Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 2

The Birds — preview performance: Based on the short story that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name, Irish playwright Conor McPherson adapts the story about a town that is under attack by masses of birds for the stage. Through Oct. 27. Show starts at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can. (727) 823-7529.

Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta: Join Mayor Buckhorn as food trucks line up for this monthly lunchtime event in downtown Tampa with new trucks including the King Bistro, La Boutique Fashion Truck, Holy Crepe and I Wanna Wok. Trucks rolll in at 11 a.m. at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 Franklin St., Tampa.

Stein Hoisting Contest: Test your strength and celebrate Oktoberfest at this contest to see who can straight-arm a full stein the longest. Winners take home their steins and a Samuel Adams sweatshirt. Arrive early to register, but contest starts at 8 p.m. at Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill, 2693 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free to enter; charge for beer. (727) 712-1930.

Rays Postseason Party: All Lee Roy Selmon's locations will be celebrating the Rays' postseason games with $5 nachos and a special discounted blue cocktail. Watch the game, too, starting at 8 p.m. It's free to attend. Check leeroyselmons.com for locations.

TO WATCH

Series premiere — Super Fun Night, 9:30 p.m., ABC: Rebel Wilson plays a young lawyer who decides to turn her weekly girls night in into a girls night out. There's probably a good reason she and her friends bunkered in an apartment every week.

COMING UP

Oktoberfest: The traditional German-themed beer parties start now and run throughout October, including Literstein Heritage Night at Dunedin Brewery on Thursday. Get a 1-liter mug filled with this year's OktoBEERfest Lager for $35. More Oktoberfests at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

ShadoCon: Yet another "con," this one for anime, video game and comic book geeks. Guests include Dante Basco (Prince Zuko of Avatar: The Last Air Bender) and Kyle Hebert (teen Gohan of Dragon Ball Z). It's Friday through Sunday at Hyatt Regency Tampa. $25–$30; $50–$60 weekend pass. (813) 388-7155.

Keith Urban: The country star and American Idol judge pushes the boundaries of country music with his new album, Fuse. He's at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. $29.25–$59; (813) 740-2446.

Romeo and Juliet: St. Petersburg Opera opens its season with Charles Gounod's version of the Shakespeare play with a diverse cast. Sung in French with English supertitles. It runs Friday, Sunday and Oct. 8 at the Palladium Theater. $21–$65. (727) 822-3590.

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