets start at $55.99. Runs through Oct. 31. halloweenhorrornights.com.

Deals

Free Museum Day: More than 20 museums across Tampa Bay will be free on Saturday. It's part of the national day set up by the Smithsonian and also St. Petersburg's Arts Alive event. To find participating museums go to events.stpete.org/events/1894 and smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Note that the Dalí Museum is free only to Pinellas County residents.

Sports

Rays, Lightning: This week is the last Tampa Bay Rays home game of the season and it's time to hit the ice for Sunday's Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest. The Rays play the Red Sox this weekend and Sunday is Family Fun Day. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. At the Lightning Fan Fest, there will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations, a high school hockey shootout, merchandise specials, a hockey equipment sale and a Lightning Kids Zone. The team hasn't released a roster of players for Fan Fest, but there will be activities starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

Concert

Toby Keith: A country music fixture at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, playing the shed at least 10 times, Toby Keith makes it 11 on Friday. 7 p.m. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.

Cult films

Bay of Blood: The Bay of Blood horror film convention returns to Tampa this weekend for fans of campy cult and horror flicks. The convention brings cast members from My Bloody Valentine, Friday the 13th Part II and The Burning. There will also be panel discussions, film screenings and vendors. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; full schedule at bayofbloodweekend.com. $30-$175. Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 289-8200.

Stage

The Illusionists Live from Broadway: The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry) multiplies birds and nearly beheads himself with dental floss. The Escapologist (Andrew Basso) will risk drowning while locked in a glass tank. The Manipulator (Yu Ho-Jin) makes cards change color and disappear. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$95. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Comedy

Unelectable You: Second City Comedy and Slate had no idea 2016 would give them so much material when they created this touring sketch comedy show coming to Tampa on Sunday. The two-hour show for mature audiences starts at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Straz Center's Ferguson Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $35-$45. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Food

Bourbon, Beer and Bluegrass: Saturday brings the second annual dinner and concert series at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club with dining stations, full bar, bourbon and beer sampling and live music. 6 p.m. to midnight. $64. 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1000.

Fashion

Tampa Bay Fashion Week: Now in its ninth year, Tampa Bay Fashion Week has returned to its roots by bringing back the runway show. Local designers such as Elizabeth Carson Racker and retailers from International Plaza like Free People and Lilly Pulitzer will be in this year's runway events. The shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. For a listing of other events, visit fashionweektampabay.com.

Orchestra

Florida Orchestra Hispanic heritage concert: See a free Florida Orchestra concert in Tampa's Water Works Park on Saturday as part of a Hispanic heritage celebration. It will feature Mambo from West Side Story, Lecuona's Malagueña, Piazzolla's Oblivion and Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Michael Francis conducts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa.

Party

Central Avenue Solstice Street Festival: This all-day celebration of art, music, food and local businesses runs the length of Central Avenue on Saturday, beginning with yoga at 7 a.m. in South Straub Park and ending with Movies in the Park at Sunset Park. Florida troubadour Grant Peeples will play at 6 p.m. and the movie Big will start after sundown. All events are free. See the lineup at centralavenuesolstice.com.

Plan your weekend Sept. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists 09/21/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:20pm]
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