Plan your weekend
Super Boat National Championship and Festival: The world's fastest powerboats return to Clearwater Beach this weekend for the Super Boat National Championship. On Friday, the Race Village in Coachman Park opens at noon for up-close race boat viewing. A block party on Cleveland Street starts at 5:30 p.m. with a super boat parade at 6:15 p.m., followed by a block party. On Saturday, the Race Village opens at 9 a.m. for a seafood festival and meet and greet with the racers. On the beach, you will see boats testing their runs from noon to 4 p.m., followed by a Sunsets at Pier 60 party. Fireworks light up the sky at 9 p.m. Finally, Sunday is race day. Watching from the shoreline is free, or you can pay $25 to line up at Pier 60.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 9: The Florida Orchestra opens its season this weekend with the masterpiece known best for its Ode to Joy theme. There's a pre-concert talk before the show that lasts 30 minutes and includes snippets of the music to come. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 892-3331. floridaorchestra.org.
Prophets of Rage: Expect the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre to get political when this supergroup featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, Cypress Hill's B-Real and three-fourths of Rage Against the Machine convenes to play their bands' old hits and a few new songs. Awolnation opens at 7 p.m. at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $13 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com.
Take the kids
Corn mazes: It's officially fall and two corn mazes open this weekend: the Harvest Moon Corn Maze and the Sweetfields Farm Fall Corn Maze, both running weekends through Nov. 6 in Masaryktown. Both farms are opening their mazes 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. Harvest Moon is building a Peanuts maze this year with a Great Pumpkin theme. There's also a petting farm, pony rides, games and a pumpkin patch at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811. $11.95, 2 and younger free. Down the road, Sweetfields will have 5 acres of maze fun, hay rides, duck race, spider web maze, storyteller, crafts and a petting zoo. Cash only: $9.50 ages 12 and older; $5 ages 3-11; free ages 2 and younger at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.
Tailgate Taste: Tailgate Taste returns for its third year to Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday. While college football games are playing on large screens throughout the park, restaurants from around Tampa Bay will compete for the best tailgate foods. Categories include sliders, chicken, barbecue and small plates. It's free admission; $15 for a five-sample wristband, $25 for 10 samples; $75 VIP. There also will be live music, and Tampa Bay Club Sport is hosting a 16-team corn hole tournament. It runs 3-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. tailgatetastefest.com.
Rhea Lana's consignment event: The national franchise of children's consignment events runs in St. Petersburg from Sunday through Thursday at the former Sports Authority building at 3700 Tyrone Blvd. Expect to find everything related to infants, children and teens, including cribs, toys, games, strollers, furniture, books and clothing. Consignors set their own prices, and everything has been tagged and entered into a database before the event. It's free to enter, and they accept all forms of credit cards and cash. Visit facebook.com/RheaLanasStPetersburg for more information.
Vault of Souls: This weekend brings a hybrid evening of performance art and high-end Halloween when Vault of Souls returns to Tampa on Friday.The crew has remade the basement floor of the National Exchange Bank into a maze of haunting experiences, populated by "spirits" with wide creative license, including the right to touch guests if they want. Performers include a waltzing couple from the touring show Burn the Floor, a ballerina and a torch singer duo in the tradition of Rockapella. That kind of talent, plus valet parking and hors d'oeuvres, contribute to a $100 ticket. The event runs every Friday and Saturday night through October at the Vault, 611 N Franklin St., Tampa. $100. (813) 225-3450. elegantfear.com. Lots of horror-themed events and parties are opening this weekend. Find more at tampabay.com/holiday.