Plan your weekend
Theme park haunts Universal and Busch Gardens jump into the scare game, and boy have they gotten good at it. Howl-O-Scream starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs on select nights through Oct. 26 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. This event is not intended for children. Admission is $89, but online tickets start at $48; other deals include Thursday Four Pack for $30-$35 each. howloscream.com/tampa. Halloween Horror Nights is open at 6:30 p.m. today and select nights through Nov. 2 at Universal Orlando. $42.99-$69.99 Florida residents, $91.99 general.
Fall Out Boy Performing with Panic At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots Sunday at the USF Sun Dome after a nearly four-year hiatus, the Chicago emo-pop darlings with Florida ties (Fueled By Ramen, a label born in Gainesville and once based in Tampa, released FOB's debut LP, Take This To Your Grave, back in '03) are back with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, that finds singer Patrick Stump and company picking up where they left off, crafting radio-ready, anthemic cuts. The show is Sunday at 7 p.m., USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $27-$37. (813) 974-3002.
Big South Tequila Festival Ditch the Patron shots at Saturday's Big South Tequila Festival at Red Mesa Cantina in St. Petersburg. From 3 to 6 p.m., guests can try 10 varieties of tequila and get a festival T-shirt, all for $20. Bartenders will compete in a "tequila cocktail throwdown" at 4:30 p.m. It's at 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-8226. redmesacantina.com.
Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck The Beach Boys co-founder and the former guitarist for the Yardbirds — who was once voted the fifth-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone — team up for a North American tour. The artists perform with former Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $69.50-$129.50. (727) 791-7400.
Free Museum Day Expect the Tampa Bay area to go museum crazy Saturday as crowds line up for Smithsonian Free Museum Day and St. Petersburg's Arts Alive. It'll be even crazier than usual this year as the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg reopens its gorgeously renovated galleries on the free day. The Tampa Bay History Center has a new exhibit on Florida maps. One of the most popular stops on this day, the Dalí Museum, is free for Pinellas County residents only. See smithsonianmag.com for a complete list and don't forget to print out your free tickets from the site.
Manhattan Short Film Festival You be the jury! This collection of 10 finalists reportedly will be shown in 300 cities worldwide over the next week, including Clearwater. Buy a ticket and receive a ballot to vote for your favorites, with winners announced Oct. 6 in New York and posted online at ManhattanShort.com. The collection will be presented at noon Sunday at Cobb Countryside 12 at Clearwater's Countryside Mall, and again Oct. 4 at a time to be announced. Regular ticket prices apply, so Sunday's matinee admission is $8.25 for adults and $7.25 for children under 13.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]