Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 22

Nightmare on Franklin Street — Balcony to Backstage Tour: Learn about the resident ghosts at the historic theater like Fink Finley and the Woman in White during this spooky tour. It starts at 11:30 a.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $12–$17 individual tickets; $17.50–$24 select double features. (813) 274-8982.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Experience the magic and adventure in this retelling of the classic C. S. Lewis tale. Shows are at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. in the TECO Theater at the Straz Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $6.50. (813) 229-7827.

Purple Stride Tampa Bay Party: Runners and nonrunners join together to support the Purple Stride Tampa Bay 5K at this party with one free drink, appetizers and music by Steve Hechtman. Benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Twisted Olive, 9882 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. $10. (813) 269-7421.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: Enjoy live music while you browse stalls with produce, baked goods, plants and crafts. It starts at 9 a.m. along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Free. (727) 278-4285.

TO WATCH

Series premiere — Ravenswood, 9 p.m., ABC Family: To kick off this Pretty Little Liars spin-off, Caleb goes to Ravenswood and finds out his pal Miranda is cursed. Meeting people in a new town is so difficult!

Season premiere — The Car Chasers, 10 p.m., CNBC: It's always nice to see a business news network get into the reality show game. Let's go buy some cars!

COMING UP

Luke Bryan: The young party guy (see hit Crash My Party) is such a country stud that he sold out the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. So another concert was added on Thursday. And then it sold out, too. That's about 38,000 tickets over two nights. He's joined by Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.

Times Festival of Reading: More than 40 writers — including Marcia Clark, Gilbert King and Ridley Pearson — will talk and sign books Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Free. Full lineup: festivalofreading.com.

Fantasma Fest: The once raucous Guavaween is now little more than a costume contest on Saturday, but Ybor City has ramped up Fantasma Fest, with ghost stories and Zombie Fest on Friday, and the Little Monsters Promenade and Pumpkin Patch for kids and Big Monsters Bed Bash, both Saturday. For details: ybornow.com.

Helloween: Always one of the most outrageous parties of the year, the theme is "VooDoo on the Bayou." The costume contest has $3,000 in cash and $2,000 in prizes. Admission: $20 at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa on Friday. (813) 786-1300.

India Festival: Consider it a good primer for the Bollywood "Oscars" here next year. The annual festival fills the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Saturday with the Bollywood/fusion dance contest, 150 booths, Indian food, music and fashion show. $8; $5 children 3–10. (727) 785-2736.

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